DIII Region Award Winners Announced for Indoor Track & Field

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 8, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday region award winners for the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season as voted by the region-specific coaches. Most of the athletes and coaches will participate in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this upcoming weekend, Friday-Saturday, March 9-10 in Grinnell, Iowa. NCAA.com will provide live coverage of the championships.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Sean Bernstein – SUNY Oneonta
Bernstein, a junior from Baldwinsville, N.Y., earned SUNYAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors after winning titles in the 60 Meters and 200 Meters and helping the Red Dragons to a second place finish in the 4×400 Relay. His time in the 200 Meters was a conference record. Bernstein will compete in the 60 Meters at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Mike Hutton – St. Thomas (Minn.)
The junior from Apple Valley, Minn., clocked the second-fastest time of the regular season in the 800 Meters at 1:50.21. Earlier this season, Hutton won MIAC championships in the 600 Meters and 800 Meters to help the Tommies win the MIAC team championship.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sutton Coleman – Rose-Hulman
Coleman earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year honors after winning the 200 Meters, 400 Meters, and 60 Hurdles, and anchoring the winning 4×400 Relay. The senior from Lebanon, Va. will focus on the 60 Hurdles at this weekend’s NCAA Championships, and he has the second-fastest entering time in the event.

MIDEAST REGION – Jordan Schilit – Haverford
Schilit, a junior from Tampa, Fla., ran the second-fastest time of the regular season in the 5000 Meters at 14:16.37, also one of the top ten fastest times ever recorded by a Division III student-athlete. The Centennial Conference champion in the 5000 Meters and 3000 Meters will compete in the 5000 Meters at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Dan Sullivan – UW-Stevens Point
Sullivan earned top-ten national rankings in both the 800 Meters and the Mile during the regular season and helped the Pointers’ Distance Medley Relay to a top-five regular season ranking. He will focus on the Mile and the Distance Medley Relay at this weekend’s NCAA Championships. Sullivan is a sophomore from Elkhorn, Wis.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ben Scheetz – Amherst
The senior from Lancaster, Pa., recorded fastest time in Division III history in the 800 Meters during the indoor season with a time of 1:47.43. He also recorded the fastest times of the regular season in the Mile, 1000 Meters, and 600 Meters. Scheetz will attempt the 800/Mile double at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Alexander Tallman – Washington and Lee
Tallman earned ODAC Indoor Athlete of the Meet honors after winning conference titles in the 200 Meters and 400 Meters. He will compete in the 400 Meters at this weekend’s NCAA Championships, and his season-best time of 49.06 ranks in the top ten among declared competitors. Tallman is a sophomore from Grand Blanc, Mich.

WEST REGION – Trent Alsin – Whitworth
Alsin recorded the fastest time in the West Region in the 60 Meters. Earlier this season, he finished third at the Idaho Vandal Collegiate in the 60 Meters against Division I competition. Alsin is a freshman from Olympia, Wash.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Wenley Louis – SUNY Geneseo
Louis, a senior from Rochester, N.Y., is the NCAA’s No. 1 seed in the long jump with a season’s best jump of 25-6 (7.77m) which is also the second-best all-time in DIII history. He was the SUNYAC champ of the long and triple jump and was named the league’s Field Athlete of the Championship Meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Jonas Elusme – Wartburg
Elusme, a sophomore from Boynton Beach, Fla., is the DIII’s No. 1-ranked high jumper with a best of 6-11 (2.11m) this season. He is entered in both the high and long jumps for the NCAA Championships. Elsume is seeded sixth in the long jump with a best of 23-8¾ (7.23m).

GREAT LAKES REGION – Brandon Eddy – Baldwin-Wallace
A sophomore from Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio, Eddy has recorded the best heptathlon of the season in DIII with a best of 5,065 points. Eddy is entered in the heptathlon and pole vault for the NCAA meet. In the pole vault, Eddy has cleared 16-0 (4.88m). Eddy was the All-Ohio DIII pole vault and high jump champ and placed second in both events at the OAC Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Justin Turner – Gwynedd-Mercy
Turner, a junior from Martlon, N.J., enters the NCAA meet as one of five tied for the No. 3 seed with a season-best mark of 6-10¼ (2.09m). Turner won the ECAC title in the high jump with a winner clear of 6-9½ (2.07m).

MIDWEST REGION – Pete Delzer – UW-Oshkosh
A junior from Oconto Falls, Wis., Delzer owns the No. 1 mark in DIII with the weight, having tossed 67-2¼ (20.48m) to win the WIAC Championship title. The mark is the second-best all-time in DIII. Delzer is also entered in the NCAA meet with the shot with a No. 5 seed and a mark of 56-10¼ (17.33m)

NEW ENGLAND REGION – David Pless – Bates
Pless, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., will make an NCAA Championship appearance in both the shot put and weight throw. Pless is the No. 4 seed with the shot, having marked a toss of 58-10¼ (17.94m) to win the ECAC meet. Pless is the No. 6 seed in the weight with a best of 62-10 (19.15m).

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Richard Roethel – Christopher Newport
A junior from Farmingdale, N.Y., Roethel is fourth-ranked heptathlete in DIII with a season’s best of 5,014. He was named the Mason-Dixon Conference athlete of the meet where he scored 34 points and was the champ of the high jump and took runner-up honors in the pole vault, long jump, and shot put. Roethel is entered in both the heptathlon and high jump for the NCAA meet.

WEST REGION – Carter Comito – Whitworth
Comito, a junior from Spokane, Wash., is the nation’s fifth-ranked shot putter with a season’s best of 56-10¼ (17.33m). He has finished in the top three at nearly every meet this indoor season against Division I competition including a third-place finish at the University of Washington Invitational.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – David Prevosti – SUNY Geneseo
Prevosti guided SUNY Geneseo to the SUNYAC Championship with 152 points. He coaches Wenley Louis who jumped 25-6,  the second longest jump in DIII history and three centimeters off the Olympic Trials "B" standard. Prevosti also coaches Nwana Okafor who has the 30th ranked jump on the NCAA list. Prevosti’s Knights are ranked No. 1 in region and No. 15 nationally and will have three entries in the NCAA championship meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Steve Mathre – St. Thomas (Minn.)
Steve Mathre’s Tommie’s are ranked No. 1 in region and No. 6 nationally. In his 17th year as head coach, Mathre led his team to the MIAC Championships and will have seven entries in the NCAA championship meet.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Clyde Morgan – Wabash
Wabash was the NCAC Champions with a conference record 238 points. The Little Giants had conference sweeps in the 60 hurdles, high jump and 800 as well as multiple scorers in several other events. Conference records were set in 800, Mile and DMR. Morgan was named NCAC Coach of the Year and his team enters the national meet ranked 11th in the nation. Wabash will be represented by three entries in the championship meet.

MIDEAST REGION – Tom Donnelly – Haverford
Guiding Haverford’s program for nearly four decades, Donnelly’s Fords are the top team in the Mideast and were the Centennial Conference champions.  Haverford will be represented at the NCAA Indoor Championships by Tim Schoch in the 800 meters and Jordan Schilit in the 5000 where he is the No. 2 seed.

MIDWEST REGION – Josh Buchholtz – UW-La Crosse
Now in his fourth year at the helm of the UW-La Crosse Eagles men’s track and field program, Buchholtz’s team enters the NCAA Indoor Championships as the number one ranked team in the country. UW-L were the WIAC champions and will have ten entries in the championship meet including No. 1-ranked Andy Novak in the shot put and Aric Hoeshcen in the 400.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Al Fereshetian – Bates
Fereshetian’s group claimed both the New England Division III Championships as well as the ECAC DIII Championship.  The Bobcats are ranked No. 3 in the region and No. 18 in the country. Bates will have three entries at the national championship meet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Doug Thomasey – Lynchburg
Lynchburg’s Hornets finished the season ranked No. 1 in the region after six athletes set season bests in the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier. Earlier this season, the team won the ODAC Championships, scoring 141 points which was a 63-point margin of victory. Thomasey earned conference coach of the year honors. The team had seven first-place finishes and five second-place finishes at the conference meet.

WEST REGION – Toby Schwarz – Whitworth
The Pirate men completed the regular season ranked first in the west region.  The Whitworth men were ranked No. 1 in the region in nine different events and will be represented at the NCAA Championship meet in the high jump and shot put. 

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Joe Reed – SUNY Oneonta
The Red Dragons placed fourth at the SUNYAC Championships, a three-spot improvement, with the help of 49 points from Reed’s athletes. After winning the 60 and 200, one of his athletes was named SUNYAC Track Athlete of the Meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Pete Wareham – St. Thomas (Minn.)
In his 16th year coaching the distance athletes, Wareham ended the season with athletes ranked top five in the 800 and 5000, both who will compete at the NCAA Championships. The Tommies won their MIAC Championships and finished the regular season ranked sixth in the nation.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Roger Busch – Wabash
Busch’s distance runners helped Wabash win the NCAC Championships with a meet record 238 points. In the process, three conference records were broken – 800 (1:51.86), Mile (4:10.46) and DMR (10:19.12) – as his 800-meter runners swept the top three places. He has runners seeded top five in three events at the NCAA meet.

MIDEAST REGION – Gary Aldrich – Carnegie Mellon
The fifth-year Tartan coach had the 42nd-ranked hurdler and 26th-ranked shot putter in the nation. His athletes scored 50 of the team’s 90 points towards a runner-up finish at the UAA Conference Championships. Earlier this year, Aldrich saw athletes set one school record and seven all-time CMU top-five performances.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Ebel – UW-Oshkosh
At the WIAC Championships, Ebel had men finish 2-3-6 in the shot put and 1-2-3-8-10 in the weight throw. Nationally-ranked athletes for the tenth-year assistant coach include: 3-5-12-50 in the shot put and first (20.48m), second (20.24m), 12th, 15th, and 32nd in the weight throw. Ebel has three athletes in each throws events at NCAAs.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Nicole Wilkerson – Middlebury
After guiding athletes to four qualifying marks in the distance events, Wilkerson will send her top seeded 5K and fourth seeded Distance Medley Relay to the National Championships. In her tenth year at Middlebury, Wilkerson helped the team to finish 17th in the regular season national rankings.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Denver Davis – Bridgewater (Va.)
At the ODAC Championships, Davis had jumpers score 29 of the team’s 58 points, including the runner up long jumper and triple jump champion. In his second season working with the Eagles, Davis also coaches the distance runners.

WEST REGION – Derek DeWindt – Whitworth
The Pirates had two shot putters ranked nationally after the regular season with one gentleman headed to the NCAA Championships as the fifth seed in the event. The alum is in his fifth season working with the Whitworth throwers.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Sasha Henry – Buffalo State
Henry earned SUNYAC Track Athlete of the Meet honors after earning conference titles in the 60 Meters and 200 Meters. She also won the ECAC title in the 60 Meters earlier this season. The junior from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., will compete in the 60 Meters at this weekend’s NCAA Championships. Her season-best time of 7.65 seconds is tied for the third-best entering time in the event.

CENTRAL REGION – Nevada Morrison – Wartburg
The senior from Maywood, Ill., showed her versatility this indoor season by running top-20 times in the 60 Meters, 400 Meters, and 800 Meters, as well as competing on Wartburg’s top-ranked 4×400 Relay. Morrison will compete in the 400 Meters, 4×400 Relay, and Distance Medley Relay at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mary Mahoney – Mount Union
Mahoney, a junior from Ashtabula, Ohio, earned Ohio Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Hurdler/Sprinter honors following conference championships in the 60 Meters, 200 Meters, 400 Meters, and as a member of Mount Union’s 4×200 Relay and 4×400 Relay. Mahoney will focus on the 400 Meters at the 4×400 Relay at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Sheena Crawley – Franklin & Marshall
Crawley was named the Centennial Conference Women’s Track Performer of the Meet after she won the 800 Meters and Mile and ran on Franklin & Marshall’s winning 4×400 Relay. She set school and conference records in both the 800 Meters and Mile during the regular season. The junior from Coatesville, Pa., will compete in the Mile at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Christy Cazzola – UW-Oshkosh
The junior from Kaukauna, Wis., has the fastest time of the season in the 800 Meters and the second-fastest time in the Mile. She also helped UW-Oshkosh to the third-best time of the season in the Distance Medley Relay. Cazzola earned conference titles in all three events and also helped the Titans finish third in the 4×400 Relay. Cazzola will compete in the 800 Meters, Mile, and Distance Medley Relay at this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Margo Cramer – Middlebury
Cramer earned the fastest time of the season in the Mile and helped Middlebury achieve the season’s fastest time in the Distance Medley Relay. Earlier this season, she won New England Division III Championships in the 800 Meters and Mile and ran on Middlebury’s winning Distance Medley Relay. The senior from Seattle, Wash., also earned the ECAC Division III title in the Mile.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Carmen Graves – Roanoke
Graves, a junior from Christiansburg, Va., has the third-fastest entering time in the 800 Meters at 2:09.87. Earlier this season, she won the ODAC title in the 800 Meters in conference-record time and added titles in the 400 Meters and as a member of Roanoke’s 4×400 Relay. Graves earned ODAC Athlete of the Meet honors for her efforts at the conference championships.

WEST REGION – Alexis Arnold – George Fox
Arnold earned the top time in the West Region in the 60 Hurdles and a top-25 national ranking in the event. She is a sophomore from Gresham, Ore.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emma Dewart – Ithaca
A senior from Barker, N.Y., Dewart is entered into the NCAA Championships in both the high jump and pentathlon. In the pentathlon, she is the No. 1 seed, having scored 3,578 points to lead the division by 160. In the high jump, she’s cleared 5-6½ (1.69m) and is one of four No. 7 seeds. She also finished the season ranked in the nation’s top ten in the long jump.

CENTRAL REGION – Skye Morrison – Wartburg
Morrison, a senior from Maywood, Ill., will have a big influence on the NCAA Championships as she is entered in three individual events and a relay. In the field, Morrison is the divisional leader in the long jump by nine inches as the only to leap over the 20-foot mark this year with a season’s best of 20-3 (6.17m). In the triple, she will be the No. 2 seed, notching a best this year of 39-10¾ (12.16m).

GREAT LAKES REGION – Ashley Bault – Marietta
A senior from Atwater, Ohio, Bault will be competing in three events, the pentathlon, long jump, and triple jump, at the NCAA Championships. Bault is the No. 5 in the pentathlon and has scored a season’s best of 3,327 points in the event. During the season, Bault set six school records and was named the field athlete of the meet at the OAC Championships where she was the conference champ in the high and triple jumps and the runner-up in the long.

MIDEAST REGION – Abigail Schaffer – Moravian
Schaffer, a senior from Easton, Pa., is tied for the second-best clearance in the division this season with a mark of 13-1¾ (4.01m). Schaffer was the Landmark Conference champion and winner of the ECAC DIII title with the vault as well.

MIDWEST REGION – Melissa Norville – Illinois College
A junior from Batavia, Ill., Norville, with a mark of 40-5½ (12.33m), is the DIII-leader in the triple jump as the only to fly over 40 feet in the event this year. The mark, achieved at the Midwest Conference Championships, took the league title and set a new MWC record. Norville is also the nation’s No. 2 seed in the long jump, having notched a leap of 19-6 (5.94m) at the conference meet for the win and another MWC record.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Tanasia Hoffler – Williams
Hoffler, a junior from New Haven, Conn., won the New England DIII Championship in both the long and triple jumps this season. She is entered in both events for the NCAA meet and is the highest seeded in the triple jump at No. 4 where she holds a season’s best of 39-9¾ (12.13m).

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Elizabeth Krug – Hendrix
A freshman from Heber Springs, Ark., Krug led the region in the pentathlon and earned the eighth spot into the NCAA Championships with a score of 3,275 points. Krug also set the school record in the long jump this season with a leap of 17-7½. She finished the season ranked in the top ten of the region in four events.

WEST REGION – Catherine Street – Linfield
Street, a senior from Wilsonville, Ore., owns the DIII lead and set a divisional record in the pole vault this season with a clearance of 13-9¼ (4.20m). Street collected two wins this season against Division I competition.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Stephen Patrick – SUNY Cortland
Now in his fifth season as the Red Dragons’ head coach, Patrick led his team to the SUNYAC title. Patrick coaches distance, sprints, hurdles, relays, multi events and high jump. He has three individuals that will be competing at the NCAA championship meet in Jordyn Naylon (Mile), Alyson Dalton (5000) and Sarah Bonnell (long jump).  The Red Dragons tied for fourth at ECAC meet – with only a four-point difference between second and fourth – and Patrick was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year. The team completed the regular season ranked No. 2 in the region.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg
Marcus Newsom’s Wartburg Knights enter the NCAA Championship meet ranked No. 1 in the nation. Now in his 14th year as head coach, Newsom guided his team to the IIAC title by scoring 234½ points. WC leads nation with 16 entries into the NCAA Indoor Championship. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union
In his second year overseeing the program, Lucas guided his Raiders to the OAC championship, garnering only the second title in school history. Mount Union will have five entries in the NCAA championship meet led by the No. 3-ranked 4×400 relay. The team completed the regular season ranked first in the region and No. 15 in the nation.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins
Van Allen’s team won the Centennial Conference Championship by 51 points.  No. 3-ranked Hannah Eckstein and No. 12-ranked Holly Clarke will represent the Blue Jays in the 5000 at the NCAA championship meet.  A total of three individual athletes and one relay team are ranked in the nation’s top 50. Van Allen’s athletes topped the Centennial Conference performance list in six individual events.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Ebel – UW-Oshkosh
Ebel’s second-ranked Titans will enter the NCAA Championship meet with the top seed in three events. Ebel led his group to the 2012 WIAC title and a No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region.  Working primarily with the throwers, Ebel has guided Breanna Strupp to the No. 1 seed in the Shot Put and Alexia Child to the No. 1 seed in the Weight Throw. In addition, Titan throwers hold the No. 2 and No. 6 spots in the shot and the 4-11-16 spots in the WT. The team will have the second most entries in the championship meet with 12.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Mathew Lemaire – Worcester State
In his fifth year at the helm of the Lancers, Lemaire guided his team to the MASCAC Championship and placed sixth at New England DIII Championships with their highest point total ever. Three WSU athletes won New England titles, eclipsing the grand total of two that the program had previously won. The team set 13 new school records this season. Thirteenth ranked Brianna Wise won the NEICAAA title in the 200, a first for the program.  She will represent WSU at the NCAA Championship in the 60. 

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – Methodist
Ranked third in the region and No. 4 in the nation heading into the NCAA Championships, Duane Ross’ team finished second at the Mason-Dixon Conference championships. The Monarchs had seven event wins and 31 all-conference finishes. Methodist has two athletes ranked in the top three in a total of three events.

WEST REGION – Travis Olson – Linfield
In only his second year as head coach of the Wildcats, Travis Olson guided Linfield to a No. 3 ranking in the West Region and a No. 24 national rank. Olson oversees the jumps and throws, a group that includes Catherine Street who broke the DIII national record in the pole vault and ranks No. 1 nationally. Additionally, Anna Labeaume ranks 15th nationally in the SP.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Markus Allen – Buffalo State
Allen’s athletes dominated the sprint events at the SUNYAC Championships, taking the top two spots in the 60 hurdles, 200, 400 and sweeping the top three in the 60. The sixth-year Bengal coach has athletes seeded first and third in the 60 and fifth in the 60 hurdles, as the team rounded out the regular season ranked eighth in the nation.

CENTRAL REGION – Steve Johnson – Wartburg
In his 11th year working with the top-ranked Knights, Johnson had athletes ranked nationally in the 800, mile, 5K and DMR. After winning the IIAC Championships, Wartburg leads nation with 16 entries into NCAAs, including two in the distance and their distance medley squad.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Phipps – Baldwin-Wallace
In his first year coaching, rather than competing for, the Yellow Jackets, Phipps’s throwers are seeded 12th and 13th in the shot put and 13th in the weight throw. At the OAC Championship, his athletes scored 38 points in the throws and won two event titles to lead the women to a runner-up team finish.

MIDEAST REGION – Gary Aldrich – Carnegie Mellon
The fifth-year Tartan coach works with the second-seeded 60-meter hurdler after the freshman lead the nation until last chance meets. Aldrich’s athletes scored 27 out of the team’s 33 points at the UAA Conference Championships and broke two school records during the season.

MIDWEST REGION – Brian Woodard – Monmouth (Ill.)
The Fighting Scots won the Midwest Conference with the aid of their throwers winning two events, taking two runner-up finishes and a third place finish on route to scoring 47 points. The shot put and weight throw champions both set conference records in the process. In his 15th year at Monmouth, Woodard has three shot putters and two weight throwers competing at the indoor championships. 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Nicole Wilkerson – Middlebury
In her tenth year at Middlebury, Wilkerson has athletes entering the championships with the top seeds in the mile and in the distance medley relay. Earlier this season, her athletes won the DIII New England Championship mile (in a meet record), the 800 meters and the relay. The Panthers finished the regular season as the tenth team in the nation.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Maddy Outman – Emory
In her second year at Emory, Outman’s sprinters and hurdlers contributed great to the team’s second place finish at the UAA Indoor Championships. The Eagles have qualifiers in the 60 hurdles, triple jump, and high jump, as well as five others in the nation’s top 20.

WEST REGION – Bob Omlin – Whitworth
The Pirates’ jump coach had athletes finish the regular season ranked first and second in the region’s high jump, with one athlete continuing on to the indoor championships this weekend.