NJCAA DIII National Award Winners For 2019 Outdoor Season
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NJCAA Division III 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 based on performances both the NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held two weeks ago in Utica, New York, and throughout the entire regular season.
Information on each of the winners can be found below.
USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
National Athletes of the Year
Men’s Track – Jonathan Gonzalez, Suffolk County (N.Y.)
Gonzalez, a sophomore from Brentwood, New York, scored 30½ points at the national meet behind individual wins in the 800 and 1500, a runner-up finish in the 5000 and helping out on the Sharks’ title-winning 4×800 relay team. Gonzalez entered the national meet ranked in the top-2 nationally in the 800, 1500 and 5000.
Women’s Track – Nyeira Gordon, Kingsbrough (N.Y.)
Gordon, a sophomore, scored 43½ points at the national meet behind individual victories in the 400 and 100 Meter Hurdles, relay victories in the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800, as well as runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 Meter Hurdles. All told, she earned seven All-America merits for her efforts. Gordon entered the national meet ranked first nationally in the 100H and second nationally in the 400H.
Men’s Field – Adam Hunt, Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.)
Hunt, a sophomore from Collingswood, New Jersey, scored 26 points at the national meet behind an individual win in the shot put and runner-up finishes in both the hammer and discus. During the regular season Hunt was the top-ranked athlete nationally in the discus and hammer and was second in the shot put. He unofficially broke the NJCAA DIII record in the hammer at the Danny Curran Invitational with a heave of 53.30m (174-11).
Women’s Field – Elisia Lancaster, Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.)
Lancaster, a sophomore from Glassboro, New Jersey, scored 30 points at the national meet behind individual titles in the discus, hammer and shot put. It was in both the hammer and the shot put where Lancaster broke meet records with her heaves of 52.10m (170-11) and 13.24m (43-5¼), respectively. During the regular season, she won six event titles and competed at the prestigious Penn Relays against athletes from every other collegiate division.
National Coaches of the Year
Men’s Coach – Ryan Hughes, Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.)
Hughes, in his 15th year as head coach, led the Roadrunners to the team title with 131 points. Athletes from Rowan-Gloucester scored in 14 different events in Utica, New York, with a lion’s share coming in the field events. It was a bit of an upset for the Roadrunners to win the team title as they entered the meet ranked fifth in the Pre-Championships Edition of the National TFRI, although they did sit third or fourth in the previous five weeks. During the regular season, Rowan-Gloucester athletes were ranked No. 1 nationally in five events.
Women’s Coach – Matthew French, Suffolk County (N.Y.)
French, in his eighth year as head coach, led the Sharks to the team title with 144½ points. It was a dominant effort for Suffolk County as athletes scored in all but four events. The Sharks totaled more than 10 points in six different events, with 15½ coming in the pole vault. During the regular season, Suffolk County was ranked No. 1 in the last five releases of the National TFRI and had top-5 national marks in 14 different events.
Men’s Assistant – Joseph Kalnas, Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.)
Kalnas, in his 13th year assisting the Roadrunners, watched his throwers put together a masterful performance at the national meet. Rowan-Gloucester athletes scored 69 points between the four throwing events, including an unprecedented 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put, a 2-3-4 finish in the hammer and individual titles in the discus and javelin as well. During the regular season, those athletes coached by Kalnas dotted the national top-5s and received the only invitation handed out to an NJCAA DIII thrower to the prestigious Penn Relays.
Women’s Assistant – Joseph Kalnas, Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.)
Kalnas, in his 13th year assisting the Roadrunners, watched his throwers dominate the national meet. Rowan-Gloucester athletes scored 61 points between the four throwing events, which included sweeps of the top-2 places in the hammer and shot put. Elisia Lancaster broke meet records in both the hammer and shot put en route to individual titles in those events. During the regular season, the Roadrunners were ranked in the top-5 nationally in each of the four throws, including national leaders in the discus, hammer and shot put.