2019 NCAA DIII Indoor T&F National Award Winners
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances at both the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Boston and throughout the regular season.
National Award History
USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
National Athletes of the Year
Men’s Track – Dhruvil Patel, North Central (Ill.)
Patel, a senior from Skokie, Illinois, played a major role in helping the Cardinals win the indoor national title this past weekend. He won the 5000 in 14:24.86 and finished runner-up in the 3000 in 8:16.24. During the regular season, Patel clocked the second fastest all-conditions time in NCAA DIII history over 5000 meters when he ran 14:00.07 at the Iowa State Classic. Believe it or not, Patel is the first athlete from North Central (Ill.)’s storied program to be named National Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Men’s Field – David Kornack, UW-Eau Claire
Kornack, a senior from Edgar, Wisconsin, turned in one of the greatest indoor seasons by a thrower at the NCAA DIII level, bar none. It was at the NCAA Championships where he won the shot put with a meet record heave of 19.83m (65-0¾), which is also the farthest an NCAA DIII athlete had thrown the orb in the past 36 years. When the dust settled on the indoor season, he had five marks that ended up in the NCAA DIII record book: No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 8. This is the first time that an athlete from UW-Eau Claire has been named National Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. Kornack is also the fifth WIAC athlete in a row to earn this honor as the conference has brought it home every year since 2015.
Women’s Track – Gabby Noland, Loras
Noland, a junior from Rockford, Illinois, starred when the spotlight grew larger. Just this past weekend at the NCAA Championships, Noland scored a gender-best 20 points after she won the 200, placed second in the 60 and ran a leg of the Duhawks’ runner-up 4×400 relay. The first day of the meet was special for Noland as she clocked a time of 7.50 in the prelims of the 60, which is the sixth fastest time ever recorded in NCAA DIII history. That is one of three all-time top-10 marks that Noland notched this season, which includes two in the 200 (t-No. 5, No. 7). This is the first time that an athlete from Loras has been named National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Women’s Field – Eka Jose, Washington (Mo.)
Jose, a sophomore from Kansas City, Missouri, turned in a standout performance at the NCAA Championships. She scored 15 points thanks to a victory in the triple jump when she bounded 12.16m (39-10¾) and a fourth-place finish in the long jump. Jose entered the NCAA meet as the top-ranked triple jumper and the second-ranked long jumper in the nation. Part of her success in the regular season was her dominance at the UAA Championships, where she won the triple jump and placed second in the long jump for 18 team points. Jose is the first athlete from WashU to be named National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
National Coaches of the Year
Men’s Coach – Frank Gramarosso, North Central (Ill.)
Gramarosso, in his ninth year as head coach of the Cardinals, led his team to the national title this past weekend in Boston. North Central (Ill.) might have entered the meet ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Track & Field Rating Index, but ran away with the crown. The Cardinals scored 55 points and won by a 16-point margin. North Central (Ill.) dominated a few weeks earlier at the CCIW Championships, winning by 105 points. This is the fourth time in his career that Gramarosso has been named National Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year. Gramarosso also took home the honor in 2011, 2012 and 2017.
Men’s Assistant – Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
Carius, in his 51st year, helped the Cardinals to the national title this past weekend in Boston. Seven of his middle-distance and distance athletes qualified for the national meet and between them, they scored 31 of North Central (Ill.)’s 55 points. During the regular season, 11 different athletes of his ranked in the top-50 of the Descending Order List in the 800, mile, 3000 and 5000 and two different DMR lineups ranked third and 10th overall. This is the second time that Carius has been named National Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Women’s Coach – Nate Hoey, Williams
Hoey, in his sixth year as head coach of the Ephs, led his women to the national title this past weekend in Boston. Williams qualified 12 entries for the NCAA meet, from which it received 42 points across seven events. During the regular season, the Ephs cruised to a victory at the DIII New England Championships as they scored 140 points thanks to six event champions and five runner-up finishes with meet records in the 4×400 and DMR. This is the first time that Hoey has been named National Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.
Women’s Assistant – Lane Lohr, Washington (Mo.)
Lohr, in his 12th year with the Bears, helped the team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships this past weekend. His horizontal jumpers, pole vaulters and hurdlers accounted for seven of WashU’s 10 entries and 32 of the team’s 40 points. Performances like that weren’t out of the ordinary for the Bears this season as Lohr’s athletes also scored 70 of the team’s 170 points at the UAA Championships, which included a 1-2-3 sweep in the triple jump. This is the second time that Lohr has been named National Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.