Two Jamaican athletes have been named NCAA Regional Athletes of the Year. Jumper Odaine Lewis was named Field Athlete of the Year for the NCAA Division One Mountain Region for the 2019 indoor track and field season. Marleena Èubanks was named the Midwest Regional Female Track Athlete of the Year.
Lewis attends Texas Tech and previously attended Conwell College in Montego Bay. He is ranked fourth in the nation in the long jump, having achieved a jump of 7.95 meters. He is ranked seventh nationally in the triple jump with a distance of 16.69 meters. Lewis received 14 points toward the team-title winning haul for Texas Tech at the Big 12 Championships. Lewis is the fifth Texas Tech athlete to win the award since 2014.
Èubanks attended Edwin Allen High School and has since competed for Kansas University. She is ranked fifth nationally in the 800-meter event, clocking 2:03”90. With this time, she won the individual title at the Big 12 Championships and also set a record for the meet. She is the first athlete from Kansas to win the NCAA award since 2014 when Diamond Dixon was the winner.
Images Courtesy: Odaine Lewis’ Facebook & Marleena Èubanks’ Instagram