State Colleges

Nova Southeastern’s Sherelle Jordan finishes third, sets school record

Nova Southeastern University hurdler Sherelle Jordan is an early favorite to be a national champion in 2016.

Competing Saturday at Allendale, Michigan, Jordan finished third in the NCAA Division II 100-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 13.71.

Jordan, a sophomore from Chandler, Arizona, had the best time of all non-seniors, giving her a legitimate claim to front-runner status for next season.

NSU’s men’s track team also produced an All-American at this year’s NCAA Championships. Senior Talyn Washington finished seventh in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.

UM

Sophomore golfer Daniela Darquea has qualified to compete as an amateur in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open July 9-12 at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Darquea, a native of Ecuador who was one of 12 golfers on the All-ACC squad, posted rounds of 68 and 71 to qualify for the Open.

UM soccer standout Catalina Perez, a junior goalkeeper who missed last season due to an ACL injury, has been selected to compete for her native Colombia in the U.S. Women’s World Cup this summer in Canada. Her first match for Colombia – which is ranked 28th in the world - is June 9.

Miami’s women’s basketball program made two pick-ups from Florida Atlantic University recently. On May 18, Miami announced the hiring of ex-FAU assistant coach Fitzroy Anthony. On May 21, Miami signed ex-FAU guard Shaneese Bailey, who will have to sit out one season as a transfer student.

Bailey, who is 5-foot-9, averaged 16.2 points as a sophomore last season, making first-team All-Conference USA. She shot 51.3 percent from the floor, which is stellar for a guard.

By the time she is eligible, Miami’s star guards Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas, will be seniors, and Bailey could potentially join that backcourt.

ST. THOMAS

With two wins in three games, the Bobcats’ baseball team is one of six teams still alive in the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, Idaho.

The Bobcats (46-17), seeded ninth out of 10-teams in the double-elimination tournament, needed six pitchers to hold off Vanguard, 14-10, on Monday. St. Thomas hit four homers, including two by left fielder Jerry Downs,

This ties the 1996 team as the furthest the Bobcats have ever advanced in the World Series. And this year’s team, which has 17 of its 25 players from Miami-Dade and Broward high schools, would break the school record with a win on Tuesday.

FIU

FIU women’s basketball coach Martin Chinn, hired on April 8 after six seasons as an assistant at the University of Maryland, signed two players last week as he begins what appears to be difficult rebuilding job with the Panthers, who finished 3-26 last season, including 0-18 in Conference USA.

The two players signed were Kristian Hudson, a 5-5 high school guard who was first-team All-State in Alabama; and Tianah Alvarado, a 6-0 junior wing who will transfer in from Gulf State College in Pensacola. Alvarado also played one season at Ole Miss.

BARRY UNIVERSITY

Junior Dee Espinosa, the Sunshine State Conference’s Softball Player of the Year, was named an NCAA Division II second-team All-American. She hit .397 with 11 doubles, four homers and 26 RBI in 24 games. She had a .528 on-base percentage.

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