Six Honored as Division III National Indoor Track and Field Athletes and Coaches of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

March 19, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Marcus Newsom, head coach of National Champion Wartburg College, was among six honorees that were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Association announced the 2009 USTFCCCA National Indoor Track and Field Athletes and Coaches of the Year.

Newsom, named the USTFCCCA Women’s Division III National Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, guided his women’s team to its first indoor national championship after scoring 51 team points at the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet. The Knights picked up two first place finishes in the women’s triple jump and in the women’s 4×400 meter relay. Wartburg earned 14 USTFCCCA All-American honors during the two-day event, which was the highest by any program at the 2009 meet.

Joining Newsome was Whitworth’s Toby Schwarz who was named the USTFCCCA Men’s Division III National Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year; Willy Kaul, Men’s Track Athlete of the Year; Amanda LaRocca, Women’s Track Athlete of the Year; Caitlin Schetter, Women’s Field Athlete of the Year; and Todd Wildman, Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.

The 2009 USTFCCCA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Athletes and Coaches of the Year:

WOMEN

Track Athlete of the Year – Amanda LaRocca – Illinois Wesleyan University
LaRocca was third in the 55 meter dash, fourth in the 55 meter hurdles, and ran on the runner-up 4×400 meter relay team at the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships. LaRocca scored an impressive 44 points at the CCIW championships, winning titles in the 55 meter dash, the 55 meter hurdles, and the long jump. LaRocca was named the 2009 CCIW Track Athlete of the year.

Field Athlete of the Year – Caitlin Schetter – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Schetter won the long jump title (18’10”) at the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships, and finished second overall in the triple jump (39’5”). She was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Field Event High Point Athlete of the Meet following her championship performances. Schetter won both the triple jump (38’11.75") and long jump (19’5.5") at the WIAC Championships and was named the 2009 WIAC Field Performer of the Meet. Schetter is a senior from Kiel, Wisconsin.

Coach of the Year – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg College
Newsom led his Knights to their first Division III Indoor National Title winning the meet with 51 points. The title was the first for Wartburg since its 2005 outdoor national title. Wartburg’s athletes collected a meet high 14 USTFCCCA All-American honors and came away with two first-place finishes at the national meet.

MEN

Track Athlete of the Year – Willy Kaul – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Kaul was the men’s 5,000 meter champion at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, and anchored the men’s record-setting distance medley relay team. Kaul was named the USTFCCCA Male Track High Point Athlete of the Meet. Kaul, a senior from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has had a busy indoor season. At the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, Kaul won the mile, the 3000 meter run, and ran on the winning distance medley relay for the Titans to earn WIAC Track Athlete of the Year honors.

Field Athlete of the Year – Todd Wildman – Trinity University (Texas)
Wildman entered the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships ranked seventh in the pentathlon and left with a national championship. Wildman won the first ever men’s pentathlon event with 3,859 points. He also finished second in the high jump, clearing 6’9.75”. He was named the USTFCCCA Male Field Event High Point Athlete of the Meet. Wildman is a senior from Dallas, Texas.

Coach of the Year – Toby Schwarz – Whitworth University
In his 13th season as Whitworth’s head coach, Schwarz led his Whitworth Pirates to a third-place overall team finish at the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship. Schwarz’s student-athletes earned three USTFCCCA All-American honors during the two-day event. Competing with only four student-athletes, Whitworth won the men’s high jump, finished second in the men’s 800 meter run, and took third in the men’s shot put.