Two Panther Golfers Named To All Region Teams

By  //  May 22, 2014

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FLORIDA TECH SPORTS ROUND UP

MEN’S GOLF — The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its annual NCAA Division II PING All-Region Teams on Tuesday, and the Florida Tech Panthers had two honorees.

Juniors Justin Kalanquin and Ray Badenhorst were named to the GCAA NCAA Division II PING All-Region Team for the South Region. (Florida Tech Image)

Juniors Justin Kalanquin and Ray Badenhorst were named to the GCAA NCAA Division II PING All-Region Team for the South Region. (Florida Tech Image)

Juniors Ray Badenhorst and Justin Kalanquin were named to the All-Region Team for the South Region.

Badenhorst had a terrific season for the Panthers. The Banket, Zimbabwe native earned the individual championship at the Panther Invitational, and earned SSC Men’s Golfer of the Week honors.

His second round 65 at the Panther Invitational also matched the lowest round to par in program history at seven-under-par.

Badenhorst recorded the best scoring average in program history this season at 72.72 over 32 rounds played. Only two of his 32 rounds did not count towards the team score, and his 17 even-par or better rounds set a Panther record.

Justin Kalanquin

Justin Kalanquin

Kalanquin also turned in a solid season for the Panthers. He played 29 total rounds over 10 tournaments.

Every one of his 29 rounds counted towards the team score, and he recorded a scoring average of 73.03, which is the third best average in program history.

The Grand Forks, N.D. native recorded four top 10 finishes, and led the Panthers with a three-under-par performance at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional.

Both Badenhorst and Kalanquin helped the Panthers take home victories at the Full Moon Invitational, and the Panther Invitational. They also helped the squad earn nine top 10 finishes over 11 tournaments.

A total of 106 players from across the eight regions of NCAA Division II were selected to the All-Region Teams. Sixteen players from the Sunshine State Conference were awarded with All-Region status.

Ahlborn and Schiemann Set for Track & Field National Championships

TRACK & FIELD – After qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships,  the wait to compete is almost over for Florida Tech graduate student Connor Ahlborn and freshman Christian Schiemann.

The national championship meet begins on Thursday, May 22 and runs through Saturday, May 24.

Christian Schiemann and Connor Ahlborn will compete at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday. (Florida Tech Image)

Christian Schiemann, above, and Connor Ahlborn will compete at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday. (Florida Tech Image)

Schiemann will compete in the men’s decathlon. He earned All-Region status this season in the pole vault, javelin throw, and the decathlon from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Schiemann earned entry for the NCAA Championships based on his performance at the Lynchburg Multi-Event Meet.

He took home the victory in the decathlon, and totaled a program record 6,826 points. The point total was the 12th highest in NCAA Division II.

The decathlon will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday with the first five events. The final five events will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. J Patrick Smith of Chico State was the top qualifier in NCAA Division II with 7,351 points.

AHLBORN FIRST PANTHER WOMAN TO COMPETE AT NATIONALS

Connor Ahlborn

Connor Ahlborn

Ahlborn will take part in the women’s hammer throw, and will be the first Panther woman to compete at nationals.

She earned USTFCCCA All-Region status in the event this season, and her program record mark of 54.58 meters was the 15th best throw in NCAA Division II this season.

The women’s hammer throw is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Heavin Warner of Central Missouri recorded the best throw of the season so far at 64.05 meters.

The 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships take place at the Grand Valley Track & Field Stadium in Allendale, Mich.

Grand Valley State University and the West Michigan Sports Commission serve as hosts for the NCAA Championships.

Live results will be available, and portions of the championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com each day. 


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