St. Lucia’s Taurai takes conference title, Top XV Award

St. Lucia’s Taurai takes conference title, Top XV Award

Taurai Augustin_TOP_XVTaurai Augustin continues to do big things at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Saint Lucian sophomore won the 800m run and made the all-Conference first team, as the second annual Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships concluded at Georgian Court University on Sunday.

Taurai won the event by one second, ending in 1:57.60, just shy of his top mark of 1:57.26. He edged Chestnut Hill College sophomore Giancarlo Martines (1:58.60).

The youngster from the Caribbean just missed out on All-CACC honours in the 1500m run as he finished third overall in a time of 4:15.47.

Meanwhile, CACC handed Taurai the Top XV Award for men’s track & field, the second student-athlete from Holy Family to earn that prize. Current senior and then sophomore Jenna Richards won the inaugural women’s soccer honour in 2013.

Augustin, a biology major, has a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 in his second season as a member of the Holy Family track & field team. He is also a member of the cross-country team.

The CACC Top XV Award is modelled after the NCAA Elite 90 Award and is a direct product of the CACC Strategic Plan. The Top XV Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the CACC championships.

In order to be considered, the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletics standing as well as a member of the active roster. In the event of a tie, it is broken by the total number of credit hours earned. The award debuted in the 2013-14 season, and was named the Top XIV Award after the 14 championship sports the CACC offered.

The award changed to the Top XV in 2014-15, as the conference expanded its championship offerings to 15 sports with the addition of men’s track & field.

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