By Datti Jinkiri
Mississippi College recently completed an impressive outdoor track and field season at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Michigan. All five Choctaw student-athletes participating at the event gained All-American status.
Athletes finishing first through eighth in their respective events were named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-Americans. Those that finished ninth through twelfth individually (or ninth through tenth in a relay) were named USTFCCCA Second Team All-Americans.
Daviciea McCartney and the men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Fabio Palmieri, Rakeem Wilson, Will Grames, and McCartney earned First Team All-American honors. Tytavia Hardy was named Second Team All-American.
McCartney finished in fifth place in the men’s 400 meter hurdles. The Garland, Texas, native ran a time of 51.96 seconds, the best time of his career.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of McCartney, Palmieri, Wilson and Grames ran a time of 3:11.77 to finish in eighth place in the event. The time was the group’s best time of the season.
Hardy finished 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 3.25 inches. Her placement provided her with her second All-American selection in the triple jump this season. She was named All-American after a third-place finish in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this year.