By David Mann
10/31/2011 (ALBANY) – It’s never been done before, and it’s all the buzz around the Darton College campus today.
The DC athletics department dominated the fall sports, winning conference titles in men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country. To date, no Region XVII college had ever swept all four fall sports.
Twenty-five student athletes took All-Region XVII namings, including the Region XVII Player Of The Year and the Region XVII Cross Country Champion.
Region XVII announced Darton coaches Bruce Skiles (men’s and women’s cross country) and Ken Veilands (women’s soccer) as the 2011 Coach(es) Of The Year, and head men’s soccer coach Bart Sasnett could likely become the Southeast District Coach Of The Year.
“Those three coaches are a great representation of what Darton Athletics are all about,” Darton Athletic Director Mike Kiefer said. “They recruit quality athletes, have great work ethics and they maximize their resources.”
But the success couldn’t have come without the hard work of talented student-athletes.
Darton College sophomore Diego Ramos is the men’s soccer Region XVII Player Of The Year. The midfielder from Deerfield Beach, Fla., leads the NJCAA in assists (30) and is fifth in overall points (64).
Sophomore Sashanna Campbell, a forward from Manchester, Jamaica, scored the first goal of the Region XVII final to give her team the confidence they’d need to beat a rival they’d tied twice during the regular season. She’s the best goal-scorer in the NJCAA, totaling a whopping 35 so far.
Darton College sophomore Kingsley Cajuste cramped up and was unable to finish the 2010 Region XVII Cross Country Championship. However he put it all on the line Saturday, burning a 26:40 8K to set a new Cavalier Trail course record and win the 2011 Champion title.
And maybe even more remarkable is Darton College sophomore Ashley Tosky’s story. She broke her leg in the 2010 Championship meet, and yet she still finished the race. Her strength and fighting spirit also pushed her through a difficult rehabilitation that was preceded by several months on crutches. She persevered, and Saturday – exactly a year after her accident – ran her fastest 5K to date to become an All-Region runner and help her team to its third-straight championship win.
The 2011 fall Region championships added to a total of three Region XVII championships for men’s soccer, five for women’s soccer, four for women’s cross country and three-in-a-row for men’s cross country at Darton.
The following athletes all represent Darton College Athletics:
GCAA All-Region 1st Team, Women’s Soccer
GCAA All-Region 1st Team, Women’s XC
GCAA All-Region 1st Team, Men’s Soccer
GCAA All-Region 1st Team, Men’s XC