NCAA DII National Athletes of the Year For 2017 Indoor Season
By Curtis Akey, USTFCCCA
March 14, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Winners were voted on by member coaches following the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.
QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS
|National Track Athlete of the Year||National Track Athlete of the Year|
|National Field Athlete of the Year||National Field Athlete of the Year|
Information on each of the winners can be found below.
For a full list of former winners, you can check the designated award page.
Mobolade Ajomale – Academy of Art
Ajomale was heavily responsible for Academy of Art’s 5th-place finish with 27 points, marking the 2nd-highest finish for the program. The sophomore defended his 60 meter title with a time of 6.60 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, before capturing his 1st 200 meter title with a mark of 21.05. Prior to the final meet of the indoor season, the native of Richmond Hill, Canada, was ranked in the top-5 nationally in three different sprint events this year. He ranked 1st in both the 60 meters (6.64) and 200 meters (20.85), the latter of which broke the normal-condition NCAA DII record. Ajomale ranked 4th at 400 meters (47.25) and was a member of the team’s 4×400 relay. Ajomale becomes the first men’s athlete from the Academy of Art to win this award.
Carly Muscaro – Merrimack
Muscaro picked up right where she left off a year ago, as she won her 2nd-straight 400 meter NCAA Division II indoor championship, breaking an NCAA Division II record in the process by running a 51.78. Shortly thereafter, she won the 200 meters with a time of 23.57. She closed out the meet by anchoring Merrimack’s 4×400 relay team to a 4th-place finish. The senior was directly involved with all 25 points scored by the team at the meet. A native of Ashland, Massachusetts, Muscaro took aim at the record book this indoor season. Prior to the national meet, she ran the 2nd fastest time over 400 meters in NCAA DII history, which left her the top-ranked athlete over that distance for the season. Muscaro was also the top-ranked woman at 200 meters and helped the nation’s 7th-fastest 4×400 relay team. She also ran the 2nd fastest time over 500 meters in collegiate history (1:09.05). Muscaro becomes the first athlete from Merrimack – regardless of gender – to capture a national award from the USTFCCCA.
Coy Blair – Tiffin
Blair played a crucial role in helping Tiffin claim its 2nd-consecutive NCAA Division II indoor title. The redshirt-senior won the weight throw title on the 2nd day of the meet with a mark of 21.44m (70-4¼) in his last throw, before capturing 1st place in the shot put with a throw of 18.91m (62-0½) on the final day of the competition. During the regular season, the redshirt-senior from Logan, Ohio, posted the 6th-best performance in Division II history in the shot put with a national-leading mark of 19.54m (64-1¼). Blair also notched the 4th-best weight throw mark in Division II this year at 20.85m (68-4¾). He won the GLIAC Championship in both events, being named the Field Athlete of the Year for the conference. Blair joins Lamar Hargrove (Men’s Track – 2016) as national award winners from Tiffin while becoming the first field athlete to do so.
Rellie Kaptuin – West Texas A&M
Kaputin entered the NCAA Division II record book this past weekend with a triple jump mark that ranks 10th all-time. Her leap of 13.09m (42-11½) not only solidified her status as one of the finest jumpers in recent memory, but it won her the event title at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. Additionally, the native of Papua New Guinea placed 2nd in the long jump and 6th in the high jump at the championship meet. A redshirt-junior, set her nation’s triple jump record in both the triple jump and long jump during the regular season, as well as winning LSC Championships in both. Her triple jump mark of 12.88m (42-3¼) led Division II this season while her long jump mark of 6.27m (20-7) was good for 2nd in Division II this season in addition to ranking her as the 6th-best performer in the event in Division II history. Kaptuin becomes the first athlete that hails from West Texas A&M – regardless of gender – to capture a national award from the USTFCCCA.