NAIA Regional Award Winners For 2017 Outdoor T&F Season

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

Each of the five 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 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, May 25-27, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES – Trevor Stanely – Indiana Tech

Stanley, a senior, is ranked 1st nationally in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.14 and 2nd nationally at 200 meters (20.72). He also runs a leg of the 3rd-ranked 4×100 relay team.

MIDWEST – Daniel Garcia – Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

Garcia, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, is ranked 1st nationally in the 1500 with a time of 3:45.39 and leads the rest of the NAIA by more than 3 seconds. He is also a member of the 8th-ranked 4×800 relay team that won the Drake Relays championship.

SOUTH – Jahnoy Thompson – Southern-New Orleans (La.)

Thompson, a sophomore from Manchester, Jamaica, is ranked 3rd nationally at 400 meters (46.97) and 4th nationally at 200 meters (20.94). He won conference titles in the 100, 200 and 400 and anchored the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

SOUTH CENTRAL – Marbeq Edgar – Wiley (Texas)

Edgar, a junior from Choiseul, St. Lucia, is ranked 1st nationally at 800 meters (1:47.83) and 7th nationally in the 1500 (3:52.40). He is also ranked 12th nationally at 400 meters (44.76) and is a member of the top-ranked 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams.

WEST – John Gay – British Columbia

Gay, a junior from Kelowna, British Columbia, is ranked 1st nationally in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:43.20 and 9th across all collegiate levels in the event. He is also ranked 2nd nationally in the 5000 with a time of 14:19.43.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES – Adri Sigfoose – Aquinas (Mich.)

Sigfoose, a junior from McBain, Michigan, is ranked 3rd nationally at 800 meters (2:10.34) and 4th nationally at 1500 meters (4:26.92). She is also a member of the 5th-ranked 4×800 relay and 8th-ranked 4×400 relay. Sigfoose helped her team capture the WHAC title.

MIDWEST – Marissa DeWispelare – Doane (Neb.)

DeWispelare, a senior from David City, Nebraska, is ranked 2nd nationally in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:31.91 and 10th nationally at 1500 meters (4:34.36). She is also a member of the 11th ranked 4×800 relay team and 22nd nationally in the 5000.

SOUTH – Hannah Segrave – Milligan (Tenn.)

Segrave, a senior from Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, is ranked 1st nationally at 800 meters (2:04.49) and ranked 22nd among all collegians in the event. She is also ranked No. 1 in the NAIA at 1500 meters (4:21.80) and No. 7 in the nation at 400 meters.

SOUTH CENTRAL – Taylor Needham – Southwestern (Kan.)

Needham, a junior from Cheney, Kansas, is ranked 2nd nationally in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.72 and finished runner-up at the prestigious Kansas Relays in the event. She is also ranked 10th nationally in the 400 with a time of 55.99 and helped her 4×400 team to an auto qualifier.

WEST – Lyndee Dawson – Biola (Calif.)

Dawson, a junior from Puyallup, Washington, is ranked 1st nationally in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:29.72 and 5th nationally over 5000 meters (16:53.88). She is 7th in the NAIA in the 1500 (4:30.59).

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES – Curtis Bell – Aquinas (Mich.)

Bell, a junior from Coleman, Michigan, is ranked 1st nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.18m (17-0). He went undefeated in the pole vault during the regular season and won the WHAC title.

MIDWEST – Zach Lurz – Concordia (Neb.)

Lurz, a senior from Chadron, Nebraska, is ranked 2nd nationally in both the shot put (17.91m/58-9¼) and in the discus throw (54.78m/179-8). He is also ranked 3rd nationally in the hammer throw with a heave of 62.94m (206-6).

SOUTH – Thobias Nilsson Montler – Keiser (Fla.)

Montler, a freshman, is ranked 1st nationally in the long jump with a leap of 8.04m (26-4½).

SOUTH CENTRAL – Isaac Zitterkopf – Mid-America Nazarene (Kan.)

Zitterkopf, a sophomore from Lexington, Nebraska, is ranked 13th nationally in the high jump at 2.04m (6-8¼) and 18th nationally in the long jump with a leap of 7.22m (23-8¼). He is also ranked among the top-25 in the triple jump.  

WEST – Pancho Saldana – Eastern Oregon

Saldana, a senior, is ranked 2nd nationally in the javelin throw with a heave of 61.10m (200-5).

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES – Danielle Wojciechowski – Bethel (Ind.)

Wojciechowski, a sophomore from Roselle, Illinois, is ranked 1st nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.11m (13-5¾). She hasn’t been ranked lower than 1st all season long and bettered her own school record three times this season.

MIDWEST – Raven Kelly – St. Francis (Ill.)

Kelly, a senior from Romeoville, Illinois, is ranked in the top-2 nationally in both the hammer throw and shot put. In the former, she is 1st nationally with a heave of 58.06m (190-6), while in the latter she is ranked 2nd at 14.82m (48-7½).

SOUTH – Jonina Brinson – Mobile (Ala.)

Brinson, a junior from Swainsboro, Georgia, is ranked 2nd nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 12.03m (39-5¾) and 3rd nationally in the long jump with a mark of 6.06m (19-10¾). She is also ranked 2nd in the region in the high jump.   

SOUTH CENTRAL – Chelsea Baker – Friends (Kan.)

Baker, a junior from Pittsburg, Kansas, is ranked 1st nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 1.79m (5-10½). She is also ranked 2nd nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 4664 points. At the conference meet, she won titles in the high jump and long jump, while placing 3rd in the triple jump and 8th in the shot put.

WEST – Becky Collier – Westmont (Calif.)

Collier, a senior, is ranked 1st in the NAIA in the heptathlon with a score of 4839. She is also ranked 2nd nationally in the high jump.

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION – Doug Edgar – Indiana Tech

Edgar, in his 6th year with the program, had the Warriors ranked not just 1st in the Great Lakes Region, but also 1st nationally. His squad holds 2 top Descending Order List Marks in the nation this year in the 110 hurdles and the 4×800 relay.

MIDWEST REGION – Ed Fye – Doane (Neb.)

Fye, in his 15th year with the program, helped guide the Tigers to a Great Plains Championship with 4 event champions. Doane athletes hit a total of 24 NAIA automatic and provisional marks on the season.

SOUTH REGION – Yhann Plummer – Southern-New Orleans

Plummer, in his 11th year with the program, helped his squad place 3rd at the Gulf Coast Championships, posting 18 event champions.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Marlon Baugh – Wiley (Texas)

Baugh, in his 2nd year with the program, guided Wiley to a Red River Championship, claiming 11 event titles along the way. His Wildcats set 8 school records, as well as 7 Red River Athletic Conference records. His men led the NAIA in 4 events and his athletes own top-10 marks across 8 different events.

WEST REGION – Laurier Primeau – British Columbia

Primeau, in his 2nd year with the program, coached 14 male athletes who have qualified for the NAIA national meet, as well as one relay team. British Columbia defeated Simon Fraser (NCAA Division II) in their annual Achilles Cup dual meet.

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION – Doug Edgar – Indiana Tech

Edgar, in his 6th year with the program, led the Warriors to a 2nd-place ranking nationally, as well as the top billing in the Great Lakes Region. His athletes hold the top Descending Order List marks in the 100 meters and 4×100 relay.

MIDWEST REGION – Ed Fye – Doane (Neb.)

Fye, in his 15th year with the program, helped guide the Tigers to a Great Plains Championship with 8 event champions. Doane athletes hit a total of 24 NAIA automatic and provisional marks on the season.

SOUTH REGION – Yhann Plummer – Southern-New Orleans

Plummer, in his 11th year with the program, helped his squad place 3rd at the Gulf Coast Championships, posting 18 event champions. His squad ranked 5th, nationally.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Brian Whitlock – Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Whitlock, in his 2nd year with the program, has led Wayland Baptist the top ranking in the nation across the last 4 weeks of the regular season. His athletes have a slew of top-8 Descending Order List marks, while his women lead the NAIA in the 4×800 relay, the long jump and the 100 hurdles.

WEST REGION – Laurier Primeau – British Columbia

Primeau, in his 2nd year with the program, coached 5 athletes ranked in the top-5 on the NAIA Descending Order List. UBC ranked 7th nationally and 1st in the West Region.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION – Austin Roark – Indiana Tech

Roark, in his 1st year with the program, helped guide the Warriors to the top ranking in the nation. Six of his men qualified nationally in the long jump, while 3 did so in the triple jump. Indiana Tech won conference titles in both events, as well.

MIDWEST REGION – Ed McLaughlin – Concordia (Neb.)

McLaughlin, in his 20th year with the program, has coached his throwers to a slew of top-10 NAIA Descending Order List marks. Cody Boellstorff owns the 5th-best hammer throw mark this year, while Zach Lurz is 2nd in both the shot put and discus.

SOUTH REGION – Sam Roberts – Tennessee Wesleyan

Roberts, in his 3rd year with the program, guided his Josh Parson (100 meters, 200 meters), Chaz Hawkins (110 hurdles) and the 4×100 relay team to ‘A’ Standard National Qualifying Marks, in addition to a plethora of ‘B’ Standard mark from Cadarius Harris in the 100 meters.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Remuro Henry – Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Henry, in his 2nd year with the program, coached the top 4×100 relay team in NAIA this year, as well as the 2nd-ranked 4×400 relay team. Seven of his sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers own top-6 marks on the NAIA Descending Order List.

WEST REGION – Chris Johnson- British Columbia

Johnson, in his 9th year with the program, coached a slew of mid-distance and distance runners to top-NAIA marks on the season. His 5000 meter runners own the 1st, 2nd and 10th-best marks on the Descending Order List, while his steeplechase athletes have the 1st, 5th, and 9th-best marks.

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mike Wojciakowski – Aquinas (Mich.)

Wojciakowski, in his 19th year with the program, coached his mid-distance and distance runners to 91 points at the WHAC Championships. His 10000 meter runners are the top-ranked squad in the USTFCCCA Event Squad rankings.

MIDWEST REGION – Ed McLaughlin – Concordia (Neb.)

McLaughlin, in his 20th year with the program, has coached throwers who have produced 17 Automatic Qualifying Marks. Samantha Liermann owns the top shot put mark in the nation, while Kali Robb (hammer throw) and Tricia Svoboda (discus throw) are 2nd on the Descending Order List.

SOUTH REGION – Sam Roberts – Tennessee Wesleyan

Roberts, in his 3rd year with the program, tutored 10 AAC Champions this year, while freshman Alexis Lankford was named the Conference Freshman of the Year under his watch. His sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams set 5 school records this year.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dylan Biedron – Friends (Kan.)

Biedron, in his 2nd year with the program, helped guide the team to a Kansas Collegiate Championship. Six of his athletes placed in the top-8 of the shot put at the conference meet, while 5 of his athletes were in the top-8 of the discus throw.

WEST REGION – Chris Johnson- British Columbia

Johnson, in his 9th year with the program, coached a slew of mid-distance and distance runners to top-NAIA marks on the season. His 1500 meter runners own the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 17th and 19th-best marks this year in addition to all posting NAIA ‘A’ Standards. His 5000 meter runners notched the 4th and 11th-best marks.