Region Awards Handed Out to NCAA Division III

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 23, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday winners of regional awards for the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Sixteen male and sixteen female student-athletes earned awards as a track or field Athlete of the Year while 32 USTFCCCA members earned plaudits as a coach or assistant coach of either a men’s or women’s team.

Most of the award winners will participate in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held this upcoming weekend, May 26-28, in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan will serve as host at Selby Field and George Gauthier Track.

2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field – Region Award Winners

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Brian Lang – Rochester
The senior from Baldwinsville, N.Y., heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the fastest entering time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, at 8:56.76. Earlier this season, he earned New York State Collegiate Track Conference Track Athlete of the Meet honors after winning both the steeplechase and 5,000-meter events, breaking school and meet records in the steeplechase in the process.

CENTRAL REGION – Kevin Janata – Nebraska Wesleyan
Janata leads the country in the 110-meter hurdles heading into the NCAA Division III Championships, with a wind-aided best time of 14.24 seconds. He has been remarkably consistent this outdoor season, running under 14.50 seconds in all but one high-hurdle race, including preliminary rounds. Janata is a senior from Howells, Neb.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin McCarthy – Wabash
The Zionsville, Ind., native showed his range this outdoor season by earning NCAA-qualifying marks in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase. McCarthy will focus on the steeplechase at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, an event in which he ranks third among declared competitors. McCarthy is a junior.

MIDEAST REGION – Eric Woodruff – Moravian
Woodruff, a senior from Brodheadsville, Pa., leads NCAA Division III in the short sprinting events, leading all declared competitors in the 200 meters and tied for the fastest time in the country in the 100 meters. He won ECAC Division III and Landmark Conference titles in both short sprints, capping a regular season in which he suffered only one loss in an individual final.

MIDWEST REGION – Mike Spain – North Central (Ill.)
In 2011, Spain proved that he is a double threat when it comes to distance events. He leads NCAA Division III in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters, and he will attempt the long-distance double at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Spain is a senior from Schaumburg, Ill.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ben Scheetz – Amherst
The junior from Lancaster, Pa., will look to add to his regular-season hardware as he competes in the 800 meters and 4×400-meter relay this weekend. The fastest qualifier in the 800 meters at 1:48.67, Scheetz is the ECAC Division III champion in the 400 meters, the New England ICAAAA champion in the 800 meters, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference champion in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and as a member of Amherst’s 4×400-meter relay.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Kevin Cunningham – McMurry
Cunningham, a junior from Brownwood, Texas, leads NCAA Division III in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 51.49 seconds. He earned Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors at the American Southwest Conference Championships after winning the 400-meter hurdles and running on McMurry’s winning 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays. Cunningham will compete in the intermediate hurdles and both relay events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – Marcus Fortugno – La Verne
Fortugno has the fastest entering time in the 400 meters heading into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, the only competitor in the country to break 47 seconds in the event during the regular season. He will also compete in the 200 meters and as a member of La Verne’s 4×100-meter relay at the NCAA Division III Championships. Fortugno is a junior from Glendora, Calif.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Craig Van Leeuwen – Ramapo
The junior from Little Falls, N.J., is top-ranked in the pole vault after clearing a season’s best of 17-3 (5.26m) in April. The mark placed van Leeuwen in the all-time Division III top ten and is among the top 25 of all collegiate divisions. He placed second at the Penn Relays and was this season’s NJAC Champion, clearing a meet record.

CENTRAL REGION – Ethan Miller – Central (Iowa)
Miller, a junior from Seymour, Iowa, was this season’s IIAC Field Event MVP as he would score 48 points for his team at the conference meet, scoring league crowns in the pole vault, triple jump, long jump, and the 110-meter hurdles. Miller enters the NCAA meet as the top-seed in the decathlon, and is the only in D-III this year to score over 7,000 points in the event, and as the seventh-seed in the long jump. Miller also finished the regular season tied with the division’s best high jump.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Phipps – Baldwin-Wallace
A senior from Patalaska, Ohio, Phipps makes his marks in the throws as he qualified for the NCAA Championships in three events – the shot put, discus, and hammer. Phipps enters the discus as the No. 5 seed with a season best of 174-2 (53.09m) and as the sixth seed in the hammer with a best of 199-3 (60.73m). Phipps was the hammer throw champ of the OAC and won All-Ohio titles in the shot and hammer to help Baldwin-Wallace to their first All-Ohio team title since 1995.

MIDEAST REGION – Tom Masterson – Delaware Valley
Masterson, a junior from Hopatacong, N.J., enters the NCAA meet as the fourth overall seed in the javelin with a season’s best of 215-9 (65.76m). Masterson not only won the MAC conference crown with the javelin, but also claimed the league title in the long jump. Masterson also cleared over six feet in the high jump this outdoor season.

MIDWEST REGION – Ben Harmon – Washington (Mo.)
A senior from St. Louis, Mo., is entered in both the decathlon and long jump for the NCAA Championships. In the decathlon, Harmon has scored a season’s best of 6,763 for the third seed. Harmon was UAA champion in the long jump, completing a four-year indoor-outdoor conference sweep of the event. Harmon also won the league title in the pole vault and scored in three other field events to be named the UAA’s Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – David Pless – Bates
Pless, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., enters the national championships as the No. 1 seed in the shot put, having claimed a best mark of 58-10¼ (17.94m) to win the All-Division New England Championships. Pless also claimed titles with the shot at the New England D-III meet, the NESCAC Championships, and the State of Maine Championships. Pless also topped the NESCAC record with the shot by more than three feet, and is also qualified for the NCAA meet with the discus.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Richard Roethel – Christopher Newport
A sophomore from Farmingville, N.Y., Roethel is the No. 4 seed for the NCAA meet in the decathlon with a season best of 6,759 points. Roethel also cleared 6-9 (2.06m) in the high jump this season, but did not declare for that open event. Roethel scored 52½ points at the Mason-Dixon meet with wins in the high jump and javelin and scoring performances in the pole vault and long jump.

WEST REGION – Eric Flores – Cal Lutheran
A senior from Custer, S.D., Flores has outpaced the rest of Division III this season by more than 20 feet in the hammer throw, entering the NCAA meet as the No. 1 seed with a season’s best of 223-5 (68.10m). Flores is also slated in the shot put where he holds the No. 2 seed. Flores was the SCIAC champ with the hammer and shot this season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Colin Tory – RPI
Tory led the Engineers to the Liberty League and NYSCTC Conference Championships. RPI ended the regular season ranked second in the Atlantic Region.  The NYSCTC honored the RPI coaches by naming them Coaching Staff of the Year. The Engineers will be represented in two events at the NCAA Championship meet.   

CENTRAL REGION – Joe Dunham – Central (Iowa)
Dunham led the Dutch to the IIAC title and was voted Coach of the Year in the conference. His team broke the conference scoring record of 288 points with 250 this year.  Central will have seven entries in the NCAA Championship, entering the meet ranked first in the region and No. 10 nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Clyde Morgan – Wabash
Morgan led his team to a North Coast Athletics Conference Championship in scoring a meet record 311½ points which led to NCAC Coach of the Year honors. The Little Giants will be represented by four athletes at the NCAA Championship meet. Wabash had nine NCAC champs and 23 were named All-NCAC. The Little Giants are ranked No. 1 in the region in the final USTFCCCA regional poll.  Morgan is a hurdles specialist, leading his hurdlers to a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 110 hurdles at the conference championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Tom Donnelly – Haverford
Donnelly led the Haverford Fords to a No. 1 ranking in the final rankings of the Mideast Region.   Seven of Donnelly’s men will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet.  The Fords enter the championship meet ranked 19th in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings.

MIDWEST REGION – Frank Gramarosso – North Central (Ill.)
Gramarosso led the Cardinals to a win at the CCIW Championships meet. Gramarosso’s sprinters have the top-seeded time in the country in the 4×400 as part of their 13 entries in the NCAA Championship meet. The Cardinals are ranked third in the region and third in the nation heading into the championships

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Al Fereshetian – Bates
Fereshetian’s Bobcats team is ranked 20th in the nation, the best of all New England Region teams. Bates earned a fifth-place finish at All-New Englands. Fereshetian coaches throwers, of which six earned spots in the NCAA Championship meet. The team is ranked No 3 in the region and No. 20 in the nation.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Barbara Crousen – McMurry
Crousen’s McMurry War Hawks has been at the top of the USTFCCCA National Rankings for much the season.  Crousen coaches sprints and hurdles, guiding her 4×100 relay squad to the top-seeded performance in the country.  The ASC conference champions will have 12 entries in the NCAA Championship meet, including the No. 1-ranked 100 and No. 3-ranked 200 meter competitor in Kenneth Turner.  

WEST REGION – Mike Schmidt – Redlands
The SCIAC Conference Champions finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in West Region and 25th nationally.  Mike Schmidt’s Bulldogs will have seven entries at the NCAA Championship meet.  

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – John Izzo – Rochester
Rochester middle- and long-distance runners won five conference titles at the NYSCTC Outdoor Championships to help the team to a third-place finish. Izzo has three athletes competing at the NCAA Championships — two in the steeplechase, including the No. 1 seed, and one in the 800m.

CENTRAL REGION – Guy Mosher – Central (Iowa)
In his 20th year coaching the sprints, jumps, hurdles and combined events, Mosher had five athletes earn entries into the championship field. With the top-two seeds in the decathlon, an eighth-seeded long jumper and third-fastest time in the 400 meters, look for the Central Dutch to finish higher than their 11th-place final team ranking. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jarrod Davis – Baldwin-Wallace
After scoring 80 points at the D-III All-Ohio Championships to lead the 23rd nationally ranked Baldwin-Wallace to the team title, throwers coached by Davis will make up all five of the program’s entries this weekend.  In his fourth season coaching the Yellow Jackets, Davis has two athletes seeded among the top five discus throwers and a sixth-seeded hammer thrower.

MIDEAST REGION – Jay Dunn – Johns Hopkins
In his eleventh year, Dunn’s athletes scored 36 points in the throwing events at Centennial Conference Championships. After winning the discus with a provisional qualifying mark, one of his young men was named the league’s Field Athlete of the meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Ebel – UW-Oshkosh
Three individual titles in the throwing events helped the UW-Oshkosh men place second at the recent WIAC Championships. With the most entries by any team, including ten by Ebel’s throwers, the top-ranked Titans look strong going into the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Joel Williams – Williams
Williams’ athletes scored 55¼ points at the NESCAC and 43¾ points at the Division III Championships to help the team finish the regular season ranked first in the region. Included among the seven Ephs entries is a sophomore coached by Williams that will compete in both hurdle events.  

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Dan Graber – Centre
Graber coached athletes to 22 scoring performances at the SCAC Championships, including two conference champions, to help Centre win its first SCAC team title.  Assisting with the distance runners, in addition to directly working with pole vaulters and hurdlers, the second-year coach had one athlete meet a provisional mark.

WEST REGION – Eloise Cappellano – Whitworth
Cappellano is the javelin coach for a crew that went 1-2-3 at the NWC Championships to help lead the Pirates to a team title. Finishing the regular season ranked third in the region, Whitworth has two javelin throwers seeded among the top eight this weekend for the NCAA meet.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Miriam Khan – TCNJ
The senior from Titusville, N.J., is undefeated against NCAA Division III competition headed into the NCAA Division III Championships. She will compete in the 100 meters and 200 meters at this weekend’s championships, with top-ten rankings in both events. Earlier this season, Khan advanced to the semi-finals in the ECAC 100 meters, competing primarily against NCAA Division I competition.

CENTRAL REGION – Keelie Finnel – Coe
The Francis Creek, Wis., native leads all declared competitors in the 800 meters by nearly four seconds with her entering time of 2:06.83, the fourth-fastest time ever recorded by a woman in NCAA Division III. Earlier this season, she earned 23½ team points at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, winning the 800 meters and 1500 meters, and running a leg on the second-place 4×100-meter relay and third-place 4×400-meter relay. Finnel is a senior.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Joanna Johnson – Oberlin
Johnson, a senior from Chico, Calif., will have a busy weekend at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as she will attempt the long-distance double in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events. She broke school records in both events this season, won the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the 5,000 meters, and earned the Division III All-Ohio championship in the 10,000 meters in meet-record fashion.

MIDEAST REGION – Jacqueline Guevel – Carnegie Mellon
Guevel’s record-breaking freshman season will continue at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, as she is set to compete in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. She broke four school records during the year, won both hurdle events at the University Athletic Association championships, and became the first-ever athlete to win both UAA Rookie of the Year and UAA Running Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. Guevel is from Dallas, Texas.

MIDWEST REGION – Christy Cazzola – UW-Oshkosh
Cazzola, a sophomore from Kaukauna, Wis., recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 1,500 meters in NCAA Division III this season with a season-best of 4:24.36, and the second-fastest time in the 800 meters at 2:08.02. Both times rank among the top ten all-time in NCAA Division III. Cazzola won both events at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships to earn Track Performer of the Meet honors. She will focus on the 1,500 meters at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Portia Jones – MIT
The junior from Queens, N.Y., led MIT to the New England Division III Championship by winning the 200 meters, placing second in both the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles, and anchoring the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter squads to victory. All five marks were NCAA qualifying marks, and she will compete in all five events at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Ruby Blackwell – Methodist
Blackwell, a sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., won Mason-Dixon Conference championships in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and as a member of the 4×100-meter and 4×4000-meter relay squads. She also placed second in the 100 meters to earn a total of 33 team points. Headed into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, she has the fastest entering time in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, and her season-best 11.66 seconds in the 100 meters is the second-fastest time ever recorded in NCAA Division III in the event.

WEST REGION – Kimber Mattox – Willamette
Mattox heads into this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships with the fastest entering time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 13th-fastest time in the 5,000 meters. Her season-best time of 10:23.34 in the steeplechase is a Willamette school record and the seventh-fastest time ever recorded in NCAA Division III. At the 2011 Northwest Conference Championships, she earned conference championships in the 1,500 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, and 5,000 meters. Mattox is a junior from Bend, Ore.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emma Dewart – Ithaca
Dewart, a junior from Barker, N.Y., will be among the busiest athletes at the NCAA Championships as she will compete in the heptathlon, high jump, long jump, and 100-meter hurdles. Dewart is the No. 1 seed in the heptathlon via a season’s best score of 4,842 points scored in winning the NYSCTC Championship. Dewart was selected as the NYSCTC and Empire 8 Field Athlete of the Year, and, along with an Empire 8 title in the heptathlon, Dewart set a new meet record in winning the long jump.

CENTRAL REGION – Janey Helland – Gustavus Adolphus
A senior from Mapleton, Minn., Helland enters the NCAA meet as the No. 3 seed in the heptathlon and as one of the 14th seeds in the long jump. Helland has scored season best of 4,735 points and 18-8 (5.69m) in those events respectively. Helland won the MIAC heptathlon title and placed fifth in the same event at the Drake Relays.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Liz Evans – Rose-Hulman
Evans, a sophomore from Bicknell, Ind., has led the Division III ranks in the high jump for the entire season and will be the No. 1 seed for the event this weekend, having cleared a season best of 5-8½ (1.74m). Evans was the HCAC champion of the high jump, long jump, and triple jump, set new conference records in the high jump and long jump, and was named league’s Field Athlete of the Year.

MIDEAST REGION – Abby Schaffer – Moravian
A junior from Easton, Pa., Schaffer is one of three in Division III this year to clear more than 13 feet in the pole vault. Schaffer notched her mark of 13-3¾ (4.06m) in winning the ECAC D-III title. Schaffer was also the Landmark Conference’s champion in the event.

MIDWEST REGION – Holly Ozanich – UW-Oshkosh
Ozanich, a senior from Green Bay, Wis., won the hammer throw and shot put at the talent-laden WIAC Conference meet and also placed third in the discus. Ozanich enters the NCAA meet as the No. 1 seed in the shot put and the No. 2 seed in the hammer, having claimed season bests of 48-4¾ (14.75m) and 189-11 (57.90m) in those events, respectively.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Kelly Curtis – Springfield (Mass.)
A junior from Princeton, N.J., Curtis scored 4,738 points in the heptathlon at the Penn Relays to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet and enters as the No. 2 seed in the event. Curtis also qualified for the national meet in the javelin. Curtis was the NEWMAC champ in the javelin, scored in three field events at the D-III New England Championships, and placed fourth with the javelin at the all-division New England meet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Ashlynn Chavis – Methodist
Chavis, a junior from Maxton, N.C., is the divisional leader in the long jump entering the NCAA meet, having notched a wind-aided best of 20-6¼ (6.25m) this season. With a wind-legal jump of 20-3 (6.17m) to win the long jump at Raleigh Relays, Chavis set the new all-time best in Division III. Chavis was also the Mason-Dixon champ of the long jump.

WEST REGION – Kelly Young – Occidental
A senior from San Bruno, Calif., Young qualified and is entered in all four throwing events for the NCAA Championships. In the shot put, Young holds the No. 4 seed, having tossed a season best of 47-2½ (14.39m). Young was the SCIAC Championships high-point scorer with a 38-point carry. This season, Young claimed new Occidental records in the shot, discus, and hammer.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Jennifer Potter – Ithaca
Potter’s Bombers won the NYSCTC and Empire 8 meets. Led by top ranked heptathlete Emma Dewart, the Bombers completed the regular season ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 9 nationally.  Ithaca will compete in eleven events at the NCAA Championship meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg
The Lady Knights of Wartburg won the IIAC with a record point total of 280. Newsom’s Wartburg team leads the nation with 23 entries in the NCAA Championship meet including national leaders Nevada Morrison in the 400, Brittany Melloy in the 400 hurdles as well as the top-ranked 4×400 relay. The Knights finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the region and second nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Bret Otte – Calvin
Calvin’s women’s track and field team won the MIAA league championship for the second time in two seasons with Otte as head coach. Calvin College won ten events and was runner-up in nine more at the league championships. Eight Calvin women will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. Top ranked in the Great Lakes region, Calvin enters the NCAA meet ranked tenth nationally.
 
MIDEAST REGION – Mark FitzPatrick – Washington and Jefferson
Washington and Jefferson claimed the Presidents Athletic Conference title in 2011, improving dramatically from a last-place finish in 2010.  FitzPatrick, the PAC Coach of the Year, had athletes win nine events at PAC Championship. The team concluded the regular season ranked No. 4 in the region and will see two athletes compete at the NCAA Championship meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Ebel – UW-Oshkosh
Ebel coached the Titans women’s team to the WIAC Conference Championship title, and he was named the WIAC Coach of the Year. Coaches the throwing events for the Titans, Ebel coached athletes sit atop the NCAA performance list in the shot put, discus and hammer. Oshkosh has the second-largest number of entries in the NCAA championship meet with 18.  The Titans are ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 1 in the national rankings.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Halston Taylor – MIT
Taylor’s MIT Engineers won the NEWMAC title and the New England Division III championship. The third-ranked Engineers will have 14 entries in the championship meet and take with them a second-place ranking in the New England region and a No. 3 national ranking.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – Methodist
The Monarchs of Methodist University won the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship by 57 points. Ross coaches sprints, hurdles and relays.  The Monarchs won every sprinting and hurdle event including both relays at the conference meet and claimed the top four places in 100 and top five places in 200. The fifth-ranked team in the country won nine out of 12 track events at the MDC meet. Ross was named the MDC Coach of the Year and will be taking seven entries to the NCAA Championship meet.

WEST REGION – Kendra Reimer – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Reimer’s Athenas finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the West and No. 9 in the national rankings. The SCIAC champions will have eight entries in the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Ed Jaskulski – SUNY Brockport
Athletes coached by Jaskulski placed 1-2-3 in the shot put and first in the hammer throw to score 61 of the teams 106½ points at the SUNYAC Championships. In his eighth year coaching with the Golden Eagles, Jaskulski has one athlete competing in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships.  

CENTRAL REGION – Derek Frese – Nebraska Wesleyan
Of the ten championship entries for eighth-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan, six are by throwers coached by Frese. With two ladies in the shot put, two in the discus and one each in the hammer and javelin, his squad looks to continue their recent GPAC success into the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matt Wackerly – Ohio Wesleyan
In his fifth year working with the Ohio Wesleyan distance runners, Wackerly had athletes win two All-Ohio individual championships, two NCAC titles and set one NCAC conference record. With five total qualifying marks, he will have one athlete competing in the 1500 meters and another in the 5,000 meters.  

MIDEAST REGION – Gary Aldrich – Carnegie Mellon
The fifth-year Tartan coach guided CMU athletes to two UAA Records, five School Records, and nine all-time top-five CMU Performances. One of his freshman athletes will compete this weekend in both the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles.

MIDWEST REGION – Mahesh Narayanan – North Central (Ill.)
North Central won the CCIW Championships with middle- and long-distance runners scoring in every event to earn 60 points of the team’s 236 points. All four of Narayanan’ athletes earning provisional marks will compete this weekend for the 19th-ranked Cardinals.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Lisa Wallin – Tufts
Throwers scored 41 points in the NESCAC and 44 points in the New England Championships to help Tufts to third-place finishes. Two of Wallin’s young women will compete this weekend in the shot put and discus.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Maddy Outman – Emory
In her first year working with the sprinters, hurdlers and horizontal jumpers, Outman had athletes score 132 points to help Emory win the UAA Championships. With a total of four championship entries, the Eagles coach has athletes competing in the 100 hurdles, 100 meters, triple jump and 4×100-meter relays.

WEST REGION – Jason Romero – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
In his first year coaching at CMS, Romero has two young women competing in both the long jump and the triple jump this weekend at the NCAA Championships. The Athenas finished up the regular season with a national ranking of ninth.