Division II Outdoor Track & Field Region Award Winners Announced
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the organization’s region athletes and coaches of the year for the 2013 NCAA Division II outdoor track & field season on Monday. Many of the student-athletes and coaches will be on hand for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for next week in Pueblo, Colo., on May 23-25.
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Jermaine Jones – Saint Augustine’s
Jones, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., ranks in the nation’s top ten in both the 100 and 200 meters and will participate in both events at the NCAA Championships. He anchors the division-leading 4×100 relay that clocked 39.33 this year. He won conference titles in both the 100 and 200 and was named the MVP of the CIAA Championships.
CENTRAL REGION – Jerrell Hancock – Minnesota State
A junior from Anoka, Minn., won the NSIC titles in the 100 and 200 meters in conference-record times of 10.32 and 20.49, respectively. He ranks as No. 1 among DII athletes this season in the 200 and No. 7 in the 100. He is only the third athlete in DII since the turn of the century to go under 20.50. He also is a member of the squad’s NCAA-qualifying 4×100 relay team.
EAST REGION – Selasi Lumax – Southern Connecticut
Lumax, a redshirt senior from Somerset, N.J., enters the NCAA Championships in both the 800 meters and as a member of his team’s 4×400 relay team. He currently holds a top-ten national time in the 800 meters and is in the top-15 in the 400. He won the Northeast-10 title at 800 meters and was the New England Champion in the 400. Lumax was key in the team’s relays at all distances as the crew won the 4×100 and 4×400 at both the conference meet and New England Championships.
MIDWEST REGION – Michael Jordan – Southern Indiana
A senior from Indianapolis, Ind., Jordan is the division leader in the steeplechase with a time of 8:42.63. He ranks among the top 10 among all collegiate divisions this season in the event. He was the winner of the Olympic Development Elite race in the at the Mt. SAC Relays and the GLVC Champion.
SOUTH REGION – Blaise Binns – Alabama-Huntsville
Binns, a sophomore from Huntsville, Ala., ended the season ranked No. 1 in the South region in the 800, 1500, and 10,000 meters. He set school records at the 800 and 10,000 distance and finished the year ranked in the nation’s top 25 in the 800.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Kevin Batt – Adams State
Batt, a sophomore from Sydney, Australia, currently holds the division-leading times in the 1500 (3:42.78) and 5000 (13:44.44) meters. He placed second in the 1500 at the RMAC Championships.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Pardon Ndhlovu – UNC Pembroke
A senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, Ndhlovu was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Athlete of the Year after winning three conference crowns with titles in the 1500, 5000, and 10,000 meters. He is entered in the 5000 and 10,000 meters for the NCAA Championships.
WEST REGION – Fred Taylor – Grand Canyon
Taylor, a junior from East St. Louis, Mo., is the second-ranked DII runner at 200 meters with a time of 20.75, captured in winning the PacWest title. He also is ranked in the nation’s top three in the 100 meters at 10.23 and is a member of the second-ranked 4×100 relay in the division (39.74).
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Danielle Williams – Johnson C. Smith
A junior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, Williams will represent Johnson C. Smith as the top qualifier at 100 meters, the No. 2 in the 100 hurdles and the No. 4 at 200 meters, in addition to running the 4×100 and 4×400 relay. She is undefeated at 100 and 200 meters this season with school records of 11.41 (-1.5m/s) and 23.56 (+0.7m/s), respectively. Williams won CIAA titles at 100 and 200 meters and in the 4×100 relay, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles.
CENTRAL REGION – Melissa Agnew – U-Mary
A senior from Onamia, Minn., Agnew is the division’s lone automatic qualifier in the 1,500 meter run. Her time of 4:22.59 at 1500 leads the No. 2 by 2.29 seconds. Agnew won at 1500 and 800 meters at the Northern Sun championships to lead her team to a second straight conference crown. She was named the NSIC Outdoor Athlete of the Year for a second straight season
EAST REGION – Ada Udaya – New Haven
A sophomore from West Haven, Conn., Udaya claimed four Northeast-10 titles at 100 and 200 meters and in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays en route to setting three meet records and being named NE-10 Athlete of the Year. She is No. 9 in the division at 100 meters in 11.68 (-0.8m/s) and No. 11 at 200 meters in 23.76 (+1.0m/s). Udaya won at 100 and 200 meters in meet-record fashion at the New England Championships and ran a leg of the winning 4×100 relay.
MIDWEST REGION – Hannah Osborn – Grand Valley State
A junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., Osborn is ranked nationally in three events. She won and set a GLIAC record in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 10:26.34. Osborn is No. 4 in the steeplechase at 10:26.34, the 20th-fastest time in DII history; No. 10 at 5000 in 16:46.21; and 15th at 1500 in 4:29.48. She will contest the steeple chase and 5000 at the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH REGION – Kedeshia Simpson – Alabama-Huntsville
A senior from Clarendon, Jamaica, Simpson is ranked No. 6 at 100 meters among DII student-athletes in 11.65 (+1.5m/s) and No. 18 at 200 in 24.13 (0.0m/s), and is a member of the team’s 11th-ranked 4×100 relay squad. She is the top runner in the South Region at 100, 200 and 400 meters. Simpson set new school records at 100 and 200 meters.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Alicia Nelson – Adams State
A senior from Craig, Colo., Nelson is the Division II leader in the 3000 steeplechase at 10:03.70 — second-fastest in Division history — and third at 5000 meters in 16:28.74. She won the Elite section of the steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays with her Division-leading time, and won an RMAC title in the event. She also finished runner-up in the conference at 800 and 1500 meters.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Kimone Hewitt – Queens (N.C.)
A senior from Santa Ana, Calif., Hewitt was named Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Meet with individual titles at 800 and 1500 meters to go with a fourth-place finish at 5000 meters, running the anchor leg of the runner-up 4×100 and anchoring the 4×400 to third. She currently nationally ranked No. 6, at 800 meters in a school-record 2:09.15 and is No. 32 at 1500 in 4:33.62.
WEST REGION – Helen Crofts – Simon Fraser
A senior from West Vancouver, British Columbia, Crofts is the Division II leader at 800 meters heading into the outdoor championship in 2:04.53 to lead No. 2 by more than three seconds, and is No. 6 in the event in DII history. She has also run a 2:04.56 at 800 meters. She is also ranked No. 7 at 1500 meters in 4:26.85 and No. 10 at 400 meters, and is a member of the No. 8 4×400 relay. Crofts won GNAC individual titles at 400 and 1500 meters.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Matt Tholis – East Stroudsburg
Tholis, a redshirt senior from Belle Mead, Pa., is among the division’s top three with a season’s best in the javelin of 226-5 (69.02m). He won the PSAC javelin title and captured event titles in five meets this season.
CENTRAL REGION – Christopher Reed – Minnesota State
A junior from Omaha, Neb., Reed enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 2 seed in the shot put and was the winner of the NSIC title in the event with a season’s best toss of 62-3¼ (18.98m). He is entered in three events for the NCAA meet, adding the discus and hammer.
EAST REGION – Nick Lebron – Southern Connecticut
Lebron, a redshirt sophomore from Newington, Conn., enters the NCAA meet as the No. 3 seed in the decathlon with a season’s best and school-record score of 7,263 points. He helped his squad to Northeast-10 and New England titles.
MIDWEST REGION – Derrick Vicars – Findlay
Vicars, a redshirt senior from Genoa, Ohio, enters the NCAA DII Championships as a top-five seed in the three events – shot put, discus, and hammer. He leads the division with the shot with a season’s best of 64-4½ (19.62m) which also ranks in the top three among all collegiate divisions this season. He claimed 23 points for his team at the GLIAC Championships as winner of the shot, second in the discus, and fourth in the hammer.
SOUTH REGION – Jeffery Henderson – Stillman
Henderson, a junior, enters the NCAA Championship as the No. 5 seed in the long jump with a best of 25-½ (7.63m). He won SIAC titles in the long jump and added crowns in the 100 and 200 meters.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jeron Robinson – Texas A&M-Kingsville
Robinson, a redshirt freshman from Houston, Texas, leads the division and is fifth among all collegiate divisions with a high jump clear this season of 7-5 (2.26m). His leap placed him among the all-time DII top-ten in the event. He cleared 7-4¼ (2.24m) to win the Lone Star Conference crown which is a meet record.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jordan Manning – Limestone
A junior from Gaffney, S.C., Manning is an NCAA qualifier in the high jump, claiming a season’s best of 6-10¾ (2.10m) this year. He placed second at the Conference Carolinas Championship in the high jump and scored 18 total points with a league crown in the 110 hurdles.
WEST REGION – J Patrick Smith – Chico State
Smith, a redshirt junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters the NCAA meet as the fourth-ranked decathlete in the division this season with a best of 7,035 points. He helped lead Chico State to a the CCAA title by scoring 28½ team points, placing in seven events
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Kendall Reynolds – Bowie State
A sophomore from Lompoc, Calif., Reynolds is ranked No. 15 in Division II in the triple jump at 40-4w (12.29m, +2.9m/s) and No. 21 in the long jump at 19-4w (5.89m, +3.0m/s). She earned the CIAA individual title in the triple jump, and finished runner-up in the long jump.
CENTRAL REGION – Carly Fehringer – Wayne State (Neb.)
Fehringer, a junior from Wayne, Neb., recorded the No. 5 Division II all-time mark in the hammer with a throw of 206-11 (63.07m), good for No. 2 in the division this season. She also broke the NSIC Championships Meet Record mark with a throw of 203-6 (62.03m). Fehringer finished fourth at the Drake Relays in the event with a throw of 202-10 (61.82m). Fehringer also had a best throw of 47-9¼ (14.56m) in the shot put and is ranked No. 14 in the nation in the event.
EAST REGION – Candace Greene – UMass Lowell
A junior from Annapolis, Md., Greene is currently ranked No. 7 in the shot put with a throw of 48-8¼ (14.84m). She has thrown farther than 47 feet in all but one meet this spring. She was Northeast-10 and New England Champion in the shot. Greene also set a meet record at the New England Championships with a winning mark of 48-1¾ (14.67m).
MIDWEST REGION – Sam Lockhart – Grand Valley State
A senior from Lansing, Mich., Lockhart twice this season broke the Division II discus record, most recently with a throw of 193-2 (58.87m) en route to a GLIAC Championship — a mark that also places her No. 3 among all collegians in 2013. She also recorded the No. 2 shot put mark in DII history with a throw of 55-1½ (16.80m) for No. 16 on the 2013 collegiate list and another GLIAC title. She finished runner-up in the GLIAC hammer throw with a mark of 201-8 (61.48m) for No. 3 in DII this season and No. 7 in DII history.
SOUTH REGION – Euphemia Edem – Stillman
A junior from Cross River State, Nigeria, Edem is ranked No. 4 in Division II in the triple jump at 41-9¼ (12.73m) and No. 11 in the long jump at 19-8¼ (6.00m). She won the triple jump at the SIAC Championships, finished fourth in the long jump and ran a leg of the third-place 4×100 relay team.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Barbara Szabo – Western State
A junior from Budapest, Hungary, Szabo leads all Division II student-athletes in the high jump with a clearance of 6-2¼ (1.89m), placing her second among all collegians and No. 6 in Division II history. She was named RMAC Field Athlete of the Year, and claimed the high jump title with a meet-record 6-2 (1.88m) clearance along with a third-place finish in the triple jump and a pair of fifth-place showings in the javelin and long jump.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jessica Matthews – Clayton State
A freshman from Monroe, Ga., Matthews is ranked No. 9 in the Division II triple jump with a mark of 40-7¾ (12.39m). She was twice named Peach Belt Conference Field Athlete of the Week. Set the team record at 40-7¾ at the Coach ‘O’ invitational. She finished second at both the Peach Belt Conference championships and Coach ‘O’ Invitational.
WEST REGION – Vashti Thomas – Academy of Art
A senior from San Jose, Calif., Thomas is ranked No. 1 in Division II in the long jump with a mark of 21-11 (6.68m) — which is No. 2 among all collegians in 2013 and the No. 2 mark in DII history — and No. 3 in the triple jump at 43-1 (13.13m). She won the triple jump and finished runner-up in the long jump at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic against primarily DI competition. She is also No. 1 at 200 meters and in the 100 hurdles in Division II.
Men’s Coach of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – George Williams – Saint Augustine’s
Williams, a 38-year veteran of Saint Augustine’s, has a team that enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 team in the country ranked by the USTFCCCA. The Falcons have a meet-leading 23 entries into the NCAA meet, including 16 in sprint and hurdle events. His squad also won the CIAA title this season for the 16th-straight time.
CENTRAL REGION – Mark Schuck – Minnesota State
Schuck’s crew won the NSIC title with 166 points and enters the NCAA meet as the No. 6 team in the nation with 10 event entries. His team notched three conference records and seven school records this season. Schuck is in his 37th year at the school.
EAST REGION – John Wallin – Southern Connecticut
Wall, in his fourth season coaching at SCSU, won his fourth consecutive Northeast-10 Championship and second All-Division New England Championship. They captured the NE-10 title by 61 points. His team is currently ranked No. 7 nationally entering the NCAA meet with 10 entries.
MIDWEST REGION – Jud Logan – Ashland
Logan’s team won the GLIAC title and will arrive at the NCAA meet as the No. 3-ranked team nationally. His team has 12 entries into the national meet including six in the throws. Logan is in his 18th year at Ashland.
SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville
Cain, in his 15th year at UAH, led his team to the Peach Belt Conference title, claiming four event titles along the way. His team had four school records set this year.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Damon Martin – Adams State
Martin, in his 23rd year at the school, has the No. 4-ranked team in the country heading to the NCAA Championships. His crew has 14 entries into the national meet, including a meet-leading nine entries in distance events. The Grizzlies won the RMAC title over Chadron State by 14 points.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Gary Aycock – UNC Pembroke
Aycock, in his fourth year at UNC Pembroke, was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Coach of the Year for leading his team to a second-place finish in the league’s first championship. The school has three entries into the NCAA meet.
WEST REGION – Tom Flood – Grand Canyon
Flood, in his third season, has the No. 2-ranked team in the country and leads 17 entries to the NCAA Championships. His team has a meet-leading six entries in jumping events. The squad won the PacWest Conference title with 297 points.
Women’s Coach of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Lennox Graham – Johnson C. Smith
In his sixth season at Johnson C. Smith, Graham led his squad to the CIAA Championships team title en route to earning Coach of the Year honors. His team claimed event titles at 100 and 200 meters; in the 100 and 400 hurdles and in the 4×100 relay and javelin throw. He coached 13 total automatic qualifiers in the sprints, hurdles and relays, and seven more provisional qualifiers.
CENTRAL REGION – Mike Thorson – U-Mary
In his 20th season at U-Mary, Thorson earned 2013 NSIC Coach of the Year honors as he led the University of Mary to its second straight NSIC outdoor title and fifth in seven years. Trailing by 35 points after day one, the Marauders scored 165 points on day two. In a conference meet featuring four ranked teams, U-Mary won eight titles and captured the league title by 42 points. Nine Marauders have posted NCAA qualifying marks this season, including Central Region Track Athlete of the Year Melissa Agnew at 1500 meters, the division’s only automatic qualifier in the event.
EAST REGION – Gary Gardner – UMass Lowell
Coaching UMass Lowell for the 11th season, Gardner’s women’s team won the Northeast-10 Championship by 70 points and finished runner-up in the New England Championships to the University of Rhode Island. The team posted five Division II Championships qualifying marks throughout the season.
MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State
Under the direction of Baltes in his 14th season, the GVSU women won their 14th straight GLIAC Championship. The Lakers have 40 total individual qualifying marks on the NCAA list and both relays. GVSU, ranked No. 4 in the most recent USTFCCCA rankings, will have 22 individual entries and both relays competing at the NCAA Championships. Specializing in middle-distance and distance events, Baltes guided Hannah Osborn to Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year honors and the Lakers to 14 provisional qualifying marks in distance events.
SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville
In his 15th season at Alabama-Huntsville, Cain led team to its first Peach Belt Conference Championship title. His team will be represented at the NCAA Division II Championships at 100 and 200 meters and the 4 x 100 relay
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – James Reid – Angelo State
In his 14th season at Angelo State, Reid led the women’s team to their fifth straight Lone Star Conference Championship and seventh overall. The Angelo State women are currently ranked No. 1 in the South Central Region and No. 9 in the country. The Rambelles have qualified 10 women into 12 events at the NCAA Division II National Championships
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jim Vahrenkamp – Queens (N.C.)
In his first season at Queens (N.C.), Vahrenkamp’s women’s team finished runner-up by 9.5 points at the Conference Carolinas Championships after being picked to finish seventh. The Queens women set 15 new school records and will be represented at the Division II National Championships by No. 6 Kimone Hewitt at 800 meters (2:09.14) and No. 13 Nikia Squire in the long jump (19-7/5.97m).
WEST REGION – Tom Flood – Grand Canyon
In his third season at Grand Canyon, Flood led the Lady ‘Lopes to the No. 1 national ranking in multiple weeks and they have held the No. 1 West region ranking all season. Has coached 11 athletes to NCAA auto qualifying marks and an additional 17 to provisional marks. His team has the top-ranked performer in the West region in four events and has 24 all-region performers. The team also won the PacWest Conference Championships scoring 302 points.
Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Sandy Chapman – Saint Augustine’s
An assistant for No. 1-ranked Saint Augustine’s, Chapman helped lead the team to 23 entries for the NCAA Championships. Saint Aug’s also has the top-ranked relays in the division leading into the national meet. Chapman is in his tenth year at the school.
CENTRAL REGION – Kevin Sanger – Minnesota State
Sanger coached throwers Chris Reed (shot) and Grant Luer (discus) to the NCAA Championships. Reed broke the NSIC record in the shot with a season’s best of 62-3¼ (18.98m). Sanger is in his second year at the school.
EAST REGION – William Sutherland – Southern Connecticut
William "Bill" Sutherland, coaches throws at SCSU and his athletes have three entries for the NCAA meet. His athletes won the shot, discus, and hammer to help the team win its 11th consecutive Northeast-10 Championship. Michael Cameron and AJ Guerra set new NE-10 Conference records in the shot put and Hammer. Javelin throw, Omar Gonzalez, won the New England title. Sutherland is in his 21st year at the school.
MIDWEST REGION – David Smalley – Ashland
Smalley, in his 19th year at Ashland, guided the team’s sprint, relay, and hurdle crew to a successful season. At the GLIAC Championships, his group helped the team to the league title with seven events crowns, including both relays, both relay events and all sprints 400 meters and under. Ashland has 10 entries into the NCAA Championships in the sprints and hurdles and both relays are also qualified.
SOUTH REGION – Soyini Thompson – Alabama-Huntsville
Thompson helped lead UAH to a Peach Beach Conference title as the sprint, hurdle, and jumps coach. She led the region’s No. 1 4×400 relay team to a provisional mark of 3:13.22.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Rosemary DuPree – Incarnate Word
DuPree, Incarnate Word’s sprints and jumps coach, leads four entries into the NCAA Championships. She helped Tommy Brown to be named Lone Star Conference Track Athlete of the Year for his marks in the 100 and 200 meters. She is in her fourth year at the school.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Joseph Wassink – Limestone
Wassink, in his first year in Limestone, who guided sprints, hurdles, and relays at Limestone helped lead Jordan Manning to an NCAA bid in the high jump. His crew also helped Limestone to the Conference Carolinas Championships.
WEST REGION – Gary Towne – Chico State
Towne, in his 13th year at Chico State, led his distance crew to a tied-meet-leading six entries into the NCAA Championships. Chico State is ranked No. 12 in the country as a result. Chico State swept the top three spots in the 5000 meters at the CCAA Championships this spring.
Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year
ATLANTIC REGION – Quanette Ford – Lincoln (Pa.)
In her second season at Lincoln (Pa.) Ford coached the women jumpers to 33 points at the CIAA Championships. She coached Diane Lindsey to a 2013 CIAA long jump title, an NCAA provisional qualifier mark and an ECAC qualifier mark; and Morgan Heath to a CIAA high jump title and NCAA provisional qualifier.
CENTRAL REGION – Brett Suckstorf – Wayne State (Neb.)
In his third season at Wayne State (Neb.) Suckstorf led the WSC throwers to eight spots — including three automatic qualifiers — in the Division II National Championships. He guided four qualifiers in the hammer, including Central Region Field Athlete of the Year Carly Fehringer, and two each in the discus and shot put. His throwers swept five of the top six spots in the hammer throw at the NSIC Championships.They also took the top honors in the shot put and discus en route to scoring 66 points at the NSIC Meet.
EAST REGION – Kazeem (Dayo) Ibraheem – UMass Lowell
In his 11th season at UMass Lowell, Ibraheem coached Elisabeth Monty to a sweep of the 100 and 400 hurdles at the New England Championships. He guided Monty to NCAA Division II Championships berths in both the 100 and 400 hurdles at No. 12 and 4 in the division, respectively, and Antoinette Toussaint to No. 6 at the 400 hurdles.
MIDWEST REGION – Blaine Maag – Grand Valley State
In his second season at Grand Valley State, Maag has mentored five women to seven NCAA marks including one of the best throwers in Division II history in Sam Lockhart. Lockhart has the farthest discus throw in DII history and the third best collegiate throw of the season. Lockhart also has the second best shot put mark in DII history and set GLIAC Championship meet records in the shot put and the discus. Maag’s women throwers scored 38 points at the GLIAC Championships the most of any throws team in the conference.
SOUTH REGION – Soyini Thompson – Alabama-Huntsville
Thompson, in her 10th season at Alabama Huntsville, helped coach the team to its first-ever Peach Belt Conference title. She coaches the No. 1 sprinter in the region at 100, 200 and 400 meters in South Region Track Athlete of the Year Kedeshia Simpson. Thompson guided her student-athletes to provisional national qualifying marks at 100, 200 and 400 meters; the 400 hurdles and 4×100 relay, and had athletes set school records this season in four events.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tom Dibbern – Angelo State
In his ninth season at Angelo State, Dibbern has guided two long jumpers, two triple jumpers, a high jumper, a heptathlete, a javelin thrower, and a 4×100 relay to berths at the Division II National Championships. Under his tutelage, Kearah Danville is No. 1 in the division in triple jump and Jordan Gray is No. 2 in the heptathlon. He coached two conference champions in helping the Rambelles to their fifth straight Lonestar Conference team title.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Clive Caesar – Clayton State
In his 10th season at Clayton State, Caesar coached two Division II provisional qualifiers in the triple jump and the high jump. He coached the Peach Belt Conference high jump champion and PBC runner-up in the triple jump.
WEST REGION – Ryan McWilliams – Alaska Anchorage
In his fourth season at Alaska Anchorage, McWilliams helped coached the Seawolves to a team title at the GNAC Conference Championships. He coached his student-athletes to school records in the heptathlon, the 200 meters and the high jump. McWilliams guided national qualifiers in the heptathlon, the 100 and 400 hurdles, and at 100 and 200 meters.