NCAA DI National Award Winners For 2019 Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Grant Holloway of Florida and Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech were named Co-Men’s Track Athletes of the Year, while Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU was named Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. JuVaughn Harrison of LSU and Yanis David of Florida were named National Outdoor Field Athletes of the Year. Wes Kittley of Texas Tech and Lance Harter of Arkansas were named National Outdoor Coaches of the Year, while Calvin Robinson of Texas Tech and Chris Johnson of Arkansas were named National Outdoor Assistant Coaches of the Year.

USTFCCCA NCAA DI National Award History

These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances at both the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Austin, Texas, and throughout the regular season.

Information on each of those winners can be found below.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

National Athletes of the Year

Co-Men’s Track Athlete of the Year – Grant Holloway, Florida

Holloway, a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia, capped a remarkable year with a remarkable set of performances at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Where else can you start but with his collegiate record in the 110 Meter Hurdles of 12.98? He became the first collegian to go sub-13.00 in the event and took down one of the oldest collegiate records in the sport. That was the biggest one of four all-time top-10 marks he put in the record book this year alone in that event. Holloway bookended that performance by being a member of the collegiate record-setting 4×100 relay team (37.97) and clocking an anchor leg of 43.74 in the 4×400, which was the fastest carry of anybody in the meet. During the regular season, Holloway only lost once – which came in the final of the 110H at the SEC Championships.

This is the third time in the past four years that an athlete from the SEC has been named Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Holloway is the first hurdler to earn the honor since Andrew Riley of Illinois in 2012.

Co-Men’s Track Athlete of the Year – Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech

Oduduru, a junior from Delta State, Nigeria, made quick work of the short sprints this year, especially at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Austin, Texas. The Red Raider capped an undefeated season the 100 and 200 with a pair of blistering marks. Oduduru went 9.86 in the 100 and 19.76 in the 200 for times that both fall second in collegiate history. Those marks gave Oduduru the fastest one-day double in those events in world history. On top of that, Oduduru went sub-10 and sub-20 on the same day on three different occasions in 2019 (The first coming at the Michael Johnson Classic in April; The second in the semifinal round of the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships; The third in the finals). Oduduru was also a member of Texas Tech’s 4×100 relay team that consistently lowered the school record throughout the latter part of the season.

This is the first time that an athlete from the Big 12 Conference has been named Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in award history.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year – JuVaughn Harrison, LSU

Harrison, a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama, stepped up in a big way at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Austin, Texas. The sophomore jumper became the first male athlete in NCAA DI history to capture individual titles in the high jump and long jump at the same NCAA outdoor meet. Harrison established a new collegiate lead in the long jump with his winning mark of 8.20m (26-11) and matched the collegiate lead in the high jump with his winning clearance of 2.27m (7-5¼). The Tiger won the high jump and finished runner-up in the long jump at the SEC Championships.

This is the fifth time in a row that an athlete from the SEC has been named Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Harrison is the first LSU athlete to earn the honor.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year – Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU

Richardson, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, starred under the bright lights of the biggest stages. It was at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Austin, Texas, where she shattered a 30-year-old collegiate record in the 100 when she scorched the track in 10.75 (It is also a World U20 record). That came after Richardson anchored the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the 4×100 Relay and before she clocked the fifth fastest time in collegiate history in the 200 of 22.17 and finished runner-up in that event (Her time in the 200 is also a World U20 record). During the regular season, Richardson became the first freshman in SEC history to sweep the 100, 200 and carry the baton on a title-winning 4×100 Relay at the conference meet.

This is the second year in a row that an athlete from LSU has been named National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year (Aleia Hobbs). Richardson is also the first freshman to earn his honor in award history.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year – Yanis David, Florida

David, a senior from Lamentin, Guadeloupe, soared into the record books during the outdoor season. It was at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Austin, Texas, where she opened things up with a victory in the long jump with a mark of 6.84m (22-5¼), which equaled the seventh best performance in collegiate history. David finished runner-up in the triple jump this past weekend, but during the regular season, she became the second best performer with the third best performance in collegiate history when bounded 14.35m (47-1) in a winning effort at the SEC Championships. She was named SEC Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year thanks to that previous mark and sweeping the horizontal jump titles.

This is the third time in the past four years that a horizontal jumper from the SEC has been named National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. David is the first athlete from Florida to earn this honor in award history.

National Coaches of the Year

Men’s Coach of the Year – Wes Kittley, Texas Tech

Kittley, in his 20th year as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, guided the Red Raiders to the university’s first men’s national team title in any sport this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Texas Tech scored a grand total of 60 points across nine events, which included individual titles in the 100, 200 and discus. Texas Tech held the No. 1 ranking in the Men’s National Rating Index all season long and was the overwhelming favorite entering NCAAs. He directed the Red Raiders to the team title at the Big 12 Conference Championships and his athletes set six school records over the course of the season.

This is the first time that Kittley has been named National Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in his career. Kittley is the first coach from the Big 12 Conference to earn this honor since Pat Henry of Texas A&M in 2011.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Calvin Robinson, Texas Tech

Robinson, in his fourth year coaching the Red Raiders’ sprinters and hurdlers, watched his athletes pave the way for the university’s first men’s national team title in any sport this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Texas Tech scored 36 of its 60 points in events coached by Robinson, which included individual titles in the 100 and 200, as well as a runner-up finish in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Divine Oduduru, Robinson’s prized pupil, clocked the second fastest marks in collegiate history in both the 100 (9.86) and 200 (19.73) and went sub-10 and sub-20 on the same day for the third time this season. Robinson’s athletes won event titles at the Big 12 Championships in the 100, 200, 400 and 4×100 Relay.

This is the first time that Robinson has been named National Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year. Robinson is the first coach from the Big 12 Conference to earn this honor since Jim VanHootegem of Texas A&M in 2009.

Women’s Coach of the Year – Lance Harter, Arkansas

Harter, in his 29th year as head coach of the Razorbacks, led his team to the national title this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Arkansas scored its 64 points across 10 different events, which included individual titles in the 100 Meter Hurdles and pole vault, as well as runner-up finishes in the 5000 and 4×400 Relay. The Razorbacks also captured the team title at the SEC Championships with 139.5 points, 54.5 more than runner-up Texas A&M. Arkansas was the top-ranked team in the National Rating Index for the last six weeks of the regular season.

This is the third time that Harter has been named National Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in his career. Harter also earned the honor in 2000 and 2016.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Chris Johnson, Arkansas

Johnson, in his seventh year coaching the Razorbacks’ sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, watched his athletes shine throughout the season, especially this past weekend at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in Austin, Texas. Arkansas’ sprinters and hurdlers combined for 39 of the team’s title-winning 64 points. Janeek Brown, Johnson’s prized pupil, won the individual title in the 100 Meter Hurdles in 12.40 – which matched the second fastest mark in collegiate history and broke the Jamaican national record – and then returned to finish fourth in the 200 in 22.40. Those marks together gave Brown the best single-day, 100H-200 double in world history. Johnson’s athletes propelled the Razorbacks to the team title at the SEC Championships as they accounted for 46 percent of the program’s 139.5 points.

This is the first time that Johnson has been named National Women’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year. He is also the first coach from the SEC to earn the honor.