Outstanding Performers Named For NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships
The 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships might have been last month, but shockwaves still reverberate.
What happened in Geneva, Ohio, from May 25-27 was nothing short of remarkable.
Countless meet records and division records fell, while the race for the men’s team title between UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater was decided by 2 points.
When the dust settled, four athletes stood out the most amongst their peers: Parker Witt and Theron Baumann of UW-Whitewater, Wadeline Jonathas of UMass Boston and Alexa Wandy of SUNY Geneseo. That’s why they all were named NCAA DIII Outstanding Performers of the Meet by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each year the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at both of the national Division III championships. Winners are determined using a formula that takes into account team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), Division III season bests based on the converted qualifying lists (three points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally between the four team members.
Witt’s incredible postseason continues as he was also named the USTFCCCA National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. The junior, who was named the Men’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, scored a meet-high 19½ points to keep the Warhawks in contention for the team title all by himself. Witt won an individual title at 200 meters, finished runner-up at 100 meters and anchored the 3rd place 4×100 relay team.
Baumann, the Men’s Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, did his best to match Witt’s output with 16 points of his own. The junior thrower made quick work of the competition in the shot put as he won by more than 2 feet with a heave of 18.35m (60-2½) and finished a distant 3rd in the discus throw.
Jonathas, the Women’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, capped a remarkable freshman year with a sublime effort in Ohio. The freshman not only won the 200 and 400, but did so in NCAA DIII record times. Jonathas lowered her own PR in the 200 to 23.57 and matched the NCAA DIII 400-meter record of 53.45 in the prelims and dropped that down to 52.81 in the finals.
Wandy, the Women’s Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, polished off a solid final season with a victory in the triple jump and a runner-up finish in the long jump. Her mark of 13.00m (42-8) in the triple jump set a meet record and moved her up to 2nd on the NCAA DIII all-time chart behind McMurry’s Darcell Edwards.