NAIA National Award Winners For 2019 Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NAIA Outdoor 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 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held this past weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and throughout the regular season.

USTFCCCA National Award History

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

National Athletes of the Year

Men’s Track – Kevin Hallmon, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Hallmon, a senior from Hinesville, Georgia, had a capped a tremendous year at the NAIA Championships. He scored 20¼ points in track events as he won the 200 in 20.55, placed runner-up in the 100 at 10.30, was a member of the third-place 4×100 relay team and a member of the sixth-place 4×400 relay team. Hallmon entered the NAIA Championships ranked first nationally in the 200 and third nationally in the 200.

Men’s Field – Malik Crandle, William Carey (Miss.)

Crandle, a freshman from Mobile, Alabama, stepped up in a big way this past weekend at the NAIA Championships. He entered the national meet ranked second in the triple jump and 11th in the high jump. By the end of competition, he won individual titles in each of those events with marks of 15.36mw (50-4¾) and 2.11m (6-11), respectively. Crandle became just the second man in NAIA history to complete that double (Vic White of Eastern Washington was the first in 1978).

Women’s Track – Aminat Olowora, Oklahoma City

Olowora, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, capped her collegiate career with a string of dominant performances. She entered the NAIA Championships as the top-ranked athlete in both the 5000 and 10,000 by quite a large margin. Her best mark in the 5000 of 15:48.48 had her ranked 27th among all collegiate divisions. Then it was in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where Olowora completed the distance double and won the 5000 and 10,000 to score 20 team points.

Women’s Field – Destiny Copeland, Indiana Tech

Copeland, a freshman from Chesapeake, Virginia, put a bow on a tremendous first year at the NAIA Championships. She scored 14 points in field events with a victory in the long jump of 6.21m (20-4½) and a fifth-place finish in the triple jump at 12.08m (39-7¾). Copeland entered the national meet ranked second nationally in the long jump and 18th nationally in the triple jump, exceeding expectations in each of those events in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

National Coaches of the Year

Men’s Coach of the Year – Laurier Primeau, British Columbia

Primeau, in his fourth year with the program, led the Thunderbirds to the national title with 80 points, 27 more than runner-up William Carey (Miss.). British Columbia scored points in event different events, with double-digit efforts coming in the 5000-Meter Race Walk (18), 1500 (17), 5000 (12) and hammer throw (10). The Thunderbirds were the top-ranked team in the National TFRI entering the meet.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Malcolm Dias, William Carey (Miss.)

Dias, in his third year with the program, helped the Crusaders to a runner-up finish at the NAIA Championships. His sprinters and relay teams scored 20 of the team’s 53 points at the meet. During the regular season, Dias assisted the squad’s title-winning effort at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships, where WCU scored 229 points and captured 10 event titles. He helped 12 men qualifying in nine different events for the NAIA Championships and several of those athlete were ranked in the top-5 nationally.

Women’s Coach of the Year – Laurier Primeau, British Columbia

Primeau, in his fourth year with the program, led the Thunderbirds to a national title with 91 points, just three more than runner-up Southern-New Orleans (La.). British Columbia athletes scored points in 10 different events in Gulf Shores, Alabama, including 10 or more in the 800 (16), 1500 (13), 5000 (13), 5000-Meter Race Walk (11) and 4×800 Relay (10). The Thunderbirds were the top-ranked team in the National TFRI entering the meet.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Ed McLaughlin, Concordia (Neb.)

McLaughlin, in his 22nd year with the program, guided his throwers to an incredible batch of performances capped at the NAIA Championships. It was in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where the Bulldogs scored 35 of their 44 points in the throws, with 18 coming in the discus, 11 more in the shot put and six in the hammer. Adrianna Shaw won the individual title in the discus by nearly four feet, while Samantha Liermann and Carley Weisser finished fourth and sixth, respectively, to provide Concordia (Neb.) with a staggering number of points in that event. Liermann also broke the GPAC record in the shot put during the regular season.