Natasha Poleon earned All-American in four events.
No. 6 Lady Wildcats gain eight NAIA All-Americans
GULF SHORES, Alabama – The No. 6 Wiley College women's track and field team made history – as it finished with eight NAIA All-Americans and recorded its highest team finish at fifth at the 37th annual NAIA Women's Track and Field Championship Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
The Lady Wildcats gained their first two All-Americans on Thursday with Taishia Pryce (FR/Jamaica) finishing as the runner-up and Leslie Bethea (JR/Houston, Texas) coming in at eighth in the long jump. Natasha Poleon (JR/Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) – who was a two-time NAIA Track Athlete of the Week – earned NAIA All-American in four events. She ran the second leg on Wiley College's runner-up 4 x 100-meter relay team with a time of 46.64. Terrisa Mark (SR/Princess Town, Trinidad), Kenisha Arthur (SR/Chaguanas, Trinidad) and Pryce ran on the team. Poleon was runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.89. She broke the Wiley College and Red River Athletic Conference record with a time of 23.94 in the 200-meter dash.
"I was hoping to break my personal record in the 200-meter dash," Poleon said. "I was able to get a personal best in the 400 and I'm happy with that."
Poleon ran the first leg of the Lady Wildcats NAIA All-American 4 x 400-meter relay team – which ran 3:44.82. Chriss-Ann Thomas (SO/St. Catherine, Jamaica), Pryce and Danielle David (SO/Point Fortin, Trinidad) ran on the team. Renae Dennie (SO/Harbour View, Jamaica) became a NAIA All-American with her time of 14.26 in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Lady Wildcats finished with a program-high of 39 points. Mark, Arthur and Maureen Rono (SR/Eldoret, Kenya) graduated. With NAIA All-Americans Poleon, Pryce, Bethea, David and Thomas projected to return, Wiley College Is stocked to make a run at the 2018 NAIA Track and Field Championship.