Green and Pixler Cap Successful Year as Division II Track Athletes of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 2, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday that Leford Green of Johnson C. Smith and Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific were named the National Track Athletes of the Year for Outdoor Track & Field in Division II as voted by the nation’s coaches.

NATIONAL MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith

Green, a junior from St. Catherine, Jamaica, was the NCAA Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a lightning fast 48.67 to find victory. Only Olympic medalist Bershawn Jackson has run faster at an NCAA Division II Championship (48.50).  Green’s time also places him as a top-10 World performer in the event in 2010. Green added a national runner-up performance in the 400 dash, clocking a season’s best 45.68. Green was also the CIAA champ in the 400-meter hurdles earlier this season.

Past Winners:
2010: Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith
2009: Aaron Braun, Adams State
2008: Scott Bauhs, Chico State
2007: Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian
2006: Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian


NATIONAL FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

Pixler, a senior from Sammamish, Wash., won her 12th overall NCAA crown with a dominant win in the 1500 meters. Pixler, winning by nearly eight seconds (4:15.43) over Grand Valley State’s Monica Kinney (4:23.00), claimed the third NCAA outdoor 1500-meter title of her career. Earlier in the season, Pixler clocked 4:11.06 in a second-place showing at the Mt. SAC Relays, posting the second best all-time mark in Division II and ranks among the top 10 of Americans this season.

Pixler ended the season with the season best times of 2:04.89 in the 800 and 15:44.01 in the 5000. Pixler also won GNAC titles in the 800 and 1500, both in meet record fashion.

Pixler won the “triple crown” of USTFCCCA awards this year, having been named as the USTFCCCA Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCCA Indoor Trach & Field Track Athlete of the Year earlier in the school cycle.

Past Winners:

2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene
2008: Kirby Blackley, Findlay
2007: Mandy Zemba, Grand Valley State
2006: Mandy Zemba, Grand Valley State

USTFCCCA 2010 National Award Winners, Division II, Outdoor Track & Field

MEN
National Track Athlete of the Year: Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith
National Field Athlete of the Year:
National Assistant Coach of the Year:
National Coach of the Year:

WOMEN
National Track Athlete of the Year: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
National Field Athlete of the Year:
National Assistant Coach of the Year:
National Coach of the Year: