Voorhees College sends Track and Field student-athletes off to the NAIA Men and Women’s 2021 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 21, 2021
College administration congratulated six student-athletes who will travel to Gulf Shores, Ala. from May 23-28 to compete in the 2021 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The championships participants are Cheneniah Mckeever, Kenneth Cannan, Jakheem Heyward, Keyana Yeoman, and twin brothers, Nathan and Lathan Kee.
Interim President Dr. Ronnie Hopkins said the institution takes pride in shaping well-rounded student-athletes. “The Tigers are resilient and steadfast academically and athletically. We are about our books as well as our sport. We wish the team well as they compete at Nationals, and we are behind them all the way.”
Athletics director Charlene Johnson said it is quite an accomplishment for the six talented student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete in the championship.
“It is evident the student-athletes worked hard in practice and during track meets to make the qualifying marks needed to compete at Nationals,” Johnson said. “They will represent Voorhees College well, and we are very proud of them.”
Head Track and Field Coach Jeffrey Hughes said this opportunity is well deserved because the student-athletes are focused on their craft and appreciate a challenge. “These young individuals are persistent and on the verge of something greater than themselves. We will go to Alabama, and they will give their all, and that is all I ask.”
Two of the student-athletes comment on the opportunity in front of them as they prepare for Nationals.
Keyana Yeoman, a rising junior mass communication major from Leland, N.C., said she competes in the 100-meter hurdles. This year, she is very excited and honored to be able to run at Nationals. “Last year, with my injury, I was not able to compete, so coming back and putting in hard work was important.”
Lathan Kee, a rising senior biology major from Shelby, N.C., said to compete in Nationals is a fantastic opportunity. “I am excited and ready to run and compete with my teammates in the championships. I am also proud to be a student-athlete from Voorhees College.”