Outstanding Performers of the Meet for DIII Indoor Championships Announced

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 17, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Dan Sullivan of UW-Stevens Point, Isaac Vazquez of UW-La Crosse, Christy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh and Melissa Norville of Illinois College have been named the Outstanding Performers of the Meet for the Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.

Four total awards are given to track performers and field performers for both men and women based on a point system that includes: the number of points scored at the championships, setting a meet record, setting a DIII season’s best and a setting facility record.

Sullivan (19 points) took home the honor for men’s track performer with a DIII championships-record 4:07.03, besting the previous mark of 4:08.19 set in 2007 by Will Leer of Pomona-Pitzer. His performance was also a facility record at North Central (Ill.) and the fastest in the division for 2013.

Vazquez (22 points) was named the men’s field performer winner after a win in the triple jump with a DIII-best and facility-record 51-3½ (15.63m) in the triple jump, and a runner-up showing in the long jump (24-01½/7.35m). His 18 team points contributed significantly to UW-La Crosse taking home the men’s team title.

Cazzola (26.5 points) earned women’s track performer honors with two individual wins in the mile (4:48.11) and at 5000 meters (16:57.58), as well as anchoring the fastest distance medley relay team in DIII history at 11:32.24. All three of her performances were facility records, and she personally contributed 22.5 points toward the UW-Oshkosh team championship.

Norville (22 points) claimed the women’s field performer honor with her wins in the long jump (19-8¾/6.01m) and the triple jump (41-¼/12.50m), both of which were facility records. For good measure she added the fastest 60 hurdles time in DIII history at 8.52 to claim the event for a meet-best total of 30 team points, nearly single-handedly propelling Illinois College to a third-place team finish.