Outstanding Performers Named For 2019 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships
NEW ORLEANS – Outstanding Performers of the Meet from the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Kyler Lueck of UW-Eau Claire and Dhruvil Patel of North Central (Ill.) shared the honor of Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, while David Kornack of UW-Eau Claire was named the Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer. Gabby Noland of Loras was named Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer, while Isabel Maletich of U of Chicago was named Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer.
Each year the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at the NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Winners are determined using a formula that takes into account team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), Division III season bests (three additional points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally between the four team members.
Lueck, the co-Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, totaled 18 points using the above formula. He broke the meet record in the 800 when he crossed the line first in 1:49.60 and notched a division-leading mark in the process.
Patel, the co-Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, also amassed 18 points. He won the 5000 and finished second in the 3000 with no bonus points for marks recorded.
Kornack, the Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer, tallied 18 points inside the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center using the above formula. He broke the meet record in the shot put with his heave of 19.83m (65-0¾), which also established a division-leading mark. That heave also was the farthest at the NCAA DIII level in the past 36 years.
Noland, the Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer, scored 20 team points this past weekend, which grew to 26 using the formula. She won the 200 with a division-leading mark of 24.34, finished second in the 60 after setting a division-leading mark in the prelims (7.50) and was a member of the second-place 4×400 relay.
Maletich, the Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer, earned 16 points using the formula. She won the long jump with a division-leading mark of 5.91m (19-4¾) and finished sixth in the triple jump.