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The Lowe’s Corporation and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will recognize Claflin University basketball student-athletes Ashley Fields (Gr./Charleston) and Triston Thompson (Gr./Washington, D.C.) during the basketball doubleheader against Fayetteville State on Feb. 4 in Tullis Arena.

Fields and Thompson are Claflin nominees for the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award, given to a male and female basketball senior who excel in the areas of the four C’s – classroom, character, community and competition. Each winner, which will be announced on championship day of the CIAA Basketball Tournament on March 2 in Charlotte, N.C., will each receive a trophy recognizing them as the overall winner.

The men’s and women’s winners will be determined through a voting system that includes fans, CIAA basketball media members and CIAA coaches. Fan balloting has started and concludes Feb. 20 at

On Monday, a local Lowe’s representative will present both Claflin student-athletes with special souvenirs for being chosen as a nominee for the Lowe’s CIAA Senior Class Award. The presentation will take place on the basketball court after the women’s game and before the men’s contest. The women’s contest starts at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s matchup begins at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Fields, a guard on the Lady Panthers team who is enrolled in the MBA program at Claflin, has been twice named the CIAA Player of the Week. She is leading Claflin in scoring and rebounding at 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Fields is ranked ninth in the nation in free-throw percentage (11th in the CIAA) and 44th in the nation is steals (2nd in the CIAA). She also ranks sixth in scoring, seventh in field-goal percentage, 12th in rebounding, 14th in block shots and 21st in assists in the CIAA.

Thompson, a guard on the Panthers is also enrolled in the MBA program at Claflin. He leads the team in scoring and assists averaging 13.5 points and 3.9 assists, respectively. Thompson is shooting 82 percent with free throws, which ranks fifth in the CIAA, and has knocked down 21 three-pointers on the season. He is ranked sixth in assist/turnover, ninth in steals and 16th in scoring in the CIAA.

Monday’s contests will also be designated as First Responders Day. Members of the police and fire departments, EMS as well as nurses and medical doctors in uniform or with current ID will be admitted to the doubleheader for $5. General admission for all Claflin University doubleheaders is $8.

Claflin track shows improvement

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Claflin University track and field teams posted several top 15 finishes at the JDL College Meet Madness contested last Sunday.

On the women’s side, Kiara Belton was the top finisher on the track, placing fifth in the 60 meters in a time of 8.00. She ran her collegiate best time (7.98) en route to recording the fourth fastest time in the preliminary round of the event. Belton also finished 11th in the 200 meters, clocking a time of 26.95.

Ty’sha Hamon-Dubose finished in the top 10 on the track, running a 61.92 to finish sixth in the 400 meters.

Faith McKie placed 13th in the 200 meters (27.09) to round out the top 15 individual finishers on the track.

Zaria Nelson continues to lead the Lady Panthers in the field, placing in the top 10 in the shot put and the weight throw.

Nelson placed third in the shot put with a throw of 12.20 meters (40’0.5”). In the weight throw, she tossed an 11.04 meters (36’2.75”) en route to placing ninth.

On the men’s side, Derick St. Jean clocked a 22.30 to capture gold in the 200 meters.

Davion McKnight captured silver in the 200 meters with a time of 22.37 and finished fifth in the 60 meters with a 6.96.

Domenic Samuel captured the bronze in the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.95 while the men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Joshua Bell, Ashtin Knowles, LaCarlos Watlington, and Samuel ran a 3:31.59 to place third.

In the field, Andrew Bennet and Matthew Rox finished in the top 10 in the long jump. Bennett placed eighth with a distance of 5.96 meters (19’6.75”), while Rox jumped 5.08 meters (19’0.5”) to place 10th.

The Claflin teams will return to action this Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, when they travel to Columbia to compete in the USC Carolina Challenge hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Wilkins leads All-ACC Academic Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Atlantic Coast Conference Jim Tatum Award winner and National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy recipient Christian Wilkins of Clemson headlines the 70-member 2018 All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by the league office.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

All 14 ACC Football member institutions were represented on the team. Duke led all schools with 12 selections, followed by Georgia Tech (8), Clemson (7), Pitt (6), Syracuse (6), Virginia (6), NC State (5), Boston College (4), Louisville (4), Wake Forest (4), Miami (3), Virginia Tech (2), Florida State (2), and North Carolina (1).

Wilkins, who helped lead Clemson to a 15-0 mark and the 2018 National Championship, was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time in his career. He becomes the 28th student-athlete to accomplish the feat.

Other Clemson players on the team are: Adam Choice, RB, Gr., Human Resource Development; Justin Falcinell, C, Gr., Business Administration; Kendall Joseph, LB, Gr., Athletic Leadership; Trevor Lawrence, QB, Fr., Pre-Business; Sean Pollard, OL, Jr., History; Amari Rodgers, WR, So., Sports Communication.

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