Regional Award Winners For 2018 NCAA DIII Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS — Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight 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.

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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 will be at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Isaac Garcia-Cassani – SUNY Geneseo

Garcia-Cassani, a senior from Holbrook, New York, is ranked first nationally in the 1500 with a time of 3:42.85, which stands as a top-10 mark in NCAA DIII history. He also clocked a time of 4:01.35 in the outdoor mile at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational. Garcia-Cassani won the 1500 and 5000 at the SUNYAC Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Mark Fairley – Central (Iowa)

Fairley, a senior from Dubuque, Iowa, is ranked first nationally in the steeplechase with a time of 8:57.39. He is just one of two NCAA DIII athletes this year to go sub-9 minutes in that event. Fairley is also ranked fifth in the Central Region in the 1500 with a time of 3:52.95.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matt Molinaro – Ohio Northern

Molinaro, a senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan, is ranked fourth nationally (first regionally) in the 800 with a time of 1:50.28. He is also ranked 14th nationally (first regionally) in the 1500 in 3:51.14. Molinaro is undefeated at 1500 meters this year and was named the OAC Distance Runner of the Year during the outdoor season.

MIDEAST REGION – Dylan Gearinger – Haverford

Gearinger, a junior from Berwick, Pennsylvania, is ranked fourth nationally (first regionally) in the 5000 with a time of 14:14.68. He is also ranked eighth nationally (second regionally) in the 1500 with a time of 3:50.38 and 14th nationally (second regionally) in the 10,000 with a time of 30:17.22.

MIDWEST REGION – Dhruvil Patel – North Central (Ill.)

Patel, a junior from Skokie, Illinois, is ranked first nationally in the 5000 with a time of 13:58.27, which is also makes him the seventh best performer in NCAA DIII history. He is also ranked third nationally at 10,000 meters with his time of 29:52.83.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Irie Gourde – Brandeis

Gourde, a senior from Portland, Oregon, is ranked fifth nationally in the 400 with a time of 47.46 and 11th nationally in the 200 with a time of 21.41. He is the top-ranked athlete in the New England Region in both of those events and is undefeated in those events as well.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Logan McKenzie – Berea (Ky.)

McKenzie, a sophomore from Athen, Tennessee, is ranked third nationally in the steeplechase with a time of 9:02.06. He is also ranked 15th nationally (second regionally) in the 1500 with a time of 3:51.57. McKenzie also clocked a time of 14:32.27 in the 5000, which put him second in the region.

WEST REGION – Andy Reischling – Pomona-Pitzer

Reischling, a junior from Seattle, Washington, is ranked second nationally in both the 5000 (14:07.91) and 10,000 (29:51.75). He became the first athlete in SCIAC history to win both the 5000 and 10,000 at the same conference championship meet.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Jeffrey Jon Tucker – Rowan

Tucker, a senior from Vorhees, New Jersey, led NCAA Division III in the high jump this year and posted the sixth-best performance in NCAA DIII history at 2.19m (7-2¼). He captured the NJAC title in the event in addition to picking up the conference title in the long jump.

CENTRAL REGION – Will Daniels – Central (Iowa)

Daniels, a sophomore from Geneseo, Illinois, scored in four field events at the IIAC Championships, including winning the high jump title. He totaled 26 points for Central (Iowa), which took home the team title. His decathlon mark of 6673 this season ranked fourth nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Nate Newman – Ohio Wesleyan

Newman, a senior from Chillicothe, Ohio, led NCAA Division III in the decathlon with a point total of 6832. He won NCAC titles in the decathlon, high jump and pole vault, earning NCAC Field-Event Athlete of the Year honors, as well as picking up the NCAC High Point Winner award.

MIDEAST REGION – Ta’riq Thomas – Delaware Valley

Thomas, a senior from Woodstown, New Jersey, notched the third-best performance in NCAA DIII long jump history this year at 7.86m (25-9½). He ranked first in NCAA Division III in the event this year, as well as third in the triple jump with a mark of 15.18m (49-9¾), earning MAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors.

MIDWEST REGION – Luke Winder – North Central (Ill.)

Winder, a senior from Joliet, Illinois, set the NCAA Division III pole vault record this year at 5.60m (18-4½). His mark was an automatic standard for USATF. Winder won six pole vault event titles this season.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Jared Louf-Woods – UMass Dartmouth

Louf-Woods, a senior from Salem, Massachusetts, owned the second-best hammer throw mark in NCAA Division III this year at 62.45m (204-11). His shot put mark of 16.81m (55-2) also sat fifth nationally. He was the New England DIII Champion and LEC Champion in the hammer throw.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Legend Hayes – Christopher Newport

Hayes, a senior from Orange County, California, was the CAC Championships High Point Scorer after winning the discus title while posting runner-up finishes in the hammer throw and shot put. His discus mark of 53.42m (175-3) sat fourth nationally this season.

WEST REGION – Seth Nonnenmacher – George Fox

Nonnenmacher, a senior from Burns, Oregon, led NCAA Division III in the javelin this year with a toss of 71.48m (234-6). That throw earned him the Northwest Conference Championship title, but also put him fifth in the NCAA Division III collegiate outdoor record book.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dustin Dimit – Rowan

Dimit, in his fourth year at Rowan, led the Profs to the NJAC Outdoor Championship with individual event champions in 13 events. The team ranks first in the region and second in the nation headed into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Joe Dunham – Central (Iowa)

Dunham, in his tenth year at Central, led the team to a 28-point margin of victory at the IIAC Outdoor Championships, outdoing pre-conference projections of a second-place finish. Central ranks fifth in the region and in the top 25 nationally.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union

Lucas, in his eighth year at Mount Union , led the Raiders to the OAC Championship, as well as the top slot in the Great Lakes Regional team rankings, and a top ten national ranking. Mount Union has eight entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including six who rank in the top ten in their events.

MIDEAST REGION – Stephen Kimes – Wesley

Kimes, in his sixth year at Wesley, led the team to a runner-up finish at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships and the team title at the ECAC Championships. Wesley ranks first in the Mideast Region and has four entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Frank Gramarosso – North Central (Ill.)

Gramarosso, in his eighth year at the helm of the North Central program, led the team to the CCIW Championship, with individual event champions in eight events. North Central ranks first in the region and first in the nation, qualifying a total of 17 entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Steve Gardiner – UMass Dartmouth

Gardiner, in his tenth year at UMass Dartmouth, led the team to a second-place finish at the Little East Championships on the strength of individual wins in seven events. The team ranks sixth in the region and in the top 10 nationally after a strong third-place finish at the Division III New England Championships and a fourth-place finish at the NEICAAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Wingard – Christopher Newport

Wingard, in his 12th year at Christopher Newport, led the Captains to their third-consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Championship and the top ranking in the South/Southeast Region. Christopher Newport also ranks in the top twenty in the nation, with five entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox

Smith, in his 12th year at George Fox, led the Bruins to the Northwest Conference Championship with individual event champions in eleven events and a margin of victory of over 100 points. The team ranks first in the region and in the top ten nationally after a season in which Bruin athletes recorded three new school records and one all-time NCAA Division III top-ten mark.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Mike VanAuker – St. John Fisher

Coach VanAuker’s hurdlers combined for an 48 points during the Empire 8 Conference Championship. He coached Peter Girardi to the division-leading time in the 400 meter hurdles (50.95) and to the No. 2 seed in the  110 meter hurdles (14.08w). Sophomore Eddie Mahana also qualified for the NCAA meet in the 110s. VanAuker is in his sixth year.

CENTRAL REGION – Josh Schoen – Carleton

Schoen is in his tenth season with the distance runners at Carleton. At the MIAC Championships, Carleton won four distance events: the 10,000, 5000, 1500, and 800, and placed runner-up in three events, leading Carleton to their highest team finish, runner-up, with the most points scored (138) in team conference history. Donson Cook-Gallardo will run the 800 for Carleton at the NCAA meet.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jake Alexander – John Carroll

Alexander, in his fourth year at John Carroll, works with the team’s sprints and hurdles group. Hayden Snow, OAC Sprint Athlete of the Championship Meet, qualified for the NCAA meet in both the 100 meters and the long jump, seeded second in the long jump. In addition, the team’s 4×100 enters the national meet seeded second. At the OAC Champs, athletes scored 60 points in five sprint events. In the final #EventSquad rankings, John Carroll finished second in the 100 meters.

MIDEAST REGION – Dave Berdan – Stevenson

Berdan, the Stevenson distance coach in his fourth season, helped the program to its first Middle Atlantic Conferences championship title in history. Distance runners at that meet accounted for 53 points. Sophomore Iddriss Iddriss qualified for the NCAA meet in the 800 meters.

MIDWEST REGION – Al Carius – North Central (Ill.)

Carius, in his eighth year as a track-and-field assistant for distance events, will lead seven athletes at the national championships that qualified for 11 starting positions, including five in each final of the 5000 and 10,000 meters. Mid-Distance and distance athletes scored 128 points at the CCIW Championships enroute to the Cardinals capturing the conference crown. NCC finished No. 1 in the final #EventSquad rankings in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Shay Austin-Leary – UMass Dartmouth

Austin-Leary, coach of the shot put, discus, and javelin in her first year with the program, will have Jared Louf-Woods in the shot put and Steve Tencati and Jordan Entwistle entered in the javelin for the NCAA meet. School records were broke in all three throws events this season, and her javelin four-man squad all finished the season in the top 50 nationally and No. 1 in the final #EventSquad rankings by a cumulative distance of 60 feet.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Sarah Lagasse – Christopher Newport

Lagasse, in her first year as distance coach at CNU, leads Jeffrey Dover in the 1500 meters and Cullen Monahan in the 800 meters to the NCAA meet. The distance group scored 83 points at the CAC Championships and set school records in the 1500 and 5000 meters this season.

WEST REGION – Gabe Haberly – George Fox

Haberly, in his sixth year as an assistant with the short sprints, pole vault, javelin, and 4×100 relay, has athletes that accounted for two school records, two Northwest Conference Records, and nine top-10 all-time GFU marks this season. At the conference meet, that group scored 58 points and earned seven podium finishes. Among four NCAA national entries, Seth Nonnemacher is the division-leader in the javelin (71.48/234-6).

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Taryn Cordani – Ithaca

Cordani, a senior from Douglas, Massachusetts, is ranked first nationally in the 10,000 with a time of 33:44.06, which bettered her own school record by 43 seconds and makes her the third best performer in NCAA DIII history. She is also ranked sixth nationally over 5000 meters with her time of 16:42.59.

CENTRAL REGION – Elizabeth Jones – Nebraska Wesleyan

Jones, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, is ranked fourth nationally in the 400 with a time of 55.31 and 21st nationally in the 200 with a time of 24.87. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 relay that sits second on the Descending Order List.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Emily Richards – Ohio Northern

Richards, a senior from Delaware, Ohio, is ranked first nationally in both the 800 (2:02.84) and the 1500 (4:15.77). Her time in the 800 doubles as the fastest in-season mark run by a female athlete in NCAA DIII history, while she sits as the third-best performer on the all-time chart in the 1500.

MIDEAST REGION – Clare Schoen – Misericordia

Schoen, a sophomore from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is ranked third nationally in the 10,000 with a time of 34:53.15. She is also ranked 17th nationally in the 5000 with a time of 16:54.45. At the MAC Championships, she won the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 and set conference records in the 5000 and 10,000.

MIDWEST REGION – Annalise Wagner – Washington (Mo.)

Wagner, a senior from Webster Groves, Missouri, is ranked second nationally in the 800 with a time of 2:07.31. She is also a member of the 10th-ranked 4×400 relay, on which she ran the anchor leg.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Wadeline Jonathas – UMass Boston

Jonathas, a sophomore from Gonaives, Haiti, is ranked first nationally in the 100, 200 and 400 and is part of two top-15 relay teams (4×100 and 4×400). She lowered her all-conditions NCAA DIII records in both the 100 and 200 at the Division III New England Championships when she clocked times of 11.41w and 23.14w.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Karmin Shute – Birmingham-Southern

Shute, a senior from Fayetteville, Georgia, is ranked second nationally in the 200 with a time of 24.26 and fourth nationally in the 100 with a time of 11.82. At the SAA Championships, she won the 200, 400 and helped out on the championship 4×100 relay, while placing second in the 100 and helped the team to a scoring position in the 4×400.

WEST REGION – Kayla Leland – Whitworth

Leland, a senior from Spokane, Washington, is ranked first nationally in the steeplechase with a time of 10:20.97, which puts her ninth on the NCAA DIII all-time chart. She is also ranked fourth nationally in the 5000 with a time of 16:38.80. She was named the Northwest Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 in fewer than 24 hours.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Katherine Pitman – Ithaca

Pitman, a redshirt-senior from Swampscott, Massachusetts, set an NCAA Division III outdoor pole vault record this season with a mark of 4.31m (14-1¾). Her long jump season-best of 4.76m (18-10¾) ranked 12th nationally. She was the conference champion in both events.

CENTRAL REGION – Tanasha Atwater – Dubuque

Atwater, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, ranked fourth nationally in the shot put with a mark of 14.77m (48-5½). Her hammer throw mark of 54.81m (179-10) was good for eighth in NCAA Division III. She was the IIAC Field MVP this year, claiming titles in both aforementioned events.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Monique Newton – Oberlin

Newton, a senior from Sacramento, California, ranked first in the Great Lakes Region in the discus, hammer and shot put, while sitting in the top-six nationally in all events. Winning NCAC titles in all three events, she owned season-best marks of 48.85m (160-3) in the discus, 14.48m (47-6¼) in the shot put and 55.62m (182-6) in the hammer throw.

MIDEAST REGION – Sarah Lehman – Penn State Harrisburg

Lehman, a freshman from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was the CAC Rookie of the Year after winning a league title in the triple jump while placing second in the long jump. Her season-best triple jump mark of 11.96m (39-3) ranked eighth nationally, while her long jump mark of 5.72m (18-9¼) sat 19th nationally.

MIDWEST REGION – Erica Oawster – UW-Eau Claire

Oawster, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, is ranked first nationally in the discus with a heave of 49.85m (163-6) and third nationally in the shot put at 15.11m (49-7). She was named the WIAC Field Athlete of the Meet after winning both the shot put and discus at the conference championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Emma Egan – Williams

Egan, a sophomore from Yarmouth, Maine, led NCAA Division III in the high jump with a mark of 1.73m (5-8). Egan claimed the DIII New England Championship title in the event while also finishing second at the NESCAC Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Britney Sullivan – Trinity (Texas)

Sullivan, a senior from Dallas, was fifth in NCAA Division III in the triple jump this year with a mark of 12.04m (39-6). She claimed the SCAC title in the event while finishing second at the meet in the long jump with a mark of 5.71m (18-9) that ranked 21st nationally.

WEST REGION – Emily Bassett – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Bassett, a senior from Seattle, led the nation in the hammer throw with a mark of 62.04m (203-6), good for the third best performance in NCAA Division III history. In the discus, she sat 15th nationally with a mark of 45.22m (148-4) and was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Chris Popovici – SUNY Geneseo

Popovici, in his fourth year at SUNY Geneseo, led the Knights to the SUNAC Championship with individual champions in eight events. The team ranks first in the region and in the top twenty nationally on the strength of ten entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Ted Bulling – Nebraska Wesleyan

Bulling, in his 31st year at Nebraska Wesleyan, led the Prairie Wolves to the IIAC Championship and the top ranking in the Central Region. Nebraska Wesleyan ranks in the top twenty nationally with a total of ten entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jason Maus – Ohio Northern

Maus, in his ninth year at the helm of Ohio Northern, led the Polar Bears to the OAC Championship and earned OAC Coach of the Year honors. Ohio Northern ranks third in the Great Lakes Region and ninth in the nation on the strength of five entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, four of which rank in the division’s top ten.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins

Van Allen, in his 19th year at Johns Hopkins, led the Blue Jays to the Centennial Conference Championship and the top team ranking in the Mideast Region. Blue Jay athletes won six individual events at the conference championships, and John Hopkins has nine entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.=

MIDWEST REGION – Jeff Stiles – Washington (Mo.)

Stiles, in his 17th year at Wash U, led the team to the UAA Championship and the top ranking in the Midwest Region. The Bears have eleven entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and rank in the top ten nationally.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Nate Hoey – Williams

Hoey, in his fifth year at Williams, led the Ephs to the NESCAC Championship, with individual champions in six events and a margin of victory of 85 points. The team ranks first in the region and second in the nation on the strength of 13 entries at the national championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – John Curtin – Emory

Curtin, in his 33rd year at Emory, led the Eagles to third place at the UAA Championships, with Emory athletes earning individual championships in seven events. The Eagles rank first in the South/Southeast Region and eighth nationally, with seven entries in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – Glenn Stewart – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Stewart, in his fourth year at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, led the Athenas to the SCIAC Championship, with individual victories in ten events. The Athenas rank third in the region and first in the nation with six women competing in nine events at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Ed Jaskulski – Brockport

Brockport’s throwers, coached by Jaskulski in his 15th year, swept SUNYAC titles and scored 76 points at the conference meet. The Eagles also took the top two spots in the shot put at the AARTFC meet and scored 60 as a throws squad at that meet. In addition, Victoire Kothor qualified for the NCAA meet in the shot put and hammer while Audrey Miller is entered in the shot put and javelin.

CENTRAL REGION – Jake Malm – Dubuque

Women’s throwers scored 68 points and won three event titles at IIAC Championships leading the team to best finish in school history for Malm in his fifth year. Five athletes qualified for the national meet with two each in the discus and hammer. In the final #EventSquad rankings, Dubuque finished as the top squad in the hammer and in the top six of the other three throwing events.

GREAT LAKES REGION – John Hepp – Oberlin

Hepp, in his eighth year as throws coach at Oberlin, has two athletes qualified for the national meet. Senior Monique Newton, the NCAC Field Athlete of the Year, swept the shot put, discus, and hammer events at the conference meet and is entered in those events for the NCAA meet.

MIDEAST REGION – Roger Erricker – Stevenson

Stevenson’s Erricker had athletes in the jumps, sprints, and combined events win five event titles and record 88 of the program’s 131 points enroute to a runner-up showing at the Middle Atlantic Conferences meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Greg Raimondi – Carthage

Raimondi, in his second year as throws coach at Carthage, has four women with nine entries into the NCAA meet. Mia Benett and Sarah Schmidt are both entered in the shot put, discus, and hammer while Elanta Slowek is in the discus and javelin. The crew scored 83 points at the CCIW meet and in the final #EventSquad rankings, Carthage finished the year No. 1 in the discus and shot put and runner-up in the hammer.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Kurt Riska – Smith

Riska, in his 15th year as pole vault coach, guided Zoe Rubinstein to national qualifying status. The NEWMAC Field Athlete of the Year, Rubinstein set a school record and tied the meet record (4.00/13-1½) at the conference championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Jordan Hill – Emory

Hill, as the sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps, relays coach in her second year, has four individual event qualifiers and both relays qualified for the NCAA meet. The 4×400 enters the national meet as the No. 1 seed at 3:44.64. Her athletes won six crowns at UAA Championships and scored 94 of Emory’s 163½ points at the conference meet.

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox

Athletes coached by Haldorson have broke three school records, two Northwest conference records, and recorded eight top-10 all-time GFU marks this season. In addition, his group accounted for 82 points at the Northwest Conference Championships and has three national championship entries including division leader Annie Wright in the heptathlon. Haldorson, in his eighth year at George Fox, assists with the long sprints, hurdles, 4×400, high jump, shot put, and heptathlon events.