Outstanding Performers Named For 2018 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships

NEW ORLEANS – The Outstanding Performers of the Meet from the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Jordan Johnson of Benedictine (Ill.) and Sam Elsner of UW-Stout were named the Men’s Track and Men’s Field Outstanding Performers, respectively, while Wadeline Jonathas of UMass Boston and Katherine Pitman of Ithaca took home the respective women’s honors from the meet.

Each year the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at the NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Winners are determined using a formula that takes into account team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), Division III season bests (three additional points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally between the four team members.

Johnson, the Outstanding Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet, totaled 19 points using the above formula. He won the 200 in a season-best time of 21.67 and finished third in the 60. That gave him four more points than both Jeremy Hernandez of Ramapo and Dhruvil Patel of North Central (Ill.).

Jonathas, the Outstanding Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet, amassed an otherworldly total of 54 points in Birmingham, Alabama. She won the 60, 200 and 400, broke each of those meet records and set a trio of season-best times. The closest competitor to Jonathas for this award was Emily Richards of Ohio Northern, who had 31 total points.

Elsner, the Outstanding Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet, tallied 21 points inside the Birmingham CrossPlex. He won the shot put and finished second in the weight throw, an event in which he also set a season best mark before it was topped by eventual champion Andrew Jarrett.

Pitman, the Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet, won a close battle against Victoria Kothor of Brockport State. Pitman scored 18 points using the formula (first place in the pole vault with a meet record and season best) compared to Kothor, who put up 16 only in team points with a victory in the shot put and a third-place effort in the weight throw.