NEW ORLEANS, La. – Three Baldwin Wallace University women's track and field student-athletes have garnered United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) All-America honors for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
While normal policies dictate the honor goes to the top-eight finishers in both individual and relay events, the executive committee adopted the following criteria as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the NCAA Championships. Based on selected participants initially announced by the NCAA, the following are now recognized as All-Americans:
- Individual events: All student-athletes declared and initially accepted.
- Relay events: Members of ALL relays who produced the performance that was declared and accepted.
Senior All-American, All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC distance runner Kelly Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) and senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC throwers Brooke Buckhannon (Collins/Western Reserve) and Jillian Roberts (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) earned All-American accolades in three events.
Brennan repeats as an All-American in the 800-meter run after her eight place finish in 2019. She closes out one of the most impressive distance running careers in school-history. She is an 18-time NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region performer (four cross country and 14 track), 17-time All-OAC selection (four cross country and 13 track), 13-time All-Ohio performer (four cross country and nine track), eight-time letterwinner (four in each sport), six-time Division III national qualifier (two cross country and four track) and four-time All-American (one cross country and three track). Brennan also holds five school-records indoors and four outdoors. Off the track, she is an accounting and finance double major that carries a 3.974 grade point average. Brennan is a five-time Academic All-OAC selection, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American and All-District 7 first-team selections, Dean's List student, Jacket Scholar, member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Sigma Alpha honoraries.
Buckhannon garners her first All-American honor as she qualified in the weight throw. She is a two-time national qualifier, 10-time All-OAC thrower and a five-time All-Ohio performer. Buckhannon has been an OAC champion on four occasions and an All-Ohio champion in the weight throw, hammer throw, shot put and discus. She has been named the OAC's Women's Field Athlete of the Year twice and has appeared on the USTFCCCA's All-Great Lakes Region team six times. Academically, Buckhannon has landed on the USTFCCCA's All-Academic team twice and has been an Academic All-OAC selection twice. She is a Dean's List student, Jacket Scholar, member of the Chi Alpha Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies and a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Roberts earns her first All-American accolade as she qualified in the shot put. She is a three-time All-OAC performer. Roberts has appeared on USTFCCCA's All-Great Lakes Region team on two occasions in the shot put. She is a two-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference and a 2018 USTFCCCA's All-Academic selection. Roberts is a Dean's List student.