Can Wayland claim to have a national champion in intercollegiate athletics? Yes.
Before last Friday, the closest this community got to having one of their own win a national title was Jessie Merchant’s top slugger role with the University of Michigan national champion softball team. And don’t forget Phil Regan won the National League Fireman of the Year award three times.
Now comes Central Michigan University senior Presley Hudson, a Wayland High School graduate, who captured the NCAA women’s basketball regular season individual title in free throw accuracy, making 116 of 123 at the line for a mind-boggling 94.3 percent. She edged Rebekah Hand of Marist, who checked in at 94.1% and Marta Gomez of Wyoming at 93.8%.
Hudson averaged 20.4 points per game this season, 18th best in the NCAA. The regular season ended last weekend and post-season tournaments have begun.
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