It was a memorable year for area athletes at the college level.
Their success is the No. 6 sports story of 2019.
In March, former Northeastern High School track and field and cross country athlete Tedric Shannon was named an all-American as a member of the University of Mount Olive men’s 4x400 meter relay team as a junior.
The relay team finished fourth at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships at Pittsburg, Kansas.
The track and field awards continued for Shannon during the outdoor season as he and former Camden County High School track and field athlete Trevor Carr were named all-Americans during the NCAA Division II national championships in May.
Shannon was a member of the Mount Olive 4x400 meter relay team that finished third in the event, while Carr, a junior, was a member of the Mount Olive 4x100 meter relay team that finished third in the event.
Another former Northeastern athlete also had success as Aaron Carver helped the 2018-19 Old Dominion men’s basketball team win the Conference USA regular season and tournament championships.
The Monarchs defeated Western Kentucky in the CUSA tournament championship game for the league title March 16 and clinched a berth into the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament in the south region.
Carver and No. 14 seed ODU lost to No. 3 seed Purdue in the first round of the NCAA tournament March 21 in Hartford, Conn.
Former John A. Holmes boys’ basketball player Dre Perry helped the 2018-19 Temple University men’s basketball team earn a spot in the NCAA tournament and faced Belmont in a play-in game.
Former Northeastern boys’ basketball player Damar Sutton helped the 2018-19 Pitt Community College men’s basketball team advance to the NJCAA men’s basketball national tournament March 19 and March 20.
Two former athletes from Elizabeth City were awarded scholarships before their seasons in August.
Former Northeastern football player William Simpson received a football scholarship from North Carolina A&T State University for his redshirt-senior campaign.
He helped the Aggies win the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and the Celebration Bowl with a 64-44 win over Alcorn State in what has become the de facto HBCU national championship game Dec. 21.
EC native Brent Jenkins received a men’s basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
As of Thursday, Jenkins, a sophomore guard, has played in eight games this season for the Seahawks.