Division III Region Award Winners for Indoor Track & Field Released
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
March 10, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday morning the 72 athletes, assistant coaches and head coaches that received regional awards for their efforts during the 2010 indoor track & field season in NCAA’s Division III as voted by the nation’s coaches.
The awards will be presented at a banquet Thursday evening at Greencastle, Ind., site of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend.
USTFCCCA Division III Indoor Track & Field Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year
Men’s Region Track Athletes of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Nick Guarino – Fredonia State
Guarino has the fastest time recorded in Division III in the mile during the 2010 indoor season, with a season-best converted time of 4:09.10. He won both the mile and the 800 meters at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships, setting meet records in both events in the process, and he won the 800 meters at the ECAC Indoor Championships. Guarino is a junior from Bergen, N.Y.
CENTRAL REGION – Russell Harris – Wartburg College
Harris heads into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with the sixth-fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles, a personal best of 7.55. Earlier this season, Harris won the IIAC indoor title in the event. He is a senior from La Grange, Ill.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Jake Waterman – Wabash College
With a personal best of 1:52.88, Waterman ranks fourth among declared competitors for this weekend’s 800 meter championship race. Waterman is the only freshman to compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the 800 meters, and he is also the 2010 NCAC indoor champion in the event. Waterman is from Noblesville, Ind.
MIDEAST REGION – Delannie Spriggs – Salisbury University
The 2010 Mason Dixon indoor conference champion in the 55 meters, Spriggs ranks second nationally in the short sprint headed into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with a best time of 6.30. Spriggs went undefeated at 55 meters and 60 meters during the regular season, and he also broke school records in the 55 meters, 60 meters, and 200 meters. Spriggs is a senior from Owings, Md.
MIDWEST REGION – Ben Zill – University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Headed into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Zill has the second-best time in NCAA Division III in the 400 meters, with a personal best and school record of 48.70. Zill also will compete this weekend as a member of the second-ranked Titan 4×400-meter relay and the fifth-ranked distance medley relay. Zill, a senior from New Franken, Wisc., is the 2010 WIAC Indoor Champion in the 400 meters.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Stephen Headley – Springfield College
Headley enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with an undefeated regular season in the 55 meters and the fastest time in Division III in the event at 6.28. Among the Headley’s victories this season are the ECAC Championships, the New England Championships, and the Division III New England Championships. Headley is a senior from Willbraham, Mass.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Alex Greenhouse – Emory University
A senior sprinter from Orange, Conn., Greenhouse’s marks during the 2010 season have been among the top in the nation. He broke the Emory school record in the 200 meters with a time of 22.01, which also put him among the top ten competitors in Division III this season. Greenhouse won the 2010 UAA indoor title in the 400 meters, with a personal best time of 48.63.
WEST REGION – Emmanuel Bofa – Whitworth University
After a strong 2010 indoor season, Bofa will toe the line in the 800 meters at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. His best converted time of 1:53.03 ranks the senior sixth among declared competitors in the event. Bofa is a senior from Puyallup, Wash.
Men’s Region Field Athletes of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Wenley Louis – SUNY at Geneseo
Louis, a sophomore from Rochester, N.Y., leads all Division III competitors in the long jump with a best jump of 24-10½ (7.58m) entering the NCAA Indoor Championships. That jump is more than a foot farther than any other recorded in Division III this season. Louis is the 2010 SUNYAC champion in both the long jump and the triple jump. In the triple jump, he has a season-best mark of 47-9¼ (14.56m), which ranks fifth among declared competitors in the event.
CENTRAL REGION – Ethan Miller – Central College (Iowa)
Miller enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with the fourth-best pentathlon score of 3,713 points. Earlier this season, he was named the IIAC Most Valuable Performer after he won the high jump, long jump, and pentathlon, placed third in the triple jump, and placed fourth in the pole vault to score a total of 40.5 points for the Dutch. Miller is a sophomore from Seymour, Ia.
GREAT LAKES REGION – John Kimmel – Manchester College
Kimmel is tied as Division III’s top-ranked high jumper entering this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships. With a best clearance of 6-10¾ (2.10m), Kimmel has only had one defeat during the regular season and has achieved at least an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in each competition. He is a senior from Fort Wayne, Ind.
MIDEAST REGION – Brandon Fugett – Salisbury University
With over a foot separating his season-best in the shot put from the next closest Division III competitor, Fugett has been dominant in the event during the 2010 indoor season. Fugett’s undefeated regular season in the shot put included a season-best throw of 57-¾ (17.39m), a Mason Dixon Conference championship, and a new school record in the event. The senior from Randallstown, Md., also won the Mason Dixon Conference title and broke the school record in the weight throw.
MIDWEST REGION – Jake Winder – North Central College
Winder has Division III’s top clearance in the pole vault during the 2010 indoor season with a best of 17-4½ (5.30m). He is undefeated in the event during the 2010 season, including a win at the CCIW Indoor Championships with a conference-record clearance. Winder is a senior from Joliet, Ill.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Stephen Morton – MIT
Morton enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with the top mark in the triple jump at 49-4¼ (15.04m) and the second-best mark in the long jump at 23-9 (7.24m). He won the New England Division III Championships in both events and reset both school records during the 2010 indoor season. Morton is a senior from Lexington, Ky.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Todd Wildman – Trinity University (Texas)
Wildman, a graduate student from Dallas, Texas, is the top-ranked competitor in the pentathlon headed into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, with a best score of 3,876 points. He has also qualified to compete in the high jump at the NCAA Championships with a best clearance of 6-8¼ (2.04m).
WEST REGION – Josh Lovell – Linfield College
Lovell’s season-best tally of 3,725 points stands as the third-best mark in the pentathlon headed into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. During the indoor season, he also hit the provisional standard in the long jump with a best of 22-9 (6.93m). Lovell is a senior from Vancouver, Wash.
Women’s Region Track Athletes of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Jianna Spadacinni – The College of New Jersey
Spadacinni’s best converted time of 2:11.07 ranks second in Division III in the 800 meters, and she runs a leg on the top-ranked TCNJ distance medley relay. She won NJAC indoor titles in the 400 meters and as a member of TCNJ’s 4×400-meter relay team, and she won the ECAC 800 meters. A senior from Butler, N.J., she enters the NCAA Championships undefeated against Division III athletes during the season.
CENTRAL REGION – Marie Borner – Bethel University
Bethel’s senior middle-distance ace enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with the fastest time in the mile, a converted 4:49.53. Earlier in the season, Borner also ran the third-fastest 800 meters in Division III with a best time of 2:11.39. Borner won the mile and the 1,000 meters at the MIAC Indoor Championships. Borner is from Cottage Grove, Wis.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Lauren Reich – DePauw University
Reich broke three school records during the 2010 indoor season. She will compete in the 800 meters and the mile at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, with the fourth-fastest entering time in the 800 meters and the second-fastest in the mile. The senior from Mesa, Ariz. has season-bests of 2:12.16 for the 800 meters and 4:53.81 for the mile.
MIDEAST REGION – Laura Paulsen – Johns Hopkins University
Paulsen is scheduled to compete in the mile and the 5,000 meters at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, and she is ranked third among declared competitors in the mile with a season-best converted time of 4:54.80. Paulsen is the 2010 Centennial Conference indoor champion in the 5,000 meters, in which she has a converted best time of 17:15.60. Paulsen is a senior from Lutherville, Md.
MIDWEST REGION – Amanda LaRocca – Illinois Wesleyan University
LaRocca scored a total of 35 points at the 2010 CCIW Indoor Championships to lead Illinois Wesleyan to the team title. Her top finishes include first place in the 55 meters and 55-meter hurdles and fourth place in the 200 meters. The senior from Palatine, Ill. heads into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with the fourth-best time in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.25 and eighth-best time in the 55 meters at 7.16.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Portia Jones – MIT
Jones will compete in four events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. She has the fastest time in the 400 meters at 56.38 and the fifth-fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.26. She will also compete as a member of MIT’s 4×400-meter relay and distance medley relay. Jones won the 55-meter hurdles and finished second in the 400 meters at the New England Division III meet. Jones is a sophomore from Queens, N.Y.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Caitlin Masse – Trinity University (Texas)
Masse is scheduled to compete in the 5,000 meters this weekend, as she has a converted best time of 17:26.78. Earlier this season, she finished third at the Texas Tech Invite in the 3,000 meters, primarily against Division I competition. Masse is a junior from Katy, Texas.
WEST REGION – Marci Klimek – Linfield College
Klimek achieved an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 5,000 meters of 17:41.71 at the UW Invitational. She is a senior from Phoenix, Ore.
Women’s Region Field Athletes of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Alyssa Pirinelli – St Lawrence University
Pirinelli is the 2010 Liberty League indoor champion in both the shot put and the weight throw. She enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships ranked first in the shot put with a best mark of 48-2½ (14.69m) and sixth in the weight throw with a best throw of 56-11½ (17.36m). Pirinelli is a senior from North Tonawanda, N.Y.
CENTRAL REGION – Kaelene Lundstrum – Gustavus Adolphus College
Lundstrum is the second-ranked pentathlete heading into the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with a best score of 3,468 points. She won the pentathlon and the high jump, finished fifth in the shot put and finished sixth in the long jump at the MIAC Championships. Lundstrum is a senior from Bird Island, Minn.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Elizabeth Evans – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
A freshman from Bicknell, Ind., Evans enters the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with a best clearance of 5-8 (1.73m) in the high jump and is tied for second-best among declared competitors. She is the first female student-athlete in Rose-Hulman history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
MIDEAST REGION – Kristen Bates – Messiah College
Bates, the MAC Indoor Field MVP and High Point Athlete, has the fourth-best Division III mark in the pentathlon entering the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships with a season-best score of 3,301 points. She won the long jump, triple jump, and high jump at the MAC Indoor Championships. In the field events, she is scheduled to compete in the pentathlon and the triple jump this weekend.
MIDWEST REGION – Claire Ray – University of Chicago
Ray leads the nation by over two feet in the weight throw with a personal, UAA, and school record of 62-6¾ (19.07m). She also is ranked eighth nationally in the shot put with a best of 44-11¾ (13.71m). Ray won the weight throw and finished as runner-up in the shot put at the 2010 UAA indoor championships. She is a senior from Park Ridge, Ill.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan – Bates College
Duncan, a senior from Topsham, Maine, won the 2010 indoor ECAC title in the weight throw and finished second in the shot put, and she is scheduled to compete in both events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Her season bests of 45-8½ (13.93m) in the shot put and 57-6½ (17.54m) in the weight throw both rank among the top five recorded in Division III this season.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Lauren Attiah – Emory University
Attiah won the UAA long jump and finished second in the triple jump to lead the Eagles to a second-place team finish. Her season-best and school record in the triple jump of 38’-2.75” (11.65m) ranks her eleventh among declared competitors in the event at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Attiah is a sophomore from DeSoto, Texas.
WEST REGION – Catherine Street – Linfield College
Street enters this weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships tied for the third-best clearance among declared competitors in the pole vault. Her season-best of 12-9½ (3.90m) is a new school record. Street is a sophomore from Wilsonville, Ore.
Men’s Region Head Coachces of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Prevosti – SUNY at Geneseo
Geneseo men have been ranked in the top five all season. They won the SUNYAC Conference title earning Prevosti SUNYAC Male Coach of the Year honors.
CENTRAL REGION – Jim Timp – Bethel University
In his fifth year as head coach, Timp’s Royals are ranked 17th in the nation following a third place MIAC finish. Bethel claims three entries in the national championships, including co-top-seed Jay Quick in the high jump.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Clyde Morgan – Wabash University
In his second year at Wabash, Morgan had three claim spots in the national championship field. His squad claimed runner-up honors at the MIAC Championships this season and has toppled nine school records.
MIDEAST REGION – Jim Jones – Salisbury University
Jones was named the Mason Dixon Co-Coach of the Year as his squad a conference team title, three conference individual crowns, and 19 All-Mason Dixon Conference Honors. With two NCAA qualifiers, including top-seeded Brandon Fugett in the shot put, the Sea Gulls are ranked 12th in the nation in his 11th year leading the team.
MIDWEST REGION – Al Carius – North Central College
The Cardinals won their 10th consecutive CCIW Conference Championship this season and most recently moved to No. 1 in the national team rankings as a result of a meet-high 12 entries into the NCAA Championships. In his 44th year at North Central, Carius will have four jumpers in the national meet including top-seeded pole vaulter Jake Winder.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Halston Taylor – MIT
Following an undefeated regular season, the Engineers won the Division III New England Championships and placed 21st at the NEICAAA. In his 19th year at MIT, his men are ranked seventh in the nation and have four entries into the national championships.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – David Svoboda – Trinity (Texas) University
In only his second year at Trinity, Svoboda has his team ranked eighth in nation. Trinity will be represented by four men at the NCAA Championships.
WEST REGION – Toby Schwartz – Whitworth University
Schwartz has three individuals qualified in four different events and are listed 22nd in the national team rankings in his 14th season leading the Pirates.
Men’s Region Assistant Coaches of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Mike Woods – SUNY Geneseo
In his 18th year at Geneseo, Woods has qualified two athletes in the 5K, one in the mile and the second-seeded DMR team for the NCAA Championships. The Blue Knights were SUNYAC Champions and ranked fifth in the nation. This season is Woods’ 18th year in the program.
CENTRAL REGION – Guy Mosher – Central College (Iowa)
Mosher was directly responsible for 153.85 points to lead Central College to an IIAC victory and an 11th position on the national ranking. Among his sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers, Mosher’s crew was responsible for eight provisional marks.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Matthew Cole – Rose-Hulman
Cole’s athletes helped RHIT to their fourth-consecutive Hoosier-Buckeye Indoor Championship by scoring nearly 75 percent of the team’s total points. Responsible for the sprint, hurdles and jumping events, Cole has a triple jumper that finished the season in the national top 15.
MIDEAST REGION – Tyler Hohman – Salisbury University
Hohman helped Brandon Fugett to a top seed in the shot put for the NCAA Championships this season. In addition, Hohman coached one conference champion and five all-conference throwers to help towards the team victory at the Mason Dixon Indoor Conference Championships. The Sea Gulls are ranked 12th in the nation.
MIDWEST REGION – Tim Winder – North Central College
In his 16th year leading North Central pole vaulters, Winder qualified four of his athletes to the NCAA Championships, including top-seed Jake Winder. The Cardinals are ranked No. 1 in the nation and, earlier in the season, won their 10th consecutive CCIW Conference Championships.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Katherine Bright – MIT
Following an undefeated regular season, the Engineers won the Division III New England Championships and are now currently ranked seventh in the nation entering NCAA action. In her second year, Bright coaches three jump athletes that reached the NCAA meet and has the top-seeded triple jumper in the field.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Brad Parris – McMurry University
Parris will coach three athletes in the pole vault and long jump at the NCAA Championships. With McMurry for seven years, he has helped the team toward a national ranking at No. 18.
WEST REGION – Travis Olson – Linfield College
In his twelfth year assisting with Linfield field athletes, Olson coaches the third ranked long jump athlete in the country.
Women’s Region Head Coachces of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Phil Jennings – College of New Jersey
In his second year leading the Lions, Jennings led TCNJ to their 13th consecutive NJAC Indoor Championship and was named NJAC Coach of the Year. TCNJ qualified five to the NCAA Championships and is currently ranked eighth nationally.
CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg College
Newsom, in his 12th year with Wartburg led his team to a No. 1 national ranking and will compete a meet-high 13 competitors at the upcoming NCAA Championships. The Knights won their eighth-consecutive IIAC title this year and at the conference meet, Wartburg had 11 champions that toppled seven conference records.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Kori Stoffregen – DePauw University
In his 13th year at DePauw, Stoffregen qualified two in the mid-distance events to the NCAA Championships. This season, five indoor school records were broken and the team sits 16th in the national rankings.
MIDEAST REGION – Dale Fogelsanger – Messiah College
After leading his team to victory at the Middle Atlantic Conference, Fogelsanger was named the MAC Women’s Coach of the Year. Among his sprinters, jumpers, multis, and relay athletes, he has three qualifiers for the NCAA Championships for this, his 13th year at Messiah. The Falcons are ranked 19th in nation.
MIDWEST REGION – Chris Schumacher – Illinois Wesleyan
Scoring a conference record 252 points, the Titans won their third-straight CCIW Conference Championship and will enter the NCAA Championships ranked fourth in the nation with nine entries into the national meet. In his 11th year at IWU, Schumacher coached conference champions in the sprints, hurdles, 4×400-meter relay, and horizontal jumps.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Fletcher Brooks – Williams College
In the third year of his second stint at Williams, Brooks led his team to a second place finish at the New England Division IIl’s and ninth at ECACs. Ranked sixth in the nation, the Ephs have six entries into the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – John Curtin – Emory University
Emory’s women finished second at the UAA Championships with five conference champions and 12 that earned All-UAA honors. The Eagles are sending three athletes to the NCAA Championships in Curtin’s 15th year at the school.
WEST REGION – Garry Kilgore – Linfield College
Dr. Kilgore has an athlete qualified a pole vaulter to the NCAA Championships in his 21st year leading the Wildcats.
Women’s Region Assistant Coachces of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Mary Wallenbeck – Ithaca College
In her ninth year at Ithaca, Wallenbeck has qualified three of her jump athletes for the NCAA Championships, including national leader Emma Dewart in the pentathlon. Ithaca won the Empire 8 Championships for the third-straight year and Wallenbeck’s squad of leapers helped Ithaca claim the ECAC Division III title. Ithaca is ranked No. 9 nationally.
CENTRAL REGION – Dave Sage – Wartburg College
Sage’s coaching responsibilities in his eighth year with the Knights include the guidance of national long jump leader Skye Morrison. Morrison is also entered into the NCAA Championships as the third seed in the triple jump. Wartburg also qualified pentathlete Brittany Melloy for the NCAA meet under Sage’s tutelage.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Ken Ciolek – Marietta College
In his first year working with the Pioneers, Ciolek was a member of the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year following their second-place conference finish. His athletes scored in all jumping events at the conference championships to score 50 percent of the team’s points.
MIDEAST REGION – Doug Mason – Haverford College
Fords’ women won their fifth-straight Centennial Conference indoor championship. Ford coached the conference champion in the long jump, the runner-up in the triple jump, 55-meter hurdles and 4×400-meter events at the league meet.
MIDWEST REGION – Katie Wagner – UW La Crosse
The Eagles won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Conference where her athletes scored 61½ points of the team’s 166½. In her first year of a second stint with UW-L, Wagner has qualified a high jumper, long jumper, triple jumper and pentathlete for the NCAA Championships. Wartburg is ranked fifth nationally.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Joe Woodhead – Bates College
Woodhead coached the weight throwers to a 1-3-4 finish at the New England Division III Championships where the team finished sixth. In his 14th year, Woodhead qualified Elizabeth Duncan for the NCAA Championships in the shot put and weight throw. The Bobcats are ranked 25th in the nation.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Kevin Semanick – Emory University
Emory women finished second at the UAA Championships with five conference champions and 12 All-UAA honors. In Semanick’s third year, he coached national qualifiers for the high jump and triple jump.
WEST REGION – Travis Olson – Linfield College
In his twelfth year assisting with Linfield field athletes, Olson coaches national pole vault qualifier Catherine Street.