NJCAA DI Regional Awards For 2019 Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches prior to the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Tayshaun Chisholm – Louisburg (N.C.)

Chishom, a freshman from Dover, Delaware, is currently ranked second nationally – and first regionally – in the 100H at 14.00w. He is also ranked fifth regionally in the 400H at 57.45.

CENTRAL REGION – Andrew Kibet – Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Kibet, a sophomore, is currently ranked first nationally in the 1500 with a time of 3:47.89, which is the 10th best performance in NJCAA history. He is also ranked fourth nationally in the 800 at 1:51.22 and ninth nationally in the 5000 at 14:42.58.

MIDWEST REGION – Kenny Bednarek – Indian Hills (Iowa) CC

Bednarek, a freshman from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is currently ranked first nationally in both the 200 (20.12) and 400 (45.62). His time of 20.12w in the 200 at the Blue Oval Invitational stands as the second fastest all-conditions mark in NJCAA history. Later in the season, he won the 200-Meter Invitational at the Drake Relays, beating a number of professionals.

WEST REGION – Rayon Buttler – Western Texas

Buttler, a sophomore from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, is currently ranked first nationally in the 800 at 1:49.21 and is fifth nationally in the 400 at 46.88. He also anchors the 4×400 relay team that is currently second in the nation and first in the region.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Silas Ristl – Vincennes (Ind.)

Ristl, a freshman from Geburtstag, Germany, is currently ranked in the top-10 nationally of two different throwing events. He is second nationally in the shot put at 17.92m (58-9½) and ninth nationally in the discus at 48.97m (160-8).

CENTRAL REGION – Alencar Pereira – Barton (Kan.) CC

Pereira, a freshman from Sao Jose do Rio Pret, Brazil, has rewritten the record book at the NJCAA level. Not only does Pereira own the divisional record in the hammer at 68.31m (224-2), he also has 11 of the other 12 farthest throws in NJCAA history, all from marks that he turned in this season.

MIDWEST REGION – Tyler Lienau – Iowa Central CC

Lienau, a sophomore from Jesup, Iowa, is currently ranked in the top-5 nationally in two different throwing events. He is ranked second nationally in the discus at 55.20m (181-1) and fifth nationally in the hammer at 57.14m (187-6). Lienau won regional titles in each event.

WEST REGION – Isaiah Griffith – South Plains (Texas)

Griffith, a sophomore, is currently ranked in the top-3 nationally in two different horizontal jump events. He is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 16.18m (53-1) and is ranked third nationally in the long jump at 7.82m (25-8).

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his fifth year as the head of the program, oversaw the top-ranked team in the Atlantic Region during the outdoor season. The Mustangs earned top-ten performance marks in four events during the regular season on their way to a top-15 national ranking.

CENTRAL REGION – Harry Kitchener – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

In his 42nd year as head coach at Cloud County, Kitchener added to the team’s trophy cabinet with the Region VI/KJCCC Championship, earning the team title by 28 points. The T-Birds ranked first in the Central Region and third nationally at the conclusion of the regular season.

MIDWEST REGION – Nigel Bigbee – Iowa Central CC

Bigbee, in his first year as head coach at Iowa Central, led the team to the Region XI Championship with individual event winners in 14 events. Under Bigbee’s leadership, the Tritons rank first in the Midwest Region and second overall nationally.

WEST REGION – Erik Vance – South Plains (Texas)

In his third year as head coach at South Plains, Vance coached the Texans to the top of the leaderboards. The Texans have the top-ranked athletes in all four jumping events, leading the team to top overall rankings in the West Region and nationally heading into NJCAA Championships.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Sebastien O’Neill – Louisburg (N.C.)

O’Neill, in his debut year with Louisburg, led his sprints and hurdles groups to strong performances in just the school’s second year in existence with a track & field program. He helped two hurdlers qualify for the outdoor national championship to go with the No. 2 nationally-ranked 100H runner in the country. With his group’s help the school tops the region and rose all the way to No. 17 in the country.

CENTRAL REGION – Justin Riggs – Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

In his fourth year with the school Riggs coaches the national leader in the 1500, Andrew Kibet, who also happens to be ranked No 4 in the 800 (both marks lead the region). Just for good measure, Kibet also ranked No. 9 nationally in the 5K. If those accomplishments weren’t enough Riggs also helps the No. 4 ranked steeplechase athlete in Sylvestre Kibarar who is also holds a top-20 mark in the country in the 5000. He also has the No. 11 ranked 10000 runner in his group and his 4×800 relay team ranks fourth overall in both the region and nation.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin Anderson – Iowa Central CC

Anderson, in his second year with Iowa Central CC, coached his group of athletes to four national qualifiers in both the 100 and 200 events to go with having the fifth-ranked 4×100 unit. He helped standout Courtney Lindsey who nationally ranks No. 2 in the 200 and No. 6 in the 100 along with Phemelo Matlhabe who is No. 4 in the 400m and No. 8 in the 200m.

WEST REGION – Trinity Williams – Western Texas

Williams, who was in her sixth year with the school, saw her athletes post 19 NJCAA qualifying performances with four in the 100, three in the 200, five in the 400, three in the 800, two in the 400m hurdles, the 4×400 relay and the 4×800 relay. Seven of those performances are ranked No. 1 regionally and three top the nation in their respective event. Overall, her athletes had 23 marks fall within the top-10 regionally this season.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Joanna Archer – Monroe (N.Y.)

Archer, a freshman from Georgetown, Guyana, is currently ranked in the top-10 nationally in two different events. She is ranked first nationally in the 800 at 2:11.71 and eighth nationally in the 1500 at 4:46.19. She is also a member of the top-ranked 4×800 relay team, as well as the Mustangs’ 4×400 relay team.

CENTRAL REGION – Yoveinny Mota – Barton (Kan.) CC

Mota, a freshman from Caracas, Venezuela, is currently ranked first nationally in the 100H at 13.30w, which is the sixth best all-conditions performance in NJCAA history. She was named USTCCCCA National Athlete of the Week twice during the outdoor season.

MIDWEST REGION – Winrose Chesang – Iowa Central CC

Chesang, a sophomore from Kenya, is currently ranked in the top-3 nationally in two different events. She is ranked first nationally in the 5000 at 16:33.35 and third nationally in the 10,000 at 36:03.85. She is a national qualifier in the 800 and 1500 as well.

WEST REGION – Mariya Hudson – Western Texas

Hudson, a sophomore from Cahokia, Illinois, is currently ranked in the top-5 nationally in four different events. She is the national leader in the 200 (23.19) and 400H (1:00.07) along with being ranked third nationally in both the 100 (11.53) and 400 (54.22). Hudson also competes as a member of WTC’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams that are both ranked second nationally.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Antonella Creazzola – ASA Miami

Creazzola is currently ranked first nationally in the hammer at 56.97m (186-11) a mark she established at the Sharks Invitational.

CENTRAL REGION – Anigbata (Grace) Chinonyelum – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Chinonyelum, a freshman from Engu, Nigeria, is currently ranked first nationally in two different jumping events. She is the top athlete in the triple jump with a mark of 13.36m (43-10) and is the top athlete in the high jump with a clearance of 1.76m (5-9¼). She was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week on April 9.

MIDWEST REGION – Lea Grady – Iowa Central CC

Grady, a freshman from Davenport, Iowa, is currently ranked in the top-5 nationally in three different throwing events. She is fourth nationally in both the discus (48.99m/160-9) and shot put (15.26m/50-0¾) as well as fifth nationally in the hammer at 49.39m (162-1).

WEST REGION – Devia Brown – Central Arizona

Brown, a sophomore, is currently the national leader in two different throwing events and the runner-up in a third. Her PR of 17.76m (58-3¼) in the shot put is an NJCAA record, while her best mark of 52.49m (172-3) in the discus has her as the sixth best performer in divisional history and No. 1 in the nation. She is also ranked second nationally in the hammer at 54.30m (178-2). Brown was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week twice during the outdoor season.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Don Cox – Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC

Cox, in his 28th year as head coach at Cuyahoga, led Tri-C to the Region XII title behind 16 individual event wins, including a sweep of the four throwing events by Artis Sims. The team ranks first in the Atlantic Region and in the nation’s top-35 headed into the NJCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – David Schenek – Barton (Kan.) CC

In his 10th year as head coach at Barton, Schenek led the Cougars to the Region VI team title with a total of 183 points. With 32 national qualifiers, Schenek has the Cougars poised at the top of both the regional and national leaderboards headed into the NJCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Doug Marshall – Iowa Western CC

Marshall, in his first year as head coach at Iowa Western, led the Reivers to the Region XI title on the strength of nine individual event championships. The team ranks in the top-ten nationally and second in Midwest Region headed into the NJCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Keith Blackwill – New Mexico JC

In his 14th year as head coach at New Mexico JC, Blackwill led the T-Birds to the top ranking in the West Region and number two in the national rankings headed into the NJCAA Championships. New Mexico JC has 23 national qualifiers just in the areas Blackwill coaches, including the top rankings in the long jump and pole vault.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe (N.Y.)

Greene, in his 10th year with the program, had athletes rank in the top-five nationally in every event area he coaches (400m through 10,000 meters and 4×800 ). His athletes had the top-three times in the 800 nationally, two top-ten 1500 athletes and the No. 8 and No. 5 runner in the nation, respectively, for the 5000 and 10000. He also had two athletes ranked No. 1 and 2 in the region for the 400m which slotted them as 8th and 12th in the country. The group also boasted the top-ranked 4×800 team in the nation.

CENTRAL REGION – Mark’Quis Frazier – Barton (Kan.) CC

Frazier, in his second year with Barton CC, currently has six athletes in the top-15 of the 100, five in the top-20 in the 200, three in the top-6 of the 400 and two in the top-12 of the 110H which includes the national leader in the hurdles event. His 4×100 and 4×400 units are both the national leaders in their event. Fraizer’s athletes combined to score 89 of Barton’s 183 points at the Region VI Championship.

MIDWEST REGION – Jordan Burkholder – Iowa Central CC

Burkholder, in his second year with the school, had three athletes in the top-13 of the hammer, two in the top-10 in discus and three in the top-14 for the shot this season. Standouts included Leah Grady (fourth nationally in the discus and shot and fifth in the hammer) and Maddie Schmoker (sixth in the hammer and 11th in the shot).

WEST REGION – Trinity Williams – Western Texas

Williams, in her sixth year with Wesetern Texas, coached athletes to 13 NJCAA qualifying performances. Regionally four athletes and two relays are ranked No. 1 in the West. At the national level, four athletes are ranked first with different athletes leading three of those four national leading marks. Her 4×100 and 4×400 groups are also ranked second overall in the country.