Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year Announced for Division II Indoor Track & Field

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 10, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2014 NCAA Division II 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 II 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.

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Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be in competition at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships set for next weekend, March 14-15, in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the JDL Fast Track. The meet can be streamed online live at NCAA.org, and more information can be found at the USTFCCCA’s National Championships Central page.

Regional Men’s Track Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Jermaine Jones, Saint Augustine’s

Jones, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., is the Division II leader at 200 meters in 21.31 and tied for No. 10 at 60 meters in 6.78. Both performances resulted in individual titles at the CIAA Indoor Championships. His season also includes a win at 200 meters in 21.46 at the Virginia Tech Invitational, faster than all but two other individuals in Division II. He will contest both events at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Central Region

Cole Toepfer, Minnesota Duluth

Toepfer, a senior from Egan, Minn., topped the Central Region lists in both the mile (4:10.47) and at 3000 meters (8:22.35) and made the national descending order list in those events at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively. He won the mile at the NSIC Championships, finished runner-up at 3000 meters and third at 5000 meters. He will contest the mile at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, as well as run a leg of UMD’s No. 8 seeded distance medley relay.

East Region

Logan Sharpe, Southern Connecticut

Sharpe, a senior from Esperance, N.Y., is the top-ranked man in the East Region and No. 8 in Division II at 400 meters (47.72, 48.49 converted for track type) and the anchor of Southern Connecticut’s 4×400 relay, ranked No. 1 in the East and fourth in the nation. He won the Northeast-10 title at 500 meters in helping Southern Connecticut win the  Northeast-10 team title. In leading the Owls to their first-ever NEICAAA title, he was runner-up at 400 meters, seventh at 200 meters and ran a leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay. He will contest the 400 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, along with a leg of Southern Connecticut’s fourth-seeded 4×400 relay.

Midwest Region

Drew Windle, Ashland

Windle, a junior from New Albany, Ohio, was at one point the collegiate leader over 800 meters with his all-time Division II indoor best 1:46.52 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet. He is now ranked second overall among all collegians in 2014 behind The Bowerman Watch List "also receiving votes" candidate Edward Kemboi of Iowa State. His season also included GLIAC titles at 800 meters and as part of the winning 4×400 and distance medley relays. He is the top seed at 800 meters for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, and he will also run legs of Ashland’s top-ranked 4×400 relay and third-seeded distance medley relay.

South Region

Dennis Bain, Claflin

Bain, a senior from Freeport, Bahamas, is the Division II leader in the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.80 runner-up performance at the heavily contested Armory Collegiate Invitational. The race equaled the No. 9 performance on the all-time Division II 60-meter  hurdles performer list. His preliminary performances at the Armory of 7.87 and 7.90 were both faster than all but three other Division II hurdlers in 2014. He will contest the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

South Central Region

Kevin Batt, Adams State

Batt, a junior from Sydney, Australia, ended the regular season as the Division II leader in both the mile (4:02.07 at altitude) and at 3000 meters (7:52.15), as well as the No. 4 man at 5000 meters (14:19.13 qualifying mark converted from 15:06.30 for altitude) and a member of the DII-leading distance medley relay. He won the 3000 meters race at the Washington Husky Classic over a field that included The Bowerman Watch List member Anthony Rotich of UTEP, and moved to No. 2 on the all-time indoor Division II performers list in the mile with a fourth-place showing at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational. He will contest the 3000 and 5000 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, along with the distance medley relay.

Southeast Region

Felix Duchampt, Queens (N.C.)

Duchampt, a junior from Ceyrat, France, is the top-ranked man in the Southeast Region at both 3000 meters (8:11.26) and 5000 meters (14:48.09) – events in which he is ranked nationally at No. 3 and No. 29, respectively – and is second in the mile. He won both in the mile and as a member of the distance medley relay at the Colorado Mines Joe Davies Open. He will contest the 3000 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

West Region

Jordan Edwards, Academy of Art

Edwards, a junior from Denver, Colo., concluded the regular season as the top-ranked Division II man at 400 meters (46.82, converted to 47.57 for track size) and the top-ranked man in the West Region at 200 meters (21.58, converted to 21.97 for track type), for the No. 20 spot nationally.  His DII-leading time at 400 meters came in a win at the Division II Team Challenge, where he also ran legs of the winning 4×400 and distance medley relay teams. He will contest both the 200 and 400 meter events at the  NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

 

Regional Women’s Track Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Danielle Williams, Johnson C. Smith

Williams, a senior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, is the Division II leader at 60 meters (7.36) and 200 meters (23.53, converted to 23.90 for track type), as well as the 60-meter hurdles (8.14). Won both the 200 and the 60-meter hurdles at the Penn State National over mostly Division I competition, and claimed CIAA titles at both 60 and 200 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles, in addition to running a leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay. She is the top seed at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the 60 meters, 200 meters, and 60-meter hurdles races.

Central Region

Samantha Rivard, Minnesota Duluth

Rivard, a redshirt frosh from Oak Grove, Minn., is ranked No. 4 nationally in the mile (4:54.87) and No. 6 at both 3000 meters (9:40.94) and 5000 meters (17:03.00). Her mile and 5000 times rank her first among Central Region student-athletes, and second at 3000 meters. She was the high-point scorer at the NSIC Championships with wins in the mile and at 5000 meters and a runner-up showing at 3000 meters. The NCAA Division II Indoor Championships will feature her at both 3000 and 5000 meters, as well as part of UMD’s 10th-seeded distance medley relay team.

East Region

Ada Udaya, New Haven

Udaya, a junior from West Haven, Conn., is the nation’s second fastest Division II woman at 60 meters (7.41) and the third-best at 200 meters (23.58, converted to 23.95 for track type) – both of which rank her No. 1 in the East Region. At the Northeast-10 Championships, she swept both the 60 and 200 meter races. She will compete at both 60 and 200 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Midwest Region

Kalena Franklin, Grand Valley State

Franklin, a senior from West Branch, Mich., finished the regular season as Division II’s third-fastest 60-meter hurdler (8.33), the eighth-fastest at 200 meters (24.57) and the 17th-best at 400 meters. In leading her Lakers to the GLIAC team title, she won both at 200 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles and anchored the winning 4×400 relay. Franklin will contest the 200 meters and 60-meter hurdles races, in addition to running a leg of GVSU’s fourth-seeded 4×400 relay.

South Region

Katelin Barber, Alabama-Huntsville

Barber, a junior from Spruce Pine, Ala., is the South Region’s top-ranked sprinter at 60 meters in 7.64, which ranks her No. 19 among all Division II competitors. She will contest the event at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

South Central Region

Kayon Robinson, Adams State

Robinson, a senior from Clarendon, Jamaica, is tied atop the qualifying list at 60 200 meters with a time of 23.90 (converted from 23.76 for altitude); has the fastest raw time and second qualifying spot at 400 meters (54.40 converted to 55.24 for both altitude and track type); and is ranked No. 4 on the qualifying list at 60 meters (7.43, converted from 7.39 for altitude). She scored 22½ team points at the RMAC Championships with wins at 60 and 200 meters and a leg of the winning 4×400 relay. Robinson will compete in the 200, 400 and 4×400 relay events at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Southeast Region

Chelsea van Dijk, Mount Olive

A freshman from Maastricht, Netherlands, van Dijk led the Southeast Region at both 200 meters (26.02) and 400 meters (57.54 converted from 56.78), and ran a leg of the region’s fastest 4×400 relay. She won Conference Carolinas titles at both 200 meters and 400 meters, ran a leg of the winning 4×400 relay and finished third in the high jump.

West Region

Joyce Kipchumba, Alaska Anchorage

A junior from Kapsowar, Kenya, Kipchumba is the Division’s second-fastest qualifier in 2014 at 5000 meters (16:57.37, converted from 16:49.59 for track size) and the third at 3000 meters (school record 9:38.54, converted from 9:33.60 for track size). In addition to winning GNAC titles in both events, she also finished third in the mile for a total 28 team points toward UAA’s team title. Both the 3000 and 5000 meter races are on the schedule for Kipchumba at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

 

Regional Men’s Field Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Dejon Wilkinson, Saint Augustine’s

Wilkinson, a senior from Summerville, S.C., is the top-ranked triple jumper in Division II at 52-6½ (16.01m) and the Atlantic Region’s fifth-ranked long jumper (24-½/7.32m), good for No. 12 in Division II. His top-ranked triple jump came in a win at the Penn State National in which he equaled the No. 10 spot on the all-time Division II indoor performers list. He won the triple jump title at the CIAA Championships and finished fourth in the long jump. He will contest both events at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Central Region

Chris Reed, Minnesota State

Reed, a senior from Omaha, Neb., smashed the indoor Division II shot put record with a mark of 65-10¼ (20.07m) for the No. 6 spot on the 2014 all-college performers list. His weight throw of 67-7½ (20.61m) is ranked fourth in Division II. He won both the shot put and the weight throw at the NSIC Championships. His shot put mark makes him the top qualifier to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships by more than three feet, and he will also contest the weight throw.

East Region

Nick Lebron, Southern Connecticut State

Lebron, a senior from Newington, Conn., posted two of the top six heptathlon scores in Division II history, including a 2014 DII-best and meet-record 5528 to help his Owls win their first NEICAAA titles. He also scored 5496 at the Rhode Island Heptathlon to post the top two scores of the 2014 regular season. He scored in the pole vault (second), 60-meter hurdles (third) and high jump (third) to boost the Owls to a Northeast-10 title. He will contest the heptathlon and run a leg of the fourth-seeded 4×400 relay.

Midwest Region

Justin Welch, Findlay

Welch, a junior from Luckey, Ohio, is the Division II leader in the weight throw with two separate marks of 72-2¼ (22.00m), ranking him third on the all-time Division II performers list and No. 6 on the 2014 all-college list. That mark was achieved both in a win at the Oiler Opener and a third-place showing during the elite competition at the Findlay Open. He finished runner-up at the GLIAC Championships in the weight throw, and notched a sixth-place finish at the USATF Indoor Championships. He will contest the weight throw at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

South Region

Devin Jones, Alabama-Huntsville

Jones, a sophomore from Trussville, Ala., is the top-ranked high jumper (6-8¼/2.04m) and heptathlete (4681) in the South Region, the third-ranked long jumper and the fourth-ranked pole vaulter.

South Central Region

Carlton Lavong, Adams State

Lavong, a junior from Philadelphia, Pa., is the Division’s No. 2 triple jumper of 2014 (52-3¼/15.93m) and the No. 3 long jumper (25-1¼/7.65m), and led the South Central Region in both events. En route to scoring an RMAC Championship-best 25 points, he claimed individual titles in both the long jump and the triple jump along with a fourth-place finish at 60 meters. He will contest both the long jump and the triple jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Southeast Region

Jovan Vukicevic, Queens (N.C.)

Vukicevic, a junior from Trstenik, Serbia, is the nation’s third-ranked high jumper with a season’s best of 7-1 (2.16m) at the Emory Crossplex Invitational. He has cleared heights of 6-11 (2.11m) or better in each of his three competitions in 2014. He will compete in the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

West Region

Frank Catelli, Western Washington

Catelli, a sophomore from Sequim, Wash., is the nation’s No. 9 shot putter at 57-5½ (17.51m) with a winning effort at the Washington Indoor Open. He improved his personal indoor best from a year ago by nearly 1½ meters, and finished runner-up at the GNAC Indoor Championships. Catelli will contest the shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

 

Regional Women’s Field Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Tabitha Bemis, Edinboro

Bemis, a senior from Fair Oaks, Pa., was voted the Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year after a season that included a No. 10 national rank in the long jump (19-2½/5.85m) and a No. 15 mark in the triple jump (39-8¾/12.11m). Both of those marks won titles at the PSAC Indoor Championships, where she also won the 60-meter hurdles. She will contest the long jump, triple jump and 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Central Region

Erin Alewine, Central Missouri

Alewine, a senior from Jefferson City, Mo., is the top-ranked Division II competitor in the pentathlon with an MIAA Championship-winning 3901, is equal to No. 8 nationally in the high jump (5-9¼/1.76m), and is ranked No. 20 in the long jump (18-9¾/5.73m). She will compete in both the pentathlon and the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

East Region

Tiffany Okieme, Georgian Court

Okieme, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., enters the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships as the top shot putter in Division II at 53-7¾ (16.35m), and is No. 3 in the weight throw (63-10½/19.47m). She has won seven of her eight shot put finals this year and five of her eight weight throw finals, including titles in both at the ECC Indoor Championships. She will contest both events at nationals.

Midwest Region

Jessica Bridenthal, Ashland

Bridenthal, a junior from Akron, Ohio, is the top-ranked weight thrower in Division II at 67-8¼ (20.63m) and the No. 3 thrower in the shot put (50-7¼/15.42m). At the GLIAC Championships she won the weight throw title and finished runner-up in the shot put. She has thrown 67 feet or farther in the weight throw on three different occasions in 2014. Bridenthal will compete in both the weight throw and the shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

South Region

Krishanda Campbell-Brown, Benedict

Campbell-Brown, a junior from Nassau, Bahamas, is the South Region’s top competitor in both the long jump (18-10/5.74m) and the triple jump (397¼/12.07m), which ranks No. 17 and No. 18 nationally, respectively. She is also ranked No. 2 in the region in the high jump at 5-3 (1.62m). Campbell-Brown will be competing in both the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

South Central Region

Barbara Szabo, Western State

Szabo, a senior from Budapest, Hungary, is the collegiate leader in the high jump at 6-3¼ (1.91m) on two separate occasions and is equal to No. 8 on the Division II triple jump list at 40-4¼ (12.30m). The three-time defending indoor national high jump champion appeared on the Pre-NCAA Championships edition of The Bowerman Women’s Watch List in the "also receiving votes" category, becoming the first DII athlete to do so since Vashti Thomas in May of 2013. She achieved her nation-leading height most recently en route to an RMAC high jump title, and her triple jump mark resulted in another RMAC title. She will contest both events at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Southeast Region

Shelby Kennard, Queens (N.C.)

Kennard, a senior from Rockwall, Texas, is the No. 8 pole vaulter in Division II at 12-7½ (3.85m). She has cleared 12-3½ (3.75m) in each of her past four competitions. Kennard is set to compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the pole vault.

West Region

Tiana Wills, San Francisco State

Wills, a senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., is ranked No. 4 among all college performers and second in Division II in the high jump in 2014 with her 6-2 (1.88m) clearance to finish runner-up at the USATF Indoor Championships. She also cleared six feet at the UW  Husky Classic with a runner-up mark of 6-¾ (1.85m). She will contest the event at the NCAA Division II Championships.

 

Regional Men’s Head Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

George Williams – Saint Augustine’s

Williams, whose leadership of the Saint Augustine’s program is in its 38th year, lead his team to a CIAA title for the 18th-straight year. The Falcons sit No. 2 in the latest national rankings, and, are tied with the second-most NCAA entries with 17.

Central Region

Jim Dilling – Minnesota State

In his first year as head coach, Dilling guided the Mavericks to a NSIC title with a 67-point margin of victory. Minnesota State ended the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the region and currently are ranked 5th in the country. They enter the NCAA Championships with 10 entries, tied for 6th for most entries. Dilling’s team includes national qualifiers Chris Reed, Jerrell Hancock, Nathan Hancock, Myles Hunter, David Pearcill, Khalil Jordan, and Keyvan Rudd.

East Region

John Wallin – Southern Connecticut

Wallin led the Alpha Owls to a dominant No. 1 final ranking in the region and currently sit 6th in the country heading into the NCAA Championships where they have 11 entries. SCSU took the Northeast-10 Conference title, and, for the first time in program history, were winners of the All-New England Championships. Nick Lebron in the national leader in the heptathlon: He posted an all-time top three score for a Division II athlete.

Midwest Region

Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes’ Lakers finished the season ranked No. 1 in the region and are No. 4 in the country before the NCAA Championships where they have 14 entries. The GVSU men won the GLIAC title for the 14th time in a 15-year span.

South Region

David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville

Cain in his 16th year at the helm at UAH led his program to the No. 1 final ranking in the region. Two of his athletes posted provisional times in the 800 meters and he led his group to top-two region spots in the 800, mile, high jump, and pole vault and his team led the region in the DMR.

South Central Region

Darren Flowers – West Texas A&M

Flowers, in his fifth year as the head coach, led the Buffs to their first Lone Star Conference Championship in school history. The team took home the trophy by amassing 163 team points. Flowers is bringing four athletes who qualified for the NCAA Championships while 16 others hit provisional marks. The Buffs have broken six school records, three LSC records and one LSC Championship record so far this season under his leadership.

Southeast Region

Jim Vahrenkamp – Queens (N.C.)

Vahrenkamp is in his second season of leading the Queens program which is currently ranked 21st in the country. His squad has two entries into the NCAA Championships which includes Felxi Duchampt in the mile and Jovan Vukicevic in the high jump. The team finished the season No. 2 in the region.

West Region

Pee Wee Halsell – Western Washington

Halsell led the Vikings to a defense of the GNAC crown where his squad broke three meet record, two outright conference records, and claimed five event titles. Eight athletes broke school records for Halsell, who is in his 27th year at the helm. WWU finished the season ranked first in the region and has three entries into the NCAA Championships.

 

Regional Women’s Head Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

Lennox Graham – Johnson C. Smith

Graham, in his seventh year at the helm, leads a team that is ranked No. 5 in the country, finished the season No. 1 in the region and heads into the NCAA Championships with ten entries, nine of which come in sprint and hurdle events – his specialty. Among his standouts is Danielle Williams who is the top seed at the championships in the 60 meters, 200 meters, and 60 meter hurdles.

Central Region

Joanna Warmington – Minnesota Duluth

In her fourth year as the head of the program, Warmington led the Bulldogs to the school’s first NSIC league title since 2004. Four individual event titles were won at the conference championships as well. The squad qualified seven to the NCAA Championships, a school record, yielding a No. 19 national ranking.

East Region

Melissa Stoll – Southern Connecticut

Stoll, leader of the Southern Connecticut program in her second year, brought her squad to a second-place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships, improving from fifth a year ago, and a sixth-place showing at the All-New England Championships. The squad qualified five entries for the NCAA Championships and finished the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the region.

Midwest Region

Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 15th year, led the GVSU women to its 15-straight GLIAC title and brings a tied-national-leading 19 entries into the NCAA Championships. The squad finished No. 1 in the region and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.

South Region

Frank Hyland – Benedict

Hyland, in his ninth year at Benedict, led his team to a No. 2 final regional ranking. The squad had three No. 1 regional performances a three NCAA provisional marks.

South Central Region

Rock Light – Adams State

Light, in his first year as leader of the track & field program, led his squad to an RMAC title and are currently ranked No. 1 in the country. The team has 16 entries heading into the national championships.

Southeast Region

Matthew van Lierop – Mount Olive

In his fifth year with leading the program, van Lierop guided his team to its first ever indoor conference championship in school history, bringing home Conference Carolinas title. Seven school records were broken this year and the team finished the season ranked No. 2 in the region.

West Region

Michael Friess – Alaska Anchorage

Friess in his 24th year at Alaska Anchorage, led his team to the GNAC title for the second-straight year, and his team is ranked No. 10 nationally with five NCAA entries. Athletes set school records in seven events this year and claimed 16 provisional marks.

 

Regional Men’s Assistant Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

Doug Knol – Shippensburg

Knol, in 21st year at Shippensburg, produced 70 points in five sprint events and his athletes won four event titles at the PSAC meet. New school records were set in the 4×400, 200 meters, and 400 meters. Two of his athletes – Matthew Kujawski and Eric Bologa – qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Central Region

Todd Dejong – Minnesota State

Dejong, in his first year as throws coach for the No. 5 Mavericks, brings Chris Reed to the NCAA Championships as the DII leader in the shot put and top-four ranked performer in the weight throw. Reed’s season best of 65-10¼ (20.07m) in the shot put in the all-time best by a Division II athlete and is among the nation’s top six in all divisions.

East Region

William “Bill” Sutherland – Southern Connecticut

Sutherland, the throws coach at SCSU in his 23rd year, helped the Alpha Owls to a Northeast-10 and All-New England title. At the league meet, Sutherland’s throwers scored 29 points in the shot put and another 21 in the weight throw. At the New England Championships his throwers scored 16 in the shot put, adding nine in the weight. Shot putter Michael Cameron and weight-thrower Tresley Dupont are among the squad’s entries leading into the NCAA Championships.

Midwest Region

Trent Mack – Ashland

Mack, Ashland’s distance coach in his fourth year, guided Drew Windle to an all-time all-conditions Division II best of 1:46.52 at Grand Valley State’s Big Meet. Third-ranked Ashland holds a nation’s best five entries in middle-distance events into the NCAA Championships, including four in the mile. The DMR under Mack’s tutelage enters the national meet with the No. 3 seed (9:55.79).

South Region

Soyini Thompson – Alabama-Huntsville

Thompson, in her 11th year in charge of sprints, jumps, and relays, helped the Chargers to a No. 1 region ranking and had athletes finish the season ranked No. 1 in the region in the 4×400, triple jump, and heptathlon.

South Central Region

Damon Martin – Adams State

Martin, the head of the distance and middle-distance program at Adams State, brings 11 individual entries and a DMR to the NCAA Championships for the No. 1-ranked Grizzlies. Led by top-ranked Kevin Batt in the mile and 3000 meters, Adams State has four athletes in the national championships in the 3000 meters and three more in the 5000 meters. The DMR foursome holds the No. 1 seed with a converted-time of 9:54.20 (10:12.15A).

Southeast Region

Tsehaye Baney – Queens (N.C.)

Baney, in second year as distance coach at Queens, led 3000-meter runner Felix Duchampt to the NCAA Championships. Duchampt is the No. 3 seed with a season-best time of 8:11.26. In addition, the squad finished the season with the region’s top-ranked performers in the 800 meters, 3000 meters, 5000 meters, and No. 2 in the DMR.

West Region

Anthony Tomsich – Alaska Anchorage

Alaska Anchorage distance coach Tomsich, in his third year, coached Micah Chelimo to the nation-leading time in the 5000 meters (13:47.73 OT). Chelimo is also entered in the 3000 meters into the NCAA Championship as the No. 7 seed. At the GNAC Championships, athletes Tomsich coached gathered five out of the top eight places in the 5000 meters, four out of the top seven in the 3000 meters, and two out of the top seven in the mile.

 

Regional Women’s Assistant Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

Karen Gaita – East Stroudsburg

Gaita, in her 17th year at East Stroudsburg, helped three high jumpers to provisional marks and Christie O’Connor to an NCAA bid. O’Connor won the PSAC title as well.

Central Region

Brett Suckstorf – Wayne State (Neb.)

Suckstorf is in his fourth year with Wayne State qualified five throwers to the NCAA Championships, coaching six throwers to provisional marks in the weight throw and three throwers in the shot put. At the NSIC conference meet, Suckstorf’s athletes placed 1-2-3 in the shot put and 1-2-5-8 in the weight throw to account for a total of 47 points for the team.

East Region

Joseph Van Gilder – Southern Connecticut

Van Gilder in his second season has athletes that have three sprint entries into the NCAA Championships. His sprinters helped the Lady Owls claim second place at the Northeast-10 meet with 36 points between the 60 meters and 200 meters.

Midwest Region

James Kearney – Lewis

Kearney, in his fourth year as distance coach at Lewis, had a core group that scored 67 of the team’s 202 points scored to win the GLVC Title. For the season, he had athletes tally two NCAA provisional marks in the 800 meters, one in the mile, three in the 5000 meters, and two in the 3000 meters.

South Region

Soyini Thompson – Alabama-Huntsville

Thompson, in her 11th year at UAH, helped the team to a No. 1 final regional ranking and coached Katelin Barber to a provisional time in the 60 meters. Coached the sprint and jumps group to a No. 1 regional ranking in the 60, 200, 60 hurdles, 4×400 relay, and pentathlon.

South Central Region

Matt Stewart – West Texas A&M

In his fifth year as sprints and hurdles coach for West Texas A&M, Stewart has led five to NCAA Championship bids and helped the squad win its first-ever Lone Star Conference title. Sophomore Libby Strickland is entered in the high jump and pentathlon for the NCAA Championships while he also qualified one in the 60 hurdles and a 4×400 relay.

Southeast Region

Richard Briggs – Mount Olive

Briggs, in his first year with the program, helped Mount Olive to its first ever indoor conference crown. Three garnered provisional marks this season while four finished the season with the top-ranked performance in their events.

West Region

Ryan McWilliams – Alaska Anchorage

McWilliams as an assistant at Alaska Anchorage for four years has helped the squad this season to a No. 10 national ranking and a conference title in the GNAC. Two athletes in his core events qualified for the NCAA Championships and seven set new school records while 16 reached the provisional standard.