Outstanding Performers Named For 2019 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships

NEW ORLEANS – Outstanding Performers of the Meet from the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships were announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Dhruvil Patel of North Central (Ill.) and Yorai Shaoul of MIT were named the Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer and Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer, respectively, while Gabrielle Noland of Loras and Eka Jose of Washington (Mo.) were named the Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer and Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer, respectively.

Each year the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at the NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Winners are determined using a formula that takes into account team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), Division III season bests (three additional points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally between the four team members.

Historical Listing of Most Outstanding Performers

Year
Men’s Track
Men’s Field
Women’s Track
Women’s Field
2018
AJ Digby
Mount Union
Blaze Murfin
Dubuque
Wadeline Jonathas
UMass Boston
Monique Newton
Oberlin
2017
Parker Witt
UW-Whitewater
Theron Baumann
UW-Whitewater
Wadeline Jonathas
UMass Boston
Alexa Wandy
SUNY Geneseo
2016
Luke Campbell
Salisbury
Alex Mees
UW-Eau Claire
Melanie Winters
Baldwin Wallace
Katherine Pitman
Ithaca
2015
Luke Campbell
Salisbury
Jamie Ruginski
Southern Maine
Carly Fehler
UW-Eau Claire
Divya Biswal
St. Lawrence

Patel, a senior from Skokie, Illinois, totaled 20 points using the above formula. He became the 11th man in NCAA DIII history to sweep the distance events with victories in the 5000 (10) and 10,000 (10), and earned no bonus points for his efforts based on his marks.

Shaoul, a sophomore from Raanana, Israel, tallied 21 points at the SPIRE Institute, using the above formula. He scored 18 team points with his victory in the triple jump (10) and runner-up finish in the long jump (8) and added an NCAA DIII season-best mark of 15.43m (50-7¾ in the triple jump (3).

Noland, a junior from Rockford, Illinois, strung together quite the Saturday in Geneva, Ohio. She amassed 32¾ points using the above formula with 23 of those coming by way of team points (She swept the short sprints and was a member of the first-place 4×100 relay team and seventh-place 4×400 relay team). Noland’s 11¾ other points came from a meet record, facility record and an NCAA DIII season best in the 200 of 23.44 and being part of a season-best 4×400 relay mark.

Jose, a sophomore from Kansas City, Missouri, scored 18 points this past weekend using the formula. She won the triple jump (10), placed fourth in the long jump (5) and recorded an NCAA DIII season-best mark of 12.52m (41-1) in the former.