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Same Faces, New Places 2

TF2K24: Medal Collectors on the Move

By Winners OnlyPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 3 min read
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Hayley Manners - New Place: UCF - Old Place: Central Michigan

Leaving the cold of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Hayley Manners, a native of another frigid city Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, will compete for UCF in sunny Orlando, Florida. The 2022 long jump indoor champ of the Mid-American Conference, Manners collected an amount of medals that most jumpers during her stint in the conference wish they could have. She claimed her first in a silver medal winning result at the 2021 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in the long jump. After winning gold in 2022, she recorded another silver medal win at the 2023 indoor conference meet. The Canadian wrapped up her career at Central Michigan with a long jump bronze medal at last season's outdoor Mid-American Conference meet, to go along with top five finishes in the triple jump and 400-meter relay. Her final meet as a Chippawa was her first regional performance as she competed in the long jump at the East First Round.

Scout Regular - New Place: Michigan State - Old Place: Northern Illinois

Like Manners, Scout Regular is another successful Mid-American Conference competitor who has made her exit. Northern Illinois' top hurdler of the decade will now race for Michigan State. Regular was a regular on the podium throughout her career as a Huskie. Despite not winning the much-coveted gold medal, she proved to be one of the toughest hurdlers in the conference from the start. As a rookie she snatched the silver medal in the Mid-American Conference 60-meter hurdles final. As a sophomore, the St. Louis native scored silver medals during the 2022 season in the 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles. Regular competed in the first of two straight west regional meets in the 100-meter hurdles that season. In her final season at Northern Illinois, Regular overcame injuries and collected a bronze in the 60-meter hurdles before claiming yet another silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles during outdoor season.

Sydney Clemens - New Place: LSU - Old Place: Coastal Carolina

Like North Carolina A&T before it, Coastal Carolina has become the little engine that not only could but did find a high level of success in NCAA Track & Field. Unfortunately for the program, many of the top talent over the past two seasons have gone on to compete for bigger programs. One of the latest is Sydney Clemens. A strong hurdler and sprinter Clemens grabbed a bronze medal in the 60-meter hurdles at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships as a sophomore in 2022. The Greensboro, North Carolina native did the same thing outdoor season placing third in the 100-meter hurdles. Her junior campaign saw her repeat as a bronze winner in the 60-meter hurdles before winning a silver medal in the 400-meter relay at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Clemens finished at Coastal Carolina, competing at the east regional in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter relay.

Kayla Sweeney - New Place: Tennessee - Old Place: Coastal Carolina

Another Coastal Carolina star on the move, Kayla Sweeney won back-to-back Sun Belt Conference championships as a member of the star studded 400-meter relay squad that included fellow All-Americans Melissa Jefferson and Jermaisha Arnold in 2021 as well as 2022 and Shani'a Bellamy in 2022. After 2022, Jefferson became a pro, Arnold moved on to Texas A&M and Bellamy went to LSU. Sweeney was a first team All-American in 2022 as a member of the 400-meter relay squad. Last season she returned to the east regional as she competed in the 400-meter relay as well as the open 100 and 200 meters.

This was our second installment of "Same Faces, New Places." To see the first click the link below:

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