Division III Outdoor T&F Regional Award Winners Unveiled

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 20, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday 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.

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

Men Women
Track Athletes of the Year Track Athletes of the Year
Field Athletes of the Year Field Athletes of the Year
Head Coaches of the Year Head Coaches of the Year
Assistant Coaches of the Year Assistant Coaches of the Year

 

Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be in competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for next weekend, May 22-24, in Delaware, Ohio, at Ohio Wesleyan. 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 – Joe Carr — SUNY Oneonta
Carr, a sophomore from Burnt Hills, N.Y., scored 21½ points to lead SUNY Oneonta to its first ever SUNYAC team championships after winning at 200 meters, finishing runner-up at 100 meters and in the 4×400 relay and finishing third in the 4×100. He also won the ECAC crown at 200 meters and in the 4×400 relay. He is ranked No. 7 at 200 meters and will contest the event at NCAAs, along with the 400.

CENTRAL REGION – Eli Horton — Central (Iowa)
Horton, a junior from Runnels, Iowa, was the IIAC Track Athlete of the Meet following victories both at 1500 and 5000 meters. He ran 14:15.66 over 5000 meters to earn the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Championships in the event. He also recorded a 3:52.17 mark over 1500 meters.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Johnson — Baldwin Wallace
Johnson, a senior from Maple Heights, Ohio, is undefeated against Division III opponents in 2014 at 100 meters, with titles at the All-Ohio Championships and the OAC Championships. He is ranked No. 4 at 100 meters and No. 8 at 200 meters. He will compete in both events at NCAAs, in addition to the 4×100 relay.

MIDEAST REGION – Chris Stadler — Haverford
Stadler, a senior from Belmont, Mass., ran Division III’s fastest time at 5000 meters in 2014, a 14:01.62 showing that moved him up to No. 8 all-time in the event for DIII. He is ranked No. 6 in 2014 at 1500 meters and No. 7 at 10,000 meters, and is undefeated against DIII competition at both 5000 and 10,000 meters. He will contest both at the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – John Crain — North Central (Ill.)
Crain, a senior from Dunlap, Ill., is the Division III leader at 10,000 meters with his 28:52.73, good for No. 2 in Division III history as just the second-ever DIII man under 29 minutes. He is seeded No. 2 at 5000 meters, an event in which he finished runner-up at the Drake Relays in 14:05.06 for the No. 10 spot all-time. He won both the 5000 and 1500 meters crowns at the CCIW Championships. He will compete both at 5000 and 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Michael LeDuc — Connecticut College
LeDuc, a senior from Canton, Conn., won the Penn Relays 3000-meter steeplechase in 8:47.84, good for the third-fastest time in Division III history. He also claimed steeplechase titles at the NESCAC Championships and the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Alexander Tallman — Washington and Lee
Tallman, a senior from Grand Blanc, Mich., won two individual titles at the ODAC Championships to help his team to a third-place finish. He was victorious both at 400 and 800 meters, as well as in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. His 47.35 season’s best at 400 meters is good for the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Championships, where he’ll also contest the 4×100 relay.

WEST REGION – Chancise Watkins — La Verne
Watkins, a senior from Blythe, Calif., is the Division III leader at 400 meters in 47.25, and is ranked No. 4 at 200 meters in 21.14. He won SCIAC titles in both events, as well as in the 4×100. He will contest all three events at the NCAA Championships.

 

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Patrick Weinert — SUNY Oneonta
Weinert, a junior from Schenevus, N.Y., scored 20 combined points across all four throws events to lead SUNY Oneonta to its first-ever SUNYAC title. He won the hammer throw in meet-record fashion, an event in which he is ranked No. 4 and has either won or finished runner-up in all six of his competitions this season. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Colt Feltes — Wartburg
Feltes, a junior from Delhi, Iowa, was named IIAC Field Athlete of the Year after winning the shot put, discus and hammer throw at the conference meet. He is ranked No. 2 in the shot put, and finished fifth in a mostly Division I field at the Drake Relays. He is also ranked No. 4 in the discus and No. 28 in the hammer throw. He will contest the shot put and discus at NCAAs.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sean Donnelly — Mount Union
Donnelly, a junior from Willoughby, Ohio, is the nation’s top-ranked Division III shot putter. He won the event at the OAC Championships, along with both the discus and the hammer to earn him Field Athlete of the  Meet. He is ranked No. 9 and No. 20 in the latter two events, and will contest all three at the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Tyler Williams — Widener
Williams, a junior from Hanover, Pa., finished the 2014 regular season as Division III’s top-ranked hammer thrower by more than three meets, and the third-ranked DIII competitor in the event’s history, with a throw of 216-5 (65.96m). He finished runner-up at the Penn Relays and won MAC and ECAC titles. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Trevor James — Carthage
James, a senior from Maywood, Wis., is the No. 1 high jumper of the 2014 Division III season with a runner-up 7-2½ (2.20m) at the Drake Relays. The mark – his only loss of the outdoor season – put him into a three-way tie for the second-highest clearance in Division III history. He claimed the CCIW title in the event, in which he will compete at NCAAs.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Sean Enos — Bates
Enos, a junior from Lynnfield, Mass., won two titles at both the NESCAC and New England championship meets. At NESCACs he took the discus and hammer throw titles, while at New Englands he claimed the shot put and hammer events. He is ranked No. 5 in the shot put, No. 9 in the hammer throw and No. 15 in the discus. He will compete in all three at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Buck Thompson — UT Tyler
Thompson, a senior from Winona, Texas, is Division III’s top-ranked discus thrower for the 2014 season with a heave of 186-9 (56.94m) for the No. 10 spot on the all-time DIII list. He won both the discus and shot put crowns at the American Southwest Conference Championships to earn Field Athlete of the Year honors. He is also ranked No. 8 in the shot put and will compete for national titles in both events.

WEST REGION  – Darron Usher — Redlands
Usher, a senior from Rialto, Calif., was named SCIAC Field Athlete of the Year following a long jump title, a runner-up showing in the high jump and a fourth-place triple jump finish. He is ranked No. 2 nationally in the long jump. He will contest both the long jump and the 4×100 relay at the NCAA Championships.

 

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Amy Cymerman — St. Lawrence
Cymerman, a senior from Pittsford, N.Y., is undefeated against Division III competition and is ranked among the top 10 in three different events. She is the top seed in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:24.30, is No. 2 at 10,000 meters and is No. 9 at 5000 meters. She won the Liberty League steeplechase, claimed both the 1500 and 5000 races at the NYSCTC meet and was the ECAC winner at 1500 meters. She will contest both the steeplechase and 5000 at NCAAs.

CENTRAL REGION – Tashina McAllister — Wartburg
McAllister, a senior from Oelwein, Iowa, is one of Division III’s top hurdlers at No. 2 in the 100-meter variety and No. 3 in the 400-meter version. She claimed both event titles at the IIAC Championships, as well as running legs of both winning relays and a fifth-place showing at 100 meters. She will contest both hurdles events and both relays at the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Cara DeAngelis — Ohio Wesleyan
DeAngelis, a senior from Norton, Ohio, was the nation’s top 5000-meter runner in Division III, as her 16:25.30 was good enough to move to No. 8 in DIII history. She is also ranked No. 7 at 1500 meters. The NCAC Championships resulted in titles in both events for her, earning her Female Distance Athlete of the Year honors. She will test her 2014 outdoor undefeated streak against DIII competition at NCAAs at 5000 meters.

MIDEAST REGION – Maggie Shelton — Johns Hopkins
Shelton, a senior from Wilmette, Ill., won the Centennial Conference title at 800 meters in 2:07.29, an event in which she is ranked No. 2 in the nation. She has also anchored the No. 8 4×400 relay team and won the 1500 at the Hopkins/Loyola Invitational in her first try at the distance. She will compete both at 800 meters and in the 4×400 relay at NCAAs.

MIDWEST REGION – Christy Cazzola — UW-Oshkosh
Cazzola, a senior from Kaukauna, Wis., won three individual events at the WIAC Championships in addition to claiming another relay crown. She is the Division III leader at 800 meters in 2:05.68 and at 1500 meters in 4:20.80, while also coming in at No. 11 at 5000 meters. She will look to defend her national titles in all three aforementioned individual events.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ashante Little – Wheaton (Mass.)
Little, a senior from Seabrook, N.H., broke the all-time Division III record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.56 at the NEWMAC Championships. She also claimed NEWMAC titles in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4×100 relay, and was the ECAC champion at 400 meters and in the 4×400 relay. She is ranked No. 2 at 200 meters, No. 3 at 400 meters. She will contest the 400 and 400-meter hurdles, as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Sadie Yanckello — Rhodes
Yanckello, a junior from Orlando, Fla., finished the 2014 regular season ranked among Division III’s top 10 in two individual events. She is No. 4 in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.77 and is No. 9 at 400 meters in 56.04. She will contest both events at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Lenore Moreno — La Verne
Moreno, a senior from West Covina, Calif., recorded the third-fastest 10,000 meters race in Division III in 33:49.04 to lead the country by nearly a full minute. She is ranked No. 3 in the nation at 5000 meters and is No. 4 at 1500 meters. Her 2014 campaign saw her break SCIAC records both at 5000 and 10,000 meters. She will contest both at NCAAs.

 

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Divya Biswal — St. Lawrence
Biswal, a junior from Ottawa, Ontario, is undefeated against Division III competition in the long jump and triple jump in 2014, including ECAC, NYSCYC and Liberty League titles in both events. She was named Outstanding Field Performer at the latter two meets, and she finished runner-up in the Penn Relays Eastern Division triple jump. As the No. 2 and No. 3 seed, respectively, she will contest the triple jump and long jump at NCAAs.

CENTRAL REGION – Amelia Campbell — Carleton
Campbell, a sophomore from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., scored 37½ points at the MIAC Championships, including a heptathlon title with 5132 points for the top seed in Division III by more than 200 points and the No. 5 position on the all-time Division III list. She is also nationally ranked in the 100-meter hurdles at No. 10 and the long jump at No. 12. She will compete in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Melanie Winters — Baldwin Wallace
Winters, a sophomore from Stow, Ohio, was the DIII All-Ohio champion in the heptathlon and long jump, and is nationally ranked in both events, as well as the high jump. She is the nation’s No. 2 high jumper, the No. 4 long jumper and the No. 7 heptathlete. She will contest the high jump and the long jump at the NCAA Championships, as well as the 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles.

MIDEAST REGION – Ashlee Ward — Misericordia
Ward, a senior from Wilkes Barre, Pa., is the nation’s top Division III high jumper at 1.75m with a runner-up finish at the Penn Relays. She won the high jump with a meet record and finished runner-up in the discus at the MAC Championships, and was seventh at the ECAC Championships. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Breanna Strupp — UW-Oshkosh
Strupp, a senior from Slinger, Wis., is the Division III leader in the discus and is ranked No. 2 in DIII in the shot put. She claimed the discus title at the WIAC Championships. She will contest both events at the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Naomi Bates — Amherst
Bates, a senior from Amherst, is Division III’s top long jumper for the 2014 regular season with a leap of 19-8 (5.99m). She won the long jump title at both the NESCAC and DIII New England championship meets. She will contest the long jump at the NCAA Championships, as well as the 200 as the top seed, the 100 and the 4×100.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION -Elizabeth Krug — Hendrix
Krug, a senior from Heber Springs, Ark., scored a staggering 52¾ team points at the SAA Championships with titles in the javelin and the 400-meter hurdles. She is the region’s top-ranked heptathlete with a score of 4539, and is seeded No. 11 at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Kerry Wright – Whitworth
Wright, a sophomore from Beaverton, Ore., broke the Whitworth javelin school record three times during the course of the 2014 regular season, most recently on the final weekend of the regular season with a Division III-leading 156-7 (47.72m). She also won the NWC title in a meet record and now leads all DIII throwers by more than two-and-a-half feet. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

 

MEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Angelo Posillico — SUNY Oneonta
Posillico, in his first year at the helm, led the squad to its first SUNYAC team title in school history which led to him being named SUNYAC Coach of the Year. Finishing the year as the No. 1 team in the region, the team will have six entries in the NCAA Championships, including three in sprint and hurdle events. Also this season, Oneonta won six individual SUNYAC titles and claimed two ECAC crowns.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom — Wartburg
Newsom, in his 20th year at the school, led the Knights to the IIAC league title by a 65-point margin with eight conference titles and scorers in 20 of 22 events The No. 14-nationally ranked squad will enter the NCAA meet with six entries.

GREAT LAKES REGION  – Kevin Lucas — Mount Union
Lucas led the Raiders to an OAC Championship and first-place finish in the All-Ohio DIII meet. The team scored a conference record 231 points for the league crown. No. 3-nationally ranked Mount Union has the third-most qualifiers for the NCAA meet with 12. Lucas is in this fourth year as head coach at the school.

MIDEAST REGION – Vince Touey — Widener
Touey, in his 27th year at Widener, had a team that scored 323 points to win its third-straight Middle Atlantic Conference crown. Finishing as the No. 1 team in the region, the squad enters the NCAA meet with three entries.

MIDWEST REGION – Josh Buchholtz — UW-La Crosse
Buchholtz led the Eagles to its 24th consecutive championship in the WIAC and was named the league’s Coach of the Year. The No. 1-nationally ranked squad will have a meet-best 24 entries for the NCAA meet. Buchholtz is in his sixth year.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Halston Taylor — MIT
Taylor’s team in 2014 went undefeated, winning its 14th-straight NEWMAC title and also the New England DIII crown. MIT has nine entries for the NCAA meet for Taylor in his 24th year at the helm. The Engineers are ranked No. 11 nationally.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Wingard — Christopher Newport
Wingard, in his eighth year at CNU, had a squad that finished runner-up in the CAC to Salisbury. At the CAC meet, CNU athletes scored two meet records and one league record. The team has two entries into the NCAA meet and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the region.

WEST REGION – Toby Schwarz — Whitworth
Schwarz, in his 18th year at Whitworth, coached his squad to its fifth-straight Northwest Conference title. The team is ranked eighth nationally and has nine entries into the NCAA meet, including three in throwing events.

 

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Mary Kate Curran — St. Lawrence
Curran, in her sixth year at St. Lawrence, led St. Lawrence to the Liberty League title this spring. Six new school records were broken for the squad that finished ranked No. 1 in the region, enter the NCAA meet with five entries, and are ranked No. 9 in the country.

CENTRAL REGION – Donna Ricks — Carleton
Ricks’ squad finished as runner-up at this year’s MIAC Championships. In addition to the team setting nine new school records this year, three have advanced to the NCAA Championships. The team is nationally ranked No. 22 entering the NCAA meet. Ricks is in her 21st year at the school.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kris Boey — Ohio Wesleyan
Leading the way in the Great Lakes region was Ohio Wesleyan led by 12th-year coach Boey. He was named NCAC Coach of the Year as his team won its sixth-straight league title. The Battling Bishops will have five entries into the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins
Van Allen, in his 15th year at the school, has a team that finished No. 1 in the region and won the Centennial Conference Championships. The Blue Jays have 11 entries into the NCAA meet and are ranked 14th nationally.

MIDWEST REGION -Pat Healy — UW-La Crosse
In his 23rd year as head coach, Pat Healy was named the WIAC Coach of the Year this season after leading his team to the WIAC title with a total of 232 points. The Eagles had five conference champions while breaking two WIAC championship meet records. UW-La Crosse has a meet-best 19 entries heading into the NCAA Championships including the top ranked 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams and top 100-meter  qualifier in sophomore Meg Heafy. The Eagles have not been ranked lower than No. 2 this season.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Halston Taylor — MIT
Taylor’s women’s team had a dominant outdoor season going undefeated and winning its sixth consecutive NEWMAC title. They also claimed first place at this year’s New England Division III championship with 132 points out of the 32 scoring teams. MIT enters the NCAA meet as the No. 7-ranked team in the country, having nine entries into the national meet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Robert Shankman — Rhodes
Shankman, in his 24th year at Rhodes finished the season as the No. 3-ranked team in the region and enter the NCAA meet with four entries, including three in sprint and hurdle events.

WEST REGION – Matt Lea — Cal Lutheran
Lea’s squad won the outright SCIAC title and finished the regular season undefeated at 8-0 in dual meets within the conference. The team won four individual conference champions and finished the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the region. The team is ranked No. 11 nationally with five entries into the NCAA meet. Lea is in his sixth year at the school.

 

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Joe Reed — SUNY Oneonta
Reed, in his third year as sprints and hurdles coach, had a group that scored 61 of the 173 points that helped Oneonta capture their first SUNYAC championship. He coached three that won SUNYAC titles. Oneonta qualified three in sprint and hurdle events to the NCAA meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Melissa Norton – Wartburg
Norton, in her 10th year as Wartburg’s throws coach, led a group that scored over half of the possible points at the conference meet in throwing events. Three of Wartburg’s five team entries in the NCAA meet are in throwing events.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jordan Hill — Baldwin Wallace
Hill, Baldwin Wallace coach of sprints and hurdles in her second year, had a group that scored 45 points at the OAC Championships and 46 points at the All-Ohio DIII meet. The team will have three entries into the NCAA meet in sprint and hurdle events.

MIDEAST REGION – Nick Price – Widener
Price, throws coach in his eighth year at the school, brought together a group that scored 74 points at the Middle Atlantic Conferences championships. Price also guided hammer throw Tyler Williams to the third-best DIII throw in history.

MIDWEST REGION – Lane Lohr — Washington (Mo.)
Lohr, in his sixth year an assistant with jumps, sprints, and relays, helped the Bears to its sixth-straight UAA crown as his athletes accounted for 131 of the team’s 215-point tally. Lohr’s crew set school records in four events and four entries for the NCAA meet are from his event groups.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jim Butler — Connecticut College
Butler, mid-distance and distance coach in his 27th year, led Michael LeDuc to a division leader and all-time DIII third-best time in history – 8:47.94 in the steeplechase. LeDuc won the Penn Relays crown and was also the NESCAC champion in the event.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Brian Flynn — Bridgewater (Va.)
Flynn’s distance runners scored 68 of the team’s 147 points to help the Bridgewater squad to a second-place ODAC finish. Luke Sohl claimed the ODAC individual title in the 10,000 meters (32:25.10) for Flynn in the distance events, along with seven All-ODAC honorees. Flynn’s athletes have seven top-eight South/Southeast region performances in the distance events, more than any other program in the region.

WEST REGION – Gary Rudin — La Verne
Rudin, in his 21st year as sprints coach at La Verne, has a 4×100 relay team that clocked the second-best time in the division this year, a 40.84 run at the SCIAC Championship.

 

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – John "Doc" Hudson — RPI
RPI hammer throw coach Hudson, in his 44th year and final year with the school, has two athletes – Lydia Frangos and Ivy Muchuma – qualified for the NCAA Championships, ranking in the national top 15, respectively. The duo also went 1-2 in their event at the Liberty League, NYSCTC, and ECAC DIII Championships this spring. Hudson is retiring after the season.

CENTRAL REGION – Derek Frese — Nebraska Wesleyan
Frese, in his seventh year as throws coach at Nebraska Wesleyan, has qualified two athletes to the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matt Wackerly — Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan’s women currently have seven athletes ranked in the top 50 in the nation in the distance (800-10k) events, including two in the top 10 and three in the top 15. Wackerly, in his eighth year as distance coach at OWU, coached the NCAC female distance athlete of the year. Under Wackerly’s guidance, Cara DeAngelis has the fastest 5000 meter time in the nation (16:25.80) and ranks eighth in DIII history.

MIDEAST REGION – Brian Falk — Elizabethtown
Coach Falk’s distance athletes scored 102¾ of the team’s 153 points as Elizabethtown won the Middle Atlantic Conference championship by 10 over Lebanon Valley and 11 over Misericordia. The Blue Jays had at least three scorers in each distance event at the league meet and their 4x800m time of 9:22.02 ranked 16th in Division III this season

MIDWEST REGION – Katie Wagner — UW-La Crosse
Katie Wagner, in her fifth year as the jumps, hurdles, and multi-events coach at the UW-La Crosse, helped the Eagles to the WIAC Outdoor Championship as her athletes scored 83 of the team’s 232 points. At the WIAC meet, her athletes finished 1-2-4-8 in the 100 hurdles, 1-2 in the 400 hurdles, and 2-3-4 in the triple jump. Overall, UW-L has eight NCAA entries in the jumps and hurdles, seven of which are ranked in the top-10.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Elaina Zizza — Amherst
Zizza, Amherst sprint and jumps coach in her third year, has athletes with six entries into the NCAA Championships. Amherst has the division leader in the 200 meters and long jump.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Carl Blickle — Roanoke
Blickle, in his fourth year at Roanoke College as middle distance, sprints, hurdles, and relays coach, qualified four student athletes for the NCAA Championships. Blickle’s athletes were a critical part of the Lady Maroons capturing their tenth ODAC title, scoring 84 of the team’s 150 points

WEST REGION – Geno Sullivan — Cal Lutheran
In his eighth season, Geno Sullivan’s athletes accounted for 67 of the team’s points at the SCIAC Conference Championships which helped the squad to the SCIAC title. As jumps, sprints, and relays coach, Sullivan has three entries in the NCAA Championships.