Record Setting Barringer Leads List of Division I Regional Winners
NEW ORLEANS – Colorado’s Jenny Barringer leads an impressive group of regional award winners as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2009 Division I Men’s and Women’s Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year on Monday afternoon.
Barringer shattered the women’s 1500 meter all-time collegiate-best record by running an astounding 3:59.90 at the Prefontaine Classic. The mark was her third outdoor collegiate record this season. Her 1500 meter performance broke the previous record by more than six seconds and placed Barringer in elite company as she became just the fourth female in U.S. history to break the four-minute barrier in the event.
Barringer’s two other collegiate records are in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:26.20) and the 5,000 meters (15:07.64). Though she owns the top time in all three events, she will focus on the steeple, an event she won at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships and in which she holds the American record.
In honor of her accomplishments this season, Barringer has been named the Mountain Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.
The USTFCCCA honors the top track and field athletes along with the top head coaches and assistant coaches in nine Division I regions. A total of 73 men’s and women’s student-athletes and coaches were recognized this year.
The 2009 USTFCCCA Regional Award Winners for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field:
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Tiffany Ofili – Michigan
Michigan senior co-captain Tiffany Ofili is the nation’s top-ranked 100-meter hurdler with a season-best time of 12.82 seconds. The two-time defending NCAA Champion in the 100-meter hurdles, Ofili claimed conference crowns in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump, and 4×100-meter relay this season at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. In her illustrious career as a Wolverine, Ofili has claimed four national championships and nine Big Ten titles. This is the second consecutive Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year award for Ofili.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Clara Grandt – West Virginia
Grandt is currently ranked 3rd in the 10,000 meters and 11th in the 5,000 meters in the NCAA and has qualified to compete in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter events at the NCAA Championship. She placed sixth in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA East Regional Championships with a time of 16:14.60. She also finished fifth with a time of 9:34.27 at the ECAC Championships in the 3,000-meter race to help lead WVU to a third place finish. She won the 5,000-meter title at BIG EAST Outdoor Championship with a time of 16:07.55, second-best in school history.
Midwest Region – Angela Bizzarri – Illinois
Bizzarri continues to establish herself as one of the top distance runners in the country and the greatest in Illinois history. She won her second consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional title in the 5,000 meters this year, breaking the Mideast Regional Championships record with a performance of 16:11.00. The junior achieved a similar feat at the Big Ten Championships, where she broke the championships meet record with a first-place performance of 15:54.86. She hopes to add to her six All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships, where she heads into the meet ranked first in the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 15:37.39.
Mountain Region – Jenny Barringer – Colorado
A senior from Oviedo, Florida, Barringer has had the type of season collegians dream of, with all-time collegiate best marks in three different events. Her national-leading marks came with season-best performances of 3:59.90 in the 1500 meters, 9:26.20 in the steeplechase, and 15:07.64 in the 5,000 meters. Barringer will focus on the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the upcoming NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, an event in which she also holds the American record.
Northeast Region– Danette Doetzel – Providence
Doetzel, a senior from Macklin, Saskatchewan, won her second-straight Big East Conference title in the 10,000 meters with a personal best time of 33:23.22. That mark also ranks her fourth in the NCAA heading into this weekend’s championships. Earlier in the season, Doetzel recorded the nation’s sixth-fastest time in the 5,000 meters at 15:46.76. She will focus on the 10,000 meters at the NCAA meet, where she earned a second place finish last year.
South Region – Murielle Ahoure – Miami (Fla.)
Ahoure sprinted her way to ACC Championships in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 11.36 and 23.07, respectively. During the NCAA East Region meet, the Bristow, Virginia native again captured championships in both the 100 meters (11.09) and 200 meters (23.09). Heading into the NCAA Championships, Ahoure holds the nation’s second fastest 100 meter (11.09) and sixth fastest 200 meter (22.92) times.
South Central Region – Porscha Lucas – Texas A&M
In 2009, Lucas successfully defended her Big 12 and Midwest Region titles in the 200 meters. Lucas also placed second in the 100 meters at Big 12 and third in 100 meters at the region meet. She established a career best time of 11.12 in the 100 and has run a season best of 22.72 in the 200. Lucas led Texas A&M in scoring at the conference meet with 20.5 points and has totaled 100.5 points through six Big 12 meets (indoor and outdoor) over her Aggie career.
Southeast Region – Francena McCorory – Hampton
McCorory was named First Team All-MEAC in the 200 meters and 400 meters after winning the 200 in 23.23 and the 400 in 51.75 at the MEAC Championships. She also led the 4×100 meter relay team (45.16) and the 4×200 meter relay team (1:35.99) to titles at the Raleigh Relays, before winning the 200 meters at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in 24.09. McCorory won the 400 meters at the NCAA East Regional, running a 52.00 to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
West Region – Charonda Williams – Arizona State
Williams has continued to improve in 2009 and done so in record fashion. The senior won the Pac-10 Championships in the 100 and 200 meter events for the second year in a row, making her the first in the history of the conference to win both in back-to-back seasons. The regional champion in both events and the anchor of the winning 4×100 meter relay, Williams ranks among the top-six nationally in both events, including fourth in the 200 meters (22.82) and sixth in the 100 meters (11.14), both of which are school records.
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Adam Harris – Michigan
Michigan senior Adam Harris won both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, becoming the first Wolverine to accomplish the feat in 28 years. At the NCAA Mideast Regional, he set a new school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.09 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the country. Harris automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. This is Harris’ second consecutive Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year award.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Sean Tully – Villanova
Sean Tully won the 800 meter title at the East Regional finishing in 1:49.39. He claimed the 2009 Big East title in the 800 meters and ran the lead-off leg in the Penn Relays DMR Championship of America squad that won the title and gave Villanova its first victory since 2001. Tully’s best time this year in the 800 meters is 1:48.71, which is ranked 20th overall heading into the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Midwest – German Fernandez – Oklahoma State
During the outdoor season, Fernandez won Big 12 titles in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters and added an NCAA Midwest Region crown in the 1,500 meters. He set a new Oklahoma State school record with a 13:31.78 in the 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational and set a new Fuller Track record when he was clocked at 3:42.80 in the 1,500 meters at the Big 12 Championships. Fernandez, a freshman, will focus his efforts on the 1500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Mountain Region – Gil Roberts – Texas Tech
Roberts added Big 12 Champion and Midwest Regional Champion in the 400 meters to his list of accolades this season. The sophomore has the second-fastest time in the nation at an altitude converted 44.97. The three-time All-American is also a key member of the Red Raiders’ 4×400 meter relay that has the third-fastest time in the nation headed into the Championships.
Northeast Region – Kyle Heath – Syracuse
Senior Kyle Heath became Syracuse’s second NCAA Regional Champion after winning the steeplechase title at the East Region with a time of 8:46.51. Heath beat 31 other competitors to qualify for his second consecutive NCAA Championship. The Farmington, New York native won the ECAC Championship two weeks ago in the same event and was named to the All-Big East team after finishing in second place in the steeplechase at the Big East Outdoor Championship. Heath’s time is the fastest in the event in the Northeast Region and the fifth-fastest in the country.
South Region – Calvin Smith – Florida
Smith, the 2009 Southeastern Conference 400 meter champion, was the recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy at the 2009 SEC Championships for scoring a league-best 22 points. He finished first in the 400 meters, second in the 200 meters and was part of the first-place 4×100 meter relay team and the third-place 4×400 meter relay team. He currently leads the nation in the 400 meters with a time of 44.96, and he is part of the nation’s fastest 4×100 meter relay team (38.74) and the fourth-fastest 4×400 meter relay team (3:02.84).
South Central Region – Trindon Holliday – Louisiana State University
Holliday has proven to be one of the nation’s most dominant sprinters this season as he enters the NCAA Championships ranked number one in the country in the 100 meters with a top time of 10.01. Holliday clocked 10.01 in the SEC final as he became the first LSU Tiger in program history to win two SEC championships in the 100 meters in a career. He also won his second career NCAA Mideast Regional crown in the event. In addition to his performance in the 100 meters, Holliday anchors the nation’s fourth-ranked 4×100 meter relay team that boasts a season-best time of 38.86.
Southeast Region – Sam Chelanga – Liberty
Liberty redshirt sophomore Chelanga has not lost to a collegiate competitor during the 2009 Outdoor Track & Field season. In a highlight-filled season, perhaps the biggest highlight so far came at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational as Chelanga set a collegiate record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:28.48. He also boasts a season-best 13:28.31 in the 5,000 meters, and he won the 1500 meters and 5,000 meters at the Big South Championships to help lead the Flames to the team title. Chelanga is from Nairobi, Kenya.
West Region – Galen Rupp – Oregon
Rupp, a senior from Portland, Oregon, will cap his storied Duck career at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as he seeks a distance double in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Rupp qualified for three events at the national meet (1500, 5,000, and 10,000) but will focus on two. He was the runner-up in the 1500 meters and the 10,000 meter champion at the Pac-10 conference meet. Rupp is ranked sixth overall in the 10,000 meters and 12th overall in the 5,000 meters entering the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Kara Patterson – Purdue University
Patterson holds the nation’s best mark in the javelin this year at 192’1”. She was the Mideast Region Champion in the event, breaking the region and stadium record in the process. She also won the Big Ten championship in the javelin to earn Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year honors. Patterson is undefeated in 2009 heading into the NCAA Championships.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Gayle Hunter – Penn State
Hunter, a senior from Riverside, California, will compete in three events at the upcoming NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She owns the country’s sixth-best mark in the heptathlon at 5730, and she is tied for 13th in the long jump at 21’0.75”. Hunter scored in five events at the Big Ten Championships, including a third-place finish in her specialty, the heptathlon.
Midwest Region – Liz Roehrig – University of Minnesota
Roehrig won the 2009 Big Ten Conference title in the heptathlon with a new school record total of 5871 points, her third conference title in the event in four years as a Golden Gopher. She finished third at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in the high jump with a personal-best clearance of 5’11.25”, but she will focus her efforts on the heptathlon at the upcoming NCAA Championships. A senior from Chilton, Wisconsin, she enters the Championships ranked second in her specialty event.
Mountain Region – Blessing Okagbare – UTEP
Okagbare, a native of Sapele, Nigeria, will compete in two events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Okagbare has the top mark in the long jump at 22’6.25” and the fifth best triple jump at 45’. She won the Conference USA championship in both events and set a new Midwest Region and facility record in winning the Midwest Region long jump title.
Northeast Region – Tahari James – Boston University
James was the 2009 America East Conference Champion in the long and triple jumps, as well as the overall high point scorer at the meet. James has a best of 20’8” in the long jump and 44’3.25” in the triple jump. She finished third overall at the East Regional in the triple jump and is ranked ninth in the event heading into the National Championships.
South Region – Kim Williams – Florida State
Williams has been an unstoppable force since her arrival last year in Tallahassee. In 2009, Williams broke several facility and personal records in the horizontal jumps. For her efforts throughout the outdoor season, the ACC awarded Williams the Field Performer of the Year for the second-consecutive season. The three-time All-American owns the nation’s best triple jump performance this season while also claiming the ACC’s best long jump performance.
South Central Region – Destinee Hooker – Texas
Hooker has led the nation in the high jump throughout the 2009 outdoor season. Her season-opening clearance of 6-3.5 that won her the 2009 Texas Relays Title topped Division I until she bettered that mark with a clearance of 6-4.75 en route to winning her third Big 12 Outdoor Title. Hooker became just the second female high jumper in Big 12 history to collect six Big 12 high jump titles (three indoor and three outdoor). Her best mark also ties for the fifth-highest in the world this year. The two-time NCAA Outdoor Champion secured her bid for this year’s national meet with a first-place finish at the Midwest Regional, clearing 6-3.25.
Southeast Region – Dorotea Habazin – Virginia Tech
A sophomore from Zagreb, Croatia, Habazin was the ACC and East Regional Champion in the women’s hammer. She led a one-two finish at the ACC meet tossing the hammer 209’2”. She followed up her conference title with a new school record toss of 216’6” at the Georgia Tech Invitational. At the East Regional meet, Habazin took first-place honors with a 207’11” throw to earn her second consecutive bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Habazin is ranked fourth overall in the hammer heading into the national meet.
West Region – Sarah Stevens – Arizona State
Stevens has had a stellar senior season as she won the Pac-10 and West Region crowns in the shot put and the discus while also taking second in the hammer. The only woman to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in all three events, Stevens is ranked second in the shot put, third in the discus, and fifth in the hammer. Stevens scored 28 points at the Pac-10 Championships to earn Athlete of the Meet honors and bring her career total to 101 points scored at the Pac-10 meet.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Derek Drouin – Indiana University, Bloomington
A freshman from Corunna, Ontario, Drouin set a new school record in the high jump clearing 7’3.25” at the Mideast Regional to take the individual title and tie the Mideast Regional record. Drouin was the Big Ten champion in the high jump and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He has also recorded the eighth-best decathlon score in school history (6318). His personal-best clearance from the Mideast Region meet is the third best mark this year in the NCAA.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Clarence Smith – Penn State
Smith won his third career Big Ten triple jump title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this spring. Smith then finished third in the triple jump at the NCAA East Regional, punching his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-straight year. He is ranked 10th nationally heading into the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Midwest Region – Will Claye – Oklahoma
17-year old freshman Claye has established himself as the nation’s top triple jumper outdoors (55’9.75”) and achieved an NCAA qualifying performance in the long jump (25’6.25”) as well. Claye broke a 27-year old U.S. Junior National Record in winning the Big 12 title in the event and was named the USATF Athlete of the Week for his efforts. Throughout the outdoor season, Claye has broken the Oklahoma record, the Big 12 Championship meet record, the NCAA Midwest Regional meet record, and the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex facility record in the event.
Mountain Region – Dimitrios Fylladitakis – UTEP
Fylladitakis, a sophomore from Greece, was named the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning the conference championship in the men’s hammer. His throw at the meet (218’7”) was a new C-USA championship meet record. He won his first Midwest Regional crown in the hammer with a toss of 220’8” earning a slot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His best throw this year, 225’3”, is the fifth-best throw in the NCAA this outdoor season.
Northeast Region – Nico Weiler – Harvard
Weiler became the first Harvard athlete to win an event at the NCAA East Regional when he cleared 17’7” to win the pole vault title. Weiler, who smashed the Harvard school record, won the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and the IC4A Championships in the event this season. He did not miss at the East Regional Championships en route to a lifetime best clearance. That mark is the third best vault ever by an Ivy Leaguer.
South Region – Chris Hill – Georgia
Hill, a junior from Sulphur, Louisiana, was the East Region champion in the javelin with a toss of 263’7”, 20-plus feet better than his next nearest competitor and a new East Region record. His best this season is 265’10”, which is currently ranked third in the NCAA. He was the SEC champion in 2009 and broke the SEC meet javelin record by throwing 261’4”.
South Central Region – Jason Colwick – Rice
Colwick owns the world’s No. 5 mark at 18’9.25” (a Rice record) set in winning the Texas Relays in April. He has cleared 18 feet on six occasions this season and was the NCAA Midwest Regional Champion clearing 18’2.75”. His second highest jump of the season came at the Texas Invitational, and he set a new Rice Track Stadium record at the Rice All-Comers meet.
Southeast Region – Rashaud Scott – Kentucky
Scott won both the shot put and discus titles at the 2009 Mideast Regional Championships, claiming two automatic bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He currently holds the best mark in the discus (216’2”) and the eighth best shot put (62’2.25”) His mark in the discus at the Mideast Regional set a new regional record and a new facility record. Scott was the SEC Champion in the discus and the runner-up in the shot.
West Region – Ashton Eaton – Oregon
Eaton, a junior from Bend, Oregon, is the defending NCAA Champion in the decathlon and currently owns the nation’s best decathlon score at 8,091. He was the Pac-10 champion in the decathlon, winning the event for the second straight year. He became the first Oregon Duck to complete back-to-back Pac-10 championships in the decathlon since Pedro daSilva in 1990-91. The junior has surpassed the 8,000 point barrier in his last four decathlons.
Women’s Head Coach of the Year
Great Lakes Region – James Henry – Michigan
Michigan women’s coach James Henry led the Wolverines to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, just a quarter-point behind conference champion Penn State. Henry’s team has been ranked in the top ten for most of the season and will send six athletes to the NCAA Championships to compete in eight events. Under Henry’s guidance, the Maize and Blue have won 14 Big Ten titles (seven indoor and seven outdoor). This marks the fourth regional coach of the year honor for Henry.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Beth Alford-Sullivan – Penn State
Alford-Sullivan led her Nittany Lion squad to a dramatic quarter-point win at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships – the team’s second consecutive outdoor title. Sophomore Shavon Greaves led the charge with Big Ten titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters. At the NCAA East Regional, Alford-Sullivan saw victories from Bridget Franek in the steeplechase, Karlee McQuillen in the javelin, and the women’s 4×400 meter relay. Alford-Sullivan’s Nittany Lions finished second in the regional team standings.
Midwest Region – Tonja Buford-Bailey – Illinois
In her first season as head track and field coach, Buford-Bailey guided Illinois to its best-ever regional finish as the team placed fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. The Fighting Illini were boosted by two regional champions (Angela Bizzarri in the 5,000m and Deserea Brown in the 400m hurdles) and a total of four NCAA Championships automatic qualifiers. Heading into the NCAA Championships, a total of three Illini athletes rank among the nation’s top-10 in their respective events. Buford-Bailey also guided Illini athletes to a total of four event titles at the Big Ten Championships.
Mountain Region – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech
Wes Kittley led the Lady Raiders to its best finish at the conference meet this past season. The team scored 111 points finishing in second and turned around to place second at the Midwest Regional Championships as well. Tech currently sits third in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award Standings, and Kittley has led the program to top ten finishes at the outdoor meet in the last two years.
Northeast Region – Bill Morgan – Connecticut
UConn women’s track and field head coach Bill Morgan led the Huskies to their second consecutive ECAC Championship while guiding UConn to a runner-up finish at the Big East Outdoor Championship, the program’s best finish in 14 years. The Huskies seventh-place team finish at the NCAA East Regional was the best placing for the Huskies in program history, while five of their 10 athletes finished in the top four of their respective events.
South Region – Caryl Smith Gilbert – UCF
In 2009, Smith Gilbert has guided the Knights to the program’s highest finish in both the C-USA Outdoor Championships (2nd) and the NCAA East Regional (ninth). In addition, Smith Gilbert will bring five student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Prior to 2009, the program had sent only one student-athlete to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under Smith Gilbert’s guidance, UCF has broken 13 school records during the 2009 outdoor season.
South Central Region – Jim Bevan – Rice
Bevan, in his fourth year at the helm of the Rice women’s program, led the Owls to their third-straight Conference USA Outdoor team title. He was named the 2009 C-USA Outdoor Coach of the Year and will bring four women to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, led by Lennie Waite, the Rice school record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Southeast Region – Erik Jenkins – Western Kentucky University
Jenkins, the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Co-Women’s Coach of the Year, led the Lady Toppers to their 11th-straight SBC title. His team fielded a program best 21 student-athletes at the Mideast Regional and will have five women representing WKU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
West Region – Dan Steele – Oregon
In his seventh season in Eugene, Steele guided Oregon to its first Pac-10 title since 1992 as the Ducks scored a school record 165.5 points, led by individual titles in seven events. The Duck women have set seven school records in 2009, and Steele coached Brianne Theisen to the nation’s No. 1 ranking in the heptathlon. Oregon has spent much of the last month of the season ranked number one in the USTFCCCA poll.
Men’s Head Coach of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Dennis Mitchell – Akron
Mitchell led the Akron men to its second Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championship in as many years. Akron dominated the 2009 MAC Outdoors, scoring 197 points to take the team title. Akron had nine MAC champions with six runners-up. 13 Zips earned NCAA Mideast Regional berths, including pole vaulters Michael Uhle and Joe Wesley. Daniel Kinsey, who scored a UA record 7,445 points in winning the MAC decathlon, earned a berth to the NCAA Outdoor.
Mid-Atlantic – Joe Compagni – Monmouth University
Compagni led the Hawks to their seventh Men’s Outdoor NEC Championship, breaking the NEC meet record with 232 points. He was named 2009 NEC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year while guiding the Hawks to seven first-team All-Northeast Conference spots and seven second-team All-NEC performances. Monmouth will be represented by Larry Lundy at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Lundy has the 13th best mark in the shot put at 60’10.75”.
Midwest Region – Gary Pepin – Nebraska
The all-time winningest track and field coach in the history of the Big 12 and the former Big Eight Conference, Nebraska Head Coach Gary Pepin is in his 29th season at NU and his 26th as head coach of the Husker men’s track teams. The Huskers will send 13 athletes in 12 events to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including five jumpers that are coached by Pepin. This year’s honor marks the fourth time that Pepin has been named Midwest Regional Coach of the Year.
Mountain Region – Mark Robison – BYU
Robison, in his ninth-year as the head men’s track and field coach at BYU, was named the 2009 Mountain West Conference Coach of Year after leading the Cougars to their tenth-straight MWC title. Robison’s squad will take six men and one relay to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His team finished ninth overall at the West Regional meet.
Northeast Region – Nathan Taylor – Cornell
Taylor guided the Big Red men’s team to its seventh-straight Outdoor Heptagonal Championship. At the East Regional Championships, Cornell finished eighth, posting four NCAA Championships qualifiers, with six different athletes scoring at the meet. Taylor is in his ninth year at the helm of the Cornell men’s track & field team.
South Region – Michael Holloway – Florida
Holloway is in his seventh season as the head men’s track and field coach at the University of Florida. He recently directed the Gators to their first NCAA East Regional title since the 2004 season, following a second-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships. Under his direction, the Gators have been ranked among the nation’s top five the entire season, with three weeks in the top slot late in the season.
South Central Region – Sean Brady – Southeastern Louisiana
Brady led the Southeastern men’s team to their first ever Southland Conference Championship thanks to a 140 point showing at the 2009 SLC Outdoor Championships. In 2009, he oversaw the development of nine regional qualifiers and two national qualifiers, including three school records, six All-SLC performances and five regional qualifiers in his event areas. Brady’s squad will be represented by discus specialist Adonson Shallow and decathlete Cory Roberts at the 2009 National Championship meet.
South Central Region – Chris Bucknam – Arkansas
Bucknam led the Razorbacks to the 2009 SEC Outdoor and NCAA Mideast Regional titles in just his first year as Razorback head coach. The Hogs picked up six individual titles at the SEC Outdoor Championships and four individual titles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Arkansas athletes recorded the top marks in the SEC in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, steeplechase, high jump, long jump and triple jump during the 2009 outdoor season.
Southeast Region – Jason Vigilante – Virginia
Under the guidance of first-year head coach Jason Vigilante, Virginia’s men’s program won its first-ever ACC Championship and finished in a program-best sixth place at the East Regional Championships. Two athletes won individual titles at ACCs and a total of 11 men garnered all-conference accolades, while Vigilante brought home ACC Coach of the Year honors. In addition, Vigilante coached 18 athletes to the regional championships – more than any other year – and saw Yemi Ayeni earn the program its first-ever East Region title.
West Region – Ron Allice – USC
Allice led the USC men’s track and field team to the 2009 NCAA West Regional title with a come-from-behind win over host school Oregon. USC saw 13 individuals earn a trip to the NCAA Championships as well as both relay teams. The Trojans won their fourth regional title in the last five years after placing second at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Five different Trojans posted new USC all-time top 10 marks this season.
Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year
Great Lakes Region – Brian Forrester – Akron
Forrester has overseen the development of one of the most dominant athletes in the Mid-American Conference. Stevi Large became the first MAC female field athlete – and just the fourth female ever – to complete a career sweep of an event when she set the MAC Championships record (213-10) in winning the hammer for the fourth time. And, for the second consecutive year, teammate and sophomore Valerie Wert was second. Both Large and Wert (16th nationally in the hammer) will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Forrester also coached Lauren Whitehill to her first NCAA Regional berth and Allison Lawyer qualified for her second regional, while Large (shot put and discus) and Wert (discus) also posted NCAA Regional marks.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Chris Miltenberg – Georgetown
In his second season at Georgetown, Miltenberg has continued the storied tradition of the women’s middle distance and distance program. Miltenberg coached 17 student-athletes to NCAA Regional qualifying times. At the NCAA East Region Championships, the Hoyas captured three of the five automatic qualifying berths in the 1500 meters. At the Penn Relays, Miltenberg coached a trio of impressive performances at the Penn Relays as the Hoyas recorded a third-best world time and new school record in the women’s 4×1500 meter relay and a second-place DMR performance that was the second-best time at GU. The women’s middle distance and distance performances accounted for 62 points in six events at the Big East Outdoor Conference Championships.
Midwest Region – Marc Burns – Wichita State University
Burns led the Shockers’ women’s distance crew to high honors during the 2009 season. Student-athletes coached by Burns won Missouri Valley Conference titles in the 1500 meters, 5000 meters, and 3000 meter steeplechase and earned a total of seven all-conference honors. Under Burns’ direction, Kellyn Johnson achieved regional qualifying marks in three distance events and won the 5000 meters at the 2009 Midwest Region meet to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Burns is in his second season as an assistant track & field coach at Wichita State.
Mountain Region – Scott Irving – U.S. Air Force Academy
Under the direction of Irving, the Air Force throwers made a tremendous impact on the women’s program during the 2009 outdoor season. Academy records were set in the shot put and hammer throw, while six other top-10 incursions were made in the throwing events. The Falcons’ throwers, highlighted by a pair of all-conference selections from Sara Neubauer, accounted for 37 of the women’s 62 points at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships. Irving guided three Falcons in five events to the NCAA Regional Championships, with Neubauer advancing to the National Championships in two events.
Northeast Region – Clive Terrelonge – Connecticut
In just his fifth season at UConn, assistant coach Terrelonge has been an integral part of the Huskies’ best outdoor season in program history. This year, he coached four athletes to the NCAA Championship in three events. Sophomore Trisha-Ann Hawthorne led the way at the East Region meet with third place finishes in the 100 meters and 200 meters and a fourth place finish on the 4×100 meter relay team as the relay recorded a school record. He also guided athletes to Big East and ECAC titles in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay.
South Region – Karen Harvey – Florida State
After being named the women’s head cross country coach last fall, Harvey has not stopped pushing the level of excellence higher at FSU. Harvey helped guided the Seminoles to the coveted ACC Triple Crown, winning team titles in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Harvey also led the Seminoles to the NCAA East Regional title while also coaching Susan Kuijken to a new facility record at the East Region Championships.
South Central Region – Vince Anderson – Texas A&M
Under Anderson’s direction, Texas A&M’s sprint relay has posted three sub-43 second times during the 2009 season, including a collegiate leading 42.80. Anderson’s sprint, hurdle and relay crews totaled 59 points of the 125.5 scored by Texas A&M in winning a third consecutive Big 12 Outdoor title. Conference titles were earned in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 100 meter hurdles and 4 x 100 meter relay. In the Midwest Region meet, Aggie wins were attained in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4 x 100 meter relay along with a runner-up effort in the 100 meter hurdles.
Southeast Region – Carrie Lane – Virginia
At the 2009 ACC Championships, Lane’s throwers collected 41 points, including at least one point in each throwing event. Meghan Briggs won her second-consecutive javelin title and three other Cavaliers earned All-ACC honors. Lane also coached Briggs and Caitlin Kelly (discus) to Penn Relays and ECAC titles, while Billie-Jo Grant and Amy Bilmanis helped the Cavaliers sweep the top-three spots in the discus at ECACs. Lane’s athletes recorded six NCAA regional qualifying performances this year, including three in the discus and two in the javelin, with three advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
West Region – Robert Johnson – Oregon
In his fourth year with the Ducks, Johnson played a key role in Oregon’s first Pac-10 title in 17 years by guiding Keshia Baker to a win in the 400 meters and Jamesha Youngblood to wins in both the long jump and triple jump. Johnson oversaw five school records in his event areas in 2009, and he helped Baker notch the second-fastest 400 time in school history (51.74) and win the NCAA West Regional title. Baker is seeded third in the 400 for the NCAA Championships.
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Great Lakes Region – Rodney Zuyderwyk – Purdue University
Zuyderwyk coached athletes won an NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, two Big Ten Championships, and three other conference scorers. Eric Sparks won the regional and conference championships in the pole vault, leading a 22-point team effort in the pole vault at Big Ten’s as he, Ben Pax, and Chris Thoman went first, second, and fifth in the event. Josh Hembrough captured his second straight Big Ten title in the 110-meter hurdles and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships and Steve Carlson was fourth at the Big Ten meet in the javelin.
Mid-Atlantic Region – Sheila Burrell – Georgetown
In just her second year on the Hilltop, Burrell has led the Georgetown sprint program to a turn in the right direction. In the spring of 2009, she coached three to NCAA Regional qualifying times in the men’s 110 meter hurdles and one in the men’s 400 meter hurdles. Under Burrell’s direction, Chris Kinney was the first Hoya ever to win the 110 meter hurdles at the Big East Championship, and he also holds the school record (13.77), set earlier this season.
Midwest Region – Billy Maxwell – Nebraska
A nationally renowned sprints/hurdles coach, Maxwell is in his 14th season at Nebraska. This season, Maxwell will have three hurdlers at the national meet, including Kirkland Thornton, who enters the meet ranked third in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 400 hurdles. Regionally, Maxwell coached four 110 meter hurdle qualifiers and an unheard-of seven qualifiers in the 400 meter hurdles.
Mountain Region – Dion Miller – Texas Tech
Miller has had two of the top runners in the nation this season. He guided Gil Roberts to a Big 12 Championship and Midwest Regional Championship in the 400 meters as well as the second fastest time in Division I at 44.97. Miller also led the 4×400 meter relay to the third-fastest time in school history and in the nation. He also coached Omo Osaghae to the second-fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles headed into the NCAA Championships at 13.42.
Northeast Region – Michelle Eisenreich – Brown University
Eisenreich has guided three student-athletes to the NCAA Championship and had six All-Ivy selections in 2009. During the spring, Eisenreich helped lead Brynn Smith to two Ivy League titles (shot put and hammer) as she became just the third woman in Ivy League Championship history to throw over 50-feet in the shot put. Eisenreich also coached Second Team All-Ivy selection Danielle Grunloh, who finished in second place in both the shot put and discus at Heps.
South Region – Don Babbitt – Georgia
During his 13th year with the Bulldogs, Babbitt leads six throwers to join four other Georgia team members at the NCAA Championships. Babbitt guided Chris Hill to a Southeastern Conference title and Hill’s second straight NCAA East Regional championship in the javelin. Georgia had four scorers in the men’s hammer at the conference meet, and its men’s throwers totaled 29 points at the regional meet, more than any other team. In addition, junior shot putter Geno Atkins reached more than 58 feet and finished 10th at the NCAA East Regional.
South Central Region – Dick Booth – Arkansas
Booth’s athletes collected seven regional-qualifying marks in three events during the 2009 outdoor season. Booth’s athletes earned SEC Field Event and Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year honors. Booth coached 2009 SEC Outdoor Champion in the high jump and long jump and 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional Champions in those events. At the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships, Booth’s athletes finished 1-7 in the high jump, 1-4-5-9 in the long jump and 2-3-10 in the triple jump for a total of 45 points. At the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, Booth’s athletes finished 1-2-3 in the long jump and 1-3 in the triple jump for a total of 40 points.
Southeast Region – Tim Hall – Clemson
Hall coaches the sprints for the Clemson Tigers, and he coached Jacoby Ford to the East Regional Championship in the 100 meters. Ford’s time (10.04) is the second fastest in the NCAA this season. Hall’s 4×100 meter relay squad also won the East Regional title with an Irwin Belk Track record time of 38.78 seconds. Hall’s athletes finished 1-2-3-5 at the ACC Championships and will have three of those four competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships along with the 4×100 meter relay team.
West Region – Mark Macdonald – Washington State
Macdonald coached the Cougar men’s hurdles corps and relay squad to a total of 37 of the team’s 91 points for fourth place at the Pac-10 Championships, the best finish in over ten years for the Washington State program. WSU men’s high and intermediate hurdlers scored 20 points at the West Regional meet where WSU finished third with 66 points. In addition to mentoring two-time Pac-10, West Regional, and defending NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior intermediate hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson, Macdonald also assists with the Cougar sprints corps including Justin Woods who finished second in 100 meters and 200 meters at Pac-10s and won the 200 meters and took second in the 100 meters at the West Regional.