NCAA Division I Regional Award Winners for 2016 Outdoor Season
EUGENE, Oregon – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the nine 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.
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Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be in competition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for this week, June 8-11, in Eugene, Oregon.
The Championships will be live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 throughout the week.
GREAT LAKES REGION – CLAYTON MURPHY — AKRON
Murphy, a junior from New Paris, Ohio, is unbeaten this spring at 800, 1500 and 3000 meters. He won the elite 800-meter title at the Drake Relays against professionals and captured MAC titles at 800 meters, 1500 meters and in the 4×400 relay. He will contest the 1500 at the NCAA Championships after running 3:43.43 during the regular season.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – THOMAS AWAD — PENN
Awad, a senior from Long Island, New York, anchored the 4 x Mile Relay to a dramatic come from behind win at the Penn Relays – the school’s first Championship of America Relay win since 1974. Awad also ran a strong 13:41.77 in the 5000 at the Stanford Invite and bettered the USA Olympic Trials Standard with a personal best of 3:37.75 in the 1500. He will compete at NCAAs in the 5000.
MIDWEST REGION – KAHMARI MONTGOMERY — MISSOURI
Montgomery, a freshman from Plainfield, Illinois, is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 15 in the world at 400 meters with his school-record and SEC-winning 45.13. Montgomery’s season will continue into the NCAA Championships after placing third at the West Prelims.
MOUNTAIN REGION – JAMIEL TRIMBLE — AIR FORCE
Trimble, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, is ranked No. 2 nationally in the 200 with his time of 20.12 and also set a Mountain West Conference record with that mark. Was named Outstanding Performer of the MWC Championships.
NORTHEAST REGION – BRENDON RODNEY — LIU BROOKLYN
Rodney, a senior, is an NCAA Finals qualifier in the 200 meters thanks to a time of 20.24 he ran at the NCAA East Prelims. Also helped send the program’s 4×100 team to the finals after it clocked a 39.54 at Prelims.
SOUTH REGION – BRANDON MCBRIDE — MISSISSIPPI STATE
McBride, a senior from Windsor, Ontario, owns the nation’s fastest 800-meter time this season with a mark of 1:44.63. That time also stands as the third fastest run in NCAA history. McBride also added a time of 1:44.89 at the NCAA East Prelims.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — NETHANEEL MITCHELL-BLAKE — LSU
Mitchell-Blake a redshirt junior from London, England, was named the SEC Men’s Outdoor Runner of the Year and winner of the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy for most points (22½)at the league meet, winning crowns in the 100, 200, and 4×100. He won the SEC 200-meter title with a blistering wind-legal PR of 19.95 (+1.0) to tie as the No. 7-ranked sprinter outdoors in collegiate history. Won the SEC 100-meter title with a time of 10.16 in the final, while his PR of 10.09 ranks No. 2 on the NCAA’s wind-legal list for 2016. He also anchored the Tigers to the SEC meet record and NCAA’s No. 1 time of 38.33 in 2016.
SOUTHEAST REGION — TEVIN HESTER — CLEMSON
Hester, a senior from Oxford, N.C., swept the 100 and 200 at the ACC Outdoor Championships and was named the conference’s Most Valuable Track Performer for the meet. He set an ACC Outdoor Championships meet record with personal best 20.13 in the 200, the second-best time in Clemson history. He qualified in both the 100 and 200 for Eugene, where he is ranked No. 2 in the 100 and No. 3 in the 200.
WEST REGION — IZAIC YORKS — WASHINGTON
Yorks, a senior from Lakewood, Wash., ranks No. 1 in the NCAA and U.S. as well as sixth in the world in the 1500 with a season-best time of 3:37.74 and qualified in the event to Eugene.
GREAT LAKES REGION – CHUKWUEBUKA ENEKWECHI — PURDUE
Enekwechi, a senior from Laurelton, New York, was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and of the Championships after winning the hammer throw and finishing runner-up in the shot put. He’s ranked No. 2 nationally in the shot put at 20.37m (66-10) and is No. 10 in the hammer throw at 70.04m (229-9). He will contest both at the NCAA Championships, one of just two athletes nationally attempting that double.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – SAM MATTIS — PENN
Mattis, a senior from East Brunswick, New Jersey, set the American College Record this spring with a throw of 67.45m, which stands as the best throw in the U.S. this year. He also threw beyond the Olympic A Standard at the Virginia Quad with a throw of 65.12m. Mattis won his fourth consecutive Ivy League title in the discus with a meet record of 62.45m.
MIDWEST REGION – NICK MILLER — OKLAHOMA STATE
Miller, a senior from Carlisle, England, achieved one of the farthest hammer throw marks in collegiate history with a 76.93m (252-4) heave at the West Prelims. He won the Big 12 title in the event with a conference-record mark of 74.81m (245-5).
MOUNTAIN REGION – CHARLES BROWN — TEXAS TECH
Brown, a freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, was one of two athletes this season to qualify for NCAAs in the long jump (7.83m/25-8¼) and triple jump (16.05m/52-8). He is the only freshman to qualify for NCAAs in the triple jump.
NORTHEAST REGION – RUDY WINKLER — CORNELL
Winkler, a sophomore from Sand Lake, New York, had the top mark in the hammer throw entering the NCAA postseason (75.10m/246-5). He went undefeated during the outdoor season in the event.
SOUTH REGION – MAICEL UIBO — GEORGIA
Uibo, a senior from Polva, Estonia, scored the second most points in the decathlon this season (8315). That combined total puts him sixth on the world chart and sent him on his way to the 2016 Olympic Games.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — LINDON VICTOR — TEXAS A&M
Victor, a junior from St. Georges, Grenada, was named SEC Field Athlete of the Year after his league-meet-record performance in the decathlon, scoring 8,446 points. The score ranks fourth on the all-time collegiate list and set the Grenada national record. In the competition, he bettered the all-time collegiate decathlon discus mark with a throw 179-0.
SOUTHEAST REGION — TREY MCRAE — CHARLOTTE
McRae, a redshirt senior from Laurinburg, N.C., is a three-jump specialist with season bests of 7-4½ (2.25m), 25-10¼ (7.88m), and 52-4 (15.95m) in the high, long, and triple jumps respectively. He won Conference USA crowns in all three events for 30 points, and he has advanced to Eugene in the high and long jumps.
WEST REGION — PAU TONNESON — ARIZONA
A redshirt senior from Tempe, Ariz., Tonnneson won the Pac-12 decathlon title and has the sixth-best score among collegians this year (7993).
GREAT LAKES REGION – JERRY CLAYTON — MICHIGAN
Clayton, in his third year leading the Michigan men, led the Wolverines to a runner-up team finish at the Big Ten Championships for their best finish since 2008. His athletes scored in 15 of the 21 Big Ten Championship events. He led the program’s most qualifiers to the NCAA Championships finals since 2007 with six and the most-ever NCAA East Preliminaries with 19.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – JOE COMPAGNI — MONMOUTH
Led by 21st-year head coach Compagni, Monmouth’s men won their third straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship, giving them eight straight outdoor conference titles between the Northeast Conference (NEC) & the MAAC. The Hawks tallied 255 points for a 102-point victory, with 34 athletes scoring in 18 of 21 events. A week later at the IC4A Championships, Monmouth’s men finished seventh of 60+ schools, earning All-East honors in eight individual events and a relay.
MIDWEST REGION – GARY PEPIN — NEBRASKA
Pepin, in his 36th year leading the Nebraska program, was named 2016 Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year. He led the Husker men to the Big Ten outdoor title with 140½ team points to win by 50 points. He will send two entries to the NCAA Championships final site.
MOUNTAIN REGION – RALPH LINDEMAN — AIR FORCE
Lindeman, in his 27th year leading the Falcons, led his men to the Mountain West Outdoor Championship after they scored in every event contested. Will send a program record eight entries to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
NORTHEAST REGION – ADRIAN DURANT — CORNELL
Durant, in his first year as head coach of the Big Red, led his men to a dominant win at the Ivy League Championships. Cornell scored a meet record 211 points and won 11 events throughout the proceedings. The Big Red were ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region according to the USTFCCCA. Cornell has five qualifiers at the NCAA Finals.
SOUTH REGION – DEAN HAYES — MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Hayes, in his 52nd year with the program, guided his team to as high as a 20th place ranking in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. MTSU will have five entries at the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon, including John Ampomah, who placed first out of the NCAA East Prelim in the javelin and Atsu Nyamadi, the eighth ranked decathlete in the nation.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — CHRIS BUCKNAM — ARKANSAS
Bucknam, in his eighth year as the leader of the fifth-ranked Razorbacks, leads a squad to Oregon with a meet-best 20 final-site qualifiers. He led Arkansas to its 19th SEC outdoor crown and 15th league triple crown for the 2015-16 season. Twenty-three Razorbacks combined to score 121 points at the conference championship securing a victory by a 20-point margin with three winning event titles.
SOUTHEAST REGION — DAVE CIANELLI — VIRGINIA TECH
Virginia Tech won the team title at the ACC Championships with a total of 129 points which was 36 points ahead of the second place team. Cianelli’s squad is ranked No. 7 in the nation heading to Eugene with 10 entries. Cianelli is in his 15th year at Virginia Tech.
WEST REGION — GREG METCALF — WASHINGTON
Metcalf, in his 13th year at Washington, was named the Pac-12 Men’s Track Coach of the Year. His men’s distance squad posted 60 points at the Pac-12 Championships with titlists in the 1500, 5000, and steeplechase. The Huskies finished second at the conference championships, which was their best finish in program history and they advanced nine entries to Eugene.
GREAT LAKES REGION – TOMASZ SMIALEK — AKRON
Smialek, in his ninth year coaching the jumps at Akron, led five entries to the NCAA Championships final site. Led by No. 6 Terrell McClain, his long jumpers went 1-2-5 at the MAC Championships to go along with a runner-up triple jump finish and first- and third-place efforts in the high jump. McClain also won titles at the Drake Relays and the Texas Relays.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – TONY TENISCI — PENN
Tenisci, in his 30th season coaching throws at Penn, guided Sam Mattis to the American College Record in the discus at 67.45m. He threw beyond the Olympic A Standard again winning the Virginia Quad in 65.12m. Mattis and teammate Noah Kennedy White finished 1st & 2nd at both the Heps & IC4As in the discus. Kennedy White had a season best of 57.71m. In addition, Mattis and Billy Bishop threw 17.29m & 17.14m in the shot put for 3rd & 5th at the Heps.
MIDWEST REGION – JUSTIN ST. CLAIR — NORTH DAKOTA STATE
St. Clair, in his fifth season guiding the NDSU throwers, led eight men to a combined 15 entries into the West Prelims. Two of those men competed in three events apiece, with two men ultimately advancing to the NCAA Championships. His throwers scored 117 points at the Summit League Championships, compared to just 39 points in the throws for the remainder of the conference.
MOUNTAIN REGION – GILES MCDONNELL — UTAH STATE
McDonnell, in his 12th year with the Aggies coaching sprints, hurdles and relays, guided four individual qualifiers and one relay team to NCAAs. This is the first time in program history that Utah State will send a 4×400 team to Eugene.
NORTHEAST REGION – ZEB LANG — CORNELL
Lang, in his fourth year coaching mid-distance and distance at Cornell, sent five entries to the NCAA East Prelims and one made it through to Finals (James Gowans in the 1500). At the Ivy League Championships, his athlete Ben Rainero won the 5000 and 10000 titles.
SOUTH REGION – TIM HALL — TENNESSEE
Hall, in his second year with the Volunteers, oversaw a sprint group that will send four individual entries and two relays teams to the NCAA Finals. One of his prized pupils, Christian Coleman, will compete in the 100, 200, 4×100 and 4×400 this week.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — KRIS GRIMES — TEXAS A&M
Grimes, in his third year as jumps and decathlon coach with the Aggies, advanced a trio of athletes in two events – pole vault, triple jump – along with one athlete each in long jump and decathlon to NCAA final site in Eugene. Decathlete Lindon Victor set a PR in 9-of-10 events and won the SEC title with meet record 8,446 points, which ranks fourth all-time among collegians.
SOUTHEAST REGION — BOB PHILLIPS — VIRGINIA TECH
Coach Phillips’s pole vaulters finished an amazing swept scoring spots one through seven at the ACC Championships in the pole vault, scoring 38 out of a possible 39 points en route to leading the Hokies to the ACC team title. He had seven vaulters qualify to the NCAA East Region prelims, the most for any team in any event across the country, and four of advanced to the Eugene final site, another meet-best. Phillips is in his 32nd year at the school.
WEST REGION — JOHN FRAZIER — UCLA
Frazier, in his third year at UCLA, has the five qualifiers between the shot put and discus for Eugene. In the shot put, Nicholas Scarvelis and Braheme Days rank first and third, respectively in their events.
GREAT LAKES REGION – CINDY OFILI — MICHIGAN
Ofili, a senior from Ypsilanti, Michigan, enters the NCAA Championships as the fastest collegian this season in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.66. That time is part of an undefeated outdoor season in the event, which includes titles at the Big Ten Championships and in the Drake Relays. She scored 15 points at the Big Ten Championships.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – GABRIELLE FARQUHARSON — RUTGERS
Farquharson, a senior from Williamstown, New Jersey, won the 100-meter title at the Big Ten Championships en route to a 17½- point output. She ranked 18th both at 100 and 200 meters in 11.47 and 22.91, respectively, and will compete at the NCAA Championships in both events. She won the Penn Relays 100-meter title and set school records in three events.
MIDWEST REGION – ERIN TESCHUK — NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Teschuk, a senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won the Summit League titles both at 1500 meters and in the steeplechase. She ranks third among collegians at 5000 meters in 15:41.35. She will contest the steeplechse at the NCAA Championships, having run 10:02 at the West Prelims.
MOUNTAIN REGION – COURTNEY FRERICHS — NEW MEXICO
Frerichs, a senior from Nixa, Missouri, is the top-ranked steeplechaser in the NCAA with a time of 9:29.31. That leaves her as the third fastest performer with the fifth fastest time in collegiate history.
NORTHEAST REGION – AUTUMNE FRANKLIN — HARVARD
Franklin, a senior from Owings Mills, Maryland, qualified for three events at the NCAA Finals (400 hurdles, 4×100 and 4×400 relay). During the season, she broke Ivy Leage records in all three, including a mark of 55.12 in the 400 hurdles.
SOUTH REGION – FELICIA BROWN — TENNESSEE
Brown, a senior from Lithonia, Georgia, is the top-ranked woman at 200 meters with her time of 22.26, which is the 12th fastest time in collegiate history. At the NCAA East Prelims, she qualified 1st in the 200, 6th in the 100 and was a member of two strong teams (4×100, 4×400).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — COURTNEY OKOLO — TEXAS
Okolo, a senior from Carrollton, Texas, shattered her own collegiate record in the 400 meters this year. She ran 49.71 seconds at the LSU Alumni Gold in becoming the first collegian to run sub-50 in the event. Okolo also won her third-straight Big 12 Conference title in the event to go with a victorious 4×100 run and a third-place showing in the 200. Okolo helped the Longhorn 4×400 to the No. 9 time in NCAA history at NCAA West Prelims (3:25.59).
SOUTHEAST REGION — JASMINE CAMACHO-QUINN — KENTUCKY
A redshirt freshman from North Charleston, S.C., Camacho-Quinn, was named the SEC Freshman Runner of the Year. She won the SEC title in the 100 meter hurdles and took third as part of the Wildcat 4×100 relay. She advanced to Eugene in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay. She set a Kentucky freshman record with her season-best, 12.69 hurdle run.
WEST REGION — OLIVIA BAKER — STANFORD
Baker, a sophomore from Maplewood, N.J., has the fastest collegiate outdoor 800 in the country and is No. 6 among all U.S. women outdoors this year, with a 2:01.02 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. She dropped her lifetime best by three seconds in that race. She won the 400 meters at the Pac-12 Championships in 53.20, coming from behind in dramatic fashion.
GREAT LAKES REGION – KELSEY CARD — WISCONSIN
Card, a senior from Plainview, Illinois, became the first woman in collegiate history to surpass 18.50m in the shot put and 60 meters in both the discus and hammer throw. She leads the nation in the discus at 62.22m (204-2), is ranked No. 2 in the shot put at 18.56m (60-10¾) and finished the season No. 19 in the hammer throw at 61.67m (202-4). She won the Big Ten in the shot and the discus, and will contest those events at NCAAs.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – DANNIELLE GIBSON — PENN STATE
Gibson, a junior from Nassau, Bahamas, enters the NCAA Championships ranked third in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 13.68m at the East Prelims. She won the Oregon Pepsi Invite triple jump, finished runner-up in the Big Ten, and took third at the Penn Relays.
MIDWEST REGION – AKELA JONES — KANSAS STATE
Jones, a senior from Saint Michael, Barbados, leads all collegians in the heptathlon and the high jump, and is ranked No. 2 in the long jump. She set new school records in the high jump at 1.95m (6-4¾) and the long jump at 6.75m (22-1¾), the latter of which resulted in a Big 12 title. She will contest the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships.
MOUNTAIN REGION – HANNAH CARSON — TEXAS TECH
Carson, a senior from Chandler, Arizona, qualified for the javelin throw (NCAA leader) and discus throw (second nationally) at NCAAs and is the only competitor to do so in both. She became the first woman in collegiate history to break 60 meters in both the javelin throw and discus throw in the same season.
NORTHEAST REGION – NIKKI OKWELOGU — HARVARD
Okwelogu, a junior from Fresno, California, qualified for the NCAA postseason in the shot put and discus throw. Her marks in the shot put (17.91m/58-9¼) and the discus throw (55.06m/180-8) set Harvard and Ivy League records.
SOUTH REGION – KETURAH ORJI — GEORGIA
Orji, a sophomore from Mount Olive, New Jersey set a collegiate record in the triple jump with her opening jump at the NCAA East Prelims (14.29m/46-10¾). She now owns the first, sixth and seventh best marks in NCAA history. Earlier in the season, Orji soared 14.60m (47-10¾), but it was wind-aided.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — LEXI WEEKS — ARKANSAS
A freshman from Cabot, Ark, Weeks, is the collegiate leader in the pole vault this season with a best mark of 15-2¾ (4.64m). The performance places her as the No. 3 in collegiate history and the best freshman in the event’s history. The SEC outdoor champion Has two clearances over 15 feet this season.
SOUTHEAST REGION — MEGAN CLARK — DUKE
Clark, a senior from Aiken, S.C., set Duke and ACC records with her season-best vault of 15-2¼ (4.63m), which also ranked No. 4 in collegiate history.
WEST REGION — TARASUE BARNETT — GRAND CANYON
A sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, Barnett has the nation’s third-best mark in the discus, 201-8 (61.28m). She was named Female Field Athlete at WAC Championships after winning league titles in the shot put and discus at the league meet. Grand Canyon is in transition to Division I is not eligible for the NCAA postseason.
GREAT LAKES REGION – SUE PARKS — EASTERN MICHIGAN
Parks, in her 10th year leading the Eastern Michigan women’s program, led the Eagles to the Mid-American Outdoor Championships team title with 152 points – 22 better than runner-up Akron. The distance runners scored 78 of those points with wins in the 800, 1500, 5000 and 10,000. Her athletes swept the top three spots in the 5000 final. She has three qualifiers to the NCAA Championships final site.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – KEVIN DONNER — BUCKNELL
Donner, in his 15th season leading the Bucknell program, guided his women to the Patriot League title with a 40½-point victory over Boston U. His athletes finished a program-best third-place at the ECAC Championships behind two event champions. The team’s season included five school records and all-time program highs in All-East athletes (eight) and NCAA East Prelims qualifiers (three).
MIDWEST REGION – MATT BINGLE — MINNESOTA
Bingle, in his 13th year helming the Minnesota women’s program, matched a Minnesota program record in coaching eight Gophers to NCAA Championship berths He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after sharing 2016 Big Ten Co-Champion honors with Michigan. His women record 28 new all-time top-10 marks in school history, including a new school-record 4×400 relay.
MOUNTAIN REGION – WES KITTLEY — TEXAS TECH
Kittley, in his 17th year as head coach of the Red Raiders, will have four entries to the NCAA Championships. Two of those entries belong to Hannah Carson, who qualified in both the javelin throw and discus throw. In addition to that, at the Big 12 Championships, Texas Tech had a 1-2 finish in the heptathlon — the first time that happened since 2010.
NORTHEAST REGION – JASON SARETSKY — HARVARD
Saretsky, in his 10th year coaching the Crimson, reached a program high No. 10 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings and qualified seven entries for the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon. Harvard set 13 school records during the outdoor season, of which eight were Ivy League standards as well.
SOUTH REGION – BOB BRAMAN — FLORIDA STATE
Braman, the head coach of the Seminoles, has guided his team to its fourth ACC Championship and oversaw eight individual qualifiers for the NCAA Finals as well as one relay (4×100). Florida State will have NCAA Finals qualifiers in the hurdles, distance, relays, jumps, throws.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — LANCE HARTER — ARKANSAS
Harter, in his 26th year with Arkansas, leads his No. 1-ranked squad to 21 entries into Eugene, a final-site meet-best. He guided the Razorbacks to its sixth SEC outdoor title as four won individual event titles.
SOUTHEAST REGION — EDRICK FLOREAL — KENTUCKY
Floreal, in his fourth year at Kentucky, qualified 17 Wildcats for the NCAA’s final site in Eugene, the most among squads from the East region. Kentucky, now ranked No. 2, had its first No. 1 ranking in school history earlier in the season. He led UK to a third-place at the SEC Championships for the second year in a row where they won three SEC individual titles.
WEST REGION — ROBERT JOHNSON — OREGON
Johnson, in his fourth year as head coach of the Ducks, has 15 entries into the NCAA final-site competition. His squad won its eighth-consecutive conference team titles, a new Pac-12 record. The Ducks won six individual Pac-12 titles in the meet and Johnson was named Pac-12 Women’s Coach of the Year.
GREAT LAKES REGION – MIKE MCGUIRE — MICHIGAN
McGuire, in his 27th season coaching distance and mid-distance for Michigan, led the Wolverines to a significant scoring output at the Big Ten Championships. His athletes scored in all five distance events for 69 of the team’s 106 points, with conference titles in all but the steeplechase. He qualified four athletes to the NCAA Championships final site, including three at 1500 meters.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – JULIE CULLEY — GEORGETOWN
Culley, in her second season coaching middle-distance and distance runners, helped the Hoyas send five athletes to the National Championships – including three at 800 meters. Her athletes won two BIG EAST Conference titles and won two races at the Penn Relays. Two of her athletes rank top-15 nationally.
MIDWEST REGION – CARJAY LYLES — MISSOURI
In only his third year with the Tigers, Lyles has mentored a record-breaking group of women’s sprinters and will send five to the NCAA Championships, including two relays. Among that group are school record holders LaQuisha Jackson (200m) and Valerie Thames (100m hurdles and 400m hurdles), both of whom were on the four school record 4x400m teams this season. Jackson was also a member of two record 4x100m teams. This is the first year that Mizzou has qualified an NCAA women’s 4x400m.
MOUNTAIN REGION – CLIFF FELKINS — TEXAS TECH
Felkins, in his 17th year coaching throws with the Red Raiders, guided Hannah Carson to a big season. Carson is the only female athlete qualified in both the javelin throw and discus throw at NCAAs and became the only female athlete to break 60 meters in both during the same NCAA season. Texas Tech will also have Natalie Baker in the javelin throw at NCAAs.
NORTHEAST REGION – KEBBA TOLBERT — HARVARD
Tolbert, in his fifth year coaching sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps for the Crimson, saw five qualifiers for the NCAA postseason. His athletes set 13 school records and eight of those were Ivy League standards as well. During the Ivy League Championships, his athletes combined for 113 points.
SOUTH REGION – STEVE LEMKE — FLORIDA
Lemke, in his 11th year as throws coach with the Gators, is the only coach in the country to have an NCAA Finals qualifier in each throwing event. At least two of his athletes Lloydricia Cameron and Jontavia Dykes set personal bests of more than four meters in the discus throw.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — CHRIS JOHNSON — ARKANSAS
Johnson, in his fourth year with Arkansas, guided its 4×400 team to a world-leading time of 3:25.48 at the NCAA prelims in Lawrence, Kan. He trained of 14 out of the 21 Razorback NCAA final-site qualifiers and four of Johnson’s heptathletes rank among the top-16 in the NCAA this year.
SOUTHEAST REGION — SHAWN WILBOURN — DUKE
Wilbourn in his eighth year at Duke, guided Megan Clark (pole vault), Madison Heath (pole vault) and Teddi Maslowski (heptathlon) to the NCAA’s final-site in Eugene for the second straight season. He helped the women’s team finish sixth at the ACC Outdoor Championships with 66 points, seeing three of his athletes earn All-ACC honors. Clark has set the Duke and ACC records in the pole vault, clearing 15-2¼ (4.63m) to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
WEST REGION — CURTIS TAYLOR — OREGON
Taylor, in his third season with the Ducks, helped the Oregon women to their eighth-straight Pac-12 Championship, a conference record. He coached the 4×100 to a school record of 42.68 at the Mt. SAC Relays, making Oregon the third-fastest school in NCAA history. He coached athletes to Pac-12 individual titles in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 4×100 relay, and the Ducks swept the top three spots at the Pac-12 meet in the 100 and 200, something that has never been done in conference history. He’s leading seven entries into the NCAA’s finale in Eugene.