NJCAA Regional Award Winners For 2018 Indoor Season

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

Each of the four 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 took part in the 2018 NJCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Lubbock, Texas.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Kasique Oliver – Monroe (N.Y.)

Oliver, a sophomore from Glen, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, is ranked third nationally in both the 800 (1:51.47) and the 1000 (2:27.79). He qualified in an all-time program high six events (four individual events, two relay events) and is ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region in each of those as well.

CENTRAL REGION – Thobile Mosito – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Mosito, a sophomore from Mogale City, South Africa, is ranked first nationally at 5000 meters (14:42.87), second nationally at 3000 meters (8:24.33) ninth nationally in the mile (4:17.47) and 10th nationally in the 1000 (2:31.63). He was the Region VI champion in the 3000, 5000 and placed third in the mile.

MIDWEST REGION – Malik Beverly – Iowa Central CC

Beverly, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, is ranked first nationally in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.79 and never lost control of that spot all season long. He is also ranked eighth nationally in the 200 with a time of 21.43.

WEST REGION – Mason Weh – South Plains (Texas)

Weh, a sophomore from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, is ranked second nationally in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.91. He went sub-eight seconds in the event four times this season.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Chisom Enekwechi – Monroe (N.Y.)

Enekwechi, a freshman from Valley Stream, New York, is ranked 12th nationally in the shot put with a mark of 15.44m (50-7¾) and 30th nationally in the weight throw at 13.22m (43-4¼). She improved her PR in the shot put by more than a meter during the season.

CENTRAL REGION – Sanjae Lawrence – Barton (Kan.) CC

Lawrence, a sophomore from Westmoreland, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the shot put with a mark of 18.39m (60-4), which broke a school record and has been atop the Descending Order List since Week 2. He is also ranked 17th nationally in the weight throw.

MIDWEST REGION – Travis Petersen – Iowa Central CC

Petersen, a sophomore from Atlantic, Iowa, is ranked first nationally in the weight throw with a heave of 18.27m (59-11¼). He improved his PR in the event by 3.21 meters and was the Region XI champion. Petersen is also ranked 26th nationally in the shot put.

WEST REGION – Connor Williamson – Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC

Williamson, a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona, is ranked first nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 5430. He is also ranked second nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.85m (15-11). Williamson broke a school record in the shot put when he posted the 13th best mark of the season in the event (15.40m/50-6¼).

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his fourth year as head coach of the Mustangs, led his men to the No. 12 rank in the USTFCCCA National Rankings and the No. 1 billing in the Atlantic Region. He saw nine of his athletes qualify for the NJCAA Indoor Championships and four of those entries are ranked in the top-10 nationally.

CENTRAL REGION – David Schenek – Barton (Kan.) CC

Schenek, in his ninth year as head coach of the Cougars, led his team to the No. 2 spot in the USTFCCCA National Rankings and the No. 2 billing in the Central Region. Barton CC won the Region VI championship with seven event champions and the Cougars qualified 39 entries to the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his ninth year as head coach of the Tritons, has his men ranked third nationally and first in the Midwest Region. Iowa Central qualified 48 entries to the NJCAA Indoor Championships and recently won the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference title.

WEST REGION – Erik Vance – South Plains (Texas)

Vance, in his third year as head coach of the Texans, has his men ranked first nationally and first in the West Region. His team punched 48 tickets to the NJCAA Indoor Championships and he coached athletes to the No. 2 mark nationally in both the long jump and triple jump. South Plains (Texas) also qualified three combined event athletes to nationals as well as a shot putter.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe (N.Y.)

Greene, in his ninth year with Monroe (N.Y.), helped guide the Mustangs to a first-place ranking in the Atlantic Region. His distance and mid-distance athletes have the top-three marks in the Atlantic region in the 500, 600, 800, 100, mile, 3000 and distance medley relay.

CENTRAL REGION – Mark’Quis Frazier – Barton (Kan.) CC

Frazier, in his second season at Barton (Kan.) CC, assisted the Cougars to a Region VI Championship. Tutoring the sprints, mid-distance and relays, his athletes finished 1-2-3 in the men’s 60 at the Region VI meet while his men went second and third in the 800, as well. His 4×800 relay also took home the conference title.

MIDWEST REGION – Shellene Williams-Davis – Iowa Western CC

Williams-Davis, in her sixth year with Iowa Western CC, guided the Reiver sprinters to five top-two Midwest Region marks this season. As a whole, the squad was ranked 14th nationally and second in the Midwest Region.

WEST REGION – Trinity Williams – Western Texas

Williams, in her sixth year at Western Texas, coached the springs, jumps, hurdles and relays for the Westerners. Her athletes achieved the top marks in the West Region in the 60, 600 and 4×400 relay. She also coached Sean Bailey to the all-time, all-conditions NJCAA 600 record of 1:16.74.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dawnel Collymore – Monroe (N.Y.)

Collymore, a sophomore from Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, achieved national qualifying marks in four individual events and two relay events during the indoor season. Her top time of 2:13.68 in the 800 Meters ranks second nationally, and she also has the third-best time in the NJCAA in the 1000 Meters.

CENTRAL REGION – Jatoria McGirt – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

McGirt, a freshman from Royal Palm Beach, Florida, won NJCAA Region VI Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet honors with a total of 22 points, including titles in the 60 Meters, 200 Meters, and anchoring Cloud’s runner-up 4×400 Relay. She ranks in the top five nationally in both the 60 Meters and the 200 Meters.

MIDWEST REGION – Adva Cohen – Iowa Central CC

Cohen, a freshman from Jerusalem, Israel, leads the NJCAA in both the Mile and the 5000 Meters, with top times of 4:42.44 and 16:16.50. She also ranks second in the nation in the 1000 Meters and 3000 Meters, third in the 800 Meters, and runs the anchor leg on Iowa Central’s top-ranked 4×800 Relay. She reset the Israeli indoor national record in both the Mile and 3000 Meters this indoor season.

WEST REGION – Esther Gitahi – New Mexico JC

Gitahi, a sophomore from Nakuru, Kenya, leads the NJCAA in the 1000 Meters and the 3000 Meters. She also ranks second in the Mile and fourth in the 800 Meters and runs the anchor leg on New Mexico JC’s top-ranked Distance Medley Relay.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Natricia Hooper – Essex County (N.J.)

Hooper, a freshman from Guyana, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 13.20m (43-3¾).

CENTRAL REGION – Gabbriel Harris – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Harris, a sophomore from Sicklerville, New Jersey, is ranked first nationally in the weight throw (18.42m/60-5¼) and seventh nationally in the shot put (13.23m/43-5). She won both events at the Region VI Championships and scored 20 points.

MIDWEST REGION – Michelle Tomlin – Iowa Central CC

Tomlin, a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska, is ranked second nationally in the weight throw (18.18m/59-7¾) and sixth nationally in the shot put (14.22m/46-8). She qualified for NJCAAs in both events.

WEST REGION – Jelena Rowe – South Plains (Texas)

Rowe, a freshman from Chicago, established an NJCAA record in the high jump with her clearance of 1.84m (6-0½). She has posted four of the best jumps in NJCAA history, including the top-3 marks all-time (1.84m, 1.82m and 1.81m).

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe (N.Y.)

Hogg, in her fourth year at Monroe (N.Y.), led the Mustangs to a top regional ranking throughout the entire season. The Lady Mustangs led the Atlantic Region in nine events, and her squad has national qualifiers in eight events and three relays.

CENTRAL REGION – Mark Phillips – Cowley (Kan.)

Phillips, in his 14th year at Cowley (Kan.), guided the Tigers to a Region VI Championship that captured four event titles. Phillips’ squad posted 21 national qualifiers, and achieved a USTFCCCA National Team Ranking of ninth on the season.

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his sixth season at Iowa Central CC, led the Tritons to a first-place USTFCCCA National Ranking on the season, as well as the top-ranking in the Midwest Region. His women have posted the top marks on the NJCAA Descending Order List in the 60, 800, mile, 5000 and 4×800 relay this year.

WEST REGION – Keith Blackwill – New Mexico JC

Blackwill, in his 13th year at New Mexico JC, guided the Thunderbirds to a second-place ranking in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings. Coaching the sprinters, jumpers and multi athletes, he has nine athletes that sit in the top-10 in their respective events on the NJCAA Descending Order List.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe (N.Y.)

Greene, in his ninth year at Monroe (N.Y.), coached several athletes to the top of both the regional and national rankings. His Mustang mid-distance and distance runners have top-five NJCAA Descending Order List marks in the 600, 800, 1000 and distance medley relay.

CENTRAL REGION – Dan Adler – Cowley (Kan.)

Adler, in his second year at Cowley (Kan.), helped lead the Tigers to a Region VI Championship, where his athletes captured three event titles. Adler’s distance athletes played a crucial role in getting the Tigers to ninth in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings.

MIDWEST REGION – Ariane Bell – Vincennes (Ind.)

Bell, in her third season at Vincennes (Ind.), helped Jamesha Western to the third-best weight throw mark in all of NJCAA this year at 17.79m (58-4½ ) in addition to the fourth-best shot put mark at 14.49m/47-6½).

WEST REGION – Justin Hobbs – South Plains (Texas)

Hobbs, in his second year at South Plains (Texas), guided the Jelena Rowe to four of the top-10 all-time indoor high jump performances in just, including a national record. He also oversaw Natassha McDonald running the top time in the NJCAA in the 400 which is the seventh time all-time, as well as the best 4×400 relay mark of all-time.