NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the All-Region honorees for the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season with Berry College's Tucker Smith, Alexa Bilsky, Abby Carroll, Alainna Chretien and Meredith Herman earning recognition.
The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region’s top-3 relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast, West – match those used during the cross country and indoor track & field season.
On the men’s side, a total of 743 athletes from 192 programs earned 948 All-Region honors. A total of 667 athletes from 184 programs earned 940 All-Region honors for the women.
Smith, a freshman from Leesburg, Ga., earns recognition in the pole vault after a strong rookie campaign. He earned first team All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) honors after taking the top spot in the men's pole vault at the conference championships with a 4.62m mark in the finals.
Bilsky, a junior from Peachtree City, Ga., collects honors in the javelin for the third time in her career. She tossed a 40.10m mark at the SAA Championships to take third and was named All-SAA for her efforts, also for the third straight season.
Carroll, a sophomore from Williamson, Ga., earns her first All-Region honor in the 10K. She posted a personal best time of 38:22.76 at the Shamrock Invitational earlier this season to earn recognition.
Chretien, a senior from Savannah, Ga., collects honors in the 1,500m after a monstrous school-record time of 4:32.90 at the NCC Gregory Invitational. With that, Chretien became the first Viking in women’s track program history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship. She also earned first team All-SAA earlier this year.
Herman, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., earns her first All-Region nod in the steeplechase. Her time of 11:10.99 took second at the SAA Championships, earning All-SAA recognition.