Skinner, Thompson named All-Americans

University of Montevallo junior Dalton Skinner has been named an honorable mention selection on the PING NCAA Division II All-American golf team. (Contributed)

University of Montevallo junior Dalton Skinner has been named an honorable mention selection on the PING NCAA Division II All-American golf team. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

University of Montevallo junior Dalton Skinner was recently named an honorable mention selection on the PING NCAA Division II All-American team for golf while sophomore Cheyenne Thompson has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in women’s cross country and women’s track and field.

Cheynne Thompson has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in women's cross county and women's track. (Contributed)

Cheynne Thompson has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in women’s cross county and women’s track. (Contributed)

Skinner was also named a first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection and was tabbed as the conference’s Golfer of the Week on three occasions during the season. Thompson, a Chelsea, Alabama native who owns a perfect 4.00 grade-point average as a Biochemistry major, earned her first Academic All-American selection on the team recognizing the top student-athletes in NCAA Division II for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Skinner is the Falcons’ first PING NCAA Division II All-American honorable mention selection since Conner Godsey earned the honor following the 2013 season. Thompson is the second Montevallo student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American this academic year, joining senior Vinny Rodriguez, who was named an Academic All-American in baseball.

Skinner played 27 rounds and competed in all 10 events for the Falcons during his junior campaign. He finished tied with Brandon Robinson-Thompson of USC Aiken for the lowest stroke average in the conference with a 72.1 stroke average. He also posted a team-best four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes during the year.

Thompson, a graduate of Chelsea High School, earned Peach Belt Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year honors after capturing two individual titles at the conference championship. Thompson won the individual title in the 5,000-meter run with her time of 18:11.58, while also claiming the 3,000-meter steeplechase title with her time of 11:14.64.

Thompson also played a key role in helping the Falcons advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship in women’s cross country, earning All-Peach Belt Conference and All-Southeast Region honors while helping the team win the conference and region championships.