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

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division III 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 III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio, and the entire season.

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

NATIONAL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

MEN’S TRACK – Parker Witt, UW-Whitewater

Witt, a junior from Appleton, Wisconsin, was a one-man wrecking crew this past weekend at NCAAs. He kept UW-Whitewater in the hunt for the team title all by himself as he scored a meet-high 19½ points. Those points by Witt accounted for 43 percent of the Warhawks’ total (45). Witt won at 200 meters, finished 2nd in the 100 and anchored the 3rd place 4×100 relay.

WOMEN’S TRACK – Wadeline Jonathas, UMass Boston

Before the outdoor track & field season, not many people might have known Jonathas’ name. The same couldn’t be said after it. Jonathas, a freshman from Gonaives, Haiti, left her name all over the NCAA DIII record book. During NCAAs, Jonathas set the NCAA DIII record in the 400 with her time of 52.81 and lowered her own standard in the 200 to 23.57. It shouldn’t need to be mentioned that she swept those events. Jonathas also notched the 3rd fastest time over 100 meters during the regular season (11.59).

MEN’S FIELD – Luke Winder, North Central (Ill.)

Winder, a junior from Joilet, Illinois, set the all-conditions NCAA DIII record in the pole vault this season with his clearance of 5.56m (18-2¾) at the Gregory Final Qualifier. He then became the 1st man in NCAA DIII history to win three consecutive pole vault titles with a victory in Geneva, Ohio, and proceeded to set a meet record of 5.45m (17-10½).

WOMEN’S FIELD – Alexa Wandy, SUNY Geneseo

Wandy, a senior from Lagrangeville, New York, scored 18 points at NCAAs this past weekend. She won the triple jump with a meet record mark of 13.00m (42-8) and finished runner-up in the long jump. Wandy’s effort in the triple jump also doubles as the 2nd best mark in NCAA DIII history behind McMurry’s Darcell Edward’s standard of 13.46m (44-2).

NATIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR

MEN’S HEAD COACH – Josh Buchholtz, UW-La Crosse

Buchholtz, in his 9th year in charge of the program, led the Eagles to the national title in a nail-biter over UW-Whitewater. UW-La Crosse scored 47 points to the Warhawks’ 45. The Eagles nabbed three individual titles in the 400, 3000-meter steeplechase and 110 hurdles and took 2nd in the 4×100 relay. This is the 15th outdoor title in program history for UW-La Crosse.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Justin Kinseth, Benedictine (Ill.)

Kinseth, in his 3rd year with the program, watched his athletes excel in the postseason. Luther Newburn, a freshman, won the NCAA title in the triple jump with a stadium record mark of 15.98m (52-5¼). Matt Fleming, also a freshman, finished runner-up in the long jump. Kinseth’s athletes also scored a total of 87 points to lead the Eagles to an NACC crown.

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH – Jeff Stiles, Washington (Mo.)

Stiles, in his 16th year with the program, led the Bears to the indoor-outdoor sweep. It was at NCAAs this past weekend where WashU totaled 56 points to rout the field. The Bears only had one individual crown (Rebecca Ridderhoff, 400 hurdles), but a bunch of other top performances that added valuable points to the total. WashU was ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings from the preseason to the pre-championship index.

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Lane Lohr, Washington (Mo.)

Lohr, in his 10th year with the program, helped the Bears to the national title and the top rank in the National Team Computer Rankings throughout the season. His athletes also compiled a total of 93 of WashU’s 213½ points at the UAA Championships.