NCAA DIII National Athletes of the Year For 2017 Indoor Season
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 14, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Winners were voted on by member coaches following the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Naperville, Illinois.
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 the winners can be found below.
For a full list of former winners, you can check out the designated award page.
Peter Hale – Williams
Hale put together an indoor season to remember one 3000-meter race at a time. It was at the Boston University Last Chance Meet in late February where Hale ran the 2nd fastest time over 3000 meters in NCAA Division III history (8:09.51). Hale then captured the NCAA DIII title this past weekend in Naperville, Illinois when he posted a time of 8:17.76 and beat runner-up Nick Petersson of UW-Eau Claire by 2 seconds. Hale is the first male athlete from Williams to be named National Track Athlete of the Year.
Amber Celen – Bridgewater (Va.)
Very few women in NCAA Division III history did what Celen did as a junior in 2017. Celen entered the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships as the top-ranked athlete in both the 60 and 200 and left with two individual titles and a pair of historical times. It was in the 60 where Celen clocked a winning time of 7.54 in the final, which is the 4th fastest in NCAA DIII history. Celen then turned her attention to the 200, where she won with a time of 24.15 and that is the fastest time in NCAA DIII history by 18 one-hundredths of a second. Celen is the first athlete from Bridgewater (Va.) to be named National Track Athlete of the Year.
Jerry Williams – UW-Stevens Point
Williams kept the Pointers in the running for a podium spot all by himself at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. The senior from Watertown, Wisconsin won the long jump with a leap of 7.35m (24-1½) and followed that up with a 4th place finish in the triple jump when he bounded 14.54m (47-8½). Earlier in the season Williams posted the 8th best mark in NCAA DIII history in the long jump (7.62m/25-0) and is the 6th best performer. Williams is the first athlete from UW-Stevens Point to be named National Field Athlete of the Year. He is now the 4th winner in the past 5 years from the state of Wisconsin.
Alexa Wandy – SUNY Geneseo
Wandy wouldn’t be denied at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. It was in Naperville, Illinois where Wandy swept the horizontal jump titles. She came through in the clutch in the long jump as she posted the winning mark of 5.95m (19-6¼) on her final attempt. Then in the triple jump, Wandy bounded to a championship record of 12.64m (41-5¾) to win that individual event title. All told, Wandy compiled 20 points for the Knights. Wandy is the first athlete from the SUNYAC – regardless of gender – to be named National Field Athlete of the Year.