NJCAA Regional Award Winners For 2017 Indoor Season

NJCAA Regional Award Winners For 2017 Indoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field season were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the four regions 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 at the 2017 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, March 3-4, in Pittsburg, Kansas.

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Kasique Oliver – Monroe (N.Y.)

Oliver, a freshman from Glen, St. Vincent & Grenadines, is qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in six events – four individually and two relays. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the region in the 600 (1:19.40), 800 (1:54.40), 1000 (2:33.33) and is No. 3 in the 400 (49.46). His times in the 600, 800 and 1000 rank him in the top-10 nationally as well.

CENTRAL REGION – Tobile Mosito – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Mosito, a freshman from Pretoria, South Africa, has national top-10 times in the 3000 (2nd, 8:26.12), 1000 (3rd, 2:30.66), 5000 (5th, 14:34.39) and mile (10th, 4:19.65). It was at the University of Nebraska Indoor Major Meet earlier this season where Mosito won the 5000 against a number of NCAA DI athletes.

MIDWEST REGION – Wal Khat – North Iowa Area CC

Khat, a sophomore from Mooseheart, Illinois, captured the Region XI 600 meter and 800 meter titles. He owned the Midwest Region’s and nation’s fastest time in the 800 meters on the year (1:52.45), while ranking 3rd in the Midwest Region and 9th nationally in the 600 meters (1:20.46). A National Qualifier in the 600 meters, 800 meters and mile individually, Khat also qualified for the nationals as a member of the 4×800 and distance medley relay teams.

WEST REGION – Gilbet Kigen – Central Arizona

Kigen, a sophomore from Kenya, is ranked 1st in the nation over 3000 meters (8:38.38, converted 8:17.26) and 2nd nationally at 5000 meters (14:29.19). He’ll contest in both events at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Zakiya Denoon – Monroe (N.Y.)

Denoon, a sophomore from Belle Garden, Trinidad & Tobago, is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 60 meters with her time of 7.33. She is also ranked 2nd in the nation in the 200 (24.11) and qualified for NJCAAs in the 60, 200 and 4×400.

CENTRAL REGION – Kaitlyn Shoemaker – Allen (Kan.) CC

Shoemaker, a sophomore from Silver Lake, Kansas, is currently ranked in the top-10 nationally in the 5000 (1st, 17:29.93), 3000 (5th, 10:21.59) and mile (9th, 5:13.79). She won Region VI titles in the mile, 3000 and 5000.

MIDWEST REGION – Agnes Mansaray – Iowa Central CC

Mansaray, a freshman from Yeadon, Pennsylvania, owned the top time in the Midwest Region in the 600 meters (1:33.47), 800 meters (2:10.01), the 1000 meters (2:53.46) and the mile (5:05.01). She also ranked 1st in the nation in the 800 meters, while ranking 2nd nationally in the 600 meters and 1000 meters, and 3rd in the mile.

WEST REGION – Esther Gitahi – New Mexico JC

Gitahi, a freshman from Nakuru, Kenya, is the top-ranked athlete in the NJCAA in the 3000 and mile. Her time in the 3000 was 9:22.48 and she clocked a mark of 4:48.93 in the mile. She is also No. 1 over 1000 meters and is the only female athletes to be ranked No. 1 across three different events.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Brendon Perez – Monroe (N.Y.)

Perez, a sophomore from Middletown, New York, is currently ranked 1st in the region and 12th in the nation in the triple jump (14.44m/47-4½).

CENTRAL REGION – Rajindra Campbell – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Campbell, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, is currently ranked 1st in the nation in the shot put (17.50m/57-5). He will compete in that event at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend.

MIDWEST REGION – Jared Seay – Iowa Central CC

Seay, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, posted the Midwest Region’s top heptathlon point total at 5033. His total also stands in 2nd place nationally. In the long jump, Seay also recorded the 2nd-best mark in the region and nation at 2.15m (7-0½).

WEST REGION – Laquan Nairn – South Plains (Texas)

Narin, a freshman from Nassau, Bahamas, is currently ranked 1st in the nation in the long jump (7.80m/25-7¼). He is also ranked highly in the triple jump (3rd with a leap of 15.38m/50-5½). He is also qualified for NJCAAs in the high jump.

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Keziann Jones – Kingsborough (N.Y.)

Jones, a sophomore from Brooklyn, New York, is ranked 1st in the Atlantic Region and 7th nationally in the weight throw with a heave of 16.83m (55-2¾). She is also ranked 1st in the region and 22nd nationally in the shot put (12.74m/41-9¾).

CENTRAL REGION – Adriana Janic – Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Janic, a freshman from Malmo, Sweden, is currently the national leader in the pentathlon with a total of 3734 points. She is also ranked in the top-7 nationally in the long jump (7th, 5.61m/18-5) and high jump (6th, 1.73m/5-8).

MIDWEST REGION – Annastacia Forrester – Iowa Central CC

Forrester, a sophomore from Manchester, Jamaica, owned the Midwest Region’s top long jump (6.23m/20-5¼) and triple jump (12.16m/39-10¾), placing 1st and 6th in the nation in each event, respectively, as well. She was the Region XI Champion in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, setting the new region record in the high jump at the Region XI Championships.   

WEST REGION – Latavia Coombs – New Mexico JC

Coombs, a sophomore from St. Catherine, Jamaica, is the national leader in the triple jump and has been for most of the season. She bounded 12.87m (42-2¾) earlier this season. She is also ranked 3rd nationally in the pentathlon (3429 points), 6th nationally in the long jump and 11th in the high jump.

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his 3rd year with the program, guided Monroe (N.Y.) ranked 1st in the Atlantic Region from start to finish, while wrapping up 15th in the national rankings. The team has 10 athletes qualified in 11 unique events for nationals, and three of those athletes rank in the top-10 nationally in their events.

CENTRAL REGION – Harry Kitchener – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Kitchener, in his 40th year with the program, guided Cloud County (Kan.) CC to a 2nd-place finish at the Jayhawk Conference Championships, where eight of his athletes claimed event titles. The top team in the Central Region, as well as the 3rd-ranked team nationally, Kitchener’s men own the top marks in the NJCAA in the distance medley relay, the shot put and the 600 meters.

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his 8th year with the program, captured the ICCAC Championship, thanks in part to 16 event championships. Iowa Central CC ranked 1st in both the Midwest Region and nationally, and his team notched six 1st place marks in the Descending Order Lists on the season.  

WEST REGION – Erik Vance – South Plains (Texas)

Vance, in his 1st year with the program, led South Plains (Texas) to a 1st-place ranking in the West Region as well as a 2nd-place ranking on the national level. Four of the NJCAA’s top long jumpers hail from his program, including the top long jumper in all of NJCAA. Vance has four athletes qualify for nationals in the triple jump and three in the heptathlon, and his 4×400 relay squad ranks 1st in NJCAA.

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his 3rd year with the program, led Monroe (N.Y.) to a 1st-place ranking in the Atlantic Region throughout the season, as well as a 7th-place ranking in the final national rankings. The Mustang women have qualified nine women in eight events for Nationals, and they are ranked in the top-10 in seven events, while coming in the top-5 in four of those.

CENTRAL REGION – David Schenek – Barton (Kan.) CC

Schenek, in his 8th year with the program, led Barton (Kan.) CC to the Jayhawk Conference Championship, with five of his athletes claiming event titles. His quad ranked 1st in the Central Region while ranking 4th nationally. Schenek’s program has 20 National Qualifiers, and his 4×400 relay team ranks 1st in the NJCAA.

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his 8th year with the program, won the ICCAC Championship with eight event champions. His Iowa Central CC squad ranked 1st in the Midwest Region, while ranking 3rd nationally. His athlete, Agnes Mansaray, was named the Midwest Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for her performances in the 600 meters, 800 meters, 1000 meters and mile.

WEST REGION – Keith Blackwill – New Mexico JC

Blackwill, in his 12th year with the program, led New Mexico JC to the top spot in the West Region and nationally from week 2 to the present. His 60 meter sprinters rank 2nd, 4th and 6th on the Descending Order List, while his squad owns the top spot in the 200 meters and the 2nd and 9th best 400 meter times. One of his high jumpers sits tied for 2nd in the nation, while his triple jumpers hold down the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 8th-best marks in the NJCAA.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe (N.Y.)

Greene, in his 9th year with the program, coaches middle and long distance for the Mustangs. Kasique Oliver owns the top mark in the Atlantic Region in the 600 meters, 800 meters and 1000 meters, while also ranking 2nd, 4th and 8th on the national level, respectively. James Majenge owns the top time in the mile and 3000 meters in the Atlantic, while Greene’s distance medley relay team sits 2nd in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION – Ted Schmitz – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Schmitz, in his 36th year with the program, helped Cloud County (Kan.) to a 2nd-place finish at the Jayhawk Conference Championships. As the throws coach, he tutored Rajindra Campbell and Vashon McCarthy to the 1st and 2nd best throws in the shot put in the NJCAA. Campbell claimed the Region VI/KJCCC West Title, while McCarthy finished 2nd in both.

MIDWEST REGION – Dee Brown – Iowa Central CC

Brown, in his 13th year with the program, helped lead his squad to the ICCAC Championship. Three of his athletes captured event titles in distance events. Ashenafi Hatte, Karim Achengli, Jhordan Ccope and Josh Jacques all rank in the top-15 in multiple distance events on the season.  

WEST REGION – Justin Hobbs – South Plains (Texas)

Hobbs, in his 1st year with the program, led three hurdlers to top-10 marks, nationally, including the 2nd-best mark. Hobbs also coached the 3rd-best high jumper in the NJCAA. South Plains (Texas) ranked 1st in the West Region, as well as 2nd nationally, and much of that can be attributed to Hobbs’ pupils.

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Pete Charles – Monroe (N.Y.)

Charles, in his 2nd year with the program, coached the top-ranked athletes in the Atlantic Region in the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. Additionally, he has tutored the 1st and 3rd-best 60 meter runners in the nation, as well as the 2nd-best 200 meter runner and the 4th-best 400 meter runner.

CENTRAL REGION – Tony Davis – Barton (Kan.) CC

Davis, in his 3rd year with the program, helped lead Barton (Kan.) CC to the Jayhawk Conference Championship, as five of his sprinters/hurdlers picked up event titles. Of the 177 points scored at the Region VI Championship, 111 came from his athletes. Barton (Kan.) CC ranked 1st in the Central Region, and 4th nationally.

MIDWEST REGION – Tim Marsee – Vincennes (Ind.)

Marsee, in his 8th year with the program, helped lead three athletes to National Qualifying marks. Vincennes (Ind.) earned a Midwest Regional rank of 3rd while rolling in at 6th, nationally. A throws and pole vaults coach, Marsee’s pupil, Jordan Downs, ranks 3rd nationally in the pole vault.

WEST REGION – Trinity Williams – Western Texas

Williams, in her 5th year with the program, coached athletes in the sprints, jumps, hurdles relays and mid-distance events to 18 National Qualifying marks. Cameka Witter owns the top 600 meter mark in the NJCAA, while her athletes own eight other top-10 NJCAA marks this season in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 4×400 relay, high jump, long jump and triple jump.