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Darton fall sports sweep conference championships, 25 student-athletes earn All-Region honors

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ALBANY – Darton State College Athletics again swept the 2012 Region 17 Championships in all of its fall sports.
 
It was the college’s second consecutive fall sports sweep. Polls regarded the Cavaliers as the No. 4 athletic department in the NJCAA following the close of fall sports in 2011, and the table is set for another fantastic end result as the 2012 national championship events approach.

 Men’s Soccer
The No. 1-ranked Cavaliers are now an undefeated 17-0. Much of the pressure is off of Head Coach Bart Sasnett as the conference win Sunday guaranteed a spot for his Cavaliers among the final 12 at the NJCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Darton in mid-November.
 
It was the third-straight Region 17 Championship title for the Cavs. Sasnett again won Region 17 Coach of the Year honors, and his central midfielder and returning All-American, Troy Tucker, earned the Region 17 Player of the Year award. Tucker joined teammates Soren Yuhaschek, Jowayne Laidley and Carlos Catano for All-Region 17, 1st Team honors. Jahmel Swan and Andrew Palumbo earned 2nd Team, All-Region 17 accolades.
 
Women’s Soccer
The Lady Cavaliers had a tough start to the fall season, giving up five of their first nine games – one of them to conference rival South Georgia College and two to an even deeper rivalry with Georgia Perimeter College. But they went into the second part of their season with a vengeance, shutting out the Tigers 2-0 on their way to an ongoing nine-game winning streak. They annihilated the No. 10-ranked GPC Lady Jaguars in the conference championship, Saturday, in a 4-0 shutout.
 
The amped-up Darton squad is determined to avenge another early-season loss – this one to No. 1-ranked Brevard Community College, who is hosting the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championship tournament in Melbourne, Fla.
 
Defender Stephanie Anes, midfielder Kim Treutel and forward Chihiro Hikita all earned 1st Team, All-Region 17 honors. Midfielder Deanna Reali and forward Shenika Williams earned All-Region 17, 2nd Team accolades. Defender Chevelle Lopez earned All-Region 17, Honorable Mention.
 
Women’s Cross Country
The Lady Cavaliers earned their 5th consecutive conference win Saturday, and Head Women’s XC Coach Bruce Skiles believes this is the best team he’s coached at Darton. As four of the Lady Cavs ran the collegiate 5K in under 21 minutes, and three ran it in under 22 minutes, they have a good chance at earning Darton’s highest finish at the NJCAA Championship 5K in Rend Lake, Ill., on Nov. 10.
 
Jeronda Stringfield, Alexi Skiles, Hayden Clapper and Elena Oslund earned 1st Team All-Region 17 honors. Kaitlyn Winter, Jaichelle Thomas and Vanessa Pina earned 2nd Team, All-Region awards, and Skiles again received the Region 17 Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award.
 
Men’s Cross Country
Freshman Jared Richmond broke Darton’s 8K school record Friday and became the Region 17 men’s cross country champion. He completed the collegiate 8K (4.97 miles) in 26:04. With teammates Cody Mallchok and Hank Campbell also running low 26’s Friday, and with a team average 8K of 26:47, this is Darton’s best men’s cross country team since its inception in 2007.
 
Richmond, Mallchok, Campbell and Ean Crawford all earned All-Region 17, 1st Team accolades. Nick Mascardo earned 2nd Team honors, and Skiles again received the Region 17 Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award.
 
The program will join the women’s team at the NJCAA Championships in Illinois, and hopes to be Darton’s first cross country team to finish among the top 10.
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