Regional Award Winners For 2018 NCAA DI Outdoor Season

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

Each of the nine regions honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes, and the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

Men Women
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

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week in Eugene, Oregon.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Taylor McLaughlin – Michigan

McLaughlin, a junior from Dunellen, New Jersey, is ranked seventh nationally in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.62. He broke 50 seconds in the event three times in 2018, including 49.62 which came on the same day that he ran legs of the region’s No. 5 4×400 team and the No. 6 4×100 team.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Isaiah Harris – Penn State

Harris, a junior from Lewiston, Maine, is ranked second nationally in the 800 with a time of 1:45.31. He is the Big Ten champion in the event and set the Big Ten Championships record. Harris also anchored the winning Sprint Medley Relay at the Penn Relays in 1:44.7.

MIDWEST REGION – David Kendziera – Illinois

Kendziera, a senior from Mount Prospect, Illinois, is ranked in the top-5 nationally in both the 110 hurdles (13.40) and 400 hurdles (49.39). He was undefeated against collegiate competition during the regular season and will contest both events at the NCAA meet.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Josh Kerr – New Mexico

Kerr, a junior from Edinburgh, Scotland, broke the collegiate record in the 1500 with his time of 3:35.01 at the Bryan Clay Invitational. That record had stood for 37 years before Kerr took it down. Kerr is also one of three athletes to appear on all seven Watch Lists for The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

NORTHEAST REGION – Justyn Knight – Syracuse

Knight, a senior from Vaughan, Ontario, is ranked first nationally at 5000 meters (13:17.51) and second nationally at 1500 meters (3:36.07). His time in the 1500 is the seventh fastest run by a collegian during a collegiate season, while his time in the 5000 sits ninth all-time.

SOUTH REGION – Grant Holloway – Florida

Holloway, a sophomore from Chesapeake, Virginia, is ranked first nationally in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.15, which is also the second fastest mark in collegiate history. That came after he clocked a time of 13.16, which is now tied for the third fastest mark in collegiate history. Holloway is also a member of Florida’s top-ranked 4×400 relay and third-ranked 4×100 relay teams.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jaylen Bacon – Arkansas State

Bacon, a senior from Eastover, South Carolina, is ranked first nationally in the 100 with a time of 9.97 and ranked ninth nationally in the 200 with a time of 20.25. His time in the 100 was tied for the world lead last week and he went sub-10 in each of his last four races.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Kenny Selmon – North Carolina

Selmon, a senior from Mableton, Georgia, is ranked second nationally in the 400 hurdles with a time of 48.91. He went sub-49 three times this season in the event and is the reigning ACC champ in the event. Selmon also anchored the Tar Heels to a victory in the 4×400 at the ACC Championships in 45.30.

WEST REGION – Michael Norman – Southern California

Norman, a sophomore from Murrieta, California, is ranked first nationally in the 200 with a time of 19.84w and third nationally in the 400 with a time of 44.40. He is the third man in Pac-12 history to win both the 100 and 200 at the same conference championships meet. This past weekend at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, Norman anchored the Trojans’ 4×400 relay team in 43.06, which is the second fastest split ever recorded in world history.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Tim Ehrhardt – Michigan State

Ehrhardt, a senior from Addison, Illinois, is ranked third nationally in the decathlon with a score of 8044 points and is ranked ninth nationally in the pole vault at 5.41m (17-9). He broke the school record in the decathlon at the Virginia Challenge and later won the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Rudy Winkler – Rutgers

Winkler, a senior from Averill Park, New York, is ranked fourth nationally in the hammer throw with a mark of 73.85m (242-3). That earned him the Big Ten title and the meet record. Winkler transferred to Rutgers this offseason and broke the school record in the hammer throw in his debut and reset it twice more this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Chris Nilsen – South Dakota

Nilsen, a sophomore from Kansas City, Missouri, is ranked first nationally in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.86m (19-2¾), which makes him the fourth best performer in collegiate outdoor history with the ninth best clearance. He vaulted higher than 19 feet three times this season and won individual titles at the Texas Relays and Summit League Championships, among other meets.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Sindri Gudmundsson – Utah State

Gudmundsson, a sophomore from Kopavogur, Iceland, is ranked second nationally in the javelin with a mark of 80.49m (264-1). He is the only athlete in Utah State and Mountain West history to eclipse the 80-meter mark in the event.

NORTHEAST REGION – August Cook – Army West Point

Cook, a freshman from Beford, Pennsylvania, is ranked 54th nationally in the javelin with a mark of 66.36m (217-8). He placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and will look to be the first Black Knight to score in the event at NCAAs since 1970.

SOUTH REGION – Denzel Comenentia – Georgia

Comententia, a junior from Amsterdam, Netherlands, is ranked second nationally in the hammer at 76.29m (250-3) and the shot put (20.88m/68-6). He is the 10th best performer in collegiate history in the hammer and broke the meet record at the SEC Championships. Comenentia reached no less than 65-4¼ in the shot put and 238-3 in the hammer when he competed in both events at the same meet five times.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tahar Triki – Texas A&M

Triki, a sophomore from Constantine, Algeria, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 16.91m (55-5¾) and 17th nationally in the long jump at 7.96m (26-1½). He scored 15 points at the SEC Championships in those events and will contest both at the NCAA meet.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Tim Duckworth – Kentucky

Duckworth, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, is ranked first nationally in the decathlon with a score of 8145 points and fifth nationally in the long jump at 8.19mw (26-10½). He also scored in the pole vault at the SEC Championships.

WEST REGION – Jordan Geist – Arizona

Geist, a freshman from Cabot, Pennsylvania, is ranked fourth nationally in the shot put at 20.41m (66-11½) and 26th nationally in the discus throw with a mark of 57.56m (188-10). He became the first freshman in Pac-12 history to win both the shot put and discus titles at the same conference championships. Geist will contest both events at the NCAA meet.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Karen Dennis – Ohio State

Dennis, in her fourth year as Ohio State’s director of track & field, led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship, the team’s first championship since 1993, and was named the 2018 Men’s Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. Ohio State ranks 28th in the country after qualifying six to the finals site of the NCAA Championships,

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Jamie Cook – Navy

Cook, in his first year at Navy, was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Midshipmen to the Patriot League Championships. The team scored a conference-record 281 points in winning the league title and went undefeated in dual and conference competition this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Dave Paulsen – Northern Iowa

Paulsen, in his third year at Northern Iowa, led the Panthers to the Missouri Valley Championship, as well as two individual event titles. Northern Iowa qualified a total of thirteen entries to the West Preliminary Round of the Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech

Kittley, in his 19th year at Texas Tech, led the Red Raiders to the Big 12 Championship on the strength of five individual conference event wins and the third-highest point total in conference history.. Texas Tech ranks second nationally with 12 qualifiers to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Chris Fox – Syracuse

Fox, in his 12th year at Syracuse, led the Orange to the top ranking in the Northeast Region and a second-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, the best finish in program history. Syracuse qualified six to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, second-most in program history.

SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida

Holloway, in his 16th year at Florida, led the Gators to the Southeastern Conference Championship, as well as the top ranking in the nation headed into the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Florida has 17 qualifiers to the finals site of the Championships, the most among all NCAA Division I programs.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Leroy Burrell – Houston

Burrell, in his 20th year at Houston, led the Cougars to the American Athletic Conference Championship behind eight individual conference event titles. Houston ranks in the nation’s top ten after qualifying 11 to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Edrick Floreal – Kentucky

Floreal, in his sixth year at Kentucky, coached the Wildcats to a top-15 national ranking and the top slot in the Southeast Region, as well as five All-SEC selections. Kentucky qualified ten to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, eighth-best among all Division I institutions.

WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon

Johnson, in his sixth year as head coach at Oregon, led the Ducks to their 12th-straight Pac-12 title on the strength of four individual conference event championships. The Men of Oregon rank sixth in the nation after qualifying eleven to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Rosalind Joseph – Ohio State

Of the five men entered for the Buckeyes in the jumps and pole vault events at the Big Ten Championships, all five scored to garner close to one-third of the squad’s team points need for the conference crown. Senior Zack Bazile won the to the long jump conference title while he — along with pole vaulter Cole Gorksi and triple jumper DaJuan Seward — have qualified through the East preliminary round to earn berths to Eugene. Joseph is in her fourth year at Ohio State.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Brandon Bonsey – Georgetown

Bonsey’s middle-distance and distance group will have four in Eugene — two in the 1500 meters and another two in the 10,000 meters final. The Hoyas won three event titles at the BIG EAST Championships with crowns in the 800, 10k, and 4×800 relay en route a fourth-place team finish. This is Bonsey’s sixth year with the team.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin St. Clair – North Dakota State

St. Clair, in his seventh season, leads two throwers in three events to Eugene. Collegiate-leading shot putter Payton Otterdahl (20.96/68-¼) will contest the discus along with the shot. Jacob McBride made the national hammer finals. In total, St. Clair had nine throws entries to the West preliminary round. The Bison men scored 97 of a possible 156 team points at the Summit League Championships. In the final USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings, NDSU finished No. 1 in the shot put and hammer and is the only squad in the country with four men over 59 feet with the shot and over 60 meters with the hammer.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Calvin Robinson – Texas Tech

Robinson’s sprint group scored 70 points at Big 12 Championships with four event titles. Sophomore Divine Oduduru, the Big 12’s High Point Scorer and Performer of the Year, will compete in the 100 and 200 meters in Eugene while junior Andrew Hudson qualified in the 200 as TTU is one of two schools to qualify more than one in that event. The 4×100 relay team will also be in Eugene and has clocked a school-record 39.01 this year. Robinson is in his third year in Lubbock.

NORTHEAST REGION – Robert Whitten – Rhode Island

Whitten, in his 10th year, led the jumps and combined events at Rhode Island to a sweep of all five event titles Atlantic 10 Championship. In total, the group scored 85½ points towards the teams winning performance. Among the four the qualified to the East preliminary round, triple jumper Casey Burley set the A10 meet record and sweep both horizontal events at the league meet.

SOUTH REGION – Nic Petersen – Florida

Jumpers, led by Petersen in his sixth year, accounted for 42 points at the SEC Outdoor Championships, which the Gators won. Florida amassed six jumps entries for Eugene, including two in each for the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Clayton brown is only the fifth since 2010 to qualify for both the high jump and triple jump while KeAndre Bates is entered in the long and triple jumps.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Doug Case – Arkansas

Case, in his 10th year working with Arkansas’ sprints, relays, and hurdles, had a group that scored 36 points at the SEC meet. With both relays qualified, for the eighth-straight year, along with five individual entries in five events, Case and the Hogs a lot to look forward to in Eugene. Arkansas has the collegiate-leading 4×100 relay (38.59), anchored by Kenzo Cotton who is entered in both the 100 and 200 at the final site for the third-straight year.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Ben Thomas – Virginia Tech

Thomas’ distance crew scored 50 of the team’s 105½ points at the ACC Championships with titles in the 1500 and 10k. Six participated at the NCAA East prelim and 1500-meter runners Vincen Ciattei and Diego Zarate advanced to Eugene. Thomas is in his 17th year at VaTech.

WEST REGION – Quincy Watts – Southern California

Watts, in his fifth year at USC, guided national qualifier Michael Norman to a Pac-12 400-meter with a time of 44.40. Rai Benjamin enters Eugene as the collegiate leader in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 44.74. The Trojan 4×400 relay team, anchored by Norman, is ranked No. 2 in the country with an outdoor season’s best of 3:01.11.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Brionna Thomas – Purdue

Thomas, a senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was the Big Ten Champion in the 400 meters in addition to helping the 4×400 relay team capture a league title. Her time of 51.13 in the 400 was second in meet history and ranks 15th in the world this year. Thomas also won three Drake Relays titles in the 200, 4×200 and 4×400 this year.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Danae Rivers – Penn State

Rivers, a sophomore from Derby, Connecticut, became the first Nittany Lion to win the Big Ten Championship in the 1500. Her time of 4:10.82 in the event at the Florida Relays set a school record and ranked fifth, nationally.

MIDWEST REGION – Karissa Schweizer – Missouri

Schweizer, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, sat atop the NCAA Division I Descending Order List in the 5000 and 10,000 meter races this year. She ran the fastest 10,000-meter time in NCAA West Prelims history at 32:14.36, and her season-best of 32:00.55 ranks eighth in collegiate history. She was named the Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performer, as well.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ednah Kurgat – New Mexico

Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, is one of just two athletes to rank in the top-five on the NCAA Division I Descending Order List in both the 5000 and 10,000 meter races, along with Karissa Schweizer. Kurgat was the Mountain West Champion in the 10,000 with a time of 32:31.55, and also set a Mountain West record in the 5000 with a time of 15:20.06.

NORTHEAST REGION – Gabby Thomas – Harvard

Thomas, a junior from Florence, Massachusetts, was named the Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet after claiming titles in the 100, 200, 4×100 and 4×400. Her wind-assisted times of 10.99 in the 100 and 22.32 in the 200 set Ivy League and Harvard records. She qualified nationally for the 100 and 200 meter races.

SOUTH REGION – Lynna Irby – Georgia

Irby, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, sat atop the NCAA Division I Descending Order List in the 200  this year with a run of 22.25 that earned her an SEC title. She ran a wind-aided time of 22.06 at the NCAA East Prelims. Irby was also the top qualifier for nationals in the 400 with a time of 50.44, breaking an NCAA East Prelims record.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Aleia Hobbs – LSU

Hobbs, a senior from New Orleans, ran the third-best all-condition 100 meters in collegiate history with a wind-aided time of 10.86 at the Texas Relays. She also anchored the Tigers’ 4×100 relay that ran a collegiate-record time of 42.05 at the SEC Championships. She was undefeated in the 100 and 4×100 all season.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jasmine Camacho-Quinn – Kentucky

Camacho-Quinn, a redshirt-junior from North Charleston, South Carolina, ran the second-fastest 100 hurdles time in collegiate history, winning an SEC title with a time of 12.40. She also helped the Wildcats win a 4×400 SEC title in addition to placing second in the 4×100 with the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history. She’s qualified nationally in all aforementioned events, as well as the 200.

WEST REGION – Kendall Ellis – Southern California

Ellis, a senior from Pembroke Pines, Florida, ran the second-fastest 400 time in collegiate history with a time of 49.99 at the Pac-12 Championships which doubles as the second fastest time in the world this season. She also won Pac-12 titles in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and ran the fastest 400 time at the NCAA West Prelims.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Georgia Ellenwood – Wisconsin

Ellenwood, a redshirt-senior from Langley, British Columbia, posted the tenth-best heptathlon mark in collegiate history with a total of 6173 points for a Big Ten title. Her total also gave her the fifth highest score by a Canadian in history and ranks 12th in the world this year.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Madeline Holmberg – Penn State

Holmberg, a junior from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, ranked fifth nationally in the heptathlon this year with a point total of 5976. She finished second at the Big Ten Championships in the event, and also scored in the long jump with a mark of 6.37m (20-10¾).

MIDWEST REGION – Nina Schultz – Kansas State

Schultz, a sophomore from New Westminster, British Columbia, sat third nationally in the heptathlon this year with a point total of 6018. She won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a total of 6133. She scored in high jump and long jump at the Big 12 Championships, helping the Wildcats win a team title.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Brooke Andersen – Northern Arizona

Andersen, a redshirt-senior from Vista, California, ranked second in the world this year in the hammer throw with a mark of 74.20m (243-5). She also notched the top throw at the NCAA Prelims with a mark of 71.26m (233-9). Andersen claimed the Big Sky Championship in the hammer throw this year.

NORTHEAST REGION – Divine Oladipo – Connecticut

Oladipo, a sophomore from London, United Kingdom, ranked ninth nationally in the shot put this season with a mark of 17.37m (57-0). She placed third in the event at the American Athletic Conference Championships in addition to finishing second in the discus with throw of 51.42m (168-8).

SOUTH REGION – Keturah Orji – Georgia

Orji, a senior from Mount Olive, New Jersey, set the collegiate record – in addition to hitting three of the top-six marks in collegiate history – in the triple jump this year. Her mark of 14.62m (47-11¾) won her an SEC title and put her atop the collegiate record books. She also won an SEC title in the long jump with a leap of 6.81m (22-4¼).

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tyra Gittens – Texas A&M

Gittens, a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, posted a collegiate freshman record in the heptathlon with a point total of 6074, earning her an SEC title. She sat second on the NCAA Division I Descending Order List in the event and set a Trinidad & Tobago national record. She totaled 20 points across the heptathlon, long jump and high jump at the SEC Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Lisa Gunnarsson – Virginia Tech

Gunnarsson, a freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, ranked second nationally in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60m (15-1). She was the runner-up at the ACC Championships, while also finishing second at the Texas Relays. Her mark of 4.18m (13-8½) led the NCAA East Prelims.

WEST REGION – Maggie Ewen – Arizona State

Ewen, a redshirt-senior from St. Francis, Minnesota, hit marksk of 19.46m (63-10¼) in the shot put and 74.53m (244-6) in the hammer throw, setting collegiate records in both. She captured Pac-12 titles in the shot put, discus and hammer throw, earning Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honors.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Rolando Greene – Purdue

Greene, in his sixth year at Purdue, led the Boilermakers to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships on the strength of seven individual event wins. Seven school records fell during the season, and the team qualified eight to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Steve Dolan – Penn

Dolan, in his sixth year at Penn, led the Quakers to the Ivy League Heptagonal championship behind eight individual conference event wins. The conference win was the first for Penn since 1988. Penn student-athletes reset 12 school records during the course of the season.

MIDWEST REGION – Matt Bingle – Minnesota

Bingle, in his seventh year at Minnesota, led the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten championship and a top-10 national ranking. The team qualified a program-best 14 entries to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and reset ten school records this season.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Michael Smith – Northern Arizona

Smith, in his second year at Northern Arizona, led the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky championship and earned Big Sky Women’s Coach of the Year honors in the process. NAU student-athletes set five school records this season, and the program has three qualifiers to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Artie Smith – Cornell

Smith, in his first year at Cornell, led the Big Red to the top ranking in the Northeast Region and a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonals. Big Red student-athletes reset six school records during the season and qualified eleven entries in six events to the East Preliminary Round of the Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida

Holloway, in his eleventh year at Florida, led the Gators to the Southeastern Conference championship and a top-five national ranking. Gators recorded ten top-three finishes at the SEC Championships and qualified 13 to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dennis Shaver – LSU

Shaver, in his 14th year at LSU, led the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the Southeastern Conference championships, as well as a top-ten national ranking. The Tigers 4×100 Relay reset the overall collegiate record in the event this season, and LSU qualified eleven to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Edrick Floreal – Kentucky

Floreal, in his sixth year at Kentucky, led the Wildcats to the top ranking in the Southeast Region and a top-five national ranking. Kentucky student-athletes have recorded three all-time collegiate top ten performances this season, including a collegiate record in the 400 Hurdles, and the second-best performance ever recorded in the 100 Hurdles.

WEST REGION – Caryl Smith Gilbert – Southern California

Smith Gilbert, in her fifth year at Southern California, led the Trojans to the Pac-12 Conference championship and the second slot in both the West Region and National rankings. The conference title was the first for USC since 1996. The Trojans qualified 19 to the finals site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and reset four school records this season.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Nate Davis – Wisconsin

Davis, in his 11th year at Wisconsin, leads the combined event and vertical jumps group. Georgia Ellenwood broke the Big Ten heptathlon record this season with a collegiate-leading and collegiate all-time top-ten score of 6173 points in winning the league title. Taylor Amann cleared a school record 4.36m (14-3½) to win the conference pole vault crown and qualified for the national final in Eugene.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Jeff Pflaumbaum – Penn

Pflaumbaum, throws coach at Penn, oversaw three Ivy League Champion performers during the outdoor season, as the Quakers won the discus, javelin and hammer titles en route to the overall team Ivy League Championship. Behind freshman Ashley Anumba’s school-record throw of 55.00m (180-5), she was also named the Ivy League Co-Most Outstanding Field Performer. Both Anumba and Rachel Wilson in the hammer advanced to Eugene, becoming the first two do so in their respective events in program history. Penn set school records in the hammer, discus and shot put this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Peter Miller – Minnesota

Miller’s athletes scored 54 points, in throws, high jump, and combined events to lead Minnesota to the Big Ten title.  Miller had 11 entries into the NCAA West prelim and will advance seven to Eugene along with Ayesha Champagnie in the heptathlon. The Gophers will have two in the national final of the high jump and hammer. In final USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings, his crew finished No. 1 in the hammer, No. 2 in the shot put, and No. 2 in the heptathlon.

MOUNTAIN REGION – James Thomas – Texas Tech

Thomas, in his sixth year at Texas Tech, coached three Big 12 Champions — Zarriea Willis in the high jump, Kaylee Hinton in the heptathlon, and Paetyn Revell in the triple jump.  Jumpers scored 53 of the Red Raiders’ 92 points at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. Willis, along with Cyre Virgo, advanced to Eugene in the high jump while Hinton qualified for the heptathlon. Five of his athletes long jumped over 20 feet this season.

NORTHEAST REGION – Kebba Tolbert – Harvard

Tolbert’s event group scored 101 of 114 points — with six event titles — in a runner-up finish at Ivy League Outdoor Heps. His group set Ivy records in the 100 and 200 meters and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries in six events. Gabby Thomas, ranked nationally in the top five of both the 100 and 200 meters, will contest both events in Eugene.

SOUTH REGION – Tim Hall – Tennessee

Hall’s sprint group earned ten qualifying spots to the NCAA East Preliminaries with eight advancing to final site in Eugene. Along with both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, Shania Collins is among those who are doubling in the 100 and 200 meters. At the East preliminary, Collins clocked an all-time, all-conditions collegiate best in the 200, running 21.97 with a 5.3 meters-per-second aiding wind.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Sean Brady – Texas A&M

Brady, in his first year with Texas A&M, will have five entries in Eugene, with four athletes in three events. The jumps and heptathlon event groups scored 30½ points during the SEC Championships, including 1-2 finish in heptathlon, as the team placed third with 79½ points. Tyra Gittens, who scored 20 points, earned SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year honor and broke the Texas A&M record in heptathlon (6074). His crew had eight entrants at the NCAA West preliminary round from six athletes in four events.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Rita Gary – Furman

Gary, in her sixth year working with distance runners at Furman, qualified five to the NCAA East Preliminary and a program-best four of those women are going to Eugene — two in the steeplechase and two in the 5000 meters. Four Eugene qualifiers is the most among schools in the East in distance event. At the SoCon Championship, the Furman women took four of the top five spots in the 1500, three of the top four spots in the steeplechase, and six of the top seven spots in the 5000 meters.

WEST REGION – Joanna Hayes – Southern California

Hayes, in her second year working with USC’s sprinters and hurdlers, has a short-hurdle group that took five scoring spots at the Pac-12 Championships and four — freshman Chanel Brissett, Anna Cockrell, Dior Hall, and Mecca McGlaston — advanced to the NCAA final site in Eugene. In the 400 meter hurdles, Cockrell, ranked in the nation’s top five, and freshman Shante Robinson are among those entered in the event’s national semifinal round.

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