NCAA DIII Regional Award Winners For 2018 Indoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight 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 in competition at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, March 9-10, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Jeremy Hernandez – Ramapo

Hernandez, a senior from Clifton, New Jersey, shattered the NCAA DIII record in the mile when he ran 3:59.01 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. The senior is also ranked eighth nationally in the 800 with a time of 1:52.01 and 14th nationally in the 3000 with a time of 8:18.86. He will contest the mile and 800 at NCAAs.

CENTRAL REGION – Emmanuel Egbujor – Augsburg

Egbujor, a junior from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is tied for first nationally in the 60 with a time of 6.79 and eighth nationally in the 200 with a time of 22.08. He broke the school record and conference championship record in the 60 during the season.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matt Molinaro – Ohio Northern

Molinaro, a senior from Sterling Heights, Minnesota, is ranked first nationally in the 800 with a time of 1:51.71 (converted to 1:50.14 for track size). That time left him as the ninth fastest performer in NCAA DIII history. Molinaro is also ranked 25th nationally in the mile with a time of 4:11.56.

MIDEAST REGION – Will McDermott – Widener

McDermott, a senior from Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the 3000 with a time of 8:18.14 (converted to 8:12.42 for track size). He is also ranked eighth nationally in the 5000 with a time of 14:20.98. McDermott was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Outstanding Track Athlete after scoring 28 points at the conference championship meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Jordan Johnson – Benedictine (Ill.)

Johnson, a junior from Tucker, Georgia, is tied for the national lead in the 60 with a time of 6.79. He is undefeated in the 60 during the season so far. Johnson is also ranked third in the nation in the 200 with a time of 21.90 (converted to 21.52 for track size).

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Irie Gourde – Brandeis

Gourde, a senior from Portland, Oregon, is ranked second nationally in the 400 with a time of 47.81. He is also ranked 11th nationally and first in the New England Region in the 200 with his time of 22.09 (converted to 21.71 for track size).

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Jeffrey Dover – Christopher Newport

Dover, a senior from Moyock, North Carolina, is ranked second nationally in the mile with a time of 4:07.77. He is also ranked third nationally in the 3000 with a time of 8:20.58. Dover also anchored the nation’s sixth-fastest DMR squad with his split of 4:08.8.

WEST REGION – Matt Wells – Puget Sound

Wells, a sophomore from Puyallup, Washington, is ranked 18th nationally and first in the West Region in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.23. He lowered his PR this season from 8.43 to 8.23. Wells is also a member of the West Region’s fourth-ranked 4×400 relay team.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Harrison Escoffery – Rowan

Escoffery, a senior from Hackensack, New Jersey, is tied for first nationally in the high jump with a mark of 2.14m (7-0¼). He is also ranked 10th nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 14.68m (48-2). Escoffery will compete in both events at NCAAs.

CENTRAL REGION – Will Daniels – Central (Iowa)

Daniels, a sophomore from Geneseo, Illinois, is ranked first nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 5158. He is also ranked fifth nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 2.10m (6-10¾). Daniels scored 26 points at the IIAC Championships when he won the high jump, placed second in the long jump and seventh in the pole vault.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Nate Newman – Ohio Wesleyan

Newman, a senior from Chillicothe, Ohio, is ranked 11th nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 4917 points. He is also ranked 37th nationally in the high jump with a mark of 2.01m (6-7). Newman scored 35 points in field events at the NCAC Championships when he won the heptathlon, won the long jump, placed second in the long jump, fourth in the pole vault and seventh in the triple jump.

MIDEAST REGION – Ta’riq Thomas – Delaware Valley

Thomas, a senior from Woodstown, New Jersey, is ranked second nationally in the long jump with a mark of 7.32m (24-0¼). He is also ranked 11th nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 14.65m (48-0¾). Thomas was named Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year after winning both the long jump and high jump at the conference meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Dan Evers – Monmouth (Ill.)

Evers, a senior from Sugar Grove, Illinois, is ranked first nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.30m (17-4½). That mark has him tied as the fifth best performer in NCAA DIII history. Evers is undefeated in the pole vault during the 2018 season.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jared Louf-Woods – UMass Dartmouth

Louf-Woods, a junior from Salem, Massachusetts, is ranked third nationally in the weight throw with a heave of 19.23m (63-11¼) and was ranked in the top-3 nationally all season long in the event. He is also ranked 15th nationally in the shot put with a mark of 16.23m (53-3). Louf-Woods is the only male field event athlete in the New England Region to be ranked in the top-15 in two field events.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Robert Eason – Rhodes

Eason, a senior from Memphis, Tennessee, is tied for eighth nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 2.08m (6-9¾). He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Jacoby Wolfe – George Fox

Wolfe, a junior from Newberg, Oregon, is tied for eighth nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 2.08m (6-9¾). He is a big reason why George Fox has been ranked No. 1 in the West Region for most of the season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dustin Dimit – Rowan

Dimit, in his fourth year at Rowan, led his men to the No. 1 spot in the final National Team Rankings of the season. The Profs have been ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region for the entire season as well. Rowan is tied with North Central (Ill.) for the most athletes ranked in the top-10 of their respective events with nine.

CENTRAL REGION – Chad Gunnelson – Dubuque

Gunnelson, in his seventh year at Dubuque, has his men ranked 19th in the final National Team Rankings and No. 1 in the Central Region. The Spartans won the IIAC championship and qualified three entries to NCAAs. UD also features eight event groups listed in the top-15 of the final Event Squad Rankings, of which five are directly coached by Gunnelson.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union

Lucas, in his eighth year at Mount Union, has his men ranked fourth in the final National Team Rankings and first in the Great Lakes Region. The Purple Raiders captured yet another OAC championship and won every event title that was 500 meters and down. Mount Union also nabbed the All-Ohio team title earlier in the season.

MIDEAST REGION – Erick Camodeca – Stevenson

Camodeca, in his fourth year at Stevenson, led his men to their first conference championship in program history. He has three sprinters ranked in the top-10 of the Mideast Region in the 60, the top-ranked 4×400 team in the Mideast Region and a long jumper who is ranked No. 17 in the country.

MIDWEST REGION – Frank Gramarosso – North Central (Ill.)

Gramarosso, in his eighth year at North Central (Ill.) has his men ranked No. 3 in the final National Team Rankings and No. 1 in the Midwest Region. The Cardinals qualified 14 entries for NCAAs and were ranked No. 1 in the National Team Rankings for five straight weeks.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Joel Williams – Tufts

Williams, in his third year at Tufts, has his men ranked No. 15 in the final National Team Rankings. The Jumbos recently won the New England Division III team title and they scored 110 points to do so. Williams’ athletes broke or tied school records in the 200, high jump and DMR and they qualified two different sprinters for NCAAs for the first time in program history.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Wingard – Christopher Newport

Wingard, in his 12th year at Christopher Newport, has his men ranked No. 2 in the final National Team Rankings and No. 1 in the South/Southeast Region (a spot they have been all season long). The Captains qualified eight entries for NCAAs, which is the fourth highest of any program. All told, CNU has 11 men in the top-20 of the NCAA DIII Descending Order List.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox

Smith, in his 12th year at George Fox, has his men ranked No. 1 in the West Region in the final Regional Rankings of the season. The Bruins will send one athlete to NCAAs.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Norman Tate – Rowan

Tate, in his 10th year at Rowan, coached nine NCAA Division III championship qualifiers in the sprints, hurdles and relays this year. His athletes totaled 90 points at the NJAC Championships, a meet that the Profs won. His squad owns the top 60 hurdle time in NCAA Division III this year.

CENTRAL REGION – Jim Fuller – Central (Iowa)

Fuller, in his sixth season at Central (Iowa), coached his combined events, jumps and hurdles athletes to a total of 54 points at the IIAC Championships. His athletes earned six All-IIAC awards and two individual titles. He coached the top-ranked heptathlete in NCAA Division III this season.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Nate Heddleston – Mount Union

Heddleston, in his fourth year at Mount Union, guided the Raider hurdlers to the second-best and fourth-best times on the NCAA Division III Descending Order List this year. His athletes were instrumental in Mount Union’s climb to a fourth-place national ranking heading into the championship meet.

MIDEAST REGION – Alex Jebb – Johns Hopkins

Jebb, in his third year at Johns Hopkins, tutored the multi-event athletes and the jumpers to three Centennial Conference championships this year. Two of his athletes will be competing at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in the heptathlon and long jump.

MIDWEST REGION – Al Carius – North Central (Ill.)

Carius, in his eighth year at North Central (Ill.), mentored the distance and mid-distance runners for the CCIW Championship-winning Cardinals. His athletes scored 124.5 points at the championship meet, scoring over half of the team’s total. Carius is responsible for seven NCAA Division III championship qualifiers. l

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Derek Rousseau – MIT

Rousseau, in his first year at MIT, led the Engineers’ triple jumpers to the top spot of the NCAA Division III Event Squad Rankings. For the top-ranked team in the New England Region, Rousseau will coach three entries in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Sarah Lagasse – Christopher Newport

Lagasse, in her first year at Christopher Newport, helped the Captains’ distance runners score 94 points for the CAC Championship-winning team. Lagasse will coach four entries in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, including the nation’s top 5000 meter runner.

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox

Haldorson, in his sixth year at George Fox, coached the 400, high jump, shot put and multi-event athletes for the top-ranked West Region squad this season. He will be responsible for a high jumper at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Taryn Cordani – Ithaca

Cordani, a senior from Douglas, Massachusetts, broke the Liberty League Championship Conference record in the 3000 and 5000 this year, while winning all but one race on the season. Her times of 9:39.31 in the 3000 and 16:55.30 in the 5000 rank first in the Atlantic Region and second nationally.

CENTRAL REGION – Kaylee Jones – Nebraska Wesleyan

Jones, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, was the IIAC Champion in the 400 this year in addition to helping her 4×400 relay team finish third at the meet. Her season-best time of 55.59 in the 400 ranks third nationally and first in the Central Region.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Emily Richards – Ohio Northern

Richards, a senior from Delaware, Ohio, set an NCAA Division III record in the 800 this year with a time of 2:05.28. Her top mile time of 4:46.11 this season also ranks sixth in NCAA Division III indoor collegiate history, while her 3000 time of 9:23.61 sits second in NCAA Division III indoor collegiate history.

MIDEAST REGION – Nicole Bartoletta – Geneva

Bartoletta, a senior from Monaca, Pennsylvania, won the PAC Championship in the 60 hurdles this season, totaling 27.5 points at the meet. Her top-time on the year of 8.79 ranks third nationally, and she was the runner-up at the PAC Championships in the 60 and the 200.

MIDWEST REGION – Cheyenne Moore – UW-Oshkosh

Moore, a senior from Winnebago, Wisconsin, is a national qualifier in both the 3000 and 5000 this year. Her raw time of 9:48.11 in the 3000 ranks fifth nationally, while her raw time of 17:11.97 in the 5000 sits 12th in the country. Both marks are the best in their respective events in the Midwest Region.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Wadeline Jonathas – UMass Boston

Jonathas, a sophomore from Gonaives, Haiti, ran the top time in NCAA Division III this year in the 60 (7.43), 200 (24.69) and 400 (53.70). She captured the New England Alliance meet titles in the 60, 200, 400 and helped win the 4×200 and 4×400. Her aforementioned season-best times in the 60 and 400 are NCAA Division III records.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Amber Celen – Bridgewater (Va.)

Celen, a senior from Townsend, Delaware, scored 38.5 points at the ODAC Championships, helping lead her team to its fifth-straight title. She won championships in the 200, 60 hurdles and 4×400 relay while finishing second in the 60. Her 200 time of 24.79 this season sat second nationally, while her season-best in the 60 of 7.64 sits third nationally.

WEST REGION – Sarah King – George Fox

King, a redshirt-junior from Newberg, Oregon, owned the second-best 400 time in NCAA Division III this year at 55.27. Additionally, her 200 time of 24.65 ranked third in the country. Both times are first in the West Region. She was also ranked 15th in the nation in the 60.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Katherine Pitman – Ithaca

Pitman, a senior from Swampscott, Massachusetts, reset the NCAA Division III indoor record in the pole vault this season, with a new all-time best of 4.27m (14-0). Undefeated in her signature event this season, she won both the Liberty League and All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Championships titles in the pole vault.

CENTRAL REGION – Libby Schnoor – Cornell College

Schnoor, a senior from Camanche, Iowa set a new Cornell College record in the pentathlon with her top score of 3,370 this indoor season, which also ranks sixth nationally. She finished as runner-up in both the high jump and the long jump at the Midwest Conference Championships earlier this season, and her top high jump mark is also a new school record.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Monique Newton – Oberlin

Newton, a senior from Sacramento, California, ranks second nationally in the shot put with a top mark of 14.7m (48-3¼), which is also a new school record. She won the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the shot put and finished second in the weight throw to score 18 team points at the conference championships. Newton also ranks sixth nationally in the weight throw with a mark of 17.86m (58-7¼).

MIDEAST REGION – Reilly Wagner – Misericordia

Wagner, a junior from Crofton, Maryland, is tied for the national lead in the high jump at 1.72m (5-7¾) and ranks 11th nationally in the pentathlon. She also ranks in the top 25 in the long jump, and she won both the high jump and the long jump at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships to help secure the team title.

MIDWEST REGION – Mia Bennett – Carthage

Bennett, a senior from Lindenhurst, Illinois, leads Division III in the weight throw with a school-record and conference-record mark of 18.70m (61-4¼). Bennett won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title in the weight throw and finished second in the shot put to earn CCIW Field Athlete of the Meet honors.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Summer-Solstice Thomas – Williams

Thomas, a sophomore from Santa Cruz, California, won the Division III New England Championships in the high jump and pentathlon and ranks first and second, respectively, in Division III in those events. Her top mark of 3,535 in the pentathlon is a new Williams record.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Mara Briggs – Roanoke

Briggs, a junior from Marion, Virginia, won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship in the high jump. Her top clearance of 1.69m(5-6½) ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season.

WEST REGION – Dakota Buhler – George Fox

Buhler, a senior from McMinnville, Oregon, uncorked a season-best jump of 11.91m (39-1) on her last jump at the SPU Final Qualifier to win the event title and secure her trip to the indoor championships. Her performance was a 19-inch improvement on her previous seasonal best and ranks fourth nationally in the event.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Chris Popovici – SUNY Geneseo

Popovici, in his fourth year at SUNY Geneseo, coached the Knights to a SUNYAC Championship, where his squad won nine events. Ranked 18th nationally and first in the Atlantic Region, Popovici’s squad had 17 individuals earn First or Second-Team All-Conference. His 60 hurdles squad and long jump squad ranked first in the NCAA Division III Event Squad rankings.

CENTRAL REGION – Ted Bulling – Nebraska Wesleyan

Bulling, in his 33rd year at Nebraska Wesleyan, guided the Prairie Wolves to a runner-up finish at the IIAC Championships. His athletes are ranked in the top-three in three different events nationally, and his squad sits 10th in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings in addition to ranking third in the Central Region.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Ray Appenheimer – Oberlin

Appenheimer, in his 14th year at Oberlin, led the Yeowomen to an NCAC Champions where his athletes won three event championships. Ranked eighth nationally, his women totaled 197.5 points at the conference meet where his athletes racked up 18 All-NCAC performances.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins

Van Allen, in his 19th season at Johns Hopkins, guided the Blue Jays to a Centennial Championship for the eighth-straight season. The team won by 158.5 points, marking the second-largest margin of victory in meet history. His program boasts eight NCAA Division III championship qualifiers, tied for the fourth-most in the nation.

MIDWEST REGION – Scott Bradley – Wheaton (Ill.)

Bradley, in his 17th season at Wheaton (Ill.)., led the Thunder to a CCIW Championship, where his women captured six individual titles. One of his athletes, Favor Ezewuzie, was named the CCIW Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Bradley was named the CCIW Indoor Coach of the Year after winning the meet by 39.5 points.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Nate Hoey – Williams

Hoey, in his fifth year at Williams, guided his Ephs to a first-place national ranking while tying for the most NCAA Division III championship qualifiers with 12. His squad won the New England Division III Championship, accumulating three individual titles in addition to a relay title.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – John Curtin – Emory

Curtin, in his 33rd year at Emory, coached the Eagles to a third-place finish at the UAA Championships. With four NCAA Division III championship qualifiers, Curtin’s squad ranks first in the South/Southeast Region.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox

Smith, in his 12th year at George Fox, guided his Bruins to an 11th-place national ranking heading into the NCAA Division III championships, where he has five qualifiers. His program was the top team in the West Region this season.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Ed Jaskulski – Brockport

Jasulski, in his 16th year at Brockport, helped lead the Golden Eagles to a second-place team finish at the State University of New York Athletic Conference championships. He tutored Victoire Kothor to school, conference, and conference meet records in the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season, as well as top-five national rankings in both events.

CENTRAL REGION – Derek Frese – Nebraska Wesleyan

Frese, in his 12th year at Nebraska Wesleyan, helped the Prairie Wolves finish second at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, with SteaVen Becker earning IIAC Championship Field Performer of the Meet Honors after winning the shot put and Nebraska Wesleyan athletes also picking up third and sixth place in the event.

GREAT LAKES REGION – John Hepp – Oberlin

Hepp, in his eighth year at Oberlin, helped the Yeowomen capture their second-straight North Coast Athletic Conference team championship with his throwers scoring 60 points in the shot put and weight throw events. Oberlin dominated the throws at the NCAC meet, taking six of the top eight spots in the weight throw and five of the top eight in the shot put.

MIDEAST REGION – Alex Jebb – Johns Hopkins

Jebb, in his third year at Johns Hopkins, helped the Blue Jays capture the Centennial Conference team title with strong performances in the multi-events and jumps. Maya Hammonds improved her personal best in the long jump by over two feet to rank fifth nationally in the event, and Jenn Su broke the school record in the pentathlon and ranks seventh nationally.

MIDWEST REGION – Greg Raimondi – Carthage

Raimondi, in his second year at Carthage, helped the Lady Reds to a third-place finish at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships with a 56-point effort in the shot put and weight throw. Carthage took five of the top seven spots in the shot put and four of the top six in the weight throw, including a new school- and conference-record performance in that event.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ethan Barron – Williams

Barron, in his third year at Williams, helped the Ephs capture the New England Small College Athletic Conference team title and the top ranking in the country headed into the Division III championships with a total of six national qualifiers in the jumps and pentathlon events. Williams has three athletes ranked in the top five nationally in the high jump, two in the top five in the pentathlon, and one athlete in the top ten in the long jump.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Denver Davis – Bridgewater (Va.)

Davis, in his first year at Bridgewater, helped lead the Eagles to their fifth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, with Davis’s hurdlers, jumpers, and sprinters scoring 121.25 of Bridgewater’s 145 team points. Davis-coached Eagles earned 14 all-conference honors, as well as the ODAC Field Athlete of the Meet title.

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox

Haldorson, in his sixth year at George Fox, helped lead the Bruins to the top ranking in the West Region and a top-ten national team ranking. Haldorson’s athletes broke school records in the 400 meters and 200 meters, ranking second and third nationally in those events, and earned a top ten ranking in the pentathlon.