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NCAA DIII OTF Regional Awards

Regional Awards Announced for 2016 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2016 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 eight regions – which are the same as those used during the 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. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

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 this weekend, May 26-28, in Waverly, Iowa.

The championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

 

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — JOE CARR — SUNY ONEONTA

Carr, a senior, is ranked third nationally and first in the Atlantic Region in the 200 meters (21.27). He also ran well at 100 meters (10.55) and 400 meters (48.09), which puts him in sixth and 20th nationally, respectively.

CENTRAL REGION — HART HORNOR — CARLETON

Hornor, a senior from Seattle, Washington, will compete in the 5000 and 10000 at the upcoming NCAA Championships. He is ranked third in DIII at 10000 meters (29:35.63) and sits 10th on the national list in the 5000 (14:19.09).

GREAT LAKES REGION — MATT MOLINARO — OHIO NORTHERN

Molinaro, a sophomore from Sterling Heights, Michigan, currently has the second-best time at 800 meters this season in DIII (1:48.99). He sits right outside the all-time performers list in DIII.

MIDEAST REGION — LUKE CAMPBELL — SALISBURY

Campbell, a senior from Brunswick, Maryland, is the top-ranked athlete in the region at 400 hurdles (51.24) and 110 hurdles (14.04). Those marks are good enough to put him first and second nationally in those events, respectively. Campbell was named the CAC Athlete of the Year and will compete in three events at NCAAs (110H, 400H, 4×400).

MIDWEST REGION — IAN LAMERE — UW-PLATTEVILLE

LaMere, a junior from Green Bay, Wisconsin put his name on the national radar with his performance at the Stanford Invitational. It was in April when he broke the long-standing DIII record at 10000 meters with his time of 28:38.63. That time puts LaMere first in DIII and fourth among all collegians, while his time of 14:19.08 in the 5000 leaves him No. 9 in that event.

NEW ENGLAND — MITCHELL BLACK — TUFTS

Black, a senior from Brunswick, Maine, is the top-ranked 800-meter runner in DIII with his time of 1:48.60, which puts him ninth on the all-time DIII performers list. When you look just at the New England Region, Black is ranked first at 800 meters and second at 1500 meters (3:50.90).

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — JAMAL WATKINS — BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN

Watkins, a sophomore from Hampton, Georgia, is the top-ranked athlete in the South/Southeast Region in the 100 and 200 and is second and sixth nationally going into the upcoming NCAA meet. He was named the SAA Athlete of the Year.

WEST REGION — JAKE MIHELICH — LINFIELD

Mihelich, a junior from Fort Collins, Colorado, is currently leading DIII at 400 meters (46.61). He has yet to lose in a race this season in the 400 and is also ranked No. 9 in the nation at 200 meters (21.44). He was named the NWC Track Athlete of the Year.

 

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — AMY REGAN — STEVENS

Regan, a junior from Green Brook, New Jersey, put on a clinic during the 2016 season. It was at the Penn Relays where she ran 34:09.44 for 10000 meters and recorded the eighth fastest time in the history of the Carnival. That mark left her No. 1 in DIII by nearly one minute. She is also No. 3 at 5000 meters with her time of 16:35.07.

CENTRAL REGION — EMILY GAPINSKI — ST. THOMAS (MINN.)

Gapinski, a senior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is currently ranked No. 1 in DIII at 1500 meters (4:23.25) and that time also left her No. 10 on the all-time DIII performers list. Her time of 2:08.28 over 800 meters is good enough for second on the national list.

GREAT LAKES REGION — EMILY RICHARDS — OHIO NORTHERN

Richards, a sophomore from Delaware, Ohio, has put together a solid second year. Her time of 2:05.54 over 800 meters ranks third all-time in DIII history. Richards is also ranked fourth in DIII this season at 400 meters (55.14).

MIDEAST REGION — KATIE JO MCMENAMIN — SWARTHMORE

McMenamin, a senior from Lafayette, Colorado, is a top-3 athlete over 1500 meters and 5000 meters. Her time of 16:34.99 in the 5000 is good enough for second nationally and her time of 4:26.19 over 1500 meters leaves her third. McMenamin has also ran well for 800 meters.

MIDWEST REGION — DAISY OGEDE — WASHINGTON (MO.)

Ogede, a junior from Richton Park, Illinois, is ranked in the top-5 of two individual events nationally. Her time of 11.78 in the 100 has her first as does her time of 24.21 in the 200. She is also a member of the third-ranked 4×400 team (3:48.59).

NEW ENGLAND — PEYTON DOSTIE — SOUTHERN MAINE

Dotsie, a senior from Standish, Maine, is the top-ranked athlete in the New England Region in the 100 hurdles (14.07) and 400 hurdles (1:00.74). In DIII, she is ranked No. 6 and No. 3, respectively.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — HANNAH CHAPPELL-DICK — EASTERN MENNONITE

Chappell-Dick, a senior from Bluffton, Ohio, is ranked in the top-12 of two events nationally — the 1500 and the 800. In the former, her time of 4:28.62 leaves her fifth, while her 2:10.26 effort in the 800 has her 12th. Both marks are good enough for first in the South/Southeast Region.

WEST REGION — MAYA WEIGEL — POMONA-PITZER

Weigel, a junior from Los Altos, California, has been on a tear this season. In the 5000 meters, she ran the sixth fastest time in DIII history and is No. 1 on the national list (16:20.19). At 1500 meters, Weigel is ranked second in DIII (4:23.56) and 13th in DIII history. Let’s not forget her 800-meter time of 2:10.91, which has her 14th in DIII.

 

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — TYLER YEASTEDT — RPI

Yeastedt, a senior from Merrimac, Massachusetts, is nationally ranked across the board in the throwing events, notably the discus throw and hammer throw. He is No. 2 in the discus throw at 53.57m (175-9) and third in the hammer at 59.86m (196-5). He was named the NYSCTC Field Performer of the Year.

CENTRAL REGION — JEREMY PETERSON — ST. SCHOLASTICA

Peterson, a senior from Hermantown, Minnesota, is ranked fourth in DIII in the hammer throw at 59.28m (194-6). He won all but two hammer competitions in 2016 during the season and one of those wins came at the Drake Relays.

GREAT LAKES REGION — MARCUS DOZIER — DEPAUW

Dozier, a senior from South Bend, Indiana, is the top-ranked discus thrower in DIII at 57.13m (187-5), a mark that is almost 12 feet further than the runner-up. During the season he also set a personal best in the shot put of 17.07m (56-0).

MIDEAST REGION — MITCHELL OBENRADER — PENN STATE BEHREND

Obenrader, a junior from Fryburg, Pennsylvania, is set to do something at NCAAs that very few have done in the history of DIII. He qualified in the javelin throw and is the top-ranked athlete in that discipline (67.50m/221-5), is seventh in the shot put (17.07m/56-0) and is top-20 in the discus throw (48.65m/159-7). According to records, no male has qualified for NCAAs in all three events as far back as records are kept, which is 1974, and no man has done the javelin-shot put combination since 1989.

MIDWEST REGION — LUKE WINDER — NORTH CENTRAL (ILL.)

Winder, a sophomore from Joliet, Illinois, has left his mark on the DIII record book this year. The sophomore is currently the No. 1 pole vaulter of all-time in DIII following his jump of 5.51m (18-1) at the CCIW Championships. Winder has vaulted 17 feet or better in all eight of his outdoor competitions.

NEW ENGLAND — TRAVON GODETTE — WESTFIELD STATE

Godette, a senior from Orange, Massachusetts, has a plethora of national rankings to his name. He is No. 3 in the javelin throw (65.92m/216-3), tied for seventh in the high jump (2.08m/6-9¾)  and No. 22 in the decathlon (6300). Godette has yet to lose in the javelin throw this season.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — ROBERT “RENN” EASON — RHODES

Eason, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, currently leads the South/Southeast Region in the high jump (2.10m/6-10¾) and is ranked fifth in the country for his efforts. He is also ranked fourth in the region in the triple jump (14.08m/46-2 ½) and seventh in the long jump (7.04m/23-1¼).

WEST REGION — COREY BURT — WHITWORTH

Burt, a senior from Dundee, Oregon, is highly ranked in the top-15 in both the shot put and discus throw. His throw of 17.76m (58-3¼) in the shot put leads the nation and his discus throw of 50.15m (164-6) is 11th in the nation.

 

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — BRANDY SMITH — ITHACA

Smith, a junior from Miami, Florida, is ranked No. 2 in DIII in the discus throw and No. 5 in the shot put. Her heave of 51.92m (170-4) came at the ECAC Championships and her fling of 14.14m (46-4¾) in the shot put occurred at the same meet.

CENTRAL REGION — AMELIA CAMPBELL — CARLETON

Campbell, a senior from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is currently ranked No. 1 in DIII in the heptathlon at 5058 points. She is also ranked in the top-50 of the high jump. Campbell scored 37.5 points at the MIAC Championships and was named Field Athlete of the Meet.

GREAT LAKES REGION — MELANIE WINTERS — BALDWIN WALLACE

Winters, a senior from Stow, Ohio, is ranked in the top-3 of both the high jump and long jump. Her mark of 1.72m (5-7¾) has her second in the former and her leap of 6.07m (19-11) in the latter puts her third among all DIII women.

MIDEAST REGION — REILLY WAGNER — MISERICORDIA

Wagner, a freshman from Crofton, Maryland, is currently tied for second nationally in the high jump and is fifth in the heptathlon. She cleared 1.72m (5-7¾) in the high jump and her score of 4658 in the latter came at the ECAC Championships, where she won the heptathlon title.

MIDWEST REGION — AMBER WILLIAMS — UW-PLATTEVILLE

Williams, a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is among the best horizontal jumpers in DIII right now. Her leap of 6.08m (19-11½) in the long jump is tied for the national lead and her triple jump mark of 12.48m (40-11½) is good enough for third nationally.

NEW ENGLAND — JACKIE VAHEY — MIT

Vahey, a junior from Winchester, Massachusetts, is ranked in the top-25 of both the discus throw (46.67m/153-1) and the hammer throw (51.84m/170-1). She won both events at the NEWMAC Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — WHITNEY SIMMONS — UT TYLER

Simmons, a junior from White Oak, Texas, is currently the top-ranked hammer thrower in DIII at 57.48m (188-7). SHe is the only athlete in the nation to throw better than 57 meters and has done so at four different meets. Simmons is also ranked No. 1 in the region in the discus throw.

WEST REGION — VAIVA PALUNAS — CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS

Vaiva, a junior from Seattle, Washington, is currently ranked No. 1 in the West Region in the discus throw (48.15m/158-0) and is No. 3 in the hammer throw. Her mark in the discus throw is good enough to put her seventh on the DIII descending order list.

 

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — DUSTIN DIMIT — ROWAN

Dimit, in his second year at the helm of the Rowan program, led the Profs to a historic undefeated season. His men won the NJAC and ECAC titles and were victorious in four other scored invitationals. His No. 7 men will enter the NCAA Championships with nine entries, tied for fourth-most in the country.

CENTRAL REGION — STEVE MATHRE — ST. THOMAS (MINN.)

Mathre, in his 21st year leading the St. Thomas men, has built a well-balanced team that is ranked fourth nationally in the NCAA DIII Dual Meet Rankings. His squad scored in every event en route to winning the MIAC Championship. His team has three entries to the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION — KEVIN LUCAS — MOUNT UNION

In his seventh year at Mount Union, Lucas helped guide the Raiders to their sixth consecutive OAC Championship. His 19th-ranked men will be represented at the NCAA Championships by seven entries.

MIDEAST REGION — VINCE TOUEY — WIDENER

Touey, in his 29th year at Widener, coached his men to a dominant win MAC Conference title. His No. 11 men will compete at the NCAA Championships this weekend with seven total entries.

MIDWEST REGION — KEVIN PATERSON — BENEDICTINE (ILL.)

Patterson, in his second year at Benedictine, was the NACC Coach of the Year after his squad won the conference title with eight event titles and 21 all-conference honors. His men will go to the NCAA Championships with four overall entries.

NEW ENGLAND — HALSTON TAYLOR — MIT

Taylor, in his third season at MIT, led his Engineer men to a dominant NEWMAC title as they scored 304.5 points to nearly double-up second-place WPI. His athletes won 11 individual titles and swept the conference awards. His No. 13 men will have eight entries into the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — KENNETH COX — BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN

Cox, now in his seventh year in charge of the Birmingham-Southern program, led his Panther men to their first SAA men’s track & field title with an 85-point win. His men won 13 events and earned 13 all-conference honors. His men will be represented at the NCAA Championships by three entries.

WEST REGION — ROB BARTLETT — OCCIDENTAL

Bartlett, in his 11th season at the helm of the Occidental program, led his men to an undefeated record in SCIAC dual meets this season and they finished runner-up at the SCIAC Championships. His men are ranked No. 9 nationally and will have six entries into the NCAA Championships.

 

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — SAM ALBERT — ROCHESTER (N.Y.)

Albert, in his 10th year with the school, led Rochester to a runner-up finish at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) Championships (185½ points), and a 4th place team finish at the ECAC Division III Championships. Rochester’s athletes have achieved a total of 14 top 50 NCAA performances, including 9 in the top 30 of their events. His team has three entries into the national championships.

CENTRAL REGION — DONNA RICKS — CARLETON

Ricks, in her 23rd year, coached the small quad of Carleton women to a second-place finish in the MIAC, scoring 100 points. The team finished the season ranked fourth in the region and her squad will have four entries into the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION — JASON MAUS — OHIO NORTHERN

Maus led his crew to a No. 1 final region ranking. His Polar Bears finished runner-up at the OAC Championships by just 1½ points. His crew qualified four entries to the NCAA Championships. He coached Emily Richards to the third-best 800 meters performance in DIII history, 2:05.54.

MIDEAST REGION — BOBBY VAN ALLEN — JOHNS HOPKINS

Van Allen, in his 10th year at the school, leads three entries into the NCAA Championships. His team finished the regular season with the best ranking in the region.

MIDWEST REGION — JEFF STILES — WASHINGTON (MO.)

Stiles, in his 15th year, has the No. 1-nationally ranked team heading to the NCAA Championships. His team has 11 entries into the NCAA Champs and they won the UAA title.

NEW ENGLAND — GEORGE TOWLE — SOUTHERN MAINE

Towle, in his 15th year at Southern Maine, led his crew to an Alliance Championship as well as a Little East crown. The team finished third at the New England DIII Championships and will have six entries into the NCAA Championships and rank in the nation’s top 25.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — JOHN CURTIN — EMORY

Curtin, in his 31st year, has a team that finished the season No. 1 in the final region rankings. The squad finished as runners-up at the UAA championship with three event champions. Eight athletes finished the year ranked in top 50 of NCAA DIII list along with two relays ranked in top 15.

WEST REGION — GLENN STEWART — CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS

Stewart, led CMS to the SCIAC overall regular-season title and to the SCIAC Championship this season. His women’s squad finished the season as the top team in the region’s rankings and they sit No. 5 nationally heading to the NCAA Championships. The Athenas will have 11 entries at the national meet.

 

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — JOE REED -– SUNY ONEONTA

In his fifth year at SUNY Oneonta, Reed’s sprinters & hurdlers captured the 100, 200, 110 hurdles, 4×100, and 4×400 titles at the SUNYAC Championships. His athletes account for four entries into the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION — JOSH SCHOEN — CARLETON

Schoen, in his ninth season coaching distance and mid-distance at Carleton, coached Hart Hornor to a win in the Drake Relays 10,000 meters with a school record 29:35. That’s ranked No. 3 nationally and his 14:19 over 5000 meters is No. 10. Hart won both events at the MIAC Championships. Schoen has three entries to the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION — CHRISTY SHERMAN — ROSE-HULMAN

Sherman, in her 12th season coaching the Rose-Hulman throwers, guided her athletes to 85 points at the HCAC Championships as part of an overall team title. Her men won three events with five scorers in both the shot and discus. She has one qualifier to the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION — KATIE PATTERSON — PENN STATE BEHREND

Patterson, a former distance runner now in her third year coaching throws at PSU Behrend, has guided good athletes to big improvements this season. Top thrower Mitch Obenrader won the conference championship in all four throws and the Behrend men scored 59 points in the throws. She will guide Obenrader to the NCAA Championships as the top seed in the Javelin, in addition to the shot put and the discus.

MIDWEST REGION — ANDRES YOUNG — UW-PLATTEVILLE

Young, in his fourth year guiding the UW-Platteville hurdlers, pole vaulters and javelin throwers, led his athletes to WIAC titles in all three disciplines in 2016. Hurdler Dan Arnold set a conference record in the 110 hurdles, and his pole vaulters and javelin throwers both went 1-2. He has three entries into the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND — NICK DAVIS — MIT

Davis, in his third year coaching horizontal jumpers at MIT, has three national top-15 triple jumpers. His jumpers scored 52 points at the NEWMAC Championships, including a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the triple jump. Those same jumpers scored 39 points in helping MIT to the New England DIII Championships. He has three entries to the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — LANCE HARDEN — EMORY

Harden, in his second year coaching distance and mid-distance runners at Emory, has three runners ranked top-six in the South/Southeast Region. Among those athletes are UAA steeplechase champion Lukas Mees, who is ranked No. 7 in the nation. Mees will compete at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION — TYLER YAMAGUCHI — OCCIDENTAL

Yamaguchi, in his ninth year coaching sprints and hurdles at Occidental, led his athletes to a 93-point haul at the SCIAC Championships. Those points included wins in the 100, 200, 400, 400 hurdles and the 4×400 relay. Between the sprints, hurdles and relays, Occidental has six entries in his specialty area – tied for second most in the country.

 

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION — JOHN LYNCH — RPI

Lynch, the distance coach at RPI in his fifth year, helped lead RPI to its first women’s Liberty League title since 2011. RPI has four entries into the NCAA meet in distance events alone.

CENTRAL REGION — RICH MALENIAK — ST. THOMAS (MINN.)

Maleniak, in his fifth year coaching distance and middle distance at the school, had athletes score 85 points in helping the squad to the MIAC title. All four of the team’s entries into the NCAA meet are in middle distance events.

GREAT LAKES REGION — CASEY GANTT — OHIO NORTHERN

Gantt is in his fifth year with sprints, hurdles, and jumps at ONU. His athletes scored 94 of the 176½ points the Polar Bears scored at the OAC Championships for runner-up honors. He is a member of the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year.

MIDEAST REGION — KAYLA KREGEL — PENN STATE BEHREND

Kregel, in her first year with the school, led  her sprinters and other athletes to big PRs this season. NCAA qualifier Paige Allen has improved from 12.30 to 11.92 in the 100 meters and 25.53 to 24.66 in the 200 meters under coach Kregel’s guidance. Kregel helps all athletes with strength training, and in turn, a women’s team of just 17 athletes scored 276½ points to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championships.

MIDWEST REGION — JEFF REBHOLZ — CARTHAGE

Coach Rebholz in his sixth year as throws coach, led the Carthage Lady Reds to a third-place finish in the CCIW as they scored 73 points in the throwing events. He coached CCIW champions in the shot, discus and javelin. In addition, Carthage has a meet-best seven entries in throws events for the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND — MILES KETCHUM — WPI

Ketchum, in his fourth year coaching sprints, hurdles, and relays at WPI, had a group that scored 81 of the team’s record 174 points at the NEWMAC meet for runner-up honors. He helped produce conference champions in three events as well as several other all-conference performers. At the DIII New England meet, his group once again scored valuable points, helping lead the team to an 8th place overall finish.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — DENVER DAVIS — BRIDGEWATER (VA.)

Davis’ athletes scored 103 of the team’s 164 points at the 2016 ODAC Outdoor Championships, leading the team to their first title since 1998. Davis in his sixth year working with the sprints, hurdles, and jumps at the school, had athletes earn five event wins in the conference meet.

WEST REGION — CHRISTA YOUNGERN — CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS

Youngern coached the SCIAC Conference Champion in shot put, discus and hammer this year. Her throwers won seven of the nine places on the podium in the three events at the league meet. For the NCAA Championships, she has two throwers who will go in to NCAA Championships ranked in the top six in their best event. Youngern is in her third year at the school.

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