NAIA National Award Winners For 2018 Outdoor T&F Season
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NAIA 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 both at this past weekend’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama as well as performances throughout the entire regular season.
Information on each of the winners can be found below.
NATIONAL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
MEN’S TRACK – Oraine Palmer, Wiley (Texas)
Everything Oraine Palmer touched turned to gold in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Palmer won individual national titles in the 100 and 200 with times of 10.35 and 20.77, respectively. He also ran the second leg of the first-place 4×100 relay that finished in 40.17. Palmer scored 22.5 of the Wildcats’ 92 points at the meet. He was the top-ranked athlete in both the 100 and 200 during the regular season.
Palmer is the first athlete from Wiley (Texas) to be named Men’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
WOMEN’S TRACK – Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.)
Anna Shields dazzled both during the regular season and in the postseason. It was in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where Shields won the 800 and 1500 and set a meet record of 4:14.38 in the latter. Shields dominated the River States Conference Championships a few weeks earlier when she totaled 45 points with individual victories in the 400, 800, 1500 and 5000 to go along with winning legs of the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. She was named NAIA Track Athlete of the Week three times during the regular season as well.
This is the second year in a row that Shields was named Women’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
MEN’S FIELD – Goabaone Mosheleketi, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Goabaone Mosheleketi saved his best for last. Mosheleketi set season bests in winning efforts at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the long jump (7.51m/24-7¾) and triple jump (15.57m/57-1). What is even more impressive is that Mosheleketi entered the meet ranked 20th nationally in the long jump. Mosheleketi scored 20 of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)’s 33 points in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Mosheleketi is the first athlete from Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) to be named Men’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
WOMEN’S FIELD – Chelsea Baker, Friends (Kan.)
Chelsea Baker capped her collegiate career in a big way this past weekend. Baker scored 18 points at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships by winning the heptathlon and finishing runner-up in the high jump. She was a force in the multi throughout the season as she entered the meet with the top score of 4983 and bettered that to 5120 in the Yellowhammer State. Baker also starred at the KCAC Championships when she won the high jump, long jump and triple jump to post 30 points for the Falcons.
Baker is the first athlete from Friends (Kan.) to be named Women’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
National Coaches of the Year
MEN’S COACH – Marlon Baugh, Wiley (Texas)
In just his third year as head coach, Marlon Baugh led his men to their first national title in program history. Baugh’s Wildcats scored 92 points in Gulf Shores, Alabama, outpointing runner-up Indiana Tech by 30. Wiley (Texas) scored 53 points in the sprints alone and 20 more in the relays. The Wildcats led the nation in four events entering NAIAs and broke three program records along the way.
This is the first time that Baugh has been named Men’s National Outdoor Coach of the Year.
WOMEN’S COACH – Younne Reid, Southern-New Orleans (La.)
Younne Reid brought one of the smallest rosters – numbers-wise – to Gulf Shores, Alabama, but that didn’t mean Southern-New Orleans (La.) would back down. Reid’s Knights won the national title with 64 points, two more than runner-up British Columbia. SUNO captured four event titles in the 100, 400, 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay, finished runner-up in the 100 and 4×100 and placed in the 400 and 400 hurdles.
This is the first time that Reid has been named Women’s National Outdoor Coach of the Year.
MEN’S ASSISTANT – Chris Johnson, British Columbia
Chris Johnson’s athletes carried their excellence during the regular season into the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Johnson watched his distance runners score 32 points in Gulf Shores, Alabama, thanks large in part to victories in the steeplechase and a 2-3-7 finish in the 5000. British Columbia owned the nation’s top marks in the steeplechase and 5000 as well as two of the top-3 marks in the 1500 entering the meet.
This is the second year in a row that Johnson has been named Men’s National Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT – Norm Tinkham, British Columbia
Norm Tinkham’s endurance athletes and distance runners scored 55 of British Columbia’s 62 points at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Thunderbirds went 3-4-7 in the 800, 2-3-4 in the 1500, placed fifth in the 5000, 4-5 in the steeplechase and won the 4×800 relay. Tinkham’s athletes nabbed five ‘A’ standards in the 800, four in the 1500 and two in the 5000, 10,000 and steeplechase during the regular season.
This is the first year that Tinkham has been named Women’s National Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.