NCAA DIII OTF National Athletes of the Week (May 22)
NEW ORLEANS – NCAA Division III athletes spread across the nation this past week at Last Chance Meets in search of bettering their current spots on the Descending Order List ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Numerous athletes did just that, but two stood out from the rest: SUNY Geneseo’s Isaac Garcia-Cassani and CCNY’s Avery Maillet.
That’s why they were named the NCAA Division III National Athletes of the Week this morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
CLICK HERE for a historical listing of National Athletes of the Week in outdoor track & field.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and NJCAA Division I).
Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.
The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.
NCAA DIVISION III MEN – Isaac Garcia-Cassani, SUNY Geneseo
Senior | Mid-Distance
Holbrook, New York
Isaac Garcia-Cassani just missed his PR in the 1500 this past weekend at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier Meet. Don’t worry, though: Garcia-Cassani still hit an all-time top-10 mark in NCAA DIII history in the process.
Garcia-Cassani finished in 3:42.85, which was right off his time from last year (3:42.66) that made him the sixth fastest performer in NCAA DIII history.
He will look to win his second NCAA 1500-meter title in a row this upcoming weekend, which would make him the 10th man in NCAA DIII history to accomplish that feat.
This is the first time that Garcia-Cassani has been named National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season. He is also the first male athlete from SUNY Geneseo to earn the honor as well.
NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN – Avery Maillet, CCNY
Freshman | Jumps/Sprints
Brooklyn, New York
Freshman jitters didn’t get to Avery Maillet last week.
Maillet, competing at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, soared 6.06m (19-10¾) in the long jump to take over the national lead. Her series included three marks of 5.81m (19-0¾) or better, which was the former No. 5 mark in the nation.
The freshman from Brooklyn, New York, barely missed the NCAA DIII all-time top-10. Mailett’s mark was just one inch short of tying the No. 10 mark shared by four other women.
This is the first National Athlete of the Week honor for Maillet, who also earned the first outdoor award in CCNY program history.