Former Lady Longhorn cross country star LeighAnn Haynes has earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors.
Haynes was named an All-American by virtue of her fourth-place finish in the NJCAA cross country championships Nov. 8 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The top-five finishers in the championships are named All-Americans.
In addition to earning the prestigious individual honor, Haynes' efforts helped the Yavapai College Roughriders win the national team championship.
Haynes is a sophomore at Yavapai College in Prescott.
According to Haynes' mother, Michelle, her daughter's showing in the championships attracted the attention of Oral Roberts cross country and track coach Alick Musukumaa.
Nov. 15, Haynes accepted a full-ride scholarship from Oral Roberts University located in Tulsa, Okla., Michelle Haynes said.
Next fall, Haynes will participate in both track and field and cross country for the university.
"She is setting her sights high and is excited about what lies ahead," her mother said.
Haynes and her teammates were honored at a ceremony Nov. 25 on the school campus. During the proceedings, the national championship banner was given to the team and eventually will be displayed in the gym. The team members also are to receive NJCAA championship rings.
Haynes is a 2002 graduate of Payson High School. She anticipates graduating from Yavapai next spring with an associates degree in liberal arts.
In the fall of 2001, Haynes teamed with Whitney Hardt, Lily Flores, Michelle Closs, Shalynn McGee and Amy Davis to lead the Lady Longhorns to the Class 3A state championship.
In the surprise upset over highly favored Hopi and Ganado, Hayes finished eighth in the individual standings.