Max Hellstrom Jr. New Orleans Stockholm, Sweden Business Administration 3.88 * – 2018-19 First Team All-Conference Selection2 – Two-time Academic All-Conference Selection Cody Banach Jr. Lamar Houston, Texas Finance 3.04 Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Nikolai Schaffrath So. Lamar Potsdam, Germany Industrial Engineering 3.93 William Holcomb*2 Jr. Sam Houston State Crockett, Texas General Business 3.55 Joris Etlin2 Sr. Southeastern La. Frejus, France Finance 4.0 Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Bryce Dooley2 Jr. Abilene Christian Friendswood, Texas Finance 3.63 2018-19 Southland Men’s Golf All-Academic TeamStudent-Athlete of the Year: William Holcomb, Sam Houston StateFirst Team Second Team Sam Dumez Sr. Lamar Bordeaux, France Finance 3.60 Miles Smith So. Central Arkansas Little Rock, Ark. Undeclared 3.66 John Hill* Jr. Incarnate Word McQueeney, Texas Business Management 3.63 Trevor Bailey So. Incarnate Word Cibolo, Texas Business 4.0 FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior William Holcomb is the 2018-19 Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Monday along with its all-academic teams, All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Holcomb earns his second consecutive Student-Athlete of the Year and first team all-academic honors after an automatic selection as a 2019 First Team All-Conference nod. The junior pushed the Bearkats to a conference championship and an appearance in the 2019 NCAA Austin Regional, where he tied for 38th individually. Holcomb led Sam Houston State throughout the season with four top-10 finishes and a 71.74 scoring average. He also tabbed the team’s lowest round of the season with a 66 at the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational (April 1-2). Holcomb is a general business major who holds a 3.55 GPA.Incarnate Word’s John Hill joins Holcomb on the first team as the Southland’s only other automatic qualifier after a First Team All-Conference selection. The UIW senior business management major holds a 3.63 GPA and led the Cardinals with a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Southland Conference Championship. Accompanying Hill on the first team all-academic squad is UIW teammate Trevor Bailey, a 4.0 business major.Filling out the remainder of the all-academic first team are Southeastern Louisiana senior Joris Etlin, a 4.0 finance major and New Orleans junior Max Hellstrom.Lamar earned a trio of second-team selections in Nikolai Schaffrath, Sam Dumez and Cody Banach alongside Abilene Christian’s Bryce Dooley and Central Arkansas’ Miles Smith.All told, seven institutions are represented on the all-academic squads. Lamar’s three honorees lead the conference, joining UIW as the only institutions with multiple selections.The All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic.The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.
EARLIER STAGE Respected female junior track and field coach Michael Kerr is calling on ISSA to introduce 100m hurdles much earlier for girls in high schools, noting that this would help the development of female sprint hurdlers at the senior international level. Kerr, who is in his 30th year as head track and field coach of Wolmer’s Girls School and who has also been involved in the national junior programme for over 20 years as a coach to the CARIFTA Games, the World Youth Championships, and the World Junior Championships, believes that Jamaica can dominate the event on the world stage for a long period if athletes are introduced to the event earlier. At present, local female high school athletes start competing in the 100 metres hurdles in Class II, with the 70m hurdles in Class IV and 80m hurdles in Class III presenting their introduction to the sprint hurdles. “Based on my observation, most of the times, it is our male sprint hurdlers who tend to do much better on the international scene as they start running 100m and 110m hurdles much earlier than our girls,” said Kerr. Kerr stated that the Europeans and the Americans are ahead of the Jamaicans because they start running 100m hurdles at a much earlier stage. “In the United States, for example, once you are in high school the females compete over 100m hurdles and also at the Olympic height of 83.8 centimetres, and here, they have a big advantage over us, and that is the reason why they have so many athletes ranked in the top 10 on the world list,” continues Kerr. “I believe they should cut out the 70m hurdles in Class IV and let them do 80m hurdles, but once they reach Class III, they must introduce 100m hurdles. Because of our present system, the athletes have to deal with three forms of changes in high school in terms of distance,” said Kerr, who also stated that the height of the 100m hurdles should also be moved up from 76.2 centimetres to the regular 83.8 centimetres in Class II as once this is done earlier, it will prepare them for the bigger picture. After seeing Yanique Thompson win gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Youth Championships in 2013 and Rushelle Burton win silver at the World Junior Championships this past summer in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kerr stated that the gap was too far and it was just a one-off scenario. “These hurdle heights were done by the Game Mistress Association (GMA), which then was in charge of Girls Championships, but now with ISSA in charge, they must implement the changes and change with the times as Champs is the measuring stick for our success, and we need to look into this area,” said Kerr.