NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior Melissa Alger and sophomore Chris Hawkins (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) have been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region teams for the 2016 outdoor season.
To be named all-region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.
Hawkins ranked 15th in the nation in the long jump with a leap of 23' 6" (7.16m). Hawkins would have qualified for the NCAA National Championships, but an injury kept him from competing. Hawkins won the long jump championship at the Iowa Conference Championships.
Alger qualified for the NCAA National Championships for the third-straight year, as she had the sixth-best discus throw in the nation at 158' 1" (48.18m). Alger earned All-American honors at the national meet for the second time in her career with a sixth-place finish. Alger also won the Iowa Conference Championship for the third-straight year.