NCAA DI National Athlete Awards For 2017 Outdoor T&F Season

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Wednesday 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 I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held last week at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Performances during the regular season as well as at the national championships were taken into account when voting for the award.

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

Men Women
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.

Men’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Christian Coleman – Tennessee

Coleman, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, put together an outdoor season for the record books. He won national titles in both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and is the third man in a row to accomplish that feat (Andre De Grasse and Jarrion Lawson were the others). During the semifinals, Coleman shattered a six-year-old collegiate record with his wind-legal time of 9.82. The previous mark was 9.89 set by former The Bowerman winner Ngoni Makusha in 2011. Earlier in the year Coleman became the first man in collegiate history – and just the 8th man in world history – to run sub-10 seconds in the 100 and sub-20 seconds in the 200 in the same day when he clocked times of 9.97 and 19.98 at the SEC Championships. Coleman also ran the 2nd fastest time in collegiate outdoor history over 200 meters (19.85) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Women’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Raevyn Rogers – Oregon

Rogers, a junior from Houston, Texas, made sure her team’s chances at winning a Triple Crown wouldn’t slip through its fingers. She started the final day of competition with a victory at 800 meters, running the 6th fastest time in collegiate outdoor history (2:00.02). Rogers then anchored the Ducks’ title-winning 4×400 relay, which gave them the team title by 1.8 points over Georgia. Earlier in the regular season Rogers broke a 27-year-old collegiate outdoor record in the 800 with her time of 1:59.10 at the Mt. SAC Relays. This is the first time in program history that Oregon had a Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Men’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

Lindon Victor – Texas A&M

Victor, a senior from St. Georges, Grenada, won his second decathlon national title in a row at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a point total of 8390, which is the second-best mark in meet history. The Grenada native broke an 11-year-old collegiate outdoor record in the decathlon earlier in the season at the Texas Relays with a score of 8472 points. He then bettered his own standard two months later at the SEC Championships with a total of 8539 points. During those multis, Victor broke the single-day scoring record for Day 1 and Day 2 of the collegiate decathlon. Victor ends his career with the 1st, 2nd-, 6th-, 7th- and 8th-best scores in collegiate history. This is the second year in a row that Victor won this award. He is the first man since Ashton Eaton to accomplish that feat in 2009 and 2010.

Women’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

Maggie Ewen – Arizona State

Ewen, a redshirt junior from St. Francis, Minnesota, scored a meet-high 21 points at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing first in the hammer throw with a new collegiate record of 73.32m (240-7), second in the discus (60.11m/197-2) and sixth in the shot put (17.40m/57-1). Ewen set a Pac-12 record in the hammer throw with a mark of 72.81m (238-10) during the regular season and bettered it in Eugene. The native of St. Francis, Minnesota captured the Pac-12 crown in the hammer, discus and shot put to become just the second Pac-12 thrower to win three throwing titles in one championship meet. Ewen was named the Pac-12 Female Field Athlete of the Year and the Pac-12 Championship Female Athlete of the Meet.