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

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

These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances at both the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Bradenton, Florida, and the entire season.

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

NATIONAL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

MEN’S TRACK – Vincent Kiprop, Missouri Southern

For a lack of a better term, Kiprop was the runaway winner of this year’s award, and rightfully so. The sophomore from Kericho, Kenya had an incredible outdoor season, as he ran the 7th-best time in NCAA Division II outdoor history over 10,000 meters in a winning effort at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays. He crossed the finish line in 28:19.94, which was the best time of anyone in NCAA Division II this year. Kiprop capped off his spectacular campaign by claiming the 5000 meter (13:48.88) and 10,000 meter (28:32.07) titles in Bradenton, Florida.

WOMEN’S TRACK – Carly Muscaro, Merrimack

Muscaro scored all 20 points for Merrimack at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend, winning 2 individual national championships in the process. The senior from Ashland, Massachusetts ran a time of 23.40 in the 200 meters for a title in addition to posting a winning-mark of 51.90 in the 400 meters. During the season, Muscaro’s top time of 52.05 in the 400 meters sat atop the NCAA Division II Descending Order List, while her time of 23.78 in the 200 meters was good for 9th.

MEN’S FIELD – Cervantes Jackson, Albany State

Albany State’s Jackson entered the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships with top-10 marks on the Descending Order List in the long jump, high jump and triple jump. But, the sophomore from Bainbridge, Georgia, stepped up his game when it really mattered. Jackson went out and won the triple jump (16.30m/53-5¾) and high jump (2.16m/7-1) championships while also finishing 4th in the long jump (7.60m/24-11¼), totaling 25 points for Albany State. His titles were the 1st for Albany State since 2009.

WOMEN’S FIELD – Emilyn Dearman, Pittsburg State

Dearman rewrote the record books this year and won herself a national title. The senior from Stockton, Missouri notched a heptathlon score of 5924 during the regular season, marking the 2nd-best total in NCAA Division II history as well as the 5th-best score across all collegiate divisions on the year. She also headed to Bradenton with an NCAA Division II leading mark of 1.78m (5-10) in the high jump. When all was said and done on the year, Dearman took home the heptathlon title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, posting a total of 5625 points.

NATIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR

MEN’S HEAD COACH – George Williams, Saint Augustine’s

Williams guided the Falcons to their 16th NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship this past weekend, as well as their 5th in a row, with a point total of 58. His men captured the event title in the 4×400 relay (3.09.96) while Shawn Rowe added a national championship in the 400 hurdles (49.42). Prior to the superb finish in Bradenton, Williams led the Falcons to a CIAA Championship where his men posted victories in 5 events.

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH – Darren Flowers, West Texas A&M

Flowers and his West Texas A&M Lady Buffs captured their 1st NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship this past weekend in commanding fashion, winning by 20 points. His women won national championships in the 4×100 relay (44.85), the long jump (Fatim Affessi, 6.68m/21-11), the triple jump (Rellie Kaputin, 13.28m/43-7) and the discus throw (Norma Cunigan, 53.92m/176-11). During the regular season, 5 of his athletes owned 9 top-5 marks on the Descending Order List.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Sandy Chapman, Saint Augustine’s  

Chapman was highly responsible for Saint Augustine’s 16th NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Coaching the sprints, hurdles, jumps and middle distance runners, his athletes were responsible for all 58 of the team’s point total. Shawn Rowe won a national championship in the 400 hurdles under his watch, as did his 4×400 relay squad. His athletes owned the top ranking in the Atlantic Region across 8 different events.

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Jennifer Michel, Western State

Michel was instrumental in Western State’s 5th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Coaching distance runners, Michel tutored Alicja Konieczek to a national title in the 5000 meters (16:24.22) and the steeplechase (9:55.39), as well as Georgia Porter’s 3rd-place finish in the 10,000 meters (34:52.38) and her 5th-place finish in the steeplechase (16:33.63). During the regular season, Konieczek broke the NCAA Division II steeplechase record with a time of 9:49.74 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.