NCAA DI Regional Award Winners For 2019 Outdoor Season
NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the nine regions – Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, South, South Central, Southeast and West – honored both gender’s top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.
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Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
Many of these honored athletes and coaches are headed to the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are set for next Wednesday through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas.
USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Olli Hoare – Wisconsin
Hoare, a junior from Sydney, Australia, is ranked first nationally in the 1500 at 3:37.20. He also helped the Badgers win their first Championship of America wheel at the Penn Relays in 111 years when he ran a leg of the 4xMile team. Hoare has finished top-3 of every event he has competed in during the outdoor season.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Joseph Amoah – Coppin State
Amoah, a junior from Greater Accra, Ghana, is ranked 10th nationally in the 200 at 20.20 and 13th nationally in the 100 at 10.09w. He ran both marks at the MEAC Championships and became the fastest Ghanian in 24 years in each event. Amoah will contest both the 100 and 200 at the NCAA Championships as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relay.
MIDWEST REGION – Bryce Hoppel – Kansas
Hoppel, a junior from Midland, Texas, is ranked third nationally in the 800 at 1:45.87. He is undefeated during the outdoor season with an 8-0 mark in the 800, which includes a title-winning effort at the Big 12 Championships.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Divine Oduduru – Texas Tech
Oduduru, a junior from Delta State, Nigeria, is ranked first nationally in both the 100 at 9.94 and the 200 at 19.76. His time in the 200 stands as the second fastest performance in collegiate history behind Walter Dix’s collegiate record. Oduduru became the 10th man in world history to go sub-10 in the 100 and sub-20 in the 200 on the same day when he did so in the span of an hour at the Michael Johnson Classic.
NORTHEAST REGION – Iliass Aouani – Syracuse
Aouani, a junior from Milan, Italy, is ranked ninth nationally in the 10,000 at 28:25.36. He completed the distance double at the ACC Championships, winning individual titles in both his signature event and the 5000.
SOUTH REGION – Grant Holloway – Florida
Holloway, a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia has put together a regular season for the record books. It was at the SEC Championships where he became just the second man in collegiate history to go sub-13.10 in the 110 Meter Hurdles when he clocked a 13.07 in the prelims. That wasn’t the only blistering mark in that event for Holloway, as he also went 13.10 and 13.12. In addition to those marks, he is also a member of Florida’s strong 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Devin Dixon – Texas A&M
Dixon, a junior from McDonough, Georgia, is ranked first nationally in the 800 at 1:44.76. He ran that time at the SEC Championships, breaking a meet record and establishing the 12th best mark in collegiate history. Dixon is also a member of Texas A&M’s top-ranked 4×400 relay team and ran a 44.32 anchor leg on that squad
SOUTHEAST REGION – Daniel Roberts – Kentucky
Roberts, a junior from Hampton, Virginia, has been phenomenal this outdoor season. It was at the SEC Championships where he tied the second fastest mark in collegiate history in the 110 Meter Hurdles when he went 13.07 to win the event title. A few weeks later, Roberts went 13.13 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for what is now the second best mark in NCAA Championships history. Roberts also posted a victory in a stacked field at the Drake Relays that included reigning Olympic and world champion Omar McLeod.
WEST REGION – Cravon Gillespie – Oregon
Gillespie, a senior from Pasadena, California, is ranked third nationally in the 100 at 9.97 and ninth nationally in the 200 at 20.17. His time in the 100 tied the Pac-12 Championships record, a meet in which he scored 22.5 points and was named Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. Gillespie is also a member of Oregon’s school record-setting 4×100 relay team.
GREAT LAKES REGION – TJ Lawson – Kent State
Lawson, a junior from Stow, Ohio, is ranked fifth nationally in the decathlon at 7876 points, a total that he put up at the Tennessee Relays. He was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the MAC Championships when he scored 15 points in field events.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Greg Thompson – Maryland
Thompson, a senior from London, England, is ranked first nationally in the discus at 65.56m (215-1). That heave came at the prestigious Penn Relays and established a new meet record as well as a school record.
MIDWEST REGION – Payton Otterdahl – North Dakota State
Otterdahl, a senior from Rosemount, Minnesota, is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 21.37m (70-1½) and third nationally in the discus at 62.94m (206-6). He is the only male ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the shot put and discus.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Odaine Lewis – Texas Tech
Lewis, a senior from Montego Bay, Jamaica, is ranked second nationally in the long jump at 8.10m (26-7) and fourth nationally in the triple jump at 16.53m (54-2¾). He established the former mark at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout and the latter at the Michael Johnson Classic.
NORTHEAST REGION – Sam Welsh – Harvard
Welsh, a freshman from Lunenburg, Massachusetts, is ranked 12th nationally in the discus at 59.24m (194-4). He was named the Co-Male Field Athlete of the Meet at the Ivy Heptagonal Championships after scoring 18 points between a victory in the discus and a runner-up finish in the shot put.
CO-SOUTH REGION – Anderson Peters – Mississippi State
Peters, a sophomore from St. Andrews, Grenada, is ranked first nationally in the javelin at 86.07m (282-5). He has been outstanding during the regular season as seven of his marks land in the all-time top-17, including his collegiate leader that made him the third best performer in collegiate history.
CO-SOUTH REGION – Denzel Comenentia – Georgia
Comenentia, a senior from Amsterdam, Netherlands, is currently ranked first in the hammer at 76.80m (252-0), fifth in the shot put at 20.78m (68-2¼) and 18th nationally in the discus at 58.24m (192-1). His heave in the hammer bettered his own Dutch national record and made him the 10th best performer in collegiate history. Comenentia qualified to compete in each of those events at the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Mondo Duplantis – LSU
Duplantis, a freshman from Lafayette, Louisiana, broke the collegiate record in the pole vault earlier this season when he cleared 6.00m (19-8¼) at the SEC Championships. That came just two weeks after he notched what was then the No. 2 mark in collegiate history. So all told, he owns two of the top-3 marks in collegiate history.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jordan Scott – Virginia
Scott, a junior from Portmore, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 17.37mw (57-0), a mark that he established at the ACC Championships. It was at that meet where he also won the long jump and was named ACC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet.
WEST REGION – Jordan Geist – Arizona
Geist, a sophomore from Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the shot put at 21.59m (70-10). He went undefeated against collegiate competition during the regular season in the shot put and was also in the top-3 of every hammer event in which he competed in during the outdoor season.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Ron Helmer – Indiana
Helmer, in his 12th year as Head Coach at Indiana, guided the Hoosiers to a second-place team finish at the Big Ten Championships and a top-25 national ranking. Eleven Hoosiers have qualified to the final site of the NCAA Championships, seventh-most in the country.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Jamie Cook – Navy
In his 2nd year as Director of Track and Field at Navy, Cook led the Midshipmen to their second-straight Patriot League Championship, this time in a league-record of 289 points with 15 event wins. The Midshipmen won their first Penn Relays event in 73 years this season and finished the regular season ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
MIDWEST REGION – Joey Woody – Iowa
Woody, in his 5th year as Director of Track & Field at Iowa, coached the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Championship with a margin of victory of 13 points. Under Woody’s leadership the Hawkeyes qualified ten to the final site of the NCAA Championships and rank in the nation’s top 25.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech
In his 20th year as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Texas Tech, Kittley has the Red Raiders poised for a run at the national title. Texas Tech earlier won the Big 12 Conference Championship and broke six school records on the season, all while holding down the nation’s top ranking. Nineteen Red Raiders have qualified to the final site of the NCAA Championships.
NORTHEAST REGION – Mike Smith – Army West Point
Smith, in his 5th year as Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Army West Point, led the Black Knights to a second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships and the top overall ranking in the Northeast Region. Smith has qualified two Black Knights to the final site of the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida
In his 17th year as Head Coach at Florida, Holloway guided the Gators to a second-place finish at the SEC Championships as well as the second spot in the national rankings and the top position in the South Region rankings. A total of 16 Gators qualified to the final site of the NCAA Championships to continue Florida’s run at the podium.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dennis Shaver – LSU
Shaver, in his 15th year at LSU, led the Tigers to the SEC team title with 105 points, their first outdoor team title since 1990, and a top-three national ranking. Thirteen Tigers have qualified to the final site of the NCAA Championships in twelve different events to put LSU in a strong position to vie for the podium.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – North Carolina A&T
In his 7th year at North Carolina A&T, Ross guided the Aggies to new heights, including their-highest ever national ranking and nine qualifiers to the final site of the NCAA Championships. The Aggies won the MEAC Championships with 10 event wins and rank tenth in the country headed into the championships.
WEST REGION – Avery Anderson – UCLA
Anderson, in his 2nd year as Director of Track & Field at UCLA, was named the PAC-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to a second-place finish at the conference championships. The Bruins have qualified twelve to the final site of the NCAA Championships, ranking just outside the nation’s top ten headed into the Championships.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Jim Garnham – Purdue
Garnham, in his debut year with Purdue, coached three men to the national championships in Isaiah Martin (Decathlon, Fr.), Tamar Greene (Triple Jump & 4×100 relay, So.) and Jah Strange (Triple Jump, Jr.). Through his guidance, all three rank among the nation’s best. Garnham coached all three athletes to top-four finishes at the Big 10 Championships. He had student-athletes who placed first and third in the triple and third and ninth in the long jump. His triple jumpers were ranked consistently among the top-20 all outdoor season and currently ranked No. 15 and 24 overall. He also coached a decathlete to the No. 16 nationally ranking.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Robert Farrell – Rutgers
Farrell, in his seventh year at the school, had seven athletes qualify for the NCAA East Prelims, with two in the javelin and discus and one each in the long, triple and high jump. One of his athletes also captured the Big Ten title in the javelin, the third individual title won by the athlete in their career. Farrell’s athletes contributed 32 out of the 37 points scored at the Big Ten Championships by the program. One of his athletes qualified for outdoor nationals.
MIDWEST REGION – Justin St. Clair – North Dakota State
St. Clair, in his eighth year with the program, coached NDSU to 10 NCAA West Prelim entries in the men’s throws with six of those athletes advancing to outdoor nationals including at least one in every throwing event and three overall in the shot put. His group had the No. 1 #EventSquad ranking in the hammer and is the only school in the nation with four men over 60m in the hammer. His athletes are also No. 2 in the #EventSquad ranking in the shot and are once again, the only school in the nation with four men over 60 feet in the shot as well. St. Clair’s group swept the four Summit League titles in the throwing events and posted 95 team points at the league meet.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Calvin Robinson – Texas Tech
Robinson, in his fourth year with Texas Tech, had his sprints and hurdles group dominate at the national scene. Divine Oduduru has led the charge with such season highlights as two sub-20 200 races and two sub-10 100 races. Robinson’s group is also responsible for Big 12 Championships in the 100m, 200m, 400H and 4×100 relay. He had three athletes qualify for outdoor nationals to go with a 4×100 unit.
NORTHEAST REGION – Angelo Posillico – Army West Point
Posillico, in his second year with the Army West Point program, had two athletes advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Army throwers reset school records in the shot, discus and javelin this season and scored 73 points as a group at the Patriot League Championships, including a school and meet record in the javelin at 72.45m. Freshman Jamir Gibson ranks top-25 in NCAA discus with a school record 58.64m. Overall, Posillico had eight throwers (11 entries in total) advance to the NCAA Prelims, the most of any gender by a throws squad. Army’s shot, discus, & hammer throw #EventSquads rank No. 1 overall in the Northeast Region.
SOUTH REGION – April Thomas – Mississippi State
Thomas, in her 12th year with Mississippi State, guided her athletes to the top-three spots in the men’s javelin in NCAA DI this season. The trio boasts 28 of the top-30 throws recorded in the NCAA during outdoors, while holding an almost unheard of spots No. 1-23 in the event. Mississippi State swept the SEC podium and scored 24 of the team’s 57 total points at the conference championships then followed it with a clean sweep at the NCAA East Prelims. State’s trio marks the 14th time a team has placed three athletes in the NCAA men’s javelin final in the division’s history.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Todd Lane – LSU
Lane, is his 12th year with the school, had his athletes score 46 of LSU’s 105 points at the SEC Championships en route to winning the team conference title. He had a total of five athletes advance to NCAAs in six events. Lane also coached three individuals to SEC titles – JuVaughn Harrison in the high jump, Christian Miller in the triple and Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault. His Tiger long jump unit is No. 1 in the #EventSqaud rankings and three of his athletes have a total of four top-10 NCAA marks in their respective events. Lane also had six athletes advance to outdoor nationals.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Tim Hall – Kentucky
Hall, in his debut year with the Wildcats, had five athletes advance to outdoor nationals which includes the work he did with Daniel Roberts, the SEC Runner of the Year and Tai Brown, the SEC Freshman of the Year, respectively. Roberts won the SEC 110H title with the second-fastest time in collegiate history (13.07), just .07 seconds off the 40-year old collegiate record. Brown was Freshman All-SEC and broke Robert’s UK freshman record in the 110H (13.57). Dwight St. Hillaire qualified for NCAAs and was a SEC silver medalist in the 400. Jacob Smith also earned SEC All-Freshman team honors with his performance at the meet. UK’s 4×100 unit also took fourth at SECs.
WEST REGION – Curtis Taylor – Oregon
Taylor, in his sixth year with the Oregon program, had his group account for eight of Oregon’s 15 NCAA Championship entries. Five individual athletes earned spots at outdoor nationals along with one of his relay teams. Taylor coached Cravon Gillespie to school records in the 100 (9.97) and 200 (20.17) at the Pac-12 Championships. His athletes accounted for four Pac-12 titles (100, 200, 110H and 4×100) and the 4×100 team also set the school record (38.72) at the conference meet. The Ducks also went 1-2-3 in the 200 and Gillespie was named the Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Year.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Anavia Battle – Ohio State
Battle, a sophomore from Inkster, Michigan, is currently ranked sixth nationally in the 200 at 22.54 and 22nd nationally in the 100 at 11.25. She swept the short sprint titles at the Big Ten Championships and also was a member of the winning 4×100 relay team. Battle was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, the first time an Ohio State woman received that honor since 2011.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Nia Akins – Penn
Akins, a junior from San Diego, California, is ranked ninth nationally in the 800 at 2:03.44. She is also ranked 31st nationally in the 1500 at 4:16.44. Akins won the 800 at the Ivy League Heps and carried the stick on the title-winning 4×800 relay team. Earlier in the season, Akins ran 3:22.73 on the 1200 leg of Penn’s DMR that won its first Championship of America in program history.
MIDWEST REGION – Sinclaire Johnson – Oklahoma State
Johnson, a junior from Longwood, Florida, is ranked first nationally in the 1500 at 4:09.50. She established her national lead in the 1500 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Johnson was also a member of the Cowgirls’ 4×800 and 4×1600 relay teams that won titles at the Drake Relays and split 2:02.79 on the anchor of the former to help break a school record.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Weini Kelati – New Mexico
Kelati, a sophomore from Leesburg, Virginia is ranked second nationally in the 5000 at 15:23.46 and third nationally in the 10,000 at 32:09.10. Her time in the 5000 broke the meet record and the stadium record at the Bryan Clay Invitational, while her clocking in the 10,000 broke the Mountain West Championships record by more than 20 seconds.
NORTHEAST REGION – Paige Stoner – Syracuse
Stoner, a senior from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is ranked second nationally in both the 5000 at 15:28.47, second nationally in the 10,000 at 32:07.36 and ninth nationally in the steeplechase at 9:51.24. Her time in the 10,000 was the 12th fastest mark in collegiate history. Stoner won individual titles at the ACC Championships in the 5000 and steeplechase.
SOUTH REGION – Ka’Tia Seymour – Florida State
Seymour, a sophomore from Palatka, Florida, is ranked seventh nationally in the 100 at 11.08 and 11th nationally in the 200 at 22.73. She was named the ACC Championships Track MVP after scoring 22 points to lead her team to their fifth conference title in program history. Seymour is also a member of the Seminoles’ NCAA-qualifying 4×100 relay team.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Janeek Brown – Arkansas
Brown, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the 100 Meter Hurdles at 12.55 and second nationally in the 200 at 22.47. Earlier this season at the Arkansas National Relay Championships, Brown posted the second-best, single-day double in the 100H/200 in world history, only trailing Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Brown is also a member of the Razorbacks’ NCAA-qualifying 4×100 relay team.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Kayla White – North Carolina A&T
White, a senior from Miami, Florida, is ranked first nationally – and in the world – in the 100 at 10.96 and is ranked fourth nationally in the 200 at 22.52. She was named the MEAC Outdoor Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 100, 200 and helping out on the title-winning 4×100 relay team.
WEST REGION – Allie Ostrander – Boise State
Ostrander, a junior from Kenai, Alaska, is ranked first nationally in both the steeplechase (9:40.05) and the 10,000 (32:06.71), and is ranked third nationally in the 5000 (15:30.94). Her time in the 10,000 is the 11th fastest mark ever recorded in collegiate history. She will double in both the 5000 and steeplechase at the NCAA Championships.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Lucy Bryan – Akron
Bryan, a senior from Bristol, England, is ranked third nationally in the pole vault at 4.50m (14-9). She held her ground in the No. 3 spot all season long after establishing that mark at the LSU Invitational and broke the MAC and program record in that event.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Madelin Gardner – West Virginia
Gardner, a senior from Williamstown, West Virginia, is ranked sixth nationally in the pole vault at 4.47m (14-8). She posted seven wins this season and cleared 4.15m (13-7¼) or better seven times.
MIDWEST REGION – Laulauga Tausaga – Iowa
Tausaga, a junior from Spring Valley, California, is ranked second nationally in both the discus at 62.29m (205-8) and in the shot put at 18.02m (59-1½). She scored 18 points at the Big Ten Championships – and was named Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year – after winning the discus title, placing third in the shot put and seventh in the hammer throw.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Shadae Lawrence – Colorado State
Lawrence, a senior from Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the discus at 65.05m (213-5). That heave, which she let fly at the Mountain West Championships, made her the No. 3 performer in collegiate history and was the best mark in that event since 1997.
NORTHEAST REGION – Venique Harris – Albany
Harris, a senior from Portmore, Jamaica, is ranked 11th nationally in the discus at 57.94m (190-1). She was named the Women’s Co-Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet at the America East Championships.
SOUTH REGION – Yanis David – Florida
David, a senior from Lamentin, Guadeloupe, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 14.35m (47-1) and second nationally in the long jump at 6.65m (21-10). Her mark in the triple jump, which she established in a winning effort at the SEC Championships, made her the second best performer in collegiate history and gave her the third best performance. David was named the SEC Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year after that effort, in addition to winning the long jump.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ashtin Zamzow – Texas
Zamzow, a senior from Goliad, Texas, is ranked first nationally in the heptathlon at 6148 points, a mark that made her the 12th best performer in collegiate history. She also became the first woman in Big 12 history to win both the heptathlon and javelin at the same conference meet.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Nicole Greene – North Carolina
Greene, a junior from Ponte Vedra, Florida, is ranked second nationally in the high jump at 1.88m (6-2). She was undefeated through the conference championships and won the ACC title with her season-best mark.
WEST REGION – Alyssa Wilson – UCLA
Wilson, a sophomore from Jackson, New Jersey, is ranked second nationally in both the hammer at 70.63m (231-9) and the shot put at 18.02m (59-1½), and is ranked fifth nationally in the discus at 60.76m (199-4). She is the only woman this year who will compete in three individual events at the NCAA Championships.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Karen Dennis – Ohio State
Dennis, in her 3rd year as Director of Track & Field at Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Conference title with five event wins. The team enters the final site of the NCAA Championships with nine qualifiers and a top 20 national ranking, as well as the top ranking in the Great Lakes Region.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Steve Dolan – Penn
In his 7th year as Director of Track & Field at Penn, Dolan coached the Quakers to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship with wins in seven events. Penn student-athletes set ten school records and an equal number of top-10 all-time Ivy League marks as Dolan earned Ivy Coach of the Year honors.
MIDWEST REGION – Cliff Rovelto – Kansas State
Rovelto, in his 31st year as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at Kansas State, guided the Wildcats to a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships with 156.5 points, the most ever scored by a second-place team. Rovelto has the Wildcats ranked in the nation’s top 20 with eight student-athletes qualifying to the final site of the NCAA Championships.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Brian Bedard – Colorado State
In his 13th year as Head Track Coach at Colorado State, Bedard led the Rams to the Mountain West Conference title by a 38.5-point margin. The Rams head to Austin with four individuals and a relay team qualified for the final site of the NCAA Championships.
NORTHEAST REGION – Roberto Vives – Albany
Vives, in his 34th year as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at Albany, coached the Great Danes to their 11th-straight America East championship and their second-straight ECAC Outdoor title. In winning the conference title, the team set a new conference record for points scored at the Championships (254) and earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
SOUTH REGION – Bob Braman – Florida State
In his 16th year as Head Coach at Florida State, Braman led the Seminoles to their fifth-ever ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and fourth under Braman’s guidance. The team rewrote ACC record books for most points scored (134) and margin of victory (41.5 points) in the process and rank third nationally headed into the final site of the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lance Harter – Arkansas
Harter, in his 29th year as Head Coach at Arkansas, guided the Razorbacks to their eighth-consecutive SEC title with a total of 139.5 points. Arkansas ranks at the top of the leaderboards headed into the final site of the NCAA Championships with a national-best of 17 qualifiers to Austin.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – North Carolina A&T
In his 7th year as Head Coach at North Carolina A&T, Ross guided the Aggies to a record-breaking regular season, including the highest national ranking ever achieved by a team in the MEAC (6th). Ross’s Aggies won the MEAC Championship on the strength of nine event wins and qualified nine to the final site of the NCAA Championships.
WEST REGION – Caryl Smith Gilbert – Southern California
Smith Gilbert, in her 6th year as Director of Track & Field at USC, led the Trojans to the PAC-12 title in dominating fashion, winning 7 of 21 events and sweeping the medal stand in three of those. The Trojans rank second in the nation headed into the final site of the NCAA Championships with 13 women qualified.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Lisa Senakiewich – Michigan State
Senakiewich, in her ninth year with the program, had two athletes advance to the NCAA Outdoor Finals in the 1,500 and steeple to go with 12 athletes who competed at the NCAA East Prelims. Karrigan Smith earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in the steeplechase with her second-place finish. For the season, Dillon McClintock had the 10th-best qualifying time in the 1,500 in the East (4:16.74) while Smith had the 12th-best qualifying time in the steeple (10:10.91). She had four athletes make in to the Preliminary Round in the 10,000, another four in the 1,500 and two in both the steeple and 5,000.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Porscha Dobson – Penn
Dobson, in her seventh year with the Penn program, helped her team win the Ivy Heps Championships as her athletes totaled 60.5 points which included wins in the 4×100, 4×400, 4×800 and 400. She also had the runner up at the meet in the 200, 400 and 400H. Dobson’s athletes qualified to Austin in the 400 and 4×400 with their performances this season. Her relay teams also picked up impressive victories at the Texas and Penn Relays (DMR). Her group also has three long jumpers over 19 feet.
MIDWEST REGION – Nathan Ott – Kansas State
Ott, in his first year with the Kansas State program, had two athletes win Big 12 titles as his group score 48 of the 156.5 points at conference to push the squad to a second-place finish. In total his group had five athletes qualify for the NCAA West Prelims with three of them advancing on to the National Championships. All five of these athletes have marks on the Wildcats top-10 list, some of them across multiple events.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Quincy Howe – Wyoming
Howe, in his 14th year with the school, coached four Cowgirls in total to the NCAA National Championships, one in the long jump, one in the triple and his 4×100 relay team. His jumpers earned 28 out of the 64 total team points that Wyoming posted at the Mountain West Championships. The relay teams earned another 10 points for a grand total of 38 points overall. He guided Jerayah Davis to the school record in the long jump, Ja’la Henderson to second all-time in the same event and the 4x100m relay team which now ranks second all-time
NORTHEAST REGION – Ken Hunt – Brown
Hunt, in his seventh year at Brown, guided his athletes to 51 of the team’s 59 points at the Ivy League Championships, almost recording every point by the program by itself at the meet. His heptathlete set the all-time Ivy League record at 5,632 pts and was a national qualifier in the event. His longer jumpers went 1-2-3 at the Ivy League Championships and four long and one high jumper all advanced to the NCAA East Prelims. Hunt’s long jump quad ranked fourth in the nation while his triple jump group came in tenth. Four of his long jumpers posted marks over six meters with two of them over 6.20m. His athletes also broke school records in the long jump, heptathlon and 4×100.
SOUTH REGION – Derek Yush – Alabama
Yush, in his second year with the Alabama program, qualified a grand total of four athletes, three in the shot and one in the javelin, to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Tide took first and second at the SEC Outdoor Championships and Portious Warren won the NCAA East Prelims in the shot. Warren also led the nation in the event this season with a school record of 18.61m. Yush had two shot putters ranked in the top-10 and three in the top-20 nationally, with another athlete ranked in the top-25 in the javelin. Alabama was also the only school to advance three in the shot out of the East Preliminary Round.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Johnson – Arkansas
Johnson, in his seventh year with Arkansas, had nine of his athletes advance to the National Championships. He coached Janeek Brown to a world No.2 mark of 12.55 in the hurdles while also lowering her 200 personal best 22.47. She won the SEC Championships in the 100H. As a complete unit, his group accounted for 46 percent of Arkansas’ 139.5 points as the team captured the SEC outdoor title. His athletes accounted for nine top-10 marks on the all-time list at Arkansas with performances from this season. Of the Razorbacks NCAA-leading 17 entries to nationals, nine are from Johnson’s group.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Malcolm Watts – Norfolk State
Watts, in his 10th season at Norfolk State, had five athletes across five events qualify for East Prelims with two of those athletes, Kirara Grant and Martha Bissah, move on to the final site in Austin. Both athletes rank in the top-five nationally in the 100 and 800, respectively. His athletes were responsible for 40 of the team’s’ 65 points scored at the conference championships.
WEST REGION – Amin Nikfar – Stanford
Nikfar, in his first year with the Stanford program, coached four Cardinal women to the NCAA Championships, including three in the javelin. This year, Mackenzie Little had the farthest javelin throw and six of the top-71 collegiate marks in NCAA DI history. She set meet and stadium records in winning the Pac-12 title. His throwers scored 20 of Stanford’s 85 points at the Pac-12 meet. At West Prelims, Jaimi Salone had a 16-foot improvement in the discus to place seventh and advance to the NCAA’s after coming in as the No. 38 seed.