Wayne Dawkins, who capped his stellar three-sport career at Heidelberg by winning European gold medals in the long and triple jumps last month, has committed to run track at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., his father Eric reported in an email.
Dawkins, a linebacker who was voted the defensive MVP of the 2010 Division I championship game and who averaged 10.5 points and five rebounds per game for the undefeated 2012 European D-I basketball champions, earned 12 of Heidelberg’s 2011 D-I-winning 102 points by placing second in the triple and fourth in the long jump as a junior. Covering a meet-winning 46 feet, 2.5 inches in the triple and 21-8 in the long jump this season, Dawkins almost doubled his 2011 point total with 20 points, but Vilseck outscored the Lions 115-99.5 for the boys’ team title.
Wingate, an NCAA Division II school located 30 miles from Charlotte, has fielded a track team for just two seasons, Eric Dawkins reported. But the Bulldogs are set to inaugurate a completely new track later this summer, and the school is ranked third nationally in D-II for producing academic All-Americans.