Region Award Winners in Division III Announced for Outdoor Track & Field

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 24, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday evening the winners of USTFCCCA Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year honors for the 2010 Outdoor Track & Field season in Division III as voted by the division’s coaches.

Separate categories are assigned to track athletes and field athletes as well as head coaches and assistant coaches.

Most of these athletes and coaches will participate in the NCAA Division III Championships held on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, beginning Thursday.

USTFCCCA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Kyle Gilroy – TCNJ
Gilroy, a junior from Oak Ridge, New Jersey, heads into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the third-best time in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.39 seconds and the 11th best time in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.06 seconds; he has also run legs on TCNJ’s NCAA-qualifying 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays. Gilroy won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship in the 110-meter hurdles and finished as runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles.

CENTRAL REGION – Max Hanson – Gustavus Adolphus
With the number two time in the 800 meters in NCAA Division III heading into this weekend’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Hanson will look to challenge defending champion Emmanuel Bofa for the national title in the event. He was a double winner at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships earlier this season, capturing titles in both the 800 meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase, both in provisional qualifying times. Hanson is a senior from Montrose, Minn.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Steve Brown – Ohio Wesleyan
The 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles, Brown currently ranks 6th in Division III with a time of 14.48 seconds. He broke the school record in the event this season, and he also broke the All-Ohio meet record in winning the All-Ohio Championship in the 110-meter hurdles. Brown is a senior from Redford Township, Mich.

MIDEAST REGION – Cory Beebe – Salisbury
Beebe earned Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year and Mason Dixon Conference Track Athlete of the Year honors after winning individual conference titles in three events at both conference championships. The senior from Medina, Ohio is currently ranked first in the 400-meter hurdles with a best time of 50.66 seconds, making him the fourth-best performer in NCAA Division III history in the event. He also recorded provisional qualifying marks this season in the 400 meters and the 110-meter hurdles.

MIDWEST REGION – Luke Reschke – Monmouth (Ill.)
Senior Reschke is currently ranked first in NCAA Division III in the 400 meters with a best time of 46.75 seconds. That time puts him within striking distance of becoming one of the top ten performers all-time in NCAA Division III in the event. He also recorded a conference record and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 meters this season with a best time of 21.62 seconds. Reschke is from Geneseo, Ill.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Stephen Headley – Springfield
Headley, a senior from Wilbraham, Mass., has been hard to beat in the 2010 outdoor track & field season. He won New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters, setting conference records in both. He also recorded top finishes in the Division III New England Championships in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4×100 meters, and won Eastern College Athletic Conference titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters, both in record times.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Ricky Flynn – Lynchburg
Flynn heads into the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III in the 10,000 meters, a best time of 30:03.39. He has also recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 5,000 meters and an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 1,500 meters. Only one other athlete in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history has ever achieved NCAA qualifying performances in those three events in a single season. Flynn is a senior from Lynchburg, Va.

WEST REGION – Emmanuel Bofa – Whitworth
Bofa, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the top time in NCAA Division III in the 800 meters. His personal-best time of 1:48.69 moved him to the number seven performer all-time in NCAA Division III history in the event. Earlier this season, he also won the Northwest Conference title in the 800 meters.

 

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Wendy Pavlus – St. Lawrence
Pavlus has the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season in the 10,000 meters and the fourth-fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Showing her talent in a range of events, she has also recorded provisional qualifying marks in the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters. A junior from Tupper Lake, N.Y., Pavlus is the 2010 Liberty League Champion and New York State College Track Conference Champion in the 3000m steeplechase, setting conference records in both performances.

CENTRAL REGION – Marie Borner – Bethel (Minn.)
Borner, a senior from Cottage Grove, Minn., established herself as one of the top performers in Division III history this season. With personal best times of 2:07.85 in the 800 meters and 4:25.66 in the 1,500 meters, she cracked the all-time top ten performers list in both events, ranking fifth in the 800 meters and seventh in the 1,500 meters. Earlier this season, she won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in the 800 meters to help lead her team to a fifth place finish.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Lauren Reich – DePauw
A senior from Mesa, Ariz., Reich won 2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 5,000 meters, the last two in school-record fashion. Her top 1,500-meter time of 4:26.61 ranks her as the tenth-fastest performer in Division III history in the event. She ranks second in the 1,500 meters and fifth in the 5,000 meters nationally heading into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Kristen Bates – Messiah
Bates has the top time in NCAA Division III in the 100-meter hurdles heading into this weekend’s championships, with a personal-best of 13.99. That mark places Bates in a tie for the tenth-best performance in the event in Division III history. She was the high point athlete in the Middle Atlantic Conferences Championships, after winning the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles and running a leg on the winning 4×400-meter relay. Bates is a senior from Landisburg, Penn.

MIDWEST REGION – Amanda LaRocca – Illinois Wesleyan
LaRocca, a senior, scored an incredible 32½ points on the track at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championships. She won the 100 meters in a school record time of 11.98, won the 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles, and ran a leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay. LaRocca recorded automatic qualifying marks in the 100 meters and 4×100-meter relay and provisional marks in the 100-meter hurdles and 200 meters during the 2010 season. She is from Palatine, Ill.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Portia Jones – MIT
Jones, a sophomore from Queens, N.Y., heads into this weekend’s championships with top-ten rankings in three events, including her second-ranked performance of 61.34 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. She also runs a leg on the Engineers’ third-ranked 4×400-meter relay. Among Jones’s many titles this season are the New England ICAAA championship in the 400 meters and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Robin Yerkes – Roanoke
A senior from Arnold, Md., Yerkes recorded automatic qualifying marks in the 100m and 200m and provisional marks in the in 400m (56.16) and 4×100-meter and 4×400 meter relays. She is the 2010 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champion in the 200 meters and 400 meters and as a member of 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays. She broke the conference meet record in the 200 meters and 400 meters, earning Athlete of the Meet honors for her efforts.

WEST REGION – Alicia Freese – Pomona-Pitzer
Freese rewrote the Pomona-Pitzer record books in three events this season, becoming the school’s top all-time performer in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, and 10,000 meters. Her best 10,000 meter mark of 35:13.41 is also a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record. She ranks second in the 10,000 meters and third in the 5,000 meters headed into this weekend’s championships. Freese is a senior from Tunbridge, Vt.

 

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Michael Dempsey – RIT
Dempsey will look to cap an undefeated regular season in the pole vault with a top finish at this weekend’s championships. His best vault of 16-8½ (5.10m) ranks second in the country and is an RIT school record. The junior from Rochester, N.Y., is the 2010 Empire 8 champion in the pole vault.

CENTRAL REGION – Ethan Miller – Central (Iowa)
A sophomore from Seymour, Iowa, Miller recorded an automatic qualifying mark in the decathlon this season, along with provisional qualifying marks in the high jump and long jump. He ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in the decathlon headed in this weekend’s championships. Miller won the pole vault and long jump, finished third in the decathlon and high jump, and finished fourth in the triple jump to be named the Co-MVP at the 2010 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kyle Faris – Ohio Wesleyan
Earlier this season, Faris became the first athlete in North Coast Athletic Conference history to win conference titles in the shot put, discus, and hammer in the same championships. In the process, he also broke the conference record in the hammer. Faris, a senior from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, recorded provisional qualifying marks in all three events this season.

MIDEAST REGION – Brandon Fugett – Salisbury
Fugett enters this weekend’s NCAA Championships with the top mark in the country in the shot put at 57-10½ (17.64m). He won Capital Athletic Conference championships in the shot put, discus, and hammer, as well as Mason Dixon Conference championships in the shot put and discus. The senior from Randallstown, Md. earned 2010 Mason Dixon Field Athlete of the Year honors for his efforts.

MIDWEST REGION – Brock Solveson – Concordia (Wis.)
The 2010 Northern Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year, Solveson moved into the top five all-time top performers in Division III history in the javelin with a top throw of 230’-1” (70.14m). He ranks first in Division III in the event headed into this weekend’s championships and ranks second nationally in the decathlon. Solveson is a senior from Oconomowoc, Wis.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jared Engelking – Tufts
Engelking, a senior from Westborough, Mass., is the top-ranked decathlete in the New England region, and he ranks among the top ten nationally in the event with a best mark of 6,587 points. Earlier this season, he qualified for the New England Championships in the pole vault, javelin, discus, and decathlon.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Richard Roethel – Christopher Newport
A freshman from Farmingville, N.Y., Roethel ranks eighth in the decathlon and ninth in the high jump headed into this weekend’s NCAA Championships. He scored a total of 27 points at the Mason Dixon Conference Championships, including a runner-up finish in the javelin. Roethel has also recorded a provisional qualifying mark in the long jump this season.

WEST REGION – Eric Flores – Cal Lutheran
Flores rewrote the NCAA Division III record books in the hammer this season, becoming the top performer all-time in the event with a throw of 220’-10” (67.31m), over two feet better than the previous record. He won Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in the hammer and shot put and recorded a second place finish in the discus to earn SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors. Flores is a junior from Custer, S.D.

 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emma Dewart – Ithaca
A sophomore from Barker, N.Y., Dewart is the NCAA Division III leader in the heptathlon headed into this weekend’s Championships, and she ranks eleventh nationally in the long jump. Dewart was named the 2010 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Outstanding Performer in the field events after scoring 30 field-event points to help lead the Bombers to the team title.

CENTRAL REGION – Janey Helland – Gustavus Adolphus
Helland is the 2010 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion in the heptathlon, scoring a season-best and national top-ten performance of 4,508 points. The junior from Mapleton, Minn. scored a total of 24 points in the field events at the MIAC Championships to earn Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete conference honors.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Elizabeth Evans – Rose-Hulman
Evans, a freshman from Bicknell, Ind., heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the top-ranked performance in the high jump, a season-best 5-8½ (1.74m). Evans is the first female student-athlete in school history to compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Krystal Baker – Waynesburg
Baker is the 2010 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Year after winning conference titles in the high jump and triple jump. She has broken school records in both events this season. Baker is a sophomore from East Berlin, Penn.

MIDWEST REGION – Ellie Sitek – UW Oshkosh
A senior from Marinette, Wis., Sitek moved to the number six all-time performer in NCAA Division III history in the hammer this season with a best mark of 191-2 (58.28m). She has the top mark this season in NCAA Division III in the discus throw and ranks fourth in the shot put. Earlier this season, Sitek scored 18 points at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships to help the Titans to a second place team finish.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Krista Baker – WPI
Baker won the 2010 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference championship in the hammer and shot put and placed second in the hammer and seventh in the discus at the Division III New England Championships. She broke the school record in the hammer this season by over eight feet with a top mark of 163-9 (49.93m). Baker is a senior from Medway, Mass.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Courtney Hartman – Bridgewater (Va.)
Hartman enters this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships with the third-best mark in the country in the heptathlon, a school-record 4,618 points. The senior from Roanoke, Va., placed in three field events at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships to help the Eagles to a third-place team finish.

WEST REGION – Beth Stam – George Fox
Stam, a sophomore from Siletz, Ore., scored in six Northwest Conference Championship field events, including a win in the javelin, second in the heptathlon, and third in the high jump and triple jump, to lead the Bruins to a second place team finish. She ranks fourth nationally in the heptathlon headed into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a season-best score of 4,520 points.

 

Men’s Head Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Jim Nichols – Ithaca
Nichols, in his 24th year at the helm at Ithaca, witnessed his team win the Empire 8 and the NYSCTC titles this year. In addition, Ithaca has four entries into the NCAA Championships, all of which comes from the sprint and hurdles events.

CENTRAL REGION – Ted Bulling – Nebraska Wesleyan
Bulling, in his 20th year at Nebraska Wesleyan, sports four entries into the NCAA Championships. Nebraska Wesleyan is currently the No. 1 team in the USTFCCCA Central Region.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kris Boey – Ohio Wesleyan
Boey, in his eighth year at Ohio Wesleyan, guided his team to the NCAC title as well as the All-Ohio Championship. Ohio Wesleyan is currently ranked No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region and will have two entries at the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Jim Jones – Salisbury
Jones, in his 11th year at Salisbury, has a squad that is ranked fourth nationally in first in the Midwest Region. Jones’ squad won the Capital Athletic Conference and Mason-Dixon Conference titles this season and will enter the national meet with five entries including national leader Cory Beebe in the 400-meter hurdles.

MIDWEST REGION – Paul Olsen – Augustana (Ill.)
Olsen, in his 41st year at Augustana, has a team that won the CCIW title this season and will have five entries at the NCAA meet this weekend. Olsen’s squad enters the national meet ranked 24th nationally.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Fletcher Brooks – Williams
Brooks, in his third year at Williams, had a crew that won the Little Three, NESCAC, New England Division III Regional, and the ECAC Division III titles. Brooks’ squad ranks No. 1 in the New England region and No. 10 in the nation and will have seven entries at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Barbara Crousen – McMurry
Crousen, in her 12th year, has a squad that is ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings and heads into the NCAA Championships with 16 entries, the most among all other schools. McMurry sports seven entries in both the sprint/hurdle areas as well as throws.

WEST REGION – Toby Schwarz – Whitworth
Schwarz, in his 14th year at Whitworth, notched a Northwest Conference title with his crew. Whitworth is the third ranked team in the nation and No. 1 in the west and boasts seven qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.

 

Women’s Head Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Phil Jennings – TCNJ
Jennings, in his second year at TCNJ, captured the NJAC title this season. With a crew that is ranked No. 8 in the nation, TCNJ will enter the NCAA Championships with nine entries.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg
Newsom has the No. 1-nationally ranked squad heading into the NCAA Championships with a championship-best 18 entries, 10 of which comes in the sprint and hurdle events.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kori Stoffregen – DePauw
Stoffregen, in his 14th year at DePauw, led his group to a runner-up showing in the SCAC. DePauw has four entries into the NCAA Championships this year.

MIDEAST REGION – Jason Falvo – Waynesburg
Falvo, in his sixth year at Waynesburg, has a team that won the PAC South Quad meet. The Jackets have three entries into the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Chris Schumacher – Illinois Wesleyan
Schumacher, in his 13th year at Illinois Wesleyan, has a crew that won the CCIW and is ranked third in the country heading into the NCAA Championships. Illinois Wesleyan sports 12 entries into the NCAA Championships, seven of which are in the sprint and hurdle areas and includes national top seed Shavantay Thomas in the 200 meters.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Brian Chabot – WPI
Chabot is in his second year at the helm at WPI was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year as his squad garnered five event titles at the league meet. Two of his athletes grabbed provisional qualifying marks this season and eight broke school records.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Robert Shankman – Rhodes
Shankman is in his 19th year at Rhodes and has a squad that won the SCAC with 10 titlists this season. Rhodes has three entries into the NCAA Championships and are currently ranked No. 1 in the region.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox
Smith, in his fourth year with George Fox, led the Bruins to a second-place showing in the Northwest Conference and was named NWC Co-Coach of the Year. Six Bruins won NWC titles and three gained entry into the NCAA Championships.

 

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Ed Jaskulski – SUNY Brockport
Jaskulski of SUNY Brockport is in his seventh year as the team’s throws coach. Jaskulski had two athletes finish in the division’s top 20 in the hammer and discus and two that won SUNYAC titles.

CENTRAL REGION – Guy Mosher – Central (Iowa)
Mosher is in his 19th year with Central (Iowa) and is the coach in the sprint, jumps, and combined event areas. Central qualified two decathletes for the NCAA Championships. Mosher also qualified two athletes in the jumps and both 4×100 and 4×400 relays for the national meet. Mosher’s combined athletes compiled 15 points in Central’s run for the IIAC title.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Fred Brickner – Mount Union
Brickner is Mount Union’s throws coach and had three athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships, including the second- and thrird-seeded discus throwers, Judd Lutz and Sean Denard. Lutz is also entered in the shot put at the national meet.

MIDEAST REGION – Jessica Cooper – Washington and Jefferson
Cooper in her first year at Washington and Jefferson coached the hurdles and jumps to 104 of the 165 points scored by the team in winning the Presidents’ Athletics Conference title.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Ebel – UW Oshkosh
Ebel coaches the throws at UW Oshkosh and has a championship-high six entries in the NCAA Championships including three in the discus. Ebel is in his ninth year with UW Oshkosh.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Mike Stomski – WPI
Stomski, in his fourth year WPI, had hammer throwers that swept the top three spots at the NEWMAC Championships and positions 2-3-5 at the Division III New England Championships. Stomski qualified javelin thrower Jeff Baker for the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Micheal Hanks – Christopher Newport
Hanks is the jumps coach at Christopher Newport and his group placed 1-2-5- in the long jump and 1-5-7 in the triple jump at the Mason Dixon Championships.

WEST REGION – Gary Baskett – Whitworth
Whitworth is in his fifth year as throws coach at Whitworth. At the NWC Championships, his group claimed conference titles in all four throwing events and accumulated 96 points towards a league crown. Whitworth qualified four throwers for the NCAA Championships including Jeff Kitner who is the second seed in the shot put (57-9, 17.60m).

 

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Justin Lindsey – TCNJ
Lindsey is in his second season as TCNJ’s sprint and hurdle coach. His crew was directly responsible for 121 of the team’s 219 points in winning the NJAC title. Lindsey’s sprint medley relay placed 12th overall at the Penn Relays in a school record time of 3:59.65. TCNJ has two entries in the NCAA Championships in the sprint and hurdles and both relays has also qualified.

CENTRAL REGION – Derek Frese – Nebraska Wesleyan
Frese is in his third year as throws coach of Nebraska Wesleyan. Frese qualified Elliott Bulling for the shot put at the NCAA Championships. Three throwers from the squad qualified for the NCAA Championships including freshman Deanna Dirkschneider in the shot put.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Al Hoekstra – Calvin
Hoekstra is in his 26th year as distance coach at Calvin and has five athletes that are entered in the NCAA Championships in the distance events, a championship high. Calvin swept the top four positions at the MIAA Championships in the steeplechase and the top three in the 10k.

MIDEAST REGION – Chris Hardie – Waynesburg
Hardie is in his fifth year at Waynesburg as throws coach. Two of his athletes are entered in the NCAA Championships and four broke school records this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Zebulon Sion – Chicago
Sion, in his third year at Chicago as throws coach, he has coached three of his athletes to NCAA qualification this season. Chicago’s throwers accounted for 67 of the team’s points and won three events at the UAA Championships. Chicago’s Claire Ray was named UAA Field Athlete of the Year.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Vinny Kotowski – WPI
Kotowsk is in his third year in coaching vertical events, hurdles, and combined events. He coached the NEWMAC Champion in the high jump.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Shelli Sayers – Roanoke
Sayers, in her sixth year with Roanoke, coaches sprints and jumps. At the ODAC Championships, her sprinters and jumpers accounted for many points, including a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 400 hurdles. Roanoke qualified three sprinters to the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Lucais MacKay – Cal Lutheran
MacKay is in the second season of coaching throwers at Cal Lutheran. The squad scored 58 points at the SCIAC Championships and three qualified for the NCAA Championships.