As part of our summer series, the Johnson & Wales athletics department is counting down the Top 10 stories from the 2016-17 school year. A group of staff members, coaches and student-athletes selected the best 10 stories from another great season of Wildcat athletics.
While there were many great stories, not all of them can make the top 10. Here is the second round of honorable mentions, next Thursday will start the countdown with #10:
No player in Division III was better at disrupting opposing offenses than Anthony Jernigan. He led the nation with 3.39 steals per game and finished his career as the JWU all-time leader at 3.48 spg.
Going into the game against Albertus Magnus on January 14, Ashley Thompson needed 33 points to amass 1,000 for her career. She hit a jumper at the 4:19 mark of the fourth quarter to reach the milestone in just 70 games, making her the fastest Wildcat to accomplish the feat. Thompson needs 139 points to break the JWU career scoring record.
There were a lot of pregame ceremonies in the winter and spring as four coaches reached career milestones. It started with men's basketball coach Jamie Benton getting his 200th win versus Lasell on January 12. Next was wrestling mat boss Lonnie Morris getting his 300th victory on January 28th. In the spring, softball head coach Kim Camara-Harvey got her 200th win when the Wildcats beat Simmons twice on April 15th. The final milestone came on April 28 when baseball beat Bridgewater State to give John LaRose his 400th victory.