NMHU athletes make all-region

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NMHU Sports Information and Optic reports

Several New Mexico Highlands University athletes have earned recognition on all-region teams for their performances in the recently concluded spring sports seasons.

NMHU baseball outfielder Jordan Goliat was recently selected to the 2013 Daktronics Baseball All-South Central Region First Team.  The junior from Phoenix was one of the Cowboys’ best players in 2013 and received recognition from the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of the South Central Region.

Jordan Goliat led the Cowboys on offense, finishing with a .375 batting average, second on the team and top 10 in the conference. He finished second overall in the conference with five triples, and his 45 runs scored led the Cowboys and placed fourth in the RMAC.

Goliat made the ballot for the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American team.

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Cowgirl softball first baseman Shelby Watts was chosen to the 2013 Daktronics Softball All-South Central Region Second Team.

Watts was the lone Cowgirl chosen for end of season awards.  Although she was passed over for an all-conference award this year, her offensive performance was recognized by the regional awards committee.  

Watts finished the season with a .376 batting average, 47 RBI, 36 runs scored, 14 doubles, and 14 home runs.  Her 14 home runs in the season were tied for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference lead and tied for 27th in NCAA Division II softball. She was third overall in the conference for RBI and finished in the top 20 in the conference in runs scored and batting average. She was one double behind the three conference leaders this season.

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Highlands’ women’s track and field team added more awards to the resumé with the announcement of four 2013 All-South Central Region honorees by the USTFCCCA.

They are Danisha Phipps, Michelle Traynham, CiCi Cordova and Sheneika Rochester.

RMAC champion Danisha Phipps earned all-region for the heptathlon. Just one year after a major injury, the junior from St. Mary’s, Jamaica, has taken the RMAC multi-event championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Earlier in the indoor season, Phipps won the RMAC pentathlon title, making a trip to Birmingham, Ala., to compete at nationals. She then won the RMAC heptathlon championship with 4,665 points, earning a spot in the Outdoor Track & Field Nationals, held May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo.

Sheneika Rochester also earned a trip to Pueblo for the outdoor nationals and earned a spot on the 2013 All-South Central Region team in the 100-meter dash. She finished fourth overall at the 2013 RMAC Championships but was already qualified for nationals by her time at a previous meet.  

New Mexico natives Michelle Traynham and CiCi Cordova also made the All-South Central Region team.

As a freshman from Belen, Traynham has had a good year as a first-year NMHU student-athlete. The shooting guard for the Cowgirl basketball team joined track in the spring, breaking a stadium record in the javelin at the RMAC Championships. Her dominance of the event in the conference helped the Cowgirls all season long.

Rio Rancho native CiCi Cordova was a mainstay for the Cowgirls all year in the pole vault. The junior finished fourth overall at the RMAC Championships.  Cordova was consistently placing at meets all season long for NMHU.