Published on April 28th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Benedict Holds Athletic Awards Banquet

Pictured above; Willie Washington, Benedict College Athletic Director, Krishanda Campbell-Brown, John Brown Award winner and Melvin Miller, guest speaker. Photo by Bennie Brown

COLUMBIA, S.C. — COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Benedict College athletic department honored its student-athletes at its annual athletic awards banquet on Monday night.

Women’s track and field standout Krishanda Campbell-Brown received the John E. Brown Award, taking Benedict’s top student-athlete award for the second year in a row. The award is named after the former legendary coach and athletic director, who spent 32 years serving Benedict College, where he coached football, baseball and basketball for the Tigers. This award is given to the most outstanding student-athlete. Campbell-Brown earned indoor track and field All-American status for the second year in a row by finishing seventh at the NCAA Championship. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to the SIAC championship in outdoor track, scoring 54 points and earning the Cleve Abbott Award, presented to the person who scores the most points in the SIAC Track and Field Championship.

The Lucius F. Clark award was presented to men’s cross country and track standout Dessie Demlew. The award is named after the former coach who resurrected the Benedict golf program and is given to any student-athlete who has shown outstanding character and has brought national exposure to the college and athletic program. The recipient also has provided leadership within their sport area, and has shown dedication to help other student-athletes grow.

Demlew won his first three cross country meets this season. He later won the SIAC meet and the South Region race. In track and field, he received the award for scoring the most track points at the SIAC Championship. He won the 10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 3,000 meter steeplechase and came in second in the 1,500 meter race.

The winner of the Jimmy Green Memorial Inspiration award was softball player Cecelia Lykes.

The award is named in honor of one of Benedict’s outstanding football alumni and is presented to a student-athlete who has been confronted with life-altering experiences and has utilized perseverance, dedication, and determination to overcome the event. This award is presented in recognition of Mr. Green’s dedication and commitment to Benedict College.

The department also recognized seven student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA, as well as 99 student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The Central Midlands Booster Club presented its special award to Benedict women’s basketball coach James Rice.

The Benedict Individual of the Year Award went to Dr. Thomas Jerome Smith.

Other award winners:

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:
Community Engagement Award: Women’s Basketball

Most Improved Senior: Mekiyah Knox
Dedicated Senior Cheerleader: Mykkeala Dunham
Cheer To The End Senior: Lexus Blythe
Most Valuable Team Leader: Asia Maddox

Freshman of the Year: Okechi Ntiasagwe
Most Improved-Offense: Detron Wallace
Most Improved-Defense: Zeffrey Clark
Most Valuable D-Lineman: Devante Pinckney
Most Valuable 0-Lineman: Neverone Thomas
Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Jeremy Glinton
Most Valuable Player Offense: Kendariss Brown
Most Valuable Player Defense: Evan Pegues

Rookie of the Year: Torcealon Kelley
Best Defensive Player: Sabriya Brooks
Best Offensive Player: Jasmin Sledge
Best All-Around: Cecelia Lykes

Rookie of the Year: Lapromise Boone
Best Defensive Player: J’Nae Saunders
Most Improved: Jacolby Brown
Most Valuable Player: Lorena Leao

Pitcher of The Year: Robert Troiano
Player of the Year: Mitchell Dixon
Freshman of the Year: David White
Most Valuable Player: Kevin Davis

Women’s Golf:
Most Improved Award: Betsy Dorvilus
Most Valuable Player: Kelly Willis

Men’s Golf:
Freshman of the Year: Rajai Cousley
Most Improved Player: Rhaulston Jones
Co-MVP Award: Kelly Allen and Rhaulston Jones

Women’s Tennis:
Newcomer of the Year: Karla Flores
Freshman of the Year: Daniella Rios
Senior Award: Belinda Camacho
Most Valuable Player: Esther Zelaya

Men’s Tennis:
Best All-Around: Shane Latchman
Most Improved: Zibusiso Ndimande
Coaches Award: Justin Payton
Most Valuable Player: Takudzwa Muswere

Women’s Basketball:
Newcomer of the Year: Destiny Betts
Most Improved Player: KaDeeja Vaughn
Best All-Around: Kristine LeSane
Most Valuable Player: Britenique Harrison

Men’s Cross Country:
Running Tiger Award: Ediberto Crisanto
Rookie of the Year: Terrence Wheeler
Most Improved: Geovanni West
Most Valuable Runner: Dessie Demlew

Women’s Cross Country:
Running Tiger Award: Mikarla Swann
Best Newcomer: Jenella John
Coaches Award: Astacia Watkins
Most Valuable Runner: Jonnise Pierce

Men’s Track and Field:
Track Athlete of the Year: Rodriguez Flynn
Running Tiger Award: Antonio Locklin Jr.
Best Newcomer: Andre Watson
Field Athlete of the Year: Zedric Jackson-Jones
Most Valuable Male Runner: Dessie Demlew

Women’s Track and Field:
Track Athlete of the Year: Chamekea Davis
Running Tiger Award: Stephanie Rhoden
Most Valuable Female Runner: Jonnise Pierce
Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Krishanda Campbell-Brown

Men’s Basketball:
Most Improved: Allen Elmore
Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Smith
Best All Around: Deonte Johnson
Player of the Year: Brennan Reynard

4.0 GPA:
Michael Arroyo, Football
Juliet Campbell, Women’s Tennis
Jarlissa Latimore, Women’s Track
Cecelia Lykes, Softball
Armando Valentin, Baseball
David White, Baseball

3.0 GPA and above:
Women’s Basketball:
Brittany Belton, 3.09,  Biology
Britenique Harrison, 3.74, Accounting
Davontaye Merritt, 3.35, Criminal Justice
Tia Rankin, 3.61, Biology
Deja Sallworth, 3.50, Biology

Tiffany Ashford, 3.44, Elementary Education
Jade Butts, 3.05, History
Exence Fowler, 3.85, Biology
Chiquita Gaye, 3.20, Biology
Jacqueline Hill-Godley, 3.24, Sociology
Sekyra Jackson, 3.87, Biology
Whitney Letman, 3.65, Sports Management
Deshawn Hiett, 3.53, Early Childhood

Women’s Cross Country:
Brianna Bonner, 3.33, Early Childhood, also women’s track
Kadejah Outlaw, 3.64, Accounting, also women’s track
Jonnise Pierce, 3.64, Crimnal Justice, also women’s track
Ruddesha Strachan, 3.85, Accounting, also women’s track
Astacia Watkins, 3.26, Biology, also women’s track

Women’s Tennis:
Belinda Camacho, 3.79, Studio Art
Karla Flores, 3.42, Business Administration
Adrienne Milow, 3.63, Criminal Justice
Daniella Riso-Gil, 3.65, Early Childhood
Esther Zelaya, 3.46, Mass Communication

Sabriya Brooks, 3.14, Sports Management
Dasha Bussey, 3.29, Social Work
Kendall James, 3.44,  Recreation
Kelsey James, 3.11, Criminal Justice
Torcealon Kelley, 3.94, Business Administration
Alexandria McColley, 3.23, Biology
Tiana Prince, 3.63, Business Administation
Jasmin Sledge, 3.02, Biology

Women’s Golf:
Betsey Dorvilus, 3.85, Business Administration

Women’s Track & Field:
Krishanda Brown, 3.08, Therapeutic Recreation
Stephanie Rhoden, 3.97, Computer Science
Shanel Soanes, 3.56, Psychology

LaPromise Boone, 3.06, English
Pyuncka Kearse-Peeles, 3.50, Social Work
Torcealon Kelley, 3.94, Business Administration (Management)
Aaliyah Lawson, 3.12, Social Work
Lorena Leao, 3.75, Business Administration (Management)
Arneshia Parrish, 3.50, Biology
Tatyana Robinson, 3.36, Recreation (Therapeutic)
Ja’nae Saunders, 3.87, Accounting
Terae Sweeting, 3.94, Accounting

Rodney Beach, 3.37, Sport Managrment
Yaniel Delgado, 3.57, Accounting
Cory Faiello, 3.89, Criminal Justice
Yancey Freeny, 3.35, Mass Communication
Lashante Grimes, 3.44, Recreation
John Holleran, 3.59, Physics
Marcelino Irizarry, 3.47, Accounting
Edwin Lee, 3.56, Criminal Justice
Matthew McGee, 3.23, Sports Management
Joege Moreno, 3.37, Chemistry
Gavin Murphy, 3.56, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement
Angel Perez, 3.16, Accounting
James Roman, 3.89, Business Administration (Management)
Reinaldo Santiago, 3.75, Computer Engineering
Shomarii Thomas, 3.76, Computer Engineering

Men’s Basketball:
Elan Dejourdan, 3.50, Sports Management

Men’s Cross Country:
Dessie Demlew, 3.62, Public Health, also men’s track
Andre Hare, 3.58, Computer Engineering, also men’s track
Ediberto Crisanto, 3.94, Sport Management, also men’s track
Geovanni West, 3.94, Computer Science, also men’s track
Terrence Wheeler, 3.00, Criminal Justice, also men’s track

Jevric Blocker, 3.45, Business Administration (Market)
Damion Blue, 3.25, Criminal Justice
Zachery Brisbane, 3.77, Criminal Justice
Raekwon Bureau, 3.50, Mass Communication
Brian Curry, 3.37, Business Administration (Management)
Mason Duckett, 3.20, Sport Management
Michael Fields, 3.41, Business Administration (Management)
Ernest Gordon, 3.81, Electrical Engineering
Kenneth Gunter, 3.12, Sport Managment
Dion Hamilton, 3.13, Sport Maanagment
Leondre Hughes, 3.05, English
Tyler Mcallister, 3.63, Business Administration (Management)
Deonquino McDaniel, 3.33, Business Administration (Finance)
Tory Mimbs, 3.31, Business Administration (Management)
George Myers, 3.06, Elementary Education
Ugochukwu Obata, 3.02, Biology
Demetrius Pinkett, 3.17, Sport Management
Cartabius Quarterman, 3.22, Electrical Engineering
Justis Rosser, 3.65, Computer Engineering
Erik Staley, 3.20, Mass Communication
Tyler Steele, 3.16, Business Adminstration
Antonio Thomas, 3.04, Business Administartion (Management)
Marlon Washington, 3.55, Electrical Engineering

Men’s Golf:
Rajai Cousley, 3.63, Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement)
Kelly Allen, 3.43, Business Administration (Management)

Men’s Tennis:
Shane Latchman, 3.98, Computer Engineering
Takudzwa Muswere, 3.97, Computer Engineering
Ndimande Zibusiso, 3.88, Computer Engineering
Justin Payton, 3.52, Accounting
Malek Salmene, 3.45, Psychology

Men’s Track & Field:
Antoine Locklin, 3.41, Electrical Engineering
Antonio Locklin Jr., 3.06, Electrical Engineering
William Tresvant, 3.20, Mass Communication
Tyshaun Tyler, 3.60, Psychology



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