NCAA DII Regional Award Winners For 2017 Outdoor T&F Season

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

Each of the eight 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 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, May 25-27, in Bradenton, Florida.

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Shawn Rowe – Saint Augustine’s

Rowe, a senior from West Palm Beach, Florida, is the top-ranked 400-meter hurdler in NCAA DII with a time of 49.36. That time by Rowe was a PR and was the quickest time run by a collegian at the prestigious Penn Relays. Rowe is also ranked 11th in the nation in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.20 and a member of the top-ranked 4×400 team and the 8th-ranked 4×100 team.

CENTRAL REGION – Vincent Kiprop – Missouri Southern

Kiprop, a sophomore from Kericho, Kenya, had a season to remember as he ran the 7th best time in NCAA DII history over 10000 meters in a winning effort at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays. He crossed the finish line in 28:19.94, which still stands as the best time in NCAA DII this season. Kiprop is also ranked 3rd in the 5000 with a time of 13:53.74.

EAST REGION – Dage Minors – Franklin Pierce

Minors, a junior from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, is ranked 3rd in NCAA DII in the 800 with a time of 1:49.39 and has the fastest time in the region by more than 2 seconds. He was also a member of the top-ranked 4×800 team this season (7:39.02).

MIDWEST REGION – James Ngandu – Tiffin

Ngandu, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked 2nd nationally at both 5000 and 10000 meters. His time in the 5000 is 13:46.63, while his time in the longer race is 28:50.75. Both of those times fall right outside the All-Time NCAA DII list.

SOUTH REGION – Kwantreyl McConico – Alabama-Huntsville

McConico, a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama, is ranked 5th nationally at both 100 meters (10.31) and 200 meters (20.85). He will contest both at the upcoming NCAA DII Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Sydney Gidabuday – Adams State

Gidabuday, a sophomore from Orange, California, is ranked 1st nationally at 5000 meters (13:39.94) and 4th nationally at 10000 meters (29:08.28). He also owns a provisional qualifying time in the 1500 and his time in the 5000 is nearly seven seconds better than the current national runner-up.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Marshawn Scott – Limestone

Scott, a senior from Mrytle Beach, South Carolina, is ranked 1st nationally in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.81. That makes him the only athlete in the Southeast Region to be nationally-ranked No. 1 in any event. Scott is also a member of the 11th-ranked 4×400 team.

WEST REGION – Mobolade Ajomale – Academy of Art

Ajomale, a sophomore from Richmond Hill, Canada, is ranked 1st nationally at 200 meters with a time of 20.67. He is also ranked 3rd nationally at 100 meters with a time of 10.29.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Tia-Adana Belle – Saint Augustine’s

Belle, a senior from St. George, Bahamas, is ranked 1st nationally in the 400 hurdles with the 5th fastest time in NCAA DII history (56.26). She ran that time at the prestigious Penn Relays and won the event title. Belle is also ranked 5th nationally at 100 hurdles (13.54). Without hurdles in her way, she is ranked 5th nationally in the 400 (54.26) and is part of the 2nd ranked 4×400 team.

CENTRAL REGION – Emilee Trost – Minnesota-Duluth

Trost, a sophomore from Gooudhue, Minnesota, is ranked 2nd nationally at both 800 meters and 1500 meters. Her time in the 800 is 2:04.62, while her time in the 1500 is 4:13.51. It was at the prestigious Drake Relays where she won event titles in the 800 and 1500 to become the first double winner in 108 years.

EAST REGION – Carly Muscaro – Merrimack

Muscaro, a senior from Ashland, Massachussetts, is ranked 1st nationally at 400 meters with a time of 52.06. She is also ranked 9th nationally at 200 meters with a time of 23.78. Muscaro was named USTFCCCA All-Region in four events.

MIDWEST REGION – Carsyn Koch – Cedarville

Koch, a junior from Washburn, Maine, is ranked 1st nationally at both 800 meters and 1500 meters. Her time in the 800 is 2:02.87, while her time in the 1500 is 4:12.19. Koch won conference titles in the 400, 800 and 1500 this year.

SOUTH REGION – Briana Frazier – Benedict

Frazier, a junior from Jacksonville, Florida, is ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the 200 and 400. In the longer sprint, she is ranked 6th with a time of 54.37, while in the shorter one she is ranked 8th in 23.74. Frazier is the only female athlete who will compete in four events at NCAAs.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Alicja Konieczek – Western State

Konieczek, a sophomore from Zsrit Powodowo, Poland, broke the NCAA DII all-time record in the steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational. She crossed the finish line in 9:49.74, which also stands as the 2nd fastest time among all collegians. Konieczek is also ranked 1st nationally at 5000 meters with her time of 15:59.22.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Leah Hanle – Mount Olive

Hanle, a freshman from Lichtenstein, Germany, is ranked 6th nationally at 5000 meters with a time of 16:24.45 and 10th nationally in the steeplechase with a time of 10:17.20. She is also ranked in the top-25 nationally in the 1500 (4:29.64). Hanle was named USTFCCCA All-Region in five events.

WEST REGION – Berenice Cleyet-Merle – Cal Baptist

Cleyet-Merle, a junior from Saint-Sulpice-des-Rivoires, France, is ranked 4th nationally at 1500 meters with a time of 4:20.69 and 5th nationally at 800 meters with a time of 2:07.73. Both of those times stand as school records.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Bryan Pearson – Shippensburg

Pearson, a junior from Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, is ranked in the top-20 nationally in both the discus throw and shot put. In the former he is ranked 14th with a heave of 53.33m (175-0), whlie in the latter he’s ranked 16th with an effort of 17.23m (56-6½).

CENTRAL REGION – Mike Sandle – Minnesota State

Sandle, a junior from Elk River, Minnesota, is ranked 1st nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 16.24m (53-3½). He is also ranked 14th nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 2.10m (5-10¾).

EAST REGION – Michael Brazzel – Georgian Court

Brazzel, a junior from North Arlington, New Jersey, is ranked 3rd nationally in the javelin throw with a heave of 70.79m (232-3). He hit the NCAA qualifying mark at every meet except one this year and enters NCAAs undefeated.

MIDWEST REGION – Coy Blair, Tiffin

Blair, a senior from Logan, Ohio, is ranked 1st nationally in the shot put with a heave of 19.90m (65-3½). That throw also has Blair on the NCAA DII all-time chart in 5th place. Blair is also ranked in the top-25 in the hammer throw and broke a school record in the event.

SOUTH REGION – Joshua Norville – Florida Tech

Norville, a freshman from Lehigh Acres, Florida, is ranked 5th nationally in the long jump with a leap of 7.58m (24-10½). He is also ranked in the top-25 nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 15.10m (49-6½).

SOUTH CENTRAL – Nils Fischer, Angelo State

Fischer, a freshman from Dusseldorf, Germany, is ranked 1st nationally in the javelin throw with a heave of 71.26m (233-9). He was nearly undefeated against NCAA DII competition this season and only lost a few times to NCAA DI opponents.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Isaiah Kyle – Wingate

Kyle, a sophomore from Morristown, Tennessee, is locked in a 4th-place tie in the high jump nationally with a clearance of 2.13m (6-11¾).

WEST REGION – Phil Bailey – Chico State

Bailey, a senior from Yucaipa, California, is ranked 1st nationally in the decathlon with a score of 7630. He is also ranked 6th nationally in the long jump with a leap of 7.57m (24-10) and ranked in the top-30 nationally in the pole vault.

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Sarah Hunt, Shippensburg

Hunt, a senior from Fairfield, Pennsylvania, is ranked 4th nationally in the long jump with a mark of 6.34m (20-9¾). She is also ranked 11th nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 12.51m (41-0½).

CENTRAL REGION – Emilyn Dearman – Pittsburg State

Dearman, a senior from Stockton, Missouri, is ranked 1st nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 5924. That score put her 2nd in NCAA DII history and is the 5th best score across all collegiate divisions this year. She is also ranked 1st nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 1.78m (5-10).

EAST REGION – Destiney Coward – Southern Connecticut

Coward, a junior from East Haven, Connecticut, is ranked 3rd nationally in the hammer throw with a heave of 62.51m (205-1). She is also ranked in the top-35 nationally in the shot put.

MIDWEST REGION – Tynelle Gumbs – Findlay

Gumbs, a junior from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the discus throw and hammer throw. Her mark in the discus throw stands at 51.43m (168-9) and has her 7th nationally, while her heave in the hammer throw (59.30m/194-6) left her 8th nationally.

SOUTH REGION – Shakira Bartley – Nova Southeastern

Bartley, a senior from West Palm Beach, Florida, is ranked 5th nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 12.73m (41-9¼).

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Mel Herl – Chadron State

Herl, a senior from Eaton, Colorado, put together a fantastic final year. She is ranked 1st nationally in the hammer throw (63.62m/208-8) and 2nd nationally in the shot put (16.92m/55-6¼) and reached the NCAA DII all-time performers list in both of those events, as well as the discus throw. Herl is the 4th best performer in NCAA DII history in the hammer throw and 5th best in the shot put.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Vanisha Wishire – Wingate

Wishire, a sophomore from Louisburg, North Carolina, is ranked 14th nationally in the high jump (1.73m/5-8) and 18th nationally in the triple jump (12.36m/40-6¾).

WEST REGION – McKenzie Warren – Concordia (Ore.)

Warren, a senior from Boring, Oregon, made her final year at Concordia count. She unleashed the 2nd best throw in NCAA DII history in the shot put with a heave of 17.26m (56-7½), which left her No. 1 in NCAA DII this season. Warren is also ranked 7th nationally in the discus throw (17.26m/56-7½).

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – George Williams – Saint Augustine’s

Williams, in his 41st year with the program, guided the Falcons to a CIAA Championship alongside a 5th-place national ranking. His athletes captured 5 individual championships at the meet, and his squad is ranked 1st in the nation in 3 events (800 meters, 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay).

CENTRAL REGION – Jim Dilling – Minnesota State

Dilling, in his 4th year with the program, coached the Mavericks to an NSIC Championship and 8 individual championships. His athletes set 2 conference records this year in the triple jump and 4×400 relay. Twelve of his athletes earned All-Region status.

EAST REGION – John Wallin – Southern Connecticut

Wallin, in his 7th year with the program, led Southern Connecticut to a Northeast-10 Championship, as well as a 5th-place finish at the All-Division New England Championships. His athletes won 10 event titles at the conference championship meet, helping the team score twice as many points as the runner-ups.

MIDWEST REGION – Jud Logan – Ashland

Logan, in his 12th year with the program, guided Ashland to the top billing in NCAA Division II during the outdoor season, as well as a GLIAC Championship. Logan’s athletes own the top-3 marks on the Descending Order List in the hammer throw, the top 400 meter mark and the 3rd-best high jump and shot put marks.

SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville

Cain, in his 19th year with the program, coached Alabama-Huntsville to the top ranking in the South Region and a Gulf South Championship. His Chargers notched 5 event titles. Kwantreyl McConico owns an NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying mark int he 100 meters, having run the 5th-fastest time on the Descending Order list this year at 10.31.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – George Pincock – Texas A&M-Commerce

Pincock, in his 1st year with the program, guided Texas A&M-Commerce to a Lone Star Championship where he was named the Conference Coach of the Year. A total of 14 of his men earned All-Region accolades across 22 events.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jim Vahrenkamp – Queens (N.C.)

Vahrenkamp, in his 5th year with the program, led his squad to a 2nd-place ranking in the region and a SAC Championship. Five of his men have notched NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks on the season, including Jimmy Hollingsworth, who ranked 18th on the Descending Order List in the 800 meters.

WEST REGION – Oliver Hanf – Chico State

Hanf, in his 5th year with the program, had his squad ranked 1st for the first 6 weeks of the season while also leading the West Region rankings on the year. The Wildcats won the CCAA Championship. His athletes have notched 6 NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks, and decathlete Phill Bailey owned the top spot on the Descending Order List this year.

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Osanitsch – Shippensburg

Osanitsch, in his 12th year with the program, led Shippensburg to the top ranking in the Atlantic Region this season to go along with a PSAC Championship. Winning 3 event titles, his squad scored in half of the events contested.

CENTRAL REGION – Russ Jewett – Pittsburg State

Jewett, in his 31st year with the program, guided the Gorillas to an MIAA Championship by 117 points. Three of his women are ranked 1st in their respective events on the national Descending Order list, while a total of 10 women and 2 relay teams are ranked in the top-10.

EAST REGION – Karen Boen – Stonehill

Boen, in her 19th year with the program, coached Stonehill to a Northeast-10 Championship where her squad totaled 8 event titles. A total of 28 of her 41 athletes scored at the conference meet while earning All-Conference honors. Her athletes hit NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying or Provisional marks in 4 events this year.

MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 18th year with the program, guided the Lakers to the top ranking in the Midwest Region. His women captured their 18th-straight GLIAC title recently, and 17 of his women are qualified in 19 events for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Caleb Morgan – Lee (Tenn.)

Morgan, in his 4th year with the program, led the Lady Flames to a Gulf South Championship, as well as a 2nd-place ranking in the South Region. Three of his women own NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks in 4 events; the 100 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters and steeplechase.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Darren Flowers – West Texas A&M

Flowers, in his 8th year with the program, guided the Lady Buffs to a Lone Star Championship. His women were the top ranked team in the nation across 6 weeks. On the NCAA Division II Descending Order List, 5 of his women own 9 top-5 marks.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Travis LeFlore – Wingate

LeFlore, in his 2nd year with the program, led Wingate to a SAC Championship while picking up SAC Coach of the Year honors. His women captured 8 event titles along the way. His triple jumpers event group is ranked in the top-10 nationally, while his 200 meter group is ranked in the top-20.

WEST REGION – Kendra Reimer – SF State

Reimer, in her 3rd year with the program, led SF State to a 2nd-place finish at the CCAA Championships. Her athletes own the top marks in the West Region in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay and the shot put. Her 4×400 meter relay team broke a CCAA Championship record with a finish of 3:41.94.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Sandy Chapman – Saint Augustine’s

Chapman, in his 17th year with the program, helped lead the Falcons to a CIAA Championship where 5 of his men captured individual titles. Coaching the sprints, hurdles, jumps and middle distance runners, his athletes are ranked 1st in a total of 8 events in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION – Tucker Woolsey – Central Missouri

Woolsey, in his 15th year with the program, helped guide Central Missouri to an MIAA Championship. Six of his throwers will compete at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. A total of 12 of his throwers posted NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks, and 9 were in the top-25 of their event.

EAST REGION – Joseph Napoli – Georgian Court

Napoli, in his 9th year with the program, helped lead Georgian Coach to an East Coach Championship. His throwers scored 118 at the conference meet, accounting for 46% of the team’s point total. Mike Brazzel recorded an NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying mark in the javelin on the season, while discus throwers Joe Kaas hit a Provisional Qualifying mark.

MIDWEST REGION – Ernie Clark – Ashland

Clark, in his 2nd year with the program, helped coach the Eagles to a GLIAC Championship where his sprinters and hurdlers tallied 63 points, including event titles in the 4×100 and x400 relays. Clark coached Myles Pringle to the top of the NCAA Division II Descending Order list in the 400 meter dash.

SOUTH REGION – Will Lester – Alabama-Huntsville

Lester, in his 1st year with the program, helped lead the Chargers to the Gulf South Conference Championship – where his throwers scored over 80 points – and a 1st-place ranking in the South Region. Lester coached the 1st-place regionally ranked throwers in the shot put, discus and javelin.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Matt Stewart – West Texas A&M

Stewart, in his 6th year with the program, helped the Buffs place 3rd at the Lone Star Championships. He tutored 3 athletes and one relay team that ranked in the top-10 of their respective events on the NCAA Division II Descending Order list.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Stepp – Carson-Newman

Stepp, in his 3rd year with the program, coached the 2nd-best long jump event squad in NCAA Division II this year with national qualifiers Kris Potts-Howard and TJ Davis. Potts-Howard is a national qualifier in the triple jump, as well. His athletes posted top-10 finishes in the high jump (3rd), longjump (8th) and triple jump (7th) at the Penn Relays.

WEST REGION – John Brunk – Chico State

Brunk, in his 3rd year with the program, coached the top-2 decathletes in the nation, as well as 4 of the top-6 on the Descending Order list. His top decathlete, Phill Bailey, scored a total of 7630 on the year. He helped lead the Wildcats to a CCAA Championship.

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC REGION – Kurt Dunkel – Shippensburg

Dunkel, in his 17th year with the program, coached the top-2 javelin throwers at the PSAC Championships, where his team finished 1st. Morgan DeFloria won the 1st PSAC javelin championship for Shippensburg in over 10 years.

CENTRAL REGION – Matt Brown – Pittsburg State

Brown, in his 12th year with the program, coached athletes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and the 4×400 relay to new school records this year. His athletes scored 57 of the team’s 212 points during their 1st-place finish at the MIAA Championships. Brown’s athletes are nationally qualified in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay.

EAST REGION – Joseph Napoli – Georgian Court

Napoli, in his 9th year with the program, tutored 2 national qualifiers in the javelin and one in the shot put while helping coach Georgian Court to an East Coast Championship. His throwers accounted for 116 of the team’s 222.5 poitns at the conference championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Blaine Maag – Findlay

Maag, in his 1st year with the program, helped guide Findlay’s throwers to the top billing in the event squad rankings in the shot put, discus and hammer. His throwers totaled 60 points at the GLIAC Championships to lead the team toa runner-up finish.

SOUTH REGION – Joseph Crook – Lee (Tenn.)

Crook, in his 2nd year with the program, helped the Lady Flames pick up 112 of their total 200 ponts over 5 distance events for the program’s 1st ever team GSC Championship.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jennifer Michel – Western State

Michel, in her 10th year with the program, led her distance runners to the 2nd-place event squad ranking in the steeplechase, 5000 meters and 10000 meters. Michel led Alicja Koniecek to an NCAA Division II national record in the steeplecase. Her athletes scored a total of 69 points to help Western State finish 2nd at the RMAC Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jacqueline Kirby – Mount Olive

Kirby, in her 9th year with the program, tutored the distance runners that helped lead Mount Olive to a Conferernce Carolinas Championship. Her runners own the top spots in the Southeast Region rankings in the 5000 meters, 1500 meters and steeplechase.

WEST REGION – Chioke Robinson – SF State

Robinson, in his 1st year with the program, helped lead SF State to a 2nd-place finish at the CCAA Championships, where his 4×400 relay broke a 16-year-old conference record. His sprinters hit 7 NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks on the year, as well as 2 Automatic Qualifying marks. His athletes are ranked 1st in the region in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay.