Centre track lands five on all-region teams

Published 8:29 pm Thursday, May 23, 2019


News release

NEW ORLEANS — The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its first batch of postseason awards for the 2019 track and field season with the announcement of the All-Region squads, and five student-athletes from Centre College earned All-South/Southeast Region honors this year.

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On the men’s side, junior Thomas Burkey was All-Region in the decathlon. Burkey, who is one of the most versatile athletes in the history of the Centre men’s program, earned All-SAA Honorable mention in both hurdling events and established a new school record in the decathlon with over 6,200 points.

Senior Hunter Gann capped off an outstanding final campaign with the Colonels with an All-Region honor in the hammer throw. Gann earned All-SAA honorable mention in both the hammer and the shot put, and his throw of 161-3 earlier this year set a new Centre men’s track and field record in the hammer.

The Centre women had three athletes make the All-Region lists. Senior Taylor Singleton had a personal best year in the pole vault, winning multiple events during the regular season and capping it off with an individual conference championship and All-SAA First Team honors.

Junior Courtney Gibson also had a career year in track and field after another career year in cross country during the fall. Gibson was All-SAA Honorable Mention in the 3000m steeplechase and earned All-Region honors in the same event.

Senior Annie Rodenfels was a four-time All-Region winner in 2019. The six-time All-American won the 2019 SAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase and 5k. In her last race, Rodenfels established a new Division III women’s record in the 3000m steeplechase that ranked her in the top 25 in the world.

Rodenfels will compete in the 5k on Friday and the 3000m steeplechase on Saturday in the upcoming NCAA Championships in Boston.