NCAA D2 Indoors 2018/2019
The Jamaican pair of Renea Ambersley and Javan Gray have been selected as the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) Women’s and Men’s Track Athlete of the Week respectively, the league office announced today.
Both Ambersley and Gray, who made the move from G.C. Foster College in Jamaica to Lincoln University in Missouri, USA, have enjoyed fast starts to the 2018/2019 indoor season.
Ambersley has already punched her ticket to the NCAA Division 2 Indoor Championships with automatic qualifying times in multiple events.
Two weeks ago at the Bob Timmons Challenge, she won the 400 metres event in 53.62, the only automatic time in Division 2 so far this season.
The time is not only an indoor personal best for the junior, erasing almost a full second off of her previous best (54.33), but also leads the division by close to two full seconds.
A week later she teamed up with compatriots Shanice Clarke, Christine Moss and Kissi-Ann Brown to win the 4×400-meter relay for the Lady Tigers at the Mel Tjeerdsma Classic with a division-leading time of 3:40.76, which is another automatic qualifier.
While Gray won both the 60m (6.90) and the 200m (22.20) at the Bob Timmons Challenge and leads the MIAA in both events. Last weekend, the freshman again won the 200m at the Mel Tjeerdsma Classic in 21.68, the ninth fastest time in D2 this season.
The weekly accolades, voted upon by a select panel of conference sports information directors, are the first of the 2018-19 indoor track & field season.
This is the second career athlete of the week award for Ambersley, who was previously named the MIAA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week in April of this year, and the first career award for Javan Gray.