USTFCCCA Announces Division I Indoor Track & Field Regional Honorees
By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA
March 12, 2009
NEW ORLEANS – The defending women’s shot put champion, Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili, and Oregon distance ace Galen Rupp lead a superb group of 72 men’s and women’s indoor track and field regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2009 Division III indoor track and field season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday.
The USTFCCCA selects the top men’s and women’s track athlete, field athlete, assistant coach, and head coach for the nine regions in Division I indoor track and field.
Kevkhishvili, a junior, leads the NCAA in the women’s shot put with a toss of 58’10.25”. She was the SEC Champion in the shot and broke SEC meet and Florida school records. She is a two-time SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week in 2009 and was named the SEC’s Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
Oregon’s Rupp has been on a torrid pace this indoor season setting a new American Record in the men’s 5,000 meters (13:18.12), and a new American Collegiate Bets in the men’s 3,000 meters (7:44.69). Along with his men’s mile school record (3:57.86), the senior has broken a total of three school records. Rupp needs only two more All-American awards to become the most decorated student-athlete in Oregon history.
The 2009 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships will take place on March 13th through March 14th in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
The 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field Athletes and Coaches of the Year
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Gwen Jorgensen – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jorgensen automatically qualified in the 3,000 meters (9:10.12) and 5,000 meters (15:55.63) and won Big 10 Indoor Championships in both events. Her winning time in the 5,000 meters of 15:55.63 is the second-fastest winning time in Big Ten history and ranks her second among declared competitors heading into the national championships. She also clocked a 4:39.43 mile earlier in the season.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Bridget Franek – Pennsylvania State University
Franek, a junior, has enjoyed a sensational indoor season. She has clocked automatic qualifiers in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, and posted a near-automatic performance in the mile. Franek was a top finisher at the Big Ten Championships, recorded a second-place finish in the 5,000 at the Washington Husky Classic, and recorded a mile win at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.
MIDWEST REGION – Heather Dorniden – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dorniden, a senior, won Big Ten Championships in the mile and 600 meters and scored a total of 21.5 points at the Big Ten meet to help lead Minnesota to the team title. She ranks fourth among declared competitors in the 800 meters heading into the national championships with a season-best time of 2:04.39. Dorniden broke school records in both the mile and 600 meters during the 2009 season with best efforts of 4:38.80 and 1:27.78, respectively.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Jenny Barringer – University of Colorado, Boulder
Barringer, who has run in only three races this season (mile, 3k and 5k), set CU records in all three, along with the top collegiate marks ever in two events. She was the first Colorado women’s athlete to run the 3k in under nine minutes. Barringer won her first Big 12 indoor title and set a new collegiate mark in the mile (4:25.91). She was named the Big 12 Indoor Track Performer of the Year.
NORTHEAST REGION – Lucy Van Dalen – Stony Brook University
Van Dalen is an automatic qualifier in the mile with a time of 4:36.71, which is ranked seventh on the national performance list. She won the America East Conference title in the mile and 1,000 meters and has set school records in the mile (4:36.71), the 1k (2:47.34), and the 3k (9:26.68).
SOUTH REGION – Murielle Ahoure – University of Miami (Florida)
Ahoure has the fastest 60 meter time (7.17) and the third fastest 200 meter time (23.14). She was the ACC Champion in the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash and was named the ACC Indoor Track Performer of the Year.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Samantha Henry – Louisiana State University
Henry is one of only four athletes in SEC history to win the 60 and 200 in the same championship meet. At 7.19 in the 60m and 23.30 in the 200, Henry sits second and sixth respectively on the NCAA descending order list. The 60 and 200 m SEC titles are the first for Henry in individual events.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Francene McCorory – Hampton University
McCorory, a junior, has the fastest time in the women’s 400 meter dash this season (52.06) in Division I indoor track. She was the 2009 MEAC Indoor Champion and was a finalist in the 60 meter and 200 meter races. McCorory has been undefeated all season long.
WEST REGION – Lauren Centrowitz – Stanford University
Centrowitz recorded a pair of NCAA auto standards in the mile (4:37.07) and the 3,000 meters (9:10.99) in 2009, and is a member of the distance medley relay team that recorded an NCAA auto time (11:07.53). She helped lead Stanford to the MPSF title with an individual title in the mile (4:39.00).
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Shane Knoll – Michigan State University
Knoll, a junior, has the top time among declared competitors in the mile headed into the national championships with a best time of 3:57.36, achieved in his winning effort at the Meyo Invitational. Knoll broke Michigan State school records in both the 800 meters and the mile this indoor season, and his 800 meter time of 1:48.97 was a provisional qualifying mark. Knoll took third place at the Big Ten Championships in the mile.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Ryan Foster – Pennsylvania State University
Foster was the Big Ten Conference Champion in the 800 meters this year and has run 1:49.85 in the 800 and 4:08.99 in the mile. He also runs on the auto qualifying DMR squad (9:32.94). His victory in the 800 at the Big Ten Championships helped lead Penn State to the team’s best finish (3rd).
MIDWEST REGION – German Fernandez – Oklahoma State University
Fernandez was named the Big 12 Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year and the men’s Freshman of the Year after winning the men’s mile (3:55.02) and 3,000 meters (7:57.11) at the Big 12 Championships. His time of 3:55.02 in the mile is a new Big 12 meet record. Fernandez was the first freshman in conference indoor history to be named the performer of the year.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Gil Roberts – Texas Tech University
Big 12 400 meter champion Gil Roberts enters the NCAA championship meet with the nation’s second best performance at 46.08, a time which also currently places him among the world leaders indoors.
Roberts led the Red Raiders 4 x 400 meter relay to a runner up finish in the Big 12 meet and spot in the NCAA Championship meet.
NORTHEAST REGION – David McCarthy – Providence College
McCarthy was the men’s Big East Champion in the 3,000 meters. He is ranked fourth nationally in the mile (3:57.75) and ran the anchor leg on Providence’s men’s DMR squad.
SOUTH REGION – Torrin Lawrence – University of Georgia
Lawrence won the men’s SEC title in the 200 meters giving Georgia its first indoor 200 meter title ever. His time in the 200 (20.77) is currently ranked second nationally and was a new Georgia school record. He has also run 46.18 in the 400 meters, which is fourth nationally. Lawrence was named the Men’s SEC Freshman Runner of the Year.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dorian Ulrey – University of Arkansas
Ulrey was the 2009 SEC Indoor Champion in the mile and 3,000 meters running the top times in the SEC in the mile (3:57.60), the 3,000 meters (7:50.86) and was the anchor of the Arkansas DMR squad (9:28.35). Ulrey was the first Arkansas athlete to win two individual titles at the same SEC indoor championship since 2005. He was named the SEC’s Male Runner of the Year.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jacoby Ford – Clemson University
Ford, a junior from Royal Palm Beach, Florida, sits atop the national list in the 60 meter dash for this season with a time of 6.51 seconds. He is undefeated for the season in the event. Ford also posted a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters (21.18).
WEST REGION – Galen Rupp – University of Oregon
Rupp is ranked first nationally in the men’s 5,000 meters (13:18.12) which is a new American Record and all-time collegiate best. His time in the 3,000 meters (7:44.69) is also ranked first nationally and was a new American Collegiate Best. He has broken a school record in the men’s mile with an automatic time of 3:57.86. Rupp has also qualified for the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in the men’s 800 meters (1:49.87) and as the anchor leg on the distance medley relay that is ranked second nationally (9:29.39).
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Bettie Wade – University of Michigan
Bettie Wade won the Big Ten Championship in both the long jump and the pentathlon this season. She has a top pentathlon score of 4,216 points, third-best in the nation, and has met the NCAA automatic qualifying standard in the long jump 20’ 10”(6.35m) and has a national top 30 mark in the high jump. Wade was named the Big Ten Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Gayle Hunter – Pennsylvania State University
Hunter leads Division I Indoor Track and Field in the pentathlon with 4,236 points and is on the NCAA performance list in five events. Hunter helped her team to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships with a second-place effort in the pentathlon, fourth-place finishes in the long and triple jumps, and a fifth-place showing in the 60 hurdles. Hunter also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4×400.
MIDWEST REGION – Alicia Rue – University of Minnesota
Rue ranks first nationally in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 14’4” (4.37m). She was the Big Ten Champion in the pole vault and has broken school and Big Ten records in the event.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Amy Menlove – Brigham Young University
Menlove scored 30 points at the Mountain West Conference Championships to lead BYU to its eighth women’s MWC indoor title in the last ten years. She automatically qualified in the women’s long jump (21’ 2.75”) which ranks sixth nationally and is provisionally qualified in the pentathlon (4,048 points). Menlove was named the MWC Athlete of the Week twice in 2009 and received the MWC Conference Championship Women’s High Point Award.
NORTHEAST REGION – Jeomi Maduka – Cornell University
Maduka led Cornell to its seventh Heps title in the last eight years after winning four individual events and breaking two meet records. Maduka was named the women’s Heptagonal Most Outstanding Performer for the second straight year. She has the best long jump mark in the NCAA this year
21’ 11.75”(6.70m) and the fourth best triple jump mark 43’10.5” (13.37m).
SOUTH REGION – Mariam Kevkhishvili – University of Florida
Kevkhishvili leads the NCAA in the women’s shot put with a toss of 58’10.25”. She was the SEC Champion in the shot and broke the SEC meet and Florida school records. She has gone undefeated this year in five competitions and is a two-time SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week in 2009.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Destinee Hooker – University of Texas
Hooker, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was the Big 12 Indoor Champion in the high jump clearing 6’4". The mark is also a new Big 12 indoor meet record and gives Hooker her third title in the event becoming just the second person in Big 12 history to win the high jump indoor title three times. Her clearance is tied for best in the NCAA this season.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Liane Weber – Clemson University
Weber, an NCAA automatic qualifier in the pentathlon, ranks second nationally with 4,218 points. She was the ACC champion in the pentathlon. Weber owns the school record in the event and will be participating in her second NCAA Indoor Championships.
WEST REGION – Sarah Stevens – Arizona State University
Stevens leads the country in the women’s shot put (57’7.75") and the weight (70’10"). She won both events at the MPSF Championships for the third straight year, and has gone undefeated against collegiate competition this year.
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Jeff Coover – Indiana University
Coover was the Big Ten Champion in the pole vault clearing 17’10.25" which ranks him sixth nationally. The mark is fourth best on Indiana’s list of top pole vaulters. Coover, who was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week two weeks straight during the indoor season, won the Tyson Invitational title and Meyo Invitational title this year.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Adam Bergo – Rutgers University
Bergo, a freshman, cleared a personal-best height of 7’2.5” in the high jump to win the 2009 Big East title in the event. His winning effort also garnered Most Outstanding Field Performer honors from the Big East Conference. Bergo is tied for the fifth-best mark among declared competitors heading into the national championships and has the top mark among freshmen.
MIDWEST REGION – Chris Rohr – University of Missouri
Rohr was the Big 12 Champion in the weight throw tossing 73’2". He has four throws over 72 feet in the weight and is currently the national leader with a throw of 74’6.25".
MOUNTAIN REGION – Nick Frawley – U.S. Air Force Academy
Frawley set an Air Force program pole vault record of 18’1” at the Air Force Collegiate Invitational. With this mark, Frawley is an Automatic Qualifier into the NCAA Championships and ranked No. 4 in the nation. Frawley’s s second place finish at the conference championship meet earned him all-conference honors for the fourth time.
NORTHEAST REGION – Nasim Siddeeq – University at Albany
Siddeeq was named the America East Conference Field Athlete of the Year, helping the Great Danes win their fourth consecutive league title. He set the school record in the triple jump (51’7.25") while provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Siddeeq was the triple jump champion and the runner-up in the long jump at the America East Championships.
SOUTH REGION – Christian Taylor – University of Florida
Taylor is ranked second in the NCAA in the long jump with a best of 26’3.75” and is 11th in the triple jump (52’10.25”). He was the high point scorer at the SEC meet as a freshman and was named the SEC’s Male Field Athlete of the Year and the Male Freshman of the Year. Taylor was the first man since 2004 to win both the long and triple jumps at the SEC meet.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Walter Henning – Louisiana State University
Currently ranked number two in the nation in the weight throw, Henning has gone through the entire indoor season undefeated. His SEC winning throw of 74’-5.50” is a personal best and LSU school record that outdistanced the field by six feet. He is the first ever LSU Tiger to win the SEC in the event.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Yavgeniy Olhovsky – Virginia Tech University
Olhovsky, a junior from Petah-tivka, Israel, claimed his first ACC pole vault title this indoor season with an 18’0.5" clearance matching the ACC meet record. He is currently ranked second on the NCAA Division performance list with a season best of 18’2.5".
WEST REGION – Ashton Eaton – University of Oregon
Eaton, a junior, has the nation’s best heptathlon score this year with a total of 6,174 points. He is the only individual over the 6,000 point mark and has also qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships in the men’s long jump with a mark of 24’11".
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACHES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Jeff Martin – Indiana State University
Martin most recently coached Kylie Hutson and Lauren Martin to record setting victories at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. Hutson won her third straight women’s pole vault title at the MVC Indoors and Martin her second straight women’s triple jump title. Hutson is an automatic qualifier in the pole vault (14′) and Martin is a provisional qualifier in the triple jump (43’1").
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Chris Johnson – Pennsylvania State University
At the 2009 Big Ten conference meet, Johnson-coached athletes dominated the sprints, winning the 60, 200, 400, and 4×400 relay, highlighted by a 60/200 double from sophomore Shavon Greaves. Johnson’s athletes have recorded eight NCAA qualifying performances, including Greaves in the 60 and 200, Fawn Dorr in the 400, Aleesha Barber in the 60 hurdles, Gayle Hunter in the 60 hurdles, 400, and pentathlon, and the 4×400 relay.
MIDWEST REGION – Kris Grimes – University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Grimes coached three NCAA automatic qualifiers and two Big 12 indoor champions in 2009. Big 12 pole vault champion Natalie Willer is tied for fourth-best mark among declared competitors with a school record vault of 14-0, and she cleared the automatic standard in all five meets in which she competed. Grimes’ other automatic qualifiers are Megan Wheatley, who qualified in the pentathlon with a best score of 4,211, and Chantae McMillan, who scored an automatic qualifying mark of 4,051 in the pentathlon.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Cliff Felkins – Texas Tech University
Felkins has two of the top throwers in the nation into the NCAA championship meet. Patience Knight won her second-straight Big 12 Indoor Championship in the shot put and currently ranked third in the nation at 56’2”(17.12m). Ozie Okolie placed second at the Big 12 Championships in the weight throw and has the sixth best throw in the nation. Felkins throwers contributed greatly to the Red Raiders runner up finish in the Big 12 Championship meet.
NORTHEAST REGION – Clive Terrelonge – University of Connecticut
Terrelonge, in his fifth season at UConn as the sprints/hurdles coach, has helped lead the program to a No. 13 ranking in the country, their best ranking in program history. He has coached five athletes this season on the national list, while ranking two in the top-10 in their respective events. He helped lead the team to its second Big East Indoor title. His 4×400 and 4×800 relays also broke school records.
SOUTH REGION – Pauline Davis-Thompson – University of Tennessee
Thompson’s athletes were instrumental in helping the Lady Vols win the SEC title. In her first season as a full-time assistant coach at UT, Davis-Thompson developed Celriece Law into an SEC champion in the 60m hurdles. Law is the first Lady Vol to win that event at SECs since 1988. Another pupil, Lynne Layne, posted a pair of runner-up finishes at the SEC Championships, taking second in the 60m dash in 7.22 and snaring second in the 200m in 23.53, both career bests.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Vince Anderson – Texas A&M University
Anderson’s Texas A&M women won the Big 12 indoor team title with 130 points, becoming the first women’s team in the conference to win the Big 12 indoor title three years in a row. Anderson’s event areas (sprints/hurdles) were responsible for 90 of the Aggies’ 130 points and produced six winning efforts.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Timothy Vaught – University of North Carolina, Charlotte
In only his first indoor season guiding the sprints, relays, and hurdles squads for the Charlotte 49ers, Vaught’s women tallied an impressive 86 of the team’s 175 points at the Atlantic Ten Championships. Charlotte took home top team honors at that meet. All told, Vaught’s athletes accounted for four first placed finishes at the A-10 meet.
WEST REGION – Jason Dunn – Stanford University
Dunn helped guide the Cardinal to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship this season, tallying 115 total points. Dunn coached athletes took home the individual title in three distance events – the mile run, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters. In addition, Stanford boasts the top two freshman times in the country in the 3000 and 5000 meters.
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACHES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Mark Croghan – Kent State University
Croghan guided Kent State athletes to top marks at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Croghan’s athletes won the 800m (1:50.55), finished second in the distance medley relay (9:48.70), and finished second, third, and fourth in the mile to help the Flashes clinch their first-ever MAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship in school history.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – John Gondak – Pennsylvania State University
Third-year assistant coach John Gondak guided the Penn State middle distance contingent to a strong 2009 campaign, highlighted by a 1-2 sweep of the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championship by sophomores Ryan Foster and Owen Dawson. Penn State also earned a runner-up finish in the Big Ten 600 meters. Foster, Dawson, and fellow sophomore Lionel Williams all earned provisional marks in the 800 meters during the season.
MIDWEST REGION – Jeremy Fischer – University of Oklahoma
As jumps coach for the Sooners, Fischer has four athletes ranked on the NCAA performance list. His triple jumpers are ranked second and third nationally, and his long jumper is ranked eighth nationally. He also has a high jumper ranked 13th overall on the performance list. The Sooners finished 5th overall as a team at the Big 12 Championships
MOUNTAIN REGION – Dion Miller – Texas Tech University
Miller has coached Gil Roberts to the second fastest-time nationally in the 400 meters (46.08) and to a Big 12 Championship individual title. Hurdler Omo Osaghae has the third fastest 60 meter hurdle time at 7.72 and also won the Big 12 Championship in the 60 meter hurdles.
NORTHEAST REGION – Robert Johnson – Cornell University
Johnson’s athletes set school records in the 800 (1:50.64), 1k (2:24.31), and 3k (7:59.31). At the Ivy League Heptagonal, his athletes scored 67 points towards the team total as his runners won the 800, mile, 5k and DMR and finished 2nd in the 1k and 3k.
SOUTH REGION – Brian O’Neal – University of Florida
O’Neal helped guide the Gators to a second place overall team finish at the SEC Indoor Championships. He is in his first season with Florida and coaches the jumps and hurdles. He mentors the SEC leading jumper and SEC Male Freshman and Field Athlete of the Year, Christian Taylor. O’Neal also coaches 60 meter hurdlers Dennis Mitchell and Kallinka Pitt. Mitchell is ranked tenth in the NCAA this season with a time of 7.76 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Michael Ford – Baylor University
Ford’s sprinters led Baylor to a fourth place finish in the Big 12 meet by finishing first and third in the 60m, first, third and fourth in the 200 and claiming the conference championship in the 4 x 400 relay. Big 12 60m & 200m champion Trey Harts leads the nation in the 200. Whitney Pervost and Courtney Thomas add depth to the Bears sprint corps. Baylor also enters the NCAA indoor championship meet with the number four ranked 4 x 400m relay team.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jake Jacoby – University of Louisville
Jacoby’s jumps coaching helped the Louisville men finish third in the Big East Conference Championships. Tone Belt and Wesley Smith finished 1-2 in the long jump at the conference meet. Currently in his third season as an assistant for Louisville, Jacoby’s jumpers have registered a total of seven qualifying marks for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships.
WEST REGION – Jason Dunn – Stanford University
Handling primarily the distance events, Dunn’s first season as a Stanford indoor track & field assistant coach has been a successful one. Elliott Heath and Chris Derrick occupy two of the top three freshman spots on the national performance list for the 3,000 meters. In addition, Chris Derrick achieved the fastest time in the country for a freshman in the 5,000 meters.
WOMEN’S HEAD COACHES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – James Henry – University of Michigan
Henry’s Wolverines have been ranked in the top ten nationally all season long, and have the top 60 meter hurdler (8.01), the second fastest 800 meter runner (2:03.91), and the third-best pentathlete (4,216 points). Michigan finished third overall in the team standings at the Big Ten Championships.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Joe Compagni – Monmouth University
The Monmouth Hawks won the 2009 Northeast Conference title under the guidance of thirteenth-year head coach Joe Compagni. Three athletes won individual titles and a total of 12 women garnered All-Conference honors at the Championships. Compagni has led the Hawks to four NEC titles in the last six years.
MIDWEST REGION – Matt Bingle – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Bingle’s Golden Gophers won the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field team title, their third in a row. Bingle coaches the sprints, hurdles, and jumps and had three freshmen sprinters place in the 60 meter dash at the Big Ten Championships, a first in school history. The team scored in 16 of 18 events to insure the championship.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Craig Poole – Brigham Young University
Craig Poole was honored as the Mountain West Conference Indoor Coach of the Year in 2009. He coached BYU to the MWC Indoor title with 224 points. His team owns 19 NCAA provisional/automatic qualifying marks and has earned five MWC Athlete of the Week awards this season, which is the most since the inception of the league in 1999.
NORTHEAST REGION – Bill Morgan – University of Connecticut
Morgan has six entries (five athletes in six events) in the Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships, led by Trisha Anne Hawthorne who is entered in two events; 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash. The five athletes that will represent UCONN is the largest contingent in school history. Morgan’s Huskies won their second straight Big East Conference title and also won the New England Championships title.
SOUTH REGION – J.J. Clark – University of Tennessee
Clark led the second-ranked Lady Vols to a victory at the 2009 SEC Indoor Championships, the team’s third win in the past five seasons at the SEC meet. The Lady Vols won the 800m, mile, 3K, DMR and 60m hurdles and were runners-up in the 60m, 200m, 3K and shot. Clark coached Sarah Bowman to three straight SEC Indoor wins in mile, 3K and DMR, the first time any woman has done that. His DMR set an American record at 10:56.40 earlier this year.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Pat Henry – Texas A&M University
The Henry coached Texas A&M women won the Big 12 team title with 130 points, becoming the first women’s team in the conference to win the Big 12 Indoor title three years in a row. Henry’s Aggies have been ranked No. 1 each week of the 2009 season.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Maurice Pierce – Hampton University
Pierce was named the 2009 MEAC Indoor Track Championships Most Outstanding Women’s Coach for the seventh (7th) straight year. His women’s team won its seventh straight MEAC Conference Indoor title, and his 400 meter runner, Francena McCorory, has the fastest 400 meter time in the nation (52.06). Another of his athletes (Racquel Vassell) was named the 2009 MEAC Indoor Championships Most Outstanding Female Athlete after she scored 40.5 points in the meet.
WEST REGION – Edrick Floreal – Stanford University
The Stanford women won the MPSF Championships with 115 points with its athletes picking up conference titles in the mile, the 3k, the 5k, and the triple jump. Stanford scored points in 15 of the 17 championship events. Stanford has 18 provisional/automatic marks and one relay on the NCAA performance list.
MEN’S HEAD COACHES OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Bill Lawson – Kent State University
Lawson was selected as the MAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year after he led Kent State to the first MAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship in school history. In addition to the team title, KSU received the Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer (Curtis Eaton, Jr.) and Most Valuable Performer (Princeton Bryson) awards.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Beth Alford-Sullivan, Pennsylvania State University
In her third year at the helm of the Penn State men’s program, Director and Head Coach Beth Alford-Sullivan led the Nittany Lions to new heights, as Penn State recorded a third place finish in the Big Ten Conference team standings, its highest ever Big Ten indoor finish. This season, eight Nittany Lions have posted NCAA qualifiers under Sullivan’s watch, including four in the 800 meters, one in the 5,000 meters, one in the high jump, one in the pole vault, and one in the triple jump.
MIDWEST REGION – Steve Plasencia – University of Minnesota
In his first year as Minnesota’s head coach, Plasencia led the Golden Gophers to the top of the podium at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. Golden Gophers scored wins in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, high jump, and shot put, and they finished first, second, third, and eighth in the heptathlon to lead a balanced Minnesota effort. Four UM athletes earned bids to the 2009 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Mark Robison – Brigham Young University
Robinson’s Cougars won the Mountain West Indoor Championship with a new conference record of 224 pts (2nd place was 102). He was named the MWC Coach of the Year. Under Robison’s guidance, BYU’s top thrower Leif Arrhenius has qualified for the NCAA Championship meet in the weight throw.
NORTHEAST REGION – Greg Roy – University of Connecticut
Roy led his Huskies to its second straight Big East Conference Indoor title, and fifth since 2002. The Huskies also won the New England Championship for the 15th time in the last 16 years. Roy has three athletes entered in the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships; two in the 800 meters and one in the high jump.
SOUTH REGION – Bob Braman – Florida State University
Braman guided his Seminoles to their first ACC Indoor title. Top ranked long jumper Ngoni Makusha was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Year. His team has the best 4×400 meter relay time, and he has three athletes in the top ten in the men’s 60 meter dash. His heptathlete is ranked second nationally with 5,847 points. Braman was named the ACC Men’s Coach of the Year.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Bucknam – University of Arkansas
In his first year as head coach at Arkansas, Chris Bucknam led the Razorbacks to the 2009 SEC Indoor Championship title. The Razorbacks picked up event titles by Bucknam coached athletes in the 800m, mile, 3K, and DMR. The Hogs also earned seven runner-up finishes in the SEC meet. Razorbacks have run the top times in the SEC in the 800, mile, 3,000 and DMR during this indoor season. Arkansas athletes have recorded nine NCAA provisional and five automatic qualifying times, establishing a new school record in the DMR that leads the nation.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Bob Olesen – University of North Carolina, Charlotte
For Olesen, it was another championship to remember as his men’s squad tallied 218 total points to run away with the 2009 Atlantic-10 Indoor Championships. Olesen is the coach of the field events squad, which accounted for 71 team points at the conference meet. The conference victory marked the third in four years for Olesen’s men.
WEST REGION – Dan Steele – University of Oregon
Oregon has been ranked in the top five of the USTFCCCA rankings all season long, and has the top NCAA qualifiers in four events (800m, the 3k, the 5k, and the heptathlon). Steele coaches the team’s decathletes, sprinters, hurdlers, and pole vaulters.