Division III Outdoor Track & Field Region Award Winners Announced

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 17, 2013   

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 III outdoor track & field season on Friday. Many of the student-athletes and coaches will be on hand for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for next week in La Crosse, Wis., on May 23-25.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Sean Bernstein – SUNY Oneonta
A senior from Baldwinsville, N.Y., Bernstein was named the 2013 SUNYAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after he won conference titles in three events – the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay – breaking meet records in the 200 and 4×100. He is currently ranked No. 2 in Division III in both the 100 (10.43) and 200 (20.97). His 4×100 team, with three freshmen, are ranked No. 3 in Division III (41.22). Bernstein was also the highest placing Division III athlete in the Penn Relays 100 meters where he placed 14th.

CENTRAL REGION – Eli Horton – Central (Iowa)
Horton, a sophomore from Runnels, Iowa, is the top-ranked DIII athlete in the 5000 meters (14.12.40)  and 1500 meters (3:53.30), and No. 14 in DIII in the 1500 meters (3:51.06). At the IIAC Championships, he won the 5000 meters and helped the team to runner-up honors in the 4×800. He earned new school records this year in the 1500, 5000, 4×800, 4xMile, and DMR.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Tyler Mettille – Mount Union
A sophomore from Canfield, Ohio, Mettille is the top-ranked DIII athlete in the 400 hurdles with a time of 51.48 which broke a 41-year-old school record. He is ranked 23rd nationally in the 400 with a time of 48.20. He is also a member of the 4×100 relay that is currently ranked 15th with a time of 41.74. He was the OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet with wins in the 400, 400 hurdles and the 4×100 relay.

MIDEAST REGION – Jordan Schilit – Haverford
Schilit, a senior from Tampa, Fla., is the nation’s second-ranked DIII athlete at 1500 meters (3:47.25) and third-ranked in the 5000 meters (14:13.58). Winner of the Centennial Conference 1500 meters which helped lead team to conference team title.

MIDWEST REGION – Thurgood Dennis – UW-Eau Claire
A sophomore from Green Bay, Wis., Dennis is the division’s top ranked athlete at 100 meters (10.30) and 200 meters (wind-aided 20.96 [2.1]). He also holds a top-20 national spot in the 400 meters and anchors the division-leading 4×400 squad (3:08.31). He helped his team win the Drake Relays college-division title in the 4×100. He was named WIAC Track Athlete of the Meet upon sweeping league titles in the 100 and 200.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Adam Scalesse – Coast Guard
Scalesse, a redshirt sophomore from Longview, Wash., is the division leader in the 110 hurdles with a season’s best of 14.16, secured in winning the NEWMAC title in the event. He is also ranked in the top-10 nationally in the 400 hurdles and broke his school records in both hurdle events this year and was named NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year. At the DIII New England Championships, he scored 18 points and was the winner of the sprint hurdles.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Randy Lott – Virginia Wesleyan
A junior from Virginia Beach, Va., Lott won ODAC titles in the 100 and 200, becoming the first in school history to win two individual events at the league championships. His ODAC crown in the 100 was his third-straight in the conference. He ranks in the national top 10 in the 100 meters and in the top 20 in the 200. He was also named Mason-Dixon Championships’ Track Athlete of the Meet in 2013.

WEST REGION – German Fabela – Whittier
A freshman from Whittier, Calif., Fabela won the SCIAC 400-meter title in a division-leading and school-record time of 46.94. He anchored the squad’s 4×100 and 4×400 to league titles with the 4×1 time of 40.66 leading DIII.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Alyssa Smith – SUNY Geneseo
A senior from Brighton, N.Y., Smith ran Division III’s second-fastest 3000 steeplechase time of the season in 10:32.02 at the Penn Relays. She won the SUNYAC Championship 5000 meters in 17:34.21 by more than 30 seconds.

CENTRAL REGION – Taylor Berg – St. Thomas (Minn.)
A senior from Eagan, Minn., Berg ran the division’s fastest time at 5000 meters in 16:34.51 at the Mt. SAC Relays, where she also recorded the No. 5 1500 in the division in 4:28.49. She claimed MIAC titles at 1500 and 5000 meters and anchored the runner-up 4×800 relay to boost St. Thomas to its ninth consecutive MIAC team title.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mary Mahoney – Mount Union
Mahoney, a senior from Ashtabula, Ohio, is the top-ranked DIII sprinter at both 100 meters in 11.67w (+3.9m/s) and at 400 meters in 54.73, and is ranked No. 2 at 200 meters in 24.28 (+1.5m/s). She won ODAC titles at 400 meters in a new conference record 55.27 and at 200 meters, along with a 4×100 relay title, to lead Mount Union to a team crown. Mahoney set All-Ohio records at 200 meters (24.33, +1.1m/s) and 400 meters (54.73).

MIDEAST REGION – Danisha Higgs – Albright
A junior from Nassau, Bahamas, Danisha is ranked No. 7 at 100 meters in 12.04 (-0.5m/s) and No. 12 at 200 in 24.69 (-3.2m/s) among Division III student-athletes, and No. 2 and 4, respectively, among ECAC competitors. Her nationally-ranked marks at 100 and 200 meters earned her Middle Atlantic Conferences Championships titles and conference meet records, winning the 100 by half a second and the 200 by nearly a full second.

MIDWEST REGION – Christy Cazzola – UW-Oshkosh
Cazzola, a junior from Kaukauna, Wis., recorded the second-fastest 1500 time in Division III history, running the Mt. SAC Relays elite in 4:18.22 to give her the division lead by more than seven seconds. She is ranked third at 800 meters in 2:07.77 and 16th at 5000 meters in 17:03.56. Cazzola claimed WIAC titles at 800, 1500 and 5000 meters, in addition to running a leg of the winning 4×800 relay.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Molly Rouillard – Bridgewater State
A senior from Dartmouth, Mass., Rouillard is ranked seventh among Division III student-athletes at both 5000 meters in 16:55.72 and 10,000 meters in 35:49.99, and 10th at 1500 meters in 4:31.17 — all of which are school records. She won an NEICAAA title at 5000 meters, earned New England Alliance title at 1500 meters in a meet-record 4:40.07, and finished runner-up in the New England DIII Championships 10,000 meters.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Tiarra Goode – Birmingham-Southern
Goode, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., dominated the 100 and 200 meters and the 100 meter hurdles races at the SAA championships to cement her status as SAA Track Athlete of the Year. Throughout the two day championships, Goode recorded the division’s best 200 time in 24.22 (+0.4m/s) and its No. 5 100 hurdles mark in 14.19 (+0.4m/s), and helped the sprint relay team to a third place finish. She also holds the division’s third-fastest qualifying time at 100 meters in 11.94w (+2.6m/s).

WEST REGION – Melissa Skiba – Cal Lutheran
Skiba, a sophomore from Oak Park, Calif., is ranked fifth at 5000 meters in 16:47.17 and eighth at 1500 in 4:30.37. She won SCIAC titles at 5000 meters in 17:00.34 — 25 seconds faster than the 28-year-old SCIAC meet record — and at 1500 in 4:36.23. Skiba was undefeated at both 1500 and 5000 meters in SCIAC competition this season.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Tim VanLiew – Rutgers-Camden
VanLiew, a redshirt senior from Deptford, N.J., is the DIII leader in the javelin by nearly 14 feet and is the top 30 among all collegiate divisions with a season’s best throw of 226-9 (69.11m) captured in winning the NJAC title. His best of the year is also among the top 10 all-time in division history. The reigning NCAA DIII javelin champ was the IC4A runner-up this season to DI athlete Rob Robbins of Cornell.

CENTRAL REGION – Eric Larson – Central (Iowa)
A sophomore from Waverly, Iowa, Larson is the division leader in the decathlon (6,717 points) and among the DIII top 10 this season in the long jump. Named his team’s MVP, he placed second in the long jump, second in the high jump, fifth in the 110 hurdles, and third in the 4×100 for his squad at the IIAC Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Tom Postema – Defiance
Postema, a senior from Defiance, Ohio, is the division leader in the hammer throw by nearly 14 feet with a season’s best throw of 215-10 (65.80m). The toss was claimed at the HCAC Championships which established a new meet record and is third all-time in Division III. He also ranks No. 2 in DIII this season in the discus and in the nation’s top 10 in the shot put. He was named the HCAC Most Valuable Field Performer with a sweep of conference titles in the shot, discus, and hammer. He was named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week on April 29.

MIDEAST REGION – Dylan Bilka – Penn State Behrend
A sophomore from Seven Fields, Pa., Bilka is among the nation’s top three this year in the pole vault via a season’s best mark of 16-6¾ (5.05m) which established a new school record. He was the winner of seven competitions this season and was runner-up on two other occasions. He was also an all-conference performer in the triple jump this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Isaac Vazquez – UW-La Crosse
Vazquez, a senior from Arcadia, Wis., was the WIAC Champion in the long jump and second in the triple jump which helped lead his team to their 23rd-straight league title. He’s the DIII leader in the long jump by over seven inches and is the No. 2-ranked athlete nationally in the triple jump.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – David Pless – Bates
A senior from Atlanta, Ga., Pless is the DIII leader in the shot put as the only to throw over 60 feet this season, ranks No. 2 nationally with the hammer, and in the national top five with the discus. He was a three-event champion in the NESCAC, State of Maine, and DIII New England Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Roy Buck Thompson – UT Tyler
Thompson, a junior from Red-Springs, Texas, is ranked in the national top five in the discus and top 15 with the shot. He was the ASC Champion this season with the shot, discus, and hammer and was the league’s high-point scorer. He established new school records in the shot and discus this year as well.

WEST REGION – Carter Comito – Whitworth
A senior from Spokane, Wash., Comito leads DIII in the discus by nearly 20 feet with a best of 203-5 (62.00). The mark also is among the top five this season among all divisions. He was selected the Northwest Conference Athlete of the Meet after winning both the discus and shot put. He is undefeated this season with both implements and was the discus champ at the Stanford Invitational among DI competition.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Michelle Favre – Ramapo
A senior from Saddle Brook, N.J., Favre took down a field of DI and DII pole vaulters at the Penn Relays with a winning clearance of 13-5 (4.10m) en route to a win in the championship division of the event. The mark gives her the division III lead for the outdoor season. She went on to also claim the NJAC title in the pole vault with a mark of 12-5½ (3.80m).

CENTRAL REGION – Kaari Jensen – Concordia Moorhead
Jensen, a senior from Pierz, Minn., is the second-ranked heptathlete in the division with a score of 4,760 to finish 10th in the Drake Relays heptathlon competition. She claimed the MIAC heptathlon title with a score of 4,754 and won the javelin title with a throw of 127-3 (38.80m). She also finished third in the 400 hurdles, fourth in the 400 hurdles and sixth in the long jump. Jensen is ranked No. 39 in the javelin in DIII at 128-11 (39.30m).

GREAT LAKES REGION – Elizabeth Evans – Rose-Hulman
Evans, a senior from Bicknell, Ind., became the first woman in Division III history to clear six feet in the high jump outdoors with a clearance of 6-0 (1.83m). She had previously tied and subsequently broken the record earlier in the spring with marks of 5-11¼ (1.81m) and 5-11½ (1.82m), respectively. Evans was named the HCAC Field Event Athlete of the Year with conference titles in the high jump — with a meet-record 5-10½ (1.79m) mark — and long jump.

MIDEAST REGION – Micah Leonard – Moravian
A senior from York, Penn., Leonard is ranked No. 3 in the division in the triple jump at 40-6 (12.34m), a new school record, and No. 14 in the long jump at 18-8w (5.69m, +3.1m/s) — both of which are tops in the Mideast Region. She was named the Landmark Conference Field Athlete of the Year after scoring 28 points with wins in the triple jump and long jump and a runner-up showing in the high jump.

MIDWEST REGION – Melissa Norville – Illinois College
A senior from Batavia, Ill., Norville was named Midwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season after posting Division III-leading marks in the long jump at 20-4¼ (6.20m) and the triple jump at 41-11½ (12.79m); the No. 2 mark in the 100 hurdles at 14.00w (+3.9m/s) and the No. 15 mark at 200 meters in 24.78 (+1.8m/s). She claimed Midwest Conference titles in each of the aforementioned events in addition to running a leg of the winning 4×100 relay.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Kelly Allen – Tufts
Allen, a senior from Norton, Mass., is the top-ranked discus thrower in Division III by nearly six feet at 162-6 (49.52m), No. 7 in the hammer at 173-9 (52.97m) and No. 16 in the shot put at 44-8¼ (13.62m). She claimed NESCAC titles in the hammer, discus and shot put, and finished third in the javelin, to lead Tufts to the team title. Her division-leading discus mark broke the New England DIII Championships record, and she also finished runner-up in the shot put and third in the hammer.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Elizabeth Krug – Hendrix
A junior from Heber Springs, Ark., Krug was the SAA Field Athlete of the Year and the High Point Athlete at the conference championships with a league-record 44.75 points, including wins in the 400 and the javelin. She is ranked No. 3 in the division in the heptathlon with a score of 4,733 set in a fifth-place finish at the Ole Miss Invitational. Ranked in the region’s top 10 at 200 and 400 meters, the high jump, the javelin and the heptathlon.

WEST REGION – Beth Stam – George Fox
Stam, a senior from Siletz, Ore., posted a heptathlon score of 4,815 in mid-March that has stood as the division-leader for the duration of the season. She is ranked No. 3 in the javelin with a mark of 147-8 (45.00m) that earner her runner-up honors at the Northwest Conference Championships. Stam was named Field Athlete of the Meet for the Northwest Conference Championships after winning the heptathlon and finishing runner-up in the javelin, third in the long jump, fourth in the high jump, and sixth in the shot put.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Steve Patrick – SUNY Cortland
Patrick, in his sixth year at SUNY Cortland, had a team that retained the SUNYAC conference crown, was ranked in the top 25 nationally, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region by the USTFCCCA. Among his top athletes this year is Cody Amengual who established a new SUNYAC record in the steeplechase (8:57.54).

CENTRAL REGION – Joe Dunham – Central (Iowa)
Dunham, in his fifth year at Central College, had a squad that took runner-up honors at the IIAC Championships and are currently ranked tenth nationally and No. 2 in the Central region by the USTFCCCA. His athlete, Eric Larson is the current division leader in the decathlon.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union
Lucas’ squad was the Ohio Athletic Conference Champions and All-Ohio Champions this season. He has the leader in the country in the 400 hurdles and has two nationally ranked triple jumpers, a nationally ranked shot putter and hammer thrower, a 4×100 relay currently ranked 15th, a long jumper that is currently ranked 17th, and a 400 runner that is ranked 22nd. His team is currently ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region. Lucas is in his fourth year at Mount Union.

MIDEAST REGION – Vince Touey – Widener
Touey, in his 27th year at Widener, had a squad that won the Middle Atlantic Conferences title by over 100 points this season. His squad currently is ranked No. 2 in the Mideast region. He has at least two athletes bound for the NCAA Championships in sixth-ranked Chris Garrity in the 1500 meters and tenth-ranked Tyler Williams in the hammer.

MIDWEST REGION – Josh Buchholtz – UW-La Crosse
Fifth-year head coach Buchholtz’s squad is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest region and No. 1 in the nation by the USTFCCCA. His squad won the WIAC crown with 223 points against six-other conference foes ranked in the national top 25. UW-La Crosse is expected to have upwards of 21 qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ethon Barron – Tufts
Barron, in his 11th year at Tufts, had a squad that won their first NESCAC title since 1991 with 213 points, the most of any squad since 2006. They are the No. 1-ranked team in the New England region and in the top 20 nationally.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Doug Thomasey – Lynchburg
Thomasey, in his fifth year at Lynchburg, has a team that won its sixth-straight ODAC title with six event winners and he was named the league’s Coach of the Year. His squad is more than 150 ranking points ahead of the field in the latest USTFCCCA region rankings.

WEST REGION – Toby Schwarz – Whitworth
Schwarz’ squad won the Northwest Conference title with 287 points. The team is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by the USTFCCCA and is also the No. 1 West region team. Schwarz is in his 17th year at Whitworth.

Women’s Coach of the Year

 ATLANTIC REGION – Mike Jackson – Ramapo
Jackson, in his ninth season with the Roadrunners, has guided his team as high as No. 4 in the Division III National Team Computer Rankings and to appearances in the rankings in each week of this season. Nine of his student-athletes are ranked within the top-25 of their respective events, including division-leader and Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year Michelle Favre in the pole vault. Jackson’s team has broken nine school records this season.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg
In his 20th season at the helm of the Wartburg women’s team, Newsom’s squad won the IIAC again by more than 100 points over runner-up Luther and he was voted IIAC Coach of the Year. He has 18 national qualifiers in the top 30 on the national list with 11 of those qualifiers in the top 12 including one national leader in Kayla Hemann in the shot put. Wartburg women’s team has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the National Team Computer Rankings all season.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union
Lucas’ team was the Ohio Athletic Conference Champion this season as well as the DIII All-Ohio Champion. His women’s team is ranked No. 9 in the country and first in the Great Lakes. He has coached Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year Mary Mahoney to No. 1 at 100 and 400 meters and No. 2 at 200. His team also features two other nationally-ranked runners and a 4 x 100 relay that is ranked 15th.

MIDEAST REGION – Joel Hoffsmith – Elizabethtown
Hoffsmith, in his fifth season at Elizabethtown, led the 2013 Blue Jay women to their first-ever MAC outdoor title in the 15th year of the program’s existence. The team reached No. 2 in the Mid-East regional rankings, their highest ranking ever. His women set new school records in seven events: 5000 meters, high jump, long jump, pole vault, javelin, heptathlon and the 4×400 relay. The Blue Jay women currently hold top-50 spots in eight different events.

MIDWEST REGION – Pat Healy – UW-La Crosse
In his 22nd season at UW-La Crosse, Healy was named WIAC Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the 2013 WIAC Outdoor Championship, outscoring runner-up UW-Oshkosh 246.5 to 165.5. He led UW-L to its second consecutive WIAC Championship after the Eagles secured four individual titles and two relay first-place finishes during the two-day conference meet. Across the three sprint events and two relays, his athletes scored 74 team points. Nationally, Coach Healy’s sprinters hold multiple top-20 rankings, including two athletes at 100 meters, four in the 200, and three at 400. His 4×400 and 4×100 relay teams are also ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. UW-La Crosse is currently ranked No. 1 in the most recent USTFCCCA team rankings and No. 1 in the team dual meet rankings.

 NEW ENGLAND REGION – Kristen Morwick – Tufts
In her 13th season at Tufts, Morwick guided the team to a first-place finish at the NESCAC Championships behind six event champions en route to earning Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The team finished runner-up in the New England DIII Championships and was the top DIII team at the NEICAAA Championships, and sixth overall of 35 DI, II and III teams. Morwick has coached the team to nine top-25 event rankings.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – John Curtin – Emory
Curtin, in his 27th season at Emory, guided his team to a UAA team championships behind six event champions and seven other runner-up performances. His team features nine top-25 performers in either individual or relay events, including top-10 performers at 200 meters and in the 4×100 relay, as well as in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon.

WEST REGION – Kendra Reimer – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Reimer has led her team as high as No. 2 in the National Team Computer Rankings. The team finished third at the SCIAC Championships with two individual champions. Has coached the team to seven top-25 event performances, including Reny Colton at No. 2 in the triple jump, No. 16 in the long jump and No. 17 in the 100 hurdles.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Norm Tate – Rowan
Tate, Rowan’s coach for sprints, hurdles, and relays, has several athletes ranked in the national top 30 including the 19th ranked 100 meter runner, No. 9 ranked 200 meter runner, and No. 2 nationally ranked athlete in the 400-meter hurdles (Demetrius Rooks). Tate is in his 11th year at Rowan.

CENTRAL REGION – Erik Diley – St. Thomas (Minn.)
Diley, St. Thomas’ coach of jumps and combined events, had athletes that contributed 57 points to help St. Thomas capture the MIAC team championships. Along the way, his athletes swept the decathlon with a 1-2-3-5 finish. His horizontal jumpers also took the top spots with 1-2-8 finishes in the long jump and a champion in the triple jump. He coaches Eyo Ekpo who is ranked in the division’s top five in the triple jump. Diley is in his fourth year at the school.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Brian Diemer – Calvin
Diemer, Calvin’s mid-distance and distance coach, led five men under 15:00 in the 5000 meters this season and another five under 32:00 in the 10k. Three of his athletes were champions this year in the MIAA and his squad claimed 88 points total in the league meet. Nationally, Dan Kerr is in the nation’s top three in the 10,000 meters. Diemer is in his 27th year at the school.

MIDEAST REGION – Judy Bataille – Salisbury
Bataille, a sprints and hurdles coach for Salisbury, has eight athletes currently ranked in the nation’s top 20. Her sprint and hurdle group scored 120 points at the CAC Championships, helping the full squad to a conference title. Bataille is in her second season at Salisbury.

MIDWEST REGION – Derek Stanley – UW-La Crosse
Stanley, UW-La Crosse’s distance coach, helped UW-La Crosse secure their 23rd-straight WIAC Outdoor Track & Field crown with 75 of 223 points coming from the Eagles’ distance crew. He has five athletes ranked in the national top 20 including No. 4-ranked 800-meter runner Sean Royer and No. 5 ranked 5000-meter runner David Stillin. Stanley is in his second year as an assistant at UW-La Crosse.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Todd Goewey – Bates
Goewey, who leads the distance crew at Bates, had a group that helped the team to its first DIII New England title. He produced State of Maine Champs in the 800 (1-2 finish), steeplechase, and 10,000 meters. Three from his group were NESCAC champions (800, 5000 and 10,000 meters) and the group scored 57 points at the league meet. And, his crew claimed New England titles in the 10,000 meters, steeplechase, and 4×800 relay. Goewey is in his 16th year at Bates.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Emily Krizmanic – UT Tyler
Krizmanic, in her first year as a full-time assistant in coaching the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and throw, has nationally top-10 ranked athletes in the discus (Roy Buck Thompson) and javelin (Ed Palencia). Coach Krizmanic’s athletes accounted for 121 out of the 240 points earned by the UT Tyler squad that won the American Southwest Conference title.

WEST REGION – Kelly Beck – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Beck, in his 23rd year at coaching distance at CMS, had a squad that scored 82 points at the SCIAC Championships which included conference event titles in the 800, 1500, steeplechase, and 5000. School records were set this season in distance four distance events and CMS had the Cal-Nevada Championships winner at 5000 meters (Rafer Dannenhauer).

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Mike Woods – SUNY Geneseo
Woods, in his 22nd season at SUNY Geneseo, has coached a pair of No. 2-ranked student-athletes in Allison Hoh in the 400 hurdles and Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year Alyssa Smith in the steeplechase. In addition he also has mentored a pair of top-20 middle distance runners at 800 meters and 1500 meters.

CENTRAL REGION – Melissa Norton – Wartburg
In her 10th season at Wartburg, Norton’s throwers dominated the IIAC meet in both women’s and men’s throws. The women scored 58 throwing points with the next best team scoring 31 points. She has shot putters ranked No. 1 and No. 5 on the national list with both breaking the previous IIAC record and Wartburg College record. She has discus throwers ranked No. 4 and No. 6 on the national list.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matthew Cole – Rose-Hulman
In his eighth season at Rose-Hulman, Cole mentors defending NCAA DIII high jump champion Elizabeth Evans. Evans established a new all-time NCAA DIII outdoor high jump record at 6-0 (1.83m). She is the only woman in DIII history to clear the six-feet barrier during outdoor competition. Evans cleared 5-7 or higher in every meet during the outdoor season. Cole also tutored HCAC 400 meter champion, Creasy Clauser, to a conference record time of 57.67 seconds.

MIDEAST REGION – Eric Price – Salisbury
In his fourth season at Salisbury, Price’s throwers have two marks currently ranked in the top 12 nationally. He has helped Chelsea Tavik to a ranking of No. 2 in the shot put nationally. Price coached Tavik to CAC individual championships in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. His throws group scored 74 points toward the team championship effort.

MIDWEST REGION – Jake Gabrilska – UW-Oshkosh
In his first season at UW-Oshkosh, Gabrilska currently has five student-athletes in position to qualify for nationals. His hammer throwers ranked No. 4,  No. 5 and No. 20. He coached WIAC Conference champions in the hammer throw and the shot put. Gabrilska’s throwers scored 46 points at WIAC Conference Meet.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Lisa Wallin-LeClair – Tufts
Guided by Wallin-LeClair in her seventh season, Tufts throwers won all four titles and scored 79 points in the NESCAC Championships to lead the team to a conference title. Thrower Kelly Allen was named NESCAC Athlete of Year after winning the shot put, discus and hammer, and finishing third in the javelin. Robin Armstrong won NESCAC Javelin title, breaking the school record. Tufts throwers scored 38 points in D3 NE Champs, where the team finished runner-up. Allen is ranked No. 1 in the division in the discus to lead six top-25 event rankings.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Carl Blickle – Roanoke
In his third season with Roanoke, Blickle’s athletes were instrumental in leading the third place regionally ranked Maroons to their seventh ODAC championship in eight years. His athletes scored 128 of the teams 175 points. On the track Blickle’s athletes won the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 4×100 Relay, and 4×400 Relay. Blickle athletes are nationally ranked in the 200 (29th), 400 (9th), 800 (4th), 1500 (13th), Steeplechase (12th) , 4×1 Relay (16th) , 4×4 relay (11th). He also has several athletes regionally ranked including the 200 (5th), 400 (1st and 6th), 800 (1st), 1500 (1st), Steeplechase (1st), 400H (5th), 4×100 relay (3rd), and 4×4 relay (1st).

WEST REGION – Doug Beatty – George Fox
In his seventh season, Beatty’s student-athletes accounted for three individual conference titles, including a pair of titles in the long jump and 100 meters for Emily Wyatt. He coached West Region Field Athlete of the Year Beth Stam to the top heptathlon mark in Division III and the No. 3 javelin mark. Beatty coached three other top-25 event performances for George Fox.