INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Texas A&M Corpus Christi track & field competitor Sashane Hanson and Nicholls softball pitcher Megan Landry have been named nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The pair will represent the Southland Conference in a field of 148 nominees for the honor.Hanson recently closed out her four-year career with the Islanders, capturing second-team All-America honors following a 16th-place high-jump finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, product also captured a pair of gold medals in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Championships. In addition to her athletic endeavors, Hanson was named the 2019 Southland Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. She secured a position on the 2019 Academic All-Conference team with a 3.42 grade-point average (GPA) in biomedical science.Landry also concluded an illustrious collegiate career this past spring, setting numerous records for the Nicholls’ softball program and pushing her squad to a berth in the Southland Tournament title game. She stands as the Colonels’ all-time leader with 80 wins and nine saves. Landry is a three-time all-conference selection and the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year. She earned Academic All-Conference honors three times throughout her career and was deemed the conference’s 2018 softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her junior campaign. Landry completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education-English this past December with a 3.97 GPA.A total of 148 student-athletes were chosen by NCAA conferences and a selection committee and were selected from a poll of 585 nominees. The field of nominees represent collegiate student-athletes from 20 sports across all three NCAA divisions.The top 30 honorees, comprising of 10 women from each division, will be named the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the poll to nine finalists – with three from each division – in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year to be honored at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.The NCAA Woman of the Year program recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
Rally goers ask the community to stop the violence on Sunday afternoon. Hillman/KSKAAfter two recent shooting deaths of local teenagers, more than 60 people marched through the rain in East Anchorage on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness of violence in the community.Download AudioThe crowd sang “Keep calm everybody, and put your guns away. Stop the violence!” The sentiment was echoed on their matching black t-shirts as they marched near the site where 19-year-old Preston Junior Clark Perdomo was shot dead last week.Among the crowd was resident Allie Hernandez, who moved to Anchorage in 1997 because it was a safe place to raise her kids. She says now, she’s scared.“This is why we’re walking,” she says between deep breaths. “We have a lot of parents here walking because we’re scared for our kids. We don’t want to see them dead. We don’t want to bury our kids no more. So if we have to walk five miles or six miles, even though I’m not in shape, girl, we’re doing it!”Summer Yancy walked wearing a set of charms representing friends and family who were impacted by violence. She said Anchorage is so close-knit that everyone is affected by the recent shootings. One way to stop it is to speak candidly with youth about gun violence.“Let’s have real scenarios of what this looks like when you’re in a real situation,” she said, when talking about ways to facilitate an effective conversation. “With[in] a group of kids and there’s one person in that group that wants to be irresponsible with their gun and all the sudden everybody is sucked in… it can happen to very good kids as well.”Nineteen-year-old Brennan Gregiore-Girard said he grew up on the east side of town and gun violence doesn’t faze him.The attendees of the Stop the Violence rally pose for a photo. Hillman/KSKA“I mean when I hear about it, it doesn’t shock me any more, which is sad to say because we shouldn’t be in an environment where kids should feel that way, but it’s the sad truth.”He said he thinks kids need to take responsibility for their actions and for the situations they place themselves in.“I’ve always felt like I could talk things out. My mom raised me that way and my dad raised me that way. And I’ve always wrestled and done combat sports, so it’s not one of those things where I’m scared and all that,” he explained. “But why should I put my hands on someone to stop the violence? Because when you kill someone, you’re not only killing them.” You’re killing a piece of everyone they knew, he said.The community group We Are Anchorage organized the walk to show a unified front for saying no to violence. They hope to encourage people to start actively watching out for their communities and speaking up.