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Lenoir-Rhyne head women's track and field coach Kevin Paterson was named Southeast Region Female Head Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field Earns Southeast Region Awards

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field team captured three major Southeast Region awards as announced by the USTFCCCA.

Head Coach Kevin Paterson was named the Southeast Region Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Kayonna Lewis took home Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Thanks to her record breaking and national championship performances this season, standout sophomore Alexis Brown was named the Southeast Region Athlete of the Year.

“This was a historic outdoor season,” lamented Paterson. “I couldn’t be more proud of Alexis and Coach Lewis being recognized for all the hard work they put in this season. Being a top 10 team was a dream a few years ago now it’s our goal every year I’m proud that we were able to achieve that goal as a team.”

Paterson repeats as Regional Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a ninth place finish in the 2024 National Championships in Emporia, Kansas last week. This includes two national championships, seven All-Americans, 11 all-region selections and a second place finish at the South Atlantic Conference Championship.

Lewis, who specializes in jumps and sprints, took home the same award during the indoor season. She is the second LR assistant coach to earn the award, following Seandell Davis, who received the award in 2023.

Brown, who last week received her second consecutive South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year award, dominated all season long. Her National Championship in the 100 Meter Dash produced a first-place time of 10.96, beating out the rest of the field by 18 hundredths of a second. Alongside Melody Jones, Victoria Aransiola and Holly Kone, Brown won the National Championship in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 44.21. She closed out the national championships with a third place in the 200m, clocking a time 22.98.

In addition to her performance in Emporia, Brown picked up the SAC Titles in the 4×100 and 100m. Brown would set a NCAA Division II record during the 100m Prelims at Conference with a qualifying time of 11.04, breaking her own record set earlier in the season. This marks her third Southeast Region Athlete of the Year award after receiving the award during the 2023-24 indoor and the 2023 outdoor seasons.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}