NCAA DII National Award Winners For 2018 Outdoor T&F Season
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division II 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 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships 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 – Mobolade Ajomale, Academy of Art
Ajomale was simply dominant at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he won the 100 and 200 with respective times of 10.18 and 20.45. The product from Canada become the first athlete to double up in the 100 and 200 since Minnesota State’s Emmanuel Matadi did so in 2015. He also helped the Knights finish fifth in the 4×100 relay, giving him a total of 21 points at the meet, the most of any male athlete. Ajomale won PacWest outdoor titles this year in the 100, 200, 400 and 4×100.
Ajomale becomes the first athlete to win Men’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year from Academy of Art. However, this is Ajomale’s second Track Athlete of the Year honor, as he picked one up for his work during the 2017 indoor campaign.
WOMEN’S TRACK – Shannon Kalawan, Saint Augustine’s
Kalawan netted an impressive 23.25 points for the Falcons at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships to lead all women at the meet. The native of Westmoreland, Jamaica, took home titles in the 400 (52.05), 400 hurdles (57.27) and 4×400 (3:36.75) in addition to scoring in the 4×100. During the regular season, the sophomore became the seventh-best performer in NCAA Division II outdoor history in the 400 hurdles, running a 56.99 at the Florida Relays.
Kalawan becomes the first athlete to win Women’s National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honors from Saint Augustine’s.
MEN’S FIELD – Charles Greaves, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Greaves notched a whopping 18 points to help lead the Javelina to a team title this year, winning the triple jump and placing second in the long jump. The senior rom Bridgetown, Barbados, hit a mark of 16.08m (52-9¼) in the triple jump for a title while leaping 7.88m (25-10¼) for his runner-up finish in the long jump. During the regular season, Greaves sat second on the NCAA Division II Descending Order List in the long jump as well as fourth in the triple jump.
Greaves joins Jeron Robinson (2014 and 2015) as Men’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year winners from Texas A&M-Kingsville.
WOMEN’S FIELD – Diana Cauldwell, Lincoln (Mo.)
Cauldwell played an integral role in helping the Blue Tigers win a national title this outdoor season. The junior from Kingston, Jamaica, scored 18 points at the national meet after winning the triple jump with a mark of 13.16m (43-2¼) in addition to finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 6.23m (20-5¼). Cauldwell won MIAA outdoor titles in both events, and sat first on the NCAA Division II Descending Order List this season in the long jump with a leap of 6.34m (20-9¾).
Cauldwell becomes the first athlete from Lincoln (Mo.) to win Women’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors.
NATIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR
MEN’S HEAD COACH – Ryan Dall, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Dall, in his eighth season as head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, led the Javelina men to its first ever outdoor national title this season. Ranked third nationally heading into the meet, his team posted 65 points, 14 more than the runner-up. His squad captured four event titles, with Javier Lopez winning the 110 hurdles, Charles Greaves winning the triple jump and Richard Cervantes taking home the shot put title in addition to the team winning the 4×100 relay.
Dale becomes the first coach from Texas A&M-Kingsville to pick up Men’s National Outdoor Head Coach of the Year honors.
WOMEN’S HEAD COACH – Victor Thomas, Lincoln (Mo.)
Thomas, in his 17th season at Lincoln (Mo.), guided the Blue Tigers to its eighth outdoor title, as well as its first since 2014. Scoring a total of 60 points, the Blue Tigers saw its 4×100 relay team win a national championship, as well as Diana Cauldwell in the triple jump and Rene Medley in the 200. During the regular season, the Blue Tigers netted 12 top-10 NCAA Division II Descending Order List marks, including the top marks in the 200, 4×100 relay and long jump.
This is Thomas’ fourth Women’s National Outdoor Head Coach of the Year honors. He also won the award in 2016, 2010 and 2006. He also won Women’s National Indoor Head Coach of the Year during the 2014 season.
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Ernie Clark, Ashland
Clark, in his third year at Ashland, led the sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams to success for the Eagles. Clark tutored Myles Pringle, who won the 400 and placed 8th in the 200 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His 4×400 relay squad also scored took home a national title with a time of 3:07.66. Clark’s crew totaled 57 points for the team at the GLIAC Championships.
Clark becomes the second assistant coach from Ashland to win Men’s National Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year honors, joining Trent Mack (2014).
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH – Alan Dunson, Grand Valley State
Dunson, in his third year at Grand Valley State, coached five event squads to top-five placements. His 400 hurdle team was the top-ranked squad in the nation, while his 100 hurdles and 400 meter teams ranked second. Additionally, his 100 meter sprinters ranked third while his 200 meter sprinters ranked fifth. Five of GVSU’s 17 national entries to the championship meet came from his group, and his athletes hit 12 NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying marks during the season.
Dunson becomes the first assistant coach from Grand Valley State to win Women’s National Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year honors.