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Honeyman becomes all-American at national meet

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- While competing for Mott-Regent in track and field, Abby Honeyman could only dream of being an all-American collegiate athlete.Those dreams became reality on Saturday.Honeyman finished the 100-meter women's hurdles in 14.31 s...

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Dickinson State’s Abby Honeyman, left, competes during the NAIA national track and field meet on Friday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. (Submitted Photo by Stormie Sickler)

GULF SHORES, Ala. - While competing for Mott-Regent in track and field, Abby Honeyman could only dream of being an all-American collegiate athlete.
Those dreams became reality on Saturday.
Honeyman finished the 100-meter women’s hurdles in 14.31 seconds for sixth at the NAIA national track and field meet at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium for all-American status to highlight Dickinson State’s trip to nationals.
“It’s like a dream come true ever since I’ve known what an all-American was,” Honeyman said. “It feels surreal right now.”
Honeyman’s race, which was a personal record, was .88 seconds behind Stephanie Marquart of Siena Heights, who won the finals heat in 13.43 seconds. To make the finals, Honeyman ran her heat on Friday in 14.6 seconds.
“I felt pretty good. I had nothing to lose,” Honeyman said. “I wasn’t totally expecting to make finals. The best I can do is be an all-American, and that’s awesome. I really had no pressure on myself, so that was a good feeling.”
The sophomore from Regent improved her time by about .3 seconds overnight - though it was tough to sleep Friday night, Honeyman said.
“I wasn’t really nervous, and I didn’t really have high anxiety,” Honeyman said. “I was just so excited. ... I just wanted to compete in the race and see where I was going to finish up.”
Honeyman said she had never felt herself move as fast as she did for the final heat. She moved so fast, in fact, she sprained her ankle around the finish line.
“And I can’t even be mad,” Honeyman said with a laugh.
Also on Saturday, Brittney Grove took 15th in the women’s marathon with a time of 3 hours, 38 minutes and 38.8 seconds. Margaret Martinez was 21st in the women’s marathon in 4:01:07.8 while Eddie Meneses was 27th in the men’s marathon in 3:01:01.
Also representing DSU on Friday was Jose Chorro, who was 20th in the 110-meter hurdles by clocking in at 14.92 seconds.
Alysse Charlesworth ended up 18th in the women’s triple jump by going 10.87 meters.
Jay Liggins missed out on the final flight of the long jump with a mark of 7.06 meters - 0.17 meters shy of the final round.
Whitney Leuenberger threw the shot put 12.93 meters for 18th place.
Tommy Sease ended up 12th in the decathlon with 6,155 points. Sease ran the 100 in 11.89 seconds, jumped 5.7 meters in the long jump, threw 11.4 meters in the shot put, jumped 1.85 meters in the high jump, ran the 400 in 52.29 seconds, ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.75 seconds, threw the discus 36.04 meters, completed the pole vault at 3.85 meters, threw the javelin 39.44 meters, and ran the 1,500 meters in 4:32.97.
On Thursday, Beau Ackerman competed in the men’s javelin and nabbed 19th with a throw of 169-9.25.
Paitton Herbst ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase and ended in 21st with a time of 11:33.51.
“We all battled really tough,” Honeyman said. “Going through a season is hard to keep pushing mentally and physically. I think, as a team, we battled hard.”

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