Autumne Franklin was named second team All-America by the USTFCCCA this week (Tim O'Dowd).
NEW ORLEANS – The USTFCCCA recognized its 2015 outdoor season All-Americans this week, with sophomore Jade Miller being named first team All-America and junior Autumne Franklin garnering second team honors, both in the 400 meter hurdles. Throwers Hannah Mayer and Nikki Okwelogu were recognized as honorable mention for competing at the NCAA Championships.
In one of the most competitive fields ever in the 400 meter hurdles, Miller raced her way to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, crossing in 56.68. Highlighting the strength of the finals competition Miller faced, Shamier Little (Texas A&M) and Kendra Harrison (Kentucky) posted the third and fourth best times in collegiate history as the top two finishers.
Franklin narrowly missed a spot in the finals, finishing 10th overall in the semifinals with a time of 57.21. Finishers 9-16 in each event were recognized as second team All-America.
In addition, the USTFCCCA bestows honorable mention accolades on all NCAA Championships qualifiers that did not garner All-America. Senior Mayer had a strong showing in the javelin with a long throw of 148-11 (45.41 meters) to finish 21st. Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu finished one spot out of second team honors in the shot put, taking 17th with a toss of 52-1.75 (15.89 meters).