The long, proud history of intercollegiate athletics at Northwood’s Texas campus came to a close in May.
“We had a darn good run,” said Northwood Texas Athletics Director Jack Allday who was especially proud of this spring’s student-athletes.
“They got word in late February that this would be the last time Northwood would be fielding teams in Texas,” Allday said. “It hit them hard at first, but they rebounded quickly, and represented their university extremely well. We’re so proud of them; I will never forget them.”
The softball team, under third year coach Kayla Maddox, finished 17-37 overall, and 14-21 in conference play.
Catcher Kaylan Pruitt was First Team All-Conference while utility player Amanda Salvato made Second Team All-Conference.
The baseball team, following an NAIA World Series season, was hit by a spate of injuries.
“We wound up with a short stick,” said Head Coach Jeremy Kennedy who now heads the baseball program at Northwood’s Florida campus. “Several guys stepped up, and we finished the year at 34-19.”
Standouts include catcher Carlos Contreras (First Team All-American), pitchers Cody Gray and Cody Faulkner, and outfielders Jason Gareri and gold glover Casey Mullinex.
The women’s golf team finished second in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The ladies were #16 in the national NAIA rankings taking 10t at the 2014 Women’s National Championships.
Daniela Martinez and Fariza Zain were NAIA First Team All-Americans.
The men’s and women’s track & field teams made their swansong year one to remember.
The women took fourth in the conference tournament. B’ria Wagner won both the triple jump and the long jump while also earning All-American honors in the long jump.
Markie Abbott won the women’s high jump while Trayshanae Wright finished in the top six in both the 200 meter and 400 meter dashes.
Five men earned All-American honors: Jonathan Cook, Marcus Johnson, Jeremy Wilchcombe and Jeremy Willis in the 4x100 meter relay. Wilchcombe was also an All-American in the triple jump.
All of our Texas student-athletes found colleges or universities where they can continue their education and competitive play. “I will always cherish my time at Northwood,” said pitcher Cody Faulkner. “I can’t imagine having a better college experience.” And experience, as the saying goes, really is the best teacher.
- Jack Allday