Part X: Hot Summer Bods in Women's Sports & Fitness
Four perfect 10s and we all win
We've made it to the 10th submission of this series, which is totally made up of track athletes, this time around. Today we are featuring three hurdlers and a sprinter. It's so important in a time where negativity seems to be everywhere, to continue to celebrate those who are working to better themselves. These young ladies are student athletes who are challenging their bodies in competition and their minds in the classroom.
The discipline that comes out of this experience may lead to women who can make critical decisions that may solve the problems that we are facing today.
So as always, we continue to showcase and support the best and brightest women in sports and fitness, we welcome you to our tenth edition of "Hot Summer Bods in Women's Sports & Fitness." We will run this series throughout the summer.
In 2020, Joelle Ataessien wrapped up her collegiate indoor career as a winner. She scored victories in the GLVC Championships 60-meter hurdles and 1,600-meter relay finals. She ran her career best, 8.72 in the 60-meter hurdles prelim. That finish was the 25th best time in all of NCAA Division II.
In 2019 Ataessien was the outdoor GLVC champ in the 100-meter hurdles and captured another win as a member of the 400-meter relay squad. The relay win marked the second consecutive year she won that event as she captured her first conference championship in the 400-meter relay in 2018.
During her sophomore season at High Point, Nyile Facey continued to establish herself as one of the top hurdlers in the Big South. Facey earned a third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the conference championship meet. In her first season as a college athlete she placed second in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big South Outdoor Championships.
Facey is also a key contributor to the school's 1,600-meter relay squad that placed second at this year's Big South indoor meet. In 2019, Facey competed at the USATF's under-20 championship meet where she qualified for the preliminary round of the 100-meter hurdles.
Ball State sophomore, Michelle Lehmann is on her way to becoming the top athlete at her school. After not qualifying for the finals in the 100-meter dash in the Mid-American Conference in 2019, Lehmann stepped her game up at this year's 60-meter dash championship.
She qualified for the finals when she ran a time of 7.56, which was the fifth best time of the season in the conference. During the regular season, Lehmann recored runner-up finishes in the 60-meters at the Ball State Tune-Up and the Mastodon Opener. She also competes in the long jump where she also placed second at the Ball State Tune-Up.
One of the most dissapointing parts of not having the 2020 outdoor season due to the pandemic of COVID-19 is not seeing Northern Kentucky's Kayla Thompson defend her 100-meter hurdles Horizon League Championship. Thompson (14.37) won perhaps the most exciting race of the meet last year when she edged out Cleveland State's Monica Johnson (14.38) in a tight contest.
Thompson, who was a junior during this year's indoor season did face Johnson again in the 60-meter hurdles conference final. They both placed second and third respectively to Detroit Mercy senior Kyri Jackson. While Thompson is a champion on the track, she's also an activist off of it as she serves as the Vice President of the NAACP chapter at her school.
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