DIII Indoor Track & Field Region Award Winners Announced

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 12, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the regions, which are the same as those used during the Division III cross country season, honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes and the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.

Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be in competition at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, March 14-15, in Lincoln, Neb. The meet can be streamed online live at NCAA.org, and more information can be found at the USTFCCCA’s National Championships Central page.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Joseph Jensen – Hamilton
Jenson, a junior from West Windsor, N.J., was undefeated and ranked No. 7 in Division III at 400 meters, and ranked No. 8 at 200 meters. He won both events at the NYSCTC Championships, and added an ECAC 400 meter title and 200 meters runner-up showing later in the season. He will compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at both 200 and 400 meters.

CENTRAL REGION – Eli Horton – Central (Iowa)
Horton, a junior from Runnels, Iowa, is ranked in the top 15 in all three individual distance events. He is No. 4 at 5000 meters, No. 13 at 3000 meters and No. 15 in the mile. He won all three events in meet-record fashion at the IIAC Championships. He will contest the 3000 meters and run a leg of the distance medley relay at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Victor Banjo – Wittenberg
Banjo, a junior from Sugarland, Texas, went undefeated against Division III competition during the 2014 regular season. He is ranked No. 7 at 60 meters and No. 10 at 200 meters, and won both events at the All-Ohio Championships. He will compete at 60 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships

MIDEAST REGION – Chris Stadler – Haverford
Stadler, a senior from Belmont, Mass., finished the regular season ranked in the top six at both 3000 meters (No. 5) and 5000 meters (No. 6), as well as part of the third-ranked distance medley relay squad. He broke the Centennial Conference Championships records in both individual events en route to a pair of league titles. Both the 3000 meters and distance medley relay are on his NCAA Division III Indoor Championships schedule.

MIDWEST REGION – Thurgood Dennis – UW-Eau Claire
Dennis, a junior from Allouez, Wis., equaled the Division III national lead at 60 meters, finished No. 2 at 200 meters and was No. 8 at 400 meters. He earned WIAC titles at 60 meters and 200 meters, as well as in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays. He will contest both the 60 and 200 meter events at the NCAA Division III Championships, along with the 4×400 relay.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Coby Horowitz – Bowdoin
Horowitz, a senior from Lancaster, Pa., ran the two fastest mile races of the 2014 Division III season, including a new Division III-record 4:00.41 at the Boston University Last Chance meet to win the event. He also finished the season ranked No. 7 at 3000 meters. He will contest both the mile and 3000 meters events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Randy Lott – Virginia Wesleyan
Lott, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., is ranked No. 11 in Division III at 60 meters and No. 14 at 200 meters. He won both events at the ODAC Championships, including the 200 meters in a meet record. He will compete at 60 and 200 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Chancise Watkins – La Verne
Watkins, a senior from Blythe, Calif., is ranked No. 12 in Division III at 200 meters. He will contest the event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – J.D. Roth – SUNY Oneonta
Roth, a junior from Pearl River, N.Y., is ranked No. 6 among Division III competitors in the weight throw and No. 7 in the weight throw. He claimed the SUNYAC title in the weight throw and was the runner-up at the ECAC meet, and finished third at both meets in the shot put. He will contest both events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Colt Feltes – Wartburg
Feltes, a junior from Delhi, Iowa, is the top Division III shot putter of the 2014 regular season and is ranked No. 7 in the weight throw. He claimed both events at the IIAC Championships en route to helping to lead his team to the overall title. Feltes will compete in both throws events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sean Donnelly – Mount Union
Donnelly, a junior from Willoughby, Ohio, is the Division III leader in the weight throw with a mark of 68-5 (20.85m), which ranks him as the No. 2 thrower in DIII history, and is also No. 3 in 2014 in the shot put. He won both All-Ohio and OAC titles in both events. Both events are on Donnelly’s schedule at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Kris Joint – Moravian
Joint, a senior from Bethlehem, Pa., is ranked No. 2 in the triple jump and No. 10 in the long jump. He won the ECAC triple jump in meet-record fashion, and scored 27 points at the Landmark Conference Championships and another 18 at the ECAC meet. He will compete in both the triple jump and the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Brandon Zarnoth – UW-Eau Claire
Zarnoth, a junior from Appleton, Wis., is the top-ranked Division III heptathlete of 2014 with a score of 5409, which ranks him No. 2 in DIII history on the all-time performers list. His historic performance came in a win at the WIAC Championships. He will compete in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jamie Ruginski – Southern Maine
Ruginski, a junior from Buxton, Maine, is the top-ranked triple jumper in Division III at 50-9½ (15.48m), which ranks him No. 8 on the all-time DIII performers list, and is No. 8 in 2014 in the long jump. He won both events at the Maine State Championships, the Little East Conference and Division III New England Meets. He is also a member of the DIII-leading 4×400 relay, which is No. 7 all-time. He will contest each of the three aforementioned events at the NCAA Division III Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Richard Roethel – Christopher Newport
Roethel, a senior from Farmingville, N.Y., is ranked equal to No. 3 in Division III in the high jump and No. 11 in the heptathlon, an event in which he holds the Division III record. He won the Capital Athletic Conference title in the high jump in meet-record fashion. He will contest both events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – James Francis – La Verne
Francis, a senior from Pasadena, Calif., is ranked No. 21 nationally in the long jump at 23-1¼ (7.04m).

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Eugene Lewis – Buffalo State
Lewis, in his 14th year with the program, led Buffalo State to the SUNYAC title and No. 9 national ranking. As jumps coach, Lewis coached his squad to 50 points at the SUNYAC Championships. Buffalo State qualified five for the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Joe Dunham – Central (Iowa)
Dunham, in his sixth year, led his squad to a wire-to-wire No. 1 region ranking. Three earned bids into the NCAA Championships and Dunham had athletes finish the season ranked in the national top 50 in ten events.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Clyde Morgan – Wabash
Morgan led Wabash to the NCAC title where the Little Giants scored a league record 265 points. Two of his athletes won NCAC Athlete of the year honors and coached nine conference champions and 28 all-conference performers. Wabash qualified three for the NCAA Championships. Morgan is in his sixth year leading the program.

MIDEAST REGION – Jim Jones – Salisbury
Jones, in his 14th year at Salisbury, coached his team to the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) title, scoring 160 points. Seven of his athletes won CAC crowns, and Jones was named CAC Coach of the Year.  Among two entries into the NCAA Championships is division-leading Luke Campbell in the 60 meter hurdles.

MIDWEST REGION – Josh Buchholtz – UW-La Crosse
Buchholtz, in his sixth year with the program, has led the Eagles to a No. 1 national ranking and a meet-best 20 entries into the NCAA Championships. UW-L won the WIAC title by 58 points, and he was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. As the team’s coach of quarter-milers, he has the nation’s No. 2 400-meter runner and the third-ranked 4×400 squad in the country.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Halston Taylor – MIT
Taylor’s Engineers went undefeated in the regular season, recording 18 wins and holding the top-spot in the Association’s dual-meet rankings for five weeks. At the New England Championships, MIT won the title with 138 team points, more than 44 points over the runner-up team. MIT comes into the NCAA Championships with a No. 12 national ranking and six entries. Taylor is in his 24th year at MIT.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Wingard – Christopher Newport
Wingard, in his eighth year, has driven his squad to the No. 1 region ranking and a top-25 national ranking leading into the NCAA Championships where they have three entries. The squad finished as runners-up in the CAC where they picked up three meet records and recorded over 20 personal bests.

WEST REGION – Toby Schwarz – Whitworth
Schwarz, in his 18th year at Whitworth, has a squad that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the West. Schwarz will bring hurdler Casey Monahan to the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Marques Dexter – SUNY Cortland
Dexter, jumps coach at SUNY Cortland in his fifth year, guided Glen Forsythe to the NCAA Championship where he is ranked in the national DIII top ten in both the long jump and triple jump. Cortland finished third in the SUNYAC Championships this season, as the No. 2 team in the region, and is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.

CENTRAL REGION – Patrick Lockington – Dubuque
Lockington, in his first year at Dubuque, has mentored the top-seeded pole vaulter in DIII – Rick Valcin – who has set school, facility, and meet records at four different venues this season. His athletes went 1-2 at the IIAC Championships in the vault and claimed three of the league’s top seven spots in the high jump.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Roger Busch – Wabash
Busch, in his eighth year as distance coach at Wabash, helped the squad finish with a No. 2 ranking in the region. Busch’s distance runners helped the squad to a conference-record 265 points at the league meet with a 1-3-4-5 finish in the 5000 meters, a 1-2-3-6 finish in the mile, a 2-4-5-6-8 triumph in the 3000 meters, and the NCAC title in the DMR.

MIDEAST REGION – Nick Price – Widener
Price, in his tenth year as throws coach at Widener, guided two in the weight throw and one in the shot put to the NCAA Championships. At the MAC Championships, Widener claimed five of the top six spots in the weight throw and four of the top six in the shot put. Three of the weight throwers topped the previous conference record.

MIDWEST REGION – Al Carius – North Central (Ill.)
Forty-eight year veteran distance coach Carius brings a meet-best eight distance entries and a DMR to the NCAA Championships. The No. 5 nationally-ranked Cardinals will have five in the national final of the 5000 meters, including divisional-leader John Crain, and three in the 3000 meters. At the CCIW Championships, Carius’ distance runners claimed 88 out of North Central’s winning 208½ points, sweeping the top five spots in both the 3000 and 5000 meters.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Matt Swett – Worcester State
Swett, coach of hurdles, sprints, and jumps, in his sixth year at Worcester State, led Terrence Gibson to a NCAA Championship bid and No. 2 seed in the 60 meter hurdles. Gibson also finished the season with top 15 national times in the 60 and 200 meters and was the MASCAC/New England Alliance and DIII New England winner of the 55 meters and 55 meter hurdles.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Brian Flynn – Bridgewater (Va.)
Flynn’s distance runners scored 45½ of 118 team points at the ODAC Championship. In addition, Flynn’s athletes earned seven All-Conference awards and won four ODAC titles with Mile-3k winner Luke Sohl earning Male Athlete of the Meet honors. Flynn is in his fourth year at Bridgewater. 

WEST REGION – Randy Dalzell – George Fox
Dalzell, in his second year with the program, coached three different middle- and long-distance athletes to four all-time GFU school records this winter.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emily Cousens – NYU
Cousens, a senior from Contoocook, N.H., is ranked No. 2 among Division III competitors at 3000 meters, and is No. 13 in the mile. She claimed the UAA title in the mile, anchored the league champion 4×400 relay and finished third at 3000 meters. Her season also included a NY Metropolitan Championship in the mile against Division I competition. She will compete in the mile at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Tricia Serres – Luther
Serres, a sophomore from Platteville, Wis., has been Division III’s best in each of the events she has competed in this year: 1000 meters, the mile, and 3000 meters. Her 9:35.28 over 3000 meters put her at No. 8 on the all-time Division III indoor performers list. She won the IIAC title in the mile, and anchored the runner-up DMR and 4×800 relays. She will compete both in the mile and at 3000 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Cara DeAngelis – Ohio Wesleyan
DeAngelis, a senior from Norton, Ohio, is Division III’s fourth-fastest miler of 2014, as well as the No. 12 woman at 3000 meters and a member of the No. 14 distance medley relay – all of which were run in school-record time. She set a North Coast Athletic Conference Championship record at 3000 meters and also won the crown in the mile. She will compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships both in the mile and at 3000 meters.

MIDEAST REGION – Maggie Shelton – Johns Hopkins
Shelton, a senior from Wilmette, Ill., finished the 2014 season at No. 2 over 800 meters in 2:11.41 and ran a leg of the No. 7 nationally ranked distance medley relay. She claimed the Centennial Conference title at 800 meters. She will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships at 800 meters and in the distance medley relay.

MIDWEST REGION – Lexie Sondgeroth – UW-Whitewater
Sondgeroth, a junior from Rochelle, Ill., leads Division in the 200 meters with 24.70 (converted to a DIII-best 24.33 for track type). The raw time puts her at No. 5 on the all-time Division III performers list. Her 60m time of 7.73 currently ranks 8th on the NCAA qualifying list. Lexie also broke the WIAC record in the 200m. She will contest both events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, in addition to being the top seed in the long jump.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ashante Little – Wheaton (Mass.)
Little, a senior from Seabrook, N.H., is the Division III leader at 400 meter in 54.82 – No. 2 all-time in Division III history – and is No. 2 both at 200 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles. Her marks in those events rank her No. 4 and No. 8 on the all-time performers list, respectively. She won the New England DIII Championships 60-meter hurdles in a meet record 8.71. She will compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in all three events, along with the 4×400 relay.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Debora Adjibaba – Emory
Adjibaba, a junior from Chambersburg, Pa., is ranked No. 5 nationally at 60 meters in 7.69, and No. 7 at 200 meters in 24.92 (converted from 25.30). She will compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships both at 60 and 200 meters, as well as in the 4×400 relay.

WEST REGION – Lenore Moreno – La Verne
Moreno, a senior from West Covina, Calif., is the Division III leader at 5000 meters with her 16:45.51. She will contest the event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Divya Biswal – St. Lawrence
Biswal, a junior from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, finished the 2014 regular season as the No. 3 triple jumper in Division III and the No. 18 long jumper. She performed exceptionally at championship meets, scoring 30½ points at the NYSCTC meet and 32½ at the Liberty League Championships. She will compete both in the triple jump and the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Kayla Hemann – Wartburg
Hemann, a junior from Stacyville, Iowa, finished 2014 at No. 2 among Division III competitors in the shot put after spending much of it as the Division III leader, and No. 7 in the weight throw. She convincingly won both throws titles at the IIAC Indoor Championships. Both events are on her schedule at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Melanie Winters – Baldwin Wallace
Wallace, a sophomore from Stow, Ohio, is Division III’s No. 3 long jumper in 2014 and the No. 7 pentathlete. At the All-Ohio Championships she won the long jump and the pentathlon, and finished runner-up in the high jump. She won both the long jump and high jump at the OAC Championships. She will be competing in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, along with the 60 meters and 60-meter hurdles.

MIDEAST REGION – Marissa Kalsey – Westminster (Pa.)
Kalsey, a sophomore from Waynesburg, Pa., is the top-ranked Division III pole vaulter at 13-1½ (4.00m), and the only woman in DIII to have cleared 13 feet so far this season. She achieved that height at the SPIRE Midwest Challenge. She will contest her signature event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Jessika Smith – UW-Stout
Smith, a senior from Onalaska, Wis., is the No. 3 pentathlete of the 2014 Division III season with a score of 3594, which put her at No. 6 on the all-time Division III performers list. She finished runner-up in the pentathlon at the WIAC Championships, and sixth in both the long jump and the shot put. At the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships she will compete both in the pentathlon and the 4×400 relay.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jana Hieber – Tufts
Hieber, a senior from Goffstown, N.H., is the nation’s second-ranked pentathlete at 3644 points, good for the No.5 spot on the all-time Division III performers list in the event, and is No. 17 in the long jump. She will contest the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Enuma Ezenwa – Christopher Newport
Ezenwa, a junior from Herndon, Va., is the nation’s No. 9 pentathlete at 3445 points. She scored 36½ points at the Capital Athletic Conference to earn the league’s Athlete of the Year honors with a win in the long jump and a runner-up finish in the high jump. Within the region she is ranked No 3 in the high jump and the long jump. She will compete in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Charity Arn – George Fox
Arn, a junior from Woodland, Wash., set the school record in the pentathlon with a score of 3547 points at the Boise State Ed Jacoby Invite, which ranks her No. 6 in 2014 and No. 10 on the DIII all-time performers list. The pentathlon is the only event on her schedule at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Mary Kate Curran – St. Lawrence
Curran, in her sixth year at St. Lawrence, guided the St. Lawrence team to the No. 1 ranking in the region and No. 20 in the nation heading into the NCAA Championships where the squad has six entries, including four in distance events – Curran’s specialty. St. Lawrence claimed Liberty League team title with a 114-point margin of victory and set seven new conference championship records. The team also won the NYSCTC title this season.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg
Newsom, in his 20th year at Wartburg, has a team ranked No. 3 in the nation and moving to the NCAA meet with 12 entries – tied for second-most among the field. Wartburg was the region’s No. 1 team this season and won the IIAC title by 170 points with 12 event titles and 37 all-conference performances. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union
Lucas’ Raiders won the OAC Championships with a record 219 points and also claimed the All-Ohio title this season. Lucas, in his fifth year, also had the region’s No. 1-ranked team.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins
Van Allen, in his sixth year at the helm at Johns Hopkins, has a squad ranked 22nd nationally and have six entries into the upcoming NCAA Championships. The team finished as the region’s No. 1-ranked team with a score nearly three-fold above No. 2-ranked Lebanon Valley. Johns Hopkins claimed the Centennial Conference title this season as well.

MIDWEST REGION – Kari Kluckhohn – North Central (Ill.)
Kluckhohn, in her 12th year at North Central, led the Cardinals to the CCIW title with 191 points. The team scored in 16 of 17 events, claiming three event titles, at the conference meet and her staff was named the league’s Coaching Staff of the Year. 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Nate Hoey – Williams
Hoey, in his first year heading the Williams program, led his team to the DIII New England title with 150 points which included eight event titles. Williams goes into the NCAA Championships as the No. 7 nationally-ranked team with eight entries. 

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Shane Stevens – Bridgewater (Va.)
Stevens led his team to victory with a 125-point effort in bringing home their first ODAC title. At the conference championship, the squad won four event titles and earned a total of 15 All-Conference awards.  

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox
Smith, in his ninth year with the program, coached two pentathletes to the NCAA Championships. Charity Arn set a new school record in the event with 3547 points.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Eric Flores – RPI
Flores, in his first year as throws coach at RPI, led two to NCAA bids in the weight throw with top-ten marks in the division. The same pair went 1-2 in the event at the Liberty League and NYSCTC Championships and 2-3 in the ECAC meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Melissa Norton – Wartburg
Norton, 10th year throws coach for Wartburg, guided Kayla Hemann to the NCAA meet in both the shot put and weight throw this season. Her group tallied 34 points at the IIAC Championships in aiding Wartburg to the league crown.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Todd Swisher – Baldwin Wallace
Swisher, Baldwin Wallace’s jumps and combined events coach in his 18th year, aided Melanie Winters to the NCAA meet where she is entered in three events – 60 meters, 60 meter hurdles, and long jump. Winters toppled OAC meet records in the 60 and 60 hurdles. 

MIDEAST REGION – Kimberly Standridge – Johns Hopkins
Standridge, in her second year as an assistant working with athletes in events 400 meters and up, helped the team to a Centennial Conference title as her athletes scored 90 points to the team’s effort. JHU has four entries into the NCAA meet on the track. 

MIDWEST REGION – Katie Wagner – UW-La Crosse
Wagner, in her fifth year as jumps, hurdles, and pentathlon coach at No. 1 nationally-ranked La Crosse, helped led UW-L to the WIAC title as her athletes added 74 points to the fold. Her crew finished 1-2-4 on the conference meet in the triple jump and the same trio is ranked in the national top 10 heading into the NCAA meet. All told, La Crosse has four NCAA entries in the jumps and two in the hurdles. 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Elaina Zizza – Amherst
Zizza, a third-year coach for Amherst in charge of sprints, jumps, and combined events, has six entries into the NCAA Championships, including two in the 60 meters and 200 meters apiece, for the team ranked in the nation’s top 25. Long jumper Naomi Bates holds the No. 2 seed entering the national meet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Carl Blickle – Roanoke
At ODAC Championship, Blickle’s athletes scored 69 of the team’s 97 points guiding the Maroons to a second-place finish. Top performances at the championship by his athletes include four event titles. The Maroons enter the national meet with a 4×400 relay that broke the school and ODAC record with a 3:53.66. Bickle is in his fourth year at the school. 

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox
Haldorson guided two the NCAA Championships in the pentathlon. Charity Arn set a new school record in the event with a score of 3,547 and enters the national meet as the No. 6 seed. Haldorson is in his fifth year at the school.