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

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

Each of the nine 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 I Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for this week, June 7-10, in Eugene, Oregon.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Chad Zallow – Youngstown State

Zallow, a sophomore from Warren, Ohio, is currently tied for 1st nationally in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.37 and will contest that event at NCAAs. He scored 22 points at the Horizon League Championships to help lead his team to the team title.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Isaiah Harris – Penn State

Harris, a sophomore from Lewiston, Maine, is ranked 2nd nationally at 800 meters with a time of 1:45.12. He is also a member of Penn State’s 4×400 team that clocked the 10th best time in NCAA DI this season (3:03.48). Harris will contest both events at NCAAs.

MIDWEST REGION – Brandon Carnes – Northern Iowa

Carnes, a senior from Bradenton, Florida, is ranked 5th nationally in the 100 meters with a time of 9.97. He is also ranked 12th nationally in the 200 meters with a time of 20.25. Carnes will only contest the 100 at NCAAs.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Emmanuel Korir – UTEP

Korir, a freshman from Iten, Kenya, showed incredible range during the season. He ran the 2nd fastest 800 in collegiate outdoor history (1:43.73) and also ran a sub-45 400 (44.53). Korir is just 1 of 3 athletes in the world who have run sub-45 in the 400 and sub-1:45 in the 800. He will contest the 800 and 4×400 relay at NCAAs. Korir is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

NORTHEAST REGION – Justyn Knight – Syracuse

Knight, a junior from Vaughan, Ontario, ran the 4th fastest time in collegiate outdoor history over 5000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational (13:17.51). He was also ranked 21st in the 1500 during the regular season. Knight will contest the 5000 at NCAAs.

SOUTH REGION – Christian Coleman – Tennessee

Coleman, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, put together quite the third year. He became the 1st man in collegiate 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. A few weeks later at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Coleman ran the 2nd fastest time in collegiate outdoor history over 200 meters (19.85) and lowered his NCAA-leading wind-legal time in the 100 to 9.96. Coleman will contest the 100 and 200 at NCAAs. He is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Fred Kerley – Texas A&M

Kerley, a senior from Taylor, Texas, rewrote the record books at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. He smashed the 25-year-old collegiate outdoor record in the 400 meters with his time of 43.70 (Quincy Watt’s old mark was 44.00). This outdoor season Kerley has notched the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 9 all-time marks over 400 meters, including a 44.09 at the SEC Championships which broke the SEC meet record. Kerley also stood out as a member of Texas A&M’s 4×400 relay, which clocked a time of 3:00.6 in Austin. He is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Christopher Belcher – North Carolina A&T

Belcher, a senior from Sayville, New York, is ranked in a tie for 9th in the nation at 100 meters (10.05) and is 4th nationally at 200 meters (20.06). He qualified for NCAAs in both of those events, in addition to the 4×100 relay with three of his teammates. Belcher helped lead his team to its first MEAC outdoor title in 21 years.

WEST REGION – Kyree King – Oregon

King, a senior from Ontario, California, became the 1st Duck to sweep the Pac-12 100 meter and 200 meter titles. He is ranked 8th nationally at 200 meters with his time of 20.27 and is 13th nationally in the 100 with his time of 10.09w. King will contest the 100, 200 and 4×100 at NCAAs on his home track.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Devynne Charlton – Purdue

Charlton, a redshirt junior, was a 3-time Big Ten Champion this season in the 100 hurdles, 100 meters and 4×100 relay. Purdue claimed the Big Ten title largely due to the performance from the native of Nassau, Bahamas. She was also unanimously selected as the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships at the conclusion of the meet.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Siofra Cleirigh Buttner – Villanova

Cleirigh Buttner, a junior, was a 2-time BIG EAST Champion this year, claiming the 1500 meter title as well as the 4×400 relay championship. The native of Dublin, Ireland was named the prestigious Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet after leading Villanova to event titles in the distance medley relay, the 4×1500 relay and the x800 relay.

MIDWEST REGION – Karissa Schweizer – Missouri

Schweizer, a junior, owned the 2nd-best time in the nation on the season in the 5000 meters (15:39.75). The product out of Urbandale, Iowa captured the SEC Championship in the 5000 meters while also finishing as runner-up in the 1500 meters. Her time of 16:24.07 in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division I West Prelims was good for 1st.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Tobi Amusan – UTEP

Amusan, a sophomore, set an NCAA Division I West Prelims meet record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.57, a time that doubled as the 6th-fastest time in the world in the event on the season. The native of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria placed 1st at the Conference USA Championships in the event, and totaled 24.5 points to help lead the Miners to the program’s 1st ever outdoor conference title.

NORTHEAST REGION – Elinor Purrier – New Hampshire

Purrier, a junior, ran the fastest time on the NCAA Division I Descending Order List in the steeplechase this year at 9:43.65. Additionally, her time of 9:50.51 at the NCAA Division I East Prelim was the fastest of any 24 national qualifiers. The native of Montgomery, Vermont won the America East Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase and the 4×800 relay.

SOUTH REGION – Shakima Wimbley – Miami (Fla.)

Wimbley, a senior, was outstanding at the ACC Championships, winning the 200 meters, the 400 meters, the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay, earning ACC Women’s Track MVP honors. She set school, ACC and ACC Championship records in both individual sprint events in which she competed this year. Additionally, the native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is now the 8th-best performer in the 400 meters all-time with a mark of 50.40. Wimbley is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Aleia Hobbs – LSU

Hobbs, a junior, captured 2 SEC titles this outdoor season in the 100 meters and 4×100 relay. The native of New Orleans posted a time of 10.85 in the 100 meters at the SEC Relays in late April for the 2nd-fastest time in the history of the event. Hobbs was also a part of the 4×100 relay squad that tied for the fastest time in NCAA history at the SEC Relays with a finish of 42.12. Hobbs is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Hanna Green – Virginia Tech

Green, a senior, pulled off the double win at the ACC Championships in the 800 and 1500 meter races to help lead the Hokies to the team title. Her mark of 2:01.28 in the 800 meters was the 2nd-best time in the nation on the season in addition to setting an ACC Championship record. The native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania also placed 2nd in the Olympic development mile at the prestigious Penn Relays.

WEST REGION – Deajah Stevens – Oregon

Stevens, a junior, posted the 2nd-fastest time in the 200 meters in NCAA history at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 22.09. The product out of Westchester, New York also captured 1st place in the 100 meters while also running a leg of the championship-winning 4×100 relay team at the meet, earning Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Year honors. She and 3 others tied for the best 4×100 mark in NCAA history with a finish of 42.12 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Stevens is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Macklin Tudor – Cincinnati

Tudor, a senior from Mount Orab, Ohio, is ranked 3rd nationally in the discus throw with a throw of 63.54m (208-5) and is undefeated during the regular season, including a win at the prestigious Penn Relays. He was only the 2nd man from Cincinnati to complete the discus throw-shot put double at a conference championship.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Chris Mirabelli – Rutgers

Mirabelli, a junior from Lumberton, New Jersey, is ranked 6th nationally in the javelin throw with a heave of 76.67m (251-6) and won the Big Ten Conference title. He also captured the individual title at the prestigious Penn Relays.

MIDWEST REGION – Chris Nilsen – South Dakota

Nilsen, a freshman from Kansas City, Missouri, is ranked 1st nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.73m (18-9½). He won the Summit League title with a meet record height of 18-1. Nilsen vaulted over 18 feet at eight different meets this outdoor season. Nilsen is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Mostafa Hassan – Colorado State

Hassan, a junior from Cairo, Egypt, is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the shot put with a mark of 21.31m (69-11). He will compete in the event at NCAAs this week. He is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

NORTHEAST REGION – Rudy Winkler – Cornell

Winkler, a senior from Sand Lake, New York, is ranked 2nd nationally in the hammer throw with a heave of 72.30m (237-2). He won the individual event title at the Heptagonal Championships and will contest the event at NCAAs this week.

SOUTH REGION – Devon Williams – Georgia

Williams, a senior from Marietta, Georgia, is ranked 2nd nationally in the decathlon with a total of 8345 points, which is the 9th best score in collegiate outdoor history. He also finished 8th in the long jump at the SEC Championships with a mark of 7.75m (25-5¼). Williams is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lindon Victor – Texas A&M

Victor, a senior from St. Georges, Grenada broke an 11-year-old collegiate outdoor record in the decathlon at the Texas Relays with a score of 8472. He then bettered his own mark 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 is also a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Filip Mihaljevic – Virginia

Mihaljevic, a junior from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked 2nd nationally in the shot put with a heave of 20.52m (67-4) and 10th nationally in the discus throw with a mark of 60.69m (199-1). He was name the ACC Championship Men’s Field MVP for the 2nd year in a row and qualified for NCAAs in both the discus throw and shot put.

WEST REGION – Eric Sloan – Southern California

Sloan, a junior from Stockton, California, is ranked 1st nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 16.92m (55-6¼) and 5th nationally in the long jump with a leap of 8.03m (26-4¼). He set a NCAA West Preliminary Round record in the triple jump with that aforementioned mark. Sloan will compete in both the long jump and triple jump at NCAAs.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Danniel Thomas – Kent State

Thomas, a redshirt-senior, set a MAC Championship record in the shot put with a mark of 18.49m (60-8) in addition to doing the same in the discus throw at 59.31m (194-7). The native of Westmoreland, Jamaica was named the MAC Most Outstanding Field Performer for her efforts. Her aforementioned season-best shot put mark ranked 10th in the world on the year.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Julia Ratcliffe – Princeton

Ratcliffe, a senior, set an Ivy League record in the hammer throw at 69.24m (227-2) for her 4th-consecutive league title. The product out of Hamilton, New Zealand also won her 4th-straight prestigious Penn Relays championship in the hammer throw on her way to what became an undefeated season. Her aforementioned mark ranked 2nd on the NCAA Division I Descending Order List this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Nina Schultz – Kansas State

Schultz, a freshman, broke the Canadian Junior National Record in the heptathlon with a point total of 6021 that ranked 4th on the NCAA Descending Order List this season. At the Big 12 Championships, the native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada scored in the high jump, long jump and javelin. She was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was the female High Point Scorer at the championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Shelley Spires – Air Force

Spires, a junior, posted the 5th-best high jump mark on the NCAA Descending Order List with a mark of 1.87m (6-1½). The native of Mobile, Alabama also tied for 1st at the NCAA Division I West Prelims in the event. Spires ended the season ranked 2nd on the Mountain West’s all-time list while finishing 1st in all but 1 meet on the season.

NORTHEAST REGION – Nikki Okwelogu – Harvard

Okwelogu, a senior, was 2nd at the NCAA Division East Prelims in the discus throw with a mark of 55.56m (182-3). The native of Fresno, California captured the Ivy League Championship in the shot put with a mark of 16.45m (53-11¾), ranking her 2nd in the Northeast Region. Okwelogu totaled 18 overall points for Harvard, helping the Crimson to a 4th-consecutive Ivy Outdoor Heps title.

SOUTH REGION – Keturah Orji – Georgia

Orji, a junior, won the Torrin Lawrence Memorial with the NCAA’s 2nd-best wind-legal triple jump mark in history at 14.31m (46-11½). The native of Mount Olive, New Jersey captured her 3rd-straight SEC triple jump title in addition to finishing 5th at the meet in the long jump. Orji’s top mark of 6.61m (21-8¼) in the long jump ranked 7th on the NCAA Descending Order List this year. Orji is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Taliyah Brooks – Arkansas

Brooks, a redshirt-junior, won the SEC title in the heptathlon with a mark of 6099, ranking 19th in the world on the year. The product out of Wichita Falls, Texas became just the 4th Razorback to ever score over 6000 points in the heptathlon. Additionally, Brooks owned the 14th-best long jump in the nation this year at 6.50m (21-4).

SOUTHEAST REGION – Emmonnie Henderson – Louisville

Henderson, a redshirt-senior, set an ACC Shot Put Championship record with a throw of 17.57m (57-7¾), winning the title. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois also finished 3rd at the ACC Championships in the discus throw with a mark of 54.55m (178-11). Henderson finished 2nd in the shot put and 7th in the discus throw at the NCAA Division I East Prelims.

WEST REGION – Maggie Ewen – Arizona State

Ewen, a redshirt-junior, set the American collegiate, Pac-12 and school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 72.81m (238-10). The native of St. Francis, Minnesota captured the Pac-12 Championship in the event, as well as placing 1st in the discus throw and shot put to become just the 2nd-ever Pac-12 thrower to win 3 throwing titles in one championships meet. Ewen was named the Pac-12 Female Field Athlete of the Year and the Pac-12 Championship Female Athlete of the Meet. Ewen is a member of The Bowerman Watch List.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Dennis Mitchell – Akron

Mitchell, in his 22nd year with Akron, led the Mid-American Champion Zips to the league title for the second-straight season and was named the MAC Coach of the Year. His team enters Eugene with four entries, including pole vaulter Matthew Ludwig who owns the eighth-best mark in the world this year. In the final USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings, Akron finished second in the long jump and top five in the high jump and pole vault.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – John Gondak – Penn State

Gondak, in just his third year leading Penn State, guided the Nittany Lions to its first Big Ten title in program history this season. His team finished the regular-season ranked No. 1 in the region and go to Eugene ranked in the nation’s top 15 with 13 entries into the final site.

MIDWEST REGION – Stanley Redwine – Kansas

For the second-straight year the Jayhawks, under Redwine in his 17th season at KU, claimed the runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship, scoring a program record 143 points.  His team boasts nine entries into Eugene, six of which rank among the top-10 in their respective events. In addition, he personally mentored senior Strymar Livingston to conference title in the 800 meters as well as a bid to the NCAA semifinals.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ralph Lindeman – Air Force

The Mountain West Outdoor Coach of the Year, Lindeman in his 28th year with the Academy, guided Air Force to its fourth league outdoor crown in six years. The Falcons’ 218 1/2 points were the most in a conference meet since 2006 and their 53-point margin-of-victory was the most in a men’s championship meet since 2010. He led a program-record 22 bids to the NCAA’s preliminary rounds which was tied for eighth in nation. Six bids to Eugene also matches  a program record

NORTHEAST REGION – Adrian Durant – Cornell

Durant, in his second year leading Cornell, led the Big Red to the No. 1 final ranking in the region and a runner-up finish at the Heps — the Ivy League Championships — scoring 149 points with five event champs. Cornell had 16 men competing in 10 events at the NCAA Preliminary Round; Rudy Winkler (hammer) and James Gowans (1500 meters) advanced to Eugene.

SOUTH REGION – Dan Waters – Alabama

Waters, in sixth year with Alabama, led his team to a third-place SEC finish and their highest-point total, 106 points, at the league meet since 1986. The Crimson Tide will send its largest contingent ever to Eugene with 19 athletes in 19 events.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Pat Henry – Texas A&M

Henry, in his 13th year with the Aggies, led the his team to the SEC title, with six event crowns, and a combined-gender team title at the inaugural SEC Relays. His No. 1 nationally-ranked crew will have a meet-high 18 entries in Eugene. His team has set four collegiate records this outdoor season, twice in decathlon, sprint medley relay and 400 meters along with second-best all-time collegiate mark in javelin, and his athletes currently holds world-leading marks in the 400, sprint medley and 4×400.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Dave Cianelli – Virginia Tech

Cianelli, in his 16th year with the Hokies, led his team to its second-straight ACC outdoor title in dramatic fashion as the championship was decided in the final event, the 4×400 meter relay. Virginia Tech came from 56 points down with 12 events remaining to win the team title by one point, 120-119, over in-state rival Virginia. Virginia Tech has 16 athletes qualify to the East region prelims and eight advanced Eugene.

WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon

Johnson, in his fifth year at the helm, led the Men of Oregon to its 11th-straight Pac-12 title, with a  60-point victory margin. He helped guide five individuals to six Pac-12 individual titles, including Kyree King who swept the 100 and 200 crowns and was named Pac-12 male athlete of the year. They enter the NCAA finals with 14 entries and ranked ninth nationally.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Rolando “Lonnie” Greene – Purdue

Greene, in his fifth year with the program, led the Boilermakers to its first conference title since 1999. Unanimously selected Big Ten Coach of the Year, Greene’s team scored 133 points to win the league crown by 27 1/2 points. Purdue, the region’s No. 1 team, boasts eight entries into Eugene and are ranked 14th nationally.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Steve Dolan – Penn

Dolan, in his fifth year with the program, led a resurgence of the Penn team, as the Quakers went from seventh in the Ivy League in 2016 to a second-place finish this spring. In the 2017 season alone, Penn entered 43 new top-10 performances in the school record books, including 12 brand new school records. The Quakers qualified a school-record number of 12 women’s student-athletes to the NCAA preliminary rounds.

MIDWEST REGION – Cliff Rovelto – Kansas State

Rovelto’s Wildcats claimed the Big 12 title for the first time since 2002, scoring 133 points to best runner-up Texas by 4 1/2 points. K-State enters Eugene with nine entries and a national top-10 ranking, and, for the first time in school history, the team qualified a 4×100 relay for the final site. Watson was heavily responsible for Nina Schultz’ success in the heptathlon, including her Canadian Junior National Record of 6021 points.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Mike Smith – Northern Arizona

Smith, in his first year at NAU, led the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky title. Eight total athletes qualified for NCAA preliminary rounds with one advancing to Eugene.

NORTHEAST REGION – Jason Saretsky – Harvard

Saretsky, the Ivy League Coach of the Year, guided Harvard to its fourth straight Ivy Outdoor Heps title. Harvard won eight individual Heps crowns. Harvard has been ranked No. 1 in the region every week since April 3. The Crimson have four entries for Eugene. Saretsky is in his 11th year with the program.

SOUTH REGION – Petros Kyprianou – Georgia

The Bulldogs enter Eugene with 11 entries into the NCAA finals and are ranked No. 6 nationally. Georgia finish fourth in the SEC Championships with three event champions. Kyprianou is in his second leading the program.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lance Harter – Arkansas

Harter, in his 27th year with the program, once again led the Razorbacks to the SEC title — the team’s tenth-straight crown combining cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. Ranked No. 2 in the nation, his crew qualified 28 for the NCAA prelims with 17 (including three freshmen) advancing to Eugene.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Dave Cianelli – Virginia Tech

Cianelli’s Hokie women won its first ACC title in nine years with a tally of 124 1/2 points to edge Florida State by six points. His team, ranked in the national top 15, had 20 athletes qualify to the NCAA prelims, with 12 qualifying to the national finals in Eugene. Cianelli is in his 16th year with program.

WEST REGION – Shelia Burrell – San Diego State

Burrell, in her eighth year with the program, led the Aztecs to the Mountain West Conference title where SDSU had seven event titles for its third title in five years. Her team has seven entries to Eugene, the team’s most since 2004.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Joel Brown – Ohio State

Brown, in his third year coaching sprints and hurdles for the Buckeyes, had a group at the Big Ten meet that scored 57 points and claimed three event titles. OSU has four entries to Eugene in the sprint and hurdle events, plus two relays.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Lucais MacKay – Penn State

MacKay, in his first year as an a throws assistant at Penn State, led his crew to 34 points at the Big Ten meet to aid the team to its first conference title. The Nittany Lions are second only to Virginia (6) with five entries to Eugene in men’s throwing events.

MIDWEST REGION – Andy Kokhanovsky – Kansas

Kokhanovsky’s throws group at Kansas scored 47 points at the Big 12 Championships, including league titles by freshman and NCAA-leader Gleb Dudarev in the hammer and Mitch Cooper in the discus who set a league record. The Jayhawks have four throws entries into the national finals. Kokhanovsky is in his 12th year with the program.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Paul Ereng – UTEP

Ereng, in his 15th year with the program, has guided an impressive 1-2 punch in the 800 meters with Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni clocking 1:43.73 and 1:45.82, respectively this season. Korir’s time is the second-fastest in collegiate history and a 44.53 open 400 meters paired with a 43.34 4×400 relay split has landed the freshman on the The Bowerman watch list. His athletes scored three Conference USA crowns this season.

NORTHEAST REGION – Deshaya Williams – Albany

Williams, in his fourth year with the throws group at Albany, had a group that won two events at the America East Championships. He guided Adrian Mitchell to a national-final bid in the javelin.

SOUTH REGION – Tim Hall – Tennessee

Hall, in his third year guiding the sprints at Tennessee, led Christian Coleman to a 100-200 sweep of SEC titles and top national seeds in both events. Coleman became the first in collegiate history to run sub-10 and sub-20 in the 100 (9.97) and 200 (19.98) on the same day in collegiate history to win those league titles. He has wind-legal season bests of 9.96 and 19.85 in those events. The Vols also qualified Nathan Strother to Eugene in the 400 meters and both 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Alleyne Francique – Texas A&M

Francique, in his ninth year with the Aggies, guided SEC champions in the 800 meters, decathlon and 4×400 relay. Freshman Devin Dixon won the SEC 800 in 1:45.71, Lindon Victor broke collegiate record twice with scores of 8472 (Texas Relays) and 8539 (SEC), and his 4×400 relay has set world-leading mark four times this season, improving from 3:01.74 to 3:00.69. In sprint medley relay, with Dixon on anchor, won Texas Relays and set collegiate record 3:11.94 to claim SEC Relays title.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Ben Thomas – Virginia Tech

Thomas’ mid-distance and distance athletes scored 65 of the team’s 120 point total at the ACC Championships to help bring the Hokies the league title. At the conference meet, his athletes earned 10 top-seven finishes in five different events. The Hokies have five entries in mid-distance and distance events into Eugene. Thomas is in his 16th year with the program.

WEST REGION – Andy Powell – Oregon

Powell is the primary coach for 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek, the winningest athlete in NCAA cross country and track & field history and winningest male athlete in history of NCAA Division I athletics. He helped guide Cheserek to yet another Pac-12 title in the 10,000 meters this season. In addition, he mentored redshirt freshman Tanner Anderson, who took third in the 10k at Pac-12s and qualified for the NCAA finals. Blake Haney and Tim Gorman have also qualified for the NCAA finals in the 1500 meters.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mike McGuire – Michigan

McGuire, in his 28th year with the program, guided Gina Sereno (5000 meters), Claire Borchers (steeplechase) and Jaimie Phelan (1500 meters) to the NCAA Championships. As
the distance and mid-distance coach, McGuire tutored Sereno and Phelan to Big Ten Championships, while Borchers was the Big Ten runner-up in the steeplechase.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Fritz Spence – Penn State

Spence, in his 11th year with the program, coached Maddie Holmberg to a Big Ten leading heptathlon mark of 5636 on the season. Additionally, Spence mentored 2 40+ foot triple jumpers in Kaitlyn Lopez and Dannielle Gibson, with the latter of the two claiming the Big Ten title. Another pupil in Megan McCloskey finished 3rd in the high jump at the Big Ten Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Greg Watson – Kansas State

Watson tutored Shadae Lawrence in the discus throw, where she set the new Big 12 Championship record and Jamaican National Record, and coached Janee’ Kassanavoid, who is 4th on the Descending Order List in the hammer throw.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Lacena Golding-Clarke – UTEP

Golding-Clarke, in her 5th year with the program, guided Tobi Amusan to an NCAA Division I West Prelim victory in the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.57. Amusan also totaled 24 points at the Conference USA meet to help the Miners claim the team title, thanks in large part to Golding-Clarke’s tutelage.

NORTHEAST REGION – Kebba Tolbert – Harvard

Tolbert, in his 6th year with the program, was highly influential in Harvard’s Ivy League Championship. Tolbert guided Harvard’s sprinters, hurdlers, and horizontal jumpers to historic feats and contributed 117 of the team’s 164 points. Under his watch, Gabby Thomas (100 meters, 200 meters) and Jade Miller (400 hurdles) qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Dorian Scott – Florida State

Scott, in his 5th year with the program, oversaw a group of throwers that qualified 5 of out the 6 athletes they sent to the NCAA East Preliminary Round to NCAAs this week. Three of those athletes will compete in the discus throw, led by Kellion Knibb. The Seminoles are currently ranked 15th in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings and a large part of that is due to the points from his charges.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Johnson – Arkansas

Johnson, in his 5th year with the Razorbacks as the sprints, hurdles relays and combined events coach, helped his team to the SEC Championship and the top rank in the South Central Region. His athletes went 1-2-3-4 at the SEC Championships to add 29 points to Arkansas’ team total and are ranked in the top-4 nationally. Fourteen of the Razorbacks’ 28 NCAA entries came from the group of 10 athletes he coaches.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Marvin Gibson – Clemson

Gibson, in his 4th year with the program as coach of the sprints, hurdles and relays, helped three athletes qualify for NCAAs this week. His 4×100 relay set an ACC record with a time of 43.31. Gibson also helped Tori Robinson qualify in the 100 and Sabria Hadley qualify in the 200.

WEST REGION – Curtis Taylor – Oregon

Taylor, in his 4th year with the program as sprints, hurdles and relays coach, helped his team to the No. 1 rank in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. His 4×100 relay team set a collegiate outdoor record earlier in the season and now shares the current record with LSU. Deajah Stevens also clocked the 2nd fastest time in collegiate outdoor history over 200 meters. Athletes under his tutelage qualified across the board at NCAAs.