Green, Brown, Gagne, Lettow Are Division II’s Indoor Athletes of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 16, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the National Athletes of the Year for the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season. Quartermiler Leford Green of Johnson C. Smith picked up the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year nod while pole vaulter Ryan Brown won the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor. Three-event national champ Shannon Gagne of New Haven was picked as National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Central Missouri multi-eventer Lindsey Lettow earned the title of National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.

National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year
Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith

Green, a senior from St. Catherine, Jamaica, won the NCAA Division II indoor title in the 400-meter dash in 46.38, to notch the second indoor title of his career (2008). In addition, Green anchored the Johnson C. Smith 4×400 squad to their first indoor national title in school history. Earlier this season, Green won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) 400-meter title and anchored the team’s 4×400-meter relay to a third-place finish.

Recent Winners:
2011: Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith
2010: Josh Scott, Saint Augustine’s
2009: Aaron Braun, Adams State
2008: Keith Gill, Stonehill
2007: Nick Lara, Adams State
2006: Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian


National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year
Ryan Brown, Western Washington

Brown, a senior from Bellingham, Wash., won his second-straight NCAA indoor pole vault title with a meet-best clearance of 17-2¾ (5.25m). Brown earlier in the season claimed the division’s best mark of the year of 17-5 (5.31m) at the Flotrack Husky Classic in mid-February. Brown, who won the same event at the GNAC Championships, reset his school’s and conference records in the event this year as well.


Recent Winners:
2011: Ryan Brown, Western Washington
2010: Kurt Roberts, Ashland
2009: Joe Kindred, Saint Augustine’s
2008: Bryan Vickers, Ashland
2007: Kibwe Johnson, Ashland
2006: Keith Moffatt, Morehouse


National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year
Shannon Gagne, New Haven

Gagne, a senior from Meriden, Conn., became the first person to win national crowns in both the 200 and 400 in a single NCAA Division II Indoor Championship. Gagne won the 400 meters in a little over a second with a 54.03 clocking and then returned to the track an hour-and-thirty later to claim the 200 meter crown in 23.66, edging out Lincoln freshman Judith Riley for the title. Gagne scored 30 points total in the meet, leading New Haven to a 32-point, fourth-place team showing. Gagne also won the national crown in the long jump.

Gagne won Northeast-10 Conference Championships in the 55, 200, and 400, and competed on New Haven’s third-place 4×400-meter relay team at the league meet.

Recent Winners:
2011: Shannon Gagne, New Haven
2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Pinar Saka, Neb.-Omaha
2008: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2007: Mandi Zemba, Grand Valley State
2006: Mandi Zemba, Grand Valley State


National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year
Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri

Lettow, a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, won the D-II title in the pentathlon, scoring 4,064 points to reset the national-championships meet record. Among all divisions, Lettow was only bested by nine others in the country for 2011 in the event. Lettow also finished fourth in the long jump and sixth in the 60 hurdles at the NCAA meet for 18 total team points.

Lettow was also the MIAA champ in the pentathlon.

Recent Winners:
2011: Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri
2010: Heather Miller, St. Cloud State
2009: Katelin Rains, Minnesota State
2008: Katelin Rains, Minnesota State
2007: Tianecia Moseley, Adams State
2006: Cecilia Barnes, Cal State Bakersfield