High Point Athletes of 2019 NCAA DII Outdoor T&F Championships Honored
NEW ORLEANS – The High Point Athletes of the Meet from the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, with Zach Panning of Grand Valley State and Trevor Bassitt of Ashland splitting the men’s honors and Rene Medley of Lincoln (Mo.) capturing the award on the women’s side.
Panning and Bassitt were named Co-High Point Athletes after the two posted 20 points apiece, the most by any male athlete in competition.
Panning won the second and third NCAA titles of his career as he swept the 5000 and 10,000 at this past weekend’s outdoor championships. In doing so, he became just the fifth athlete in NCAA DII history to complete the national double outdoors. The performance set a school record for points by an individual at the outdoor championships.
The Laker standout also won the outdoor 5000 title in 2018.
Bassitt lead his team to a final day, one-point comeback victory for the national title. He did so by piling up points with an individual crown in the 400H and a second-place finish in both the 110H and 4×400 relay. It was the second NCAA crown won by the sophomore so far in his career, as he also was a member of the winning 4×400 relay group in 2018.
Bassitt was forced to miss the 2019 indoor championships due to injury and made sure his presence was felt this time around. His late meet victory in the 400H helped turned the tide back to Ashland’s favor and he ran a leg of the 4×400 relay, which sealed the team title with its second-place showing.
Medley helped the Blue Tigers take a wild ride on the final day of the meet, as the program roared back with all of their 64 points on Saturday to win the team title in thrilling fashion. The junior was responsible for 25 of those points by herself after winning individual titles in the 100, 200 and providing a carry in the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.
The outstanding performance gave Medley a combined seven NCAA national championships for her career as she captured four in this meet to add to her 4×400 title during 2019 indoor meet and her two earned during the 2018 outdoor season (200 and 4×100).