Regional Award Winners For 2020 NCAA DI Indoor T&F Season

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced 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 genders’ 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 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships next week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Track Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Yared Nuguse – Notre Dame

Nuguse, a junior from Louisville, Kentucky, is ranked fourth nationally in the mile at 3:55.62 OT and seventh nationally in the 3000 at 7:46.71. His time in mile, ran at the ACC Indoor Championships, broke a 46-year-old meet record. Nuguse also anchored the Fighting Irish to the second fastest all-conditions mark in the DMR in collegiate history.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Sam Ellis – Princeton

Ellis, a junior from Decatur, Georgia, is ranked 12th nationally in the mile at 3:57.66, a time that broke a 29-year-old school record. He also won the 1000 and anchored the winning DMR team at the Ivy League Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Edwin Kurgat- Iowa State

Kurgat, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked second nationally in the 5000 at 13:24.04 and 11th nationally in the 3000 at 7:49.19. He swept both distance races and finished third in the mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships to help lead the Cyclones to their first men’s indoor track & field team title in program history.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Tyler Day – Northern Arizona

Day, a senior from Gilbert, Arizona, is ranked first nationally in the 5000 at 13:16.95 and third nationally in the 3000 at 7:45.70. His time in the 5000 bills him third in collegiate history, while his mark in the 3000 slots him in at No. 12 on the all-time chart.

NORTHEAST REGION – Kieran Tuntivate- Harvard

Tuntivate, a senior from Wilmington, Delaware, is ranked ninth nationally in the mile at 3:57.36 and 10th nationally in the 3000 at 7:49.15. He was named the Male Track Athlete Top Performer of the Ivy League Indoor Championships after winning the 3000 and 5000.

SOUTH REGION – Trey Cunningham – Florida State

Cunningham, a junior from Winfield, Alabama, is ranked first nationally in the 60 Hurdles at 7.51. That time ranks him in a tie for the seventh best performer in collegiate history. He is undefeated against collegiate competition this season.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Terrance Laird – LSU

Laird, a junior from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 20.43 and 23rd nationally in the 60 at 6.66. He has clocked a sub-20.8 200 in each of his five races this season, including in a victory at the SEC Indoor Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Peter Seufer – Virginia Tech

Seufer, a senior from Lynchburg, Virginia, is ranked seventh nationally in the 5000 at 13:36.36 OT and eighth nationally in the 3000 at 7:48.28c. He swept the distance slate clean at the ACC Indoor Championships with victories in the 3000 and 5000.

WEST REGION – James West – Oregon

West, a senior from Kent, England, set an all-time collegiate best in the 1500 of 3:36.93, is ranked sixth nationally in the 3000 at 7:47.10 OT, 10th nationally in the mile at 3:57.43 and 15th nationally in the 800 at 1:48.67. He also split a 2:53 lead-off leg on the collegiate record setting DMR team.

Men’s Field Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Andrew Liskowitz – Michigan

Liskowitz, a senior from Middletown, New Jersey, is ranked first nationally in the shot put at 21.02m (68-11¾). He beat seven other men who were ranked in the top-25 nationally at the Big Ten Indoor Championships by more than five feet.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – David Lucas – Penn State

Lucas, a senior from Lititz, Pennsylvania, is ranked sixth nationally in the weight throw at 22.52m (73-10¾). He is the highest ranked male athlete in the Mid-Atlantic Region in any field event.

MIDWEST REGION – Chris Nilsen – South Dakota

Nilsen, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, broke the collegiate indoor record in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.93m (19-5½) at the Nebraska Tune-Up. That was one of the three times he cleared 19 feet in February. He is the No. 4 indoor performer in American history and the No. 15 indoor performer in world history.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Justin Hall – Texas Tech

Hall, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, is ranked fourth nationally in the long jump at 8.05m (26-5). He finished runner-up at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a best mark of 7.88m (25-10¼).

NORTHEAST REGION – Terrel Davis – Hartford

Davis, a senior from Beacon, New York, is ranked 15th nationally in the long jump at 7.79m (25-6¼). He will contest that event at the NCAA Indoor Championships and is the first qualifier in program history.

SOUTH REGION – Carey McLeod Tennessee

McLeod, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 8.19m (26-10½), a mark that has him equal to the 17th best performer in collegiate indoor history. He is also ranked second nationally in the triple jump at 16.68m (54-8¾). McLeod scored 18 points in the horizontal jumps at the SEC Indoor Championships with a victory in the long jump and a runner-up finish in the triple.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – KC Lightfoot – Baylor

Lightfoot, a sophomore from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is ranked second nationally in the pole vault at 5.83m (19-1½). He won all five meets in which he competed this season, including a victory at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, where he broke the meet record with a clearance of 5.77m (18-11).

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jordan Scott – Virginia

Scott, a senior from Portmore, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 17.02m (55-10¼), a mark that has him billed as the 17th best performer in collegiate indoor history. He owns the three best collegiate marks in the triple jump this season and six of the top-7.

WEST REGION – Earnie Sears – Southern California

Sears, a junior from Palmdale, California, is ranked second nationally in the high jump at 2.30m (7-6½). He won three of the four competitions in which he entered this season, including a victory at the MPSF Indoor Championships.

Men’s Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Ron Helmer – Indiana

Helmer, in his 13th year at Indiana, led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten team title. Two individuals – Jyles Etienne (high jump) and Adam Coulon (pole vault – and the distance medley relay team won event crowns. Seven Hoosiers are entered in the NCAA Championships, tied for eighth most in the country. Indiana is rated No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Fred Samara – Princeton

Samara, in his 41st year at Princeton, guided the Tigers to the Ivy League team crown, winning seven events. Among the athletes he mentored were Andrei Iosivas, the Ivy League’s Most Outstanding Field Performer, and Joey Daniels, who set an Ivy record in the 60 hurdles. Princeton is rated No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

MIDWEST REGION – Martin Smith – Iowa State

Smith, in his seventh year at Iowa State, led the Cyclones to the Big 12 team title, the program’s first since the conference began in 1996. Iowa State’s 137 team points were the most in program history as the Cyclones won five events and set five school records. Iowa State, which has six entries in the NCAA Championships, tied for 11th most in the country.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Mike Smith – Northern Arizona

Smith, in his fourth year at Northern Arizona, coached the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky team title and the No. 1 spot in the National Rating Index in Week 4 and Week 5. Two of his athletes – Luis Gijalva in the 3000 and Tyler Day in the 5000 – lead the nation. The Lumberjacks are rated No. 3 in the country and have 10 entries (eight in the distances) in the NCAA Championships, tied for second most in the nation.

NORTHEAST REGION – John Copeland – Rhode Island

Copeland, in his 37th year at Rhode Island, led the Rams to the Atlantic 10 team title with 180 points. Rhode Island is rated No. 1 in the Northeast Region.

SOUTH REGION – Bob Braman – Florida State

Braman, in his 17th year at Florida State, guided the Seminoles to the ACC team title with 130 points and a 31-point margin of victory, both conference records. Florida State has seven entries in the NCAA Championships, tied for eighth most in the country. The Seminoles are rated No. 1 in the South Region.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Bucknam – Arkansas

Bucknam, in his 12th year at Arkansas, led the Razorbacks to the SEC team title. His leading athlete was Cameron Griffith, who won the 3000 and 5000 and anchored the distance medley relay to earn the meet’s high-point trophy. Arkansas has eight entries in the NCAA Championships, tied for sixth most in the nation. The Razorbacks are rated No. 1 in the South Central Region.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – North Carolina A&T

Ross, in his eighth year at North Carolina A&T, coached the Aggies to the MEAC team title. North Carolina A&T has five entries in the NCAA Championships and are rated No. 4 in the Southeast Region.

WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon

Johnson, in his eighth year at Oregon, guided the Ducks to two collegiate records this year – the 1500 meters by James West, who also led off the quartet who smashed the distance medley record. Oregon has the most entries in the NCAA Championships with 11. The Ducks are rated No. 1 in the West Region and No. 2 in the nation.

Men’s Assistant Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sean Carlson – Notre Dame

Carlson, in his fourth year as the mid-distance and distance coach at Notre Dame, guided the Irish to three event titles at the ACC Championships. His top pupil, Yared Nuguse, broke conference mile record that had stood since 1974. His distance runners scored in every event from 800 to 5000 and won the distance medley relay, an event where they have the nation’s No. 2 time, as they accounted for 49 of the Irish’s 70 points.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Aaron Lanzel – Navy

Lanzel, in his second year as the distance coach at Navy, led a near sweep at the Patriot League Championships, as his runner won the 800, 3000, 5000, 4 x 800 and distance medley while taking second in the mile. He coached the Midshipmen’s first runner, Jake Brophy, to break the sub-4 barrier in the mile.

MIDWEST REGION – Peter Miller – Minnesota

Miller, in his second year coaching the throws and combined events at Minnesota, coached his athletes to the No. 1 position in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings in the weight throw. The Golden Gophers have four throwers entered in the NCAA Championships, most in the country.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Calvin Robinson – Texas Tech

Robinson, in his fifth year coaching the sprinters and hurdlers at Texas Tech, guided his athletes to score 48 of the Red Raiders’ 127 points at the Big 12 Championships. His athletes scored multiple times in the 60, 200 and 60 hurdles. Texas Tech’s four entries in the sprints/hurdles at the NCAA Championships are third most in the nation.

NORTHEAST REGION – Daniel Johnson – Hartford

Johnson, in his third year concentrating on the sprints, hurdles, jumps and combined events at Hartford, led his athletes to score 29½ of the Hawks’ 41½ points at the America East Championships. His athletes broke school records in six events, including the long jump, where Terrel Davis became the program’s first athlete to enter the NCAA Championships, indoors or outdoors. 

SOUTH REGION – Travis Geopfert- Tennessee

Geopfert, in his second year at Tennessee, guided athletes in the jumps and combined events to score 35 points at the SEC Championships. Two of his athletes – Darryl Sullivan in the high jump and Carey McLeod in the long jump – lead the nation, and he had a pair of freshmen score in the heptathlon.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Todd Lane – LSU

Lane, in his 13th year coaching the jumps at LSU, coached athletes to score 22 of the Tigers’ 88 points at the SEC Championships. Two of his athletes – JuVaughn Harrison (high jump and long jump) and Rayvon Grey (long jump) – are among the top-3 in the nation in their respective events.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Mario Wilson – Virginia

Wilson, in his eighth year coaching the jumps and combined events at Virginia, guided four athletes to ACC individual titles. Those athletes include Jordan Scott, who leads the nation in the triple jump and was named ACC Field Performer of the Meet.

WEST REGION – Ben Thomas – Oregon

Thomas, in his second year guiding the distances, led the Ducks to two collegiate records this year – the 1500 meters by James West, who also kicked off the distance medley team to a CR. West and three other Oregon milers – Charlie Hunter, Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker – all ran sub-4. The Ducks’ four mid-distance entries in the NCAA Championships are the most in the country.

Women’s Track Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Anavia Battle – Ohio State

Battle, a junior from Inskter, Michigan, is ranked second nationally in the 200 at 22.66 and 24th nationally in the 60 at 7.29. She scored 20 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with victories in the 60 and 200 to help lead the Buckeyes to a team title.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Nia Akins – Penn

Akins, a senior from San Diego, California, is ranked second nationally and second in collegiate indoor history in the 800 with her time of 2:00.71. She is also ranked 12th in collegiate history in the 600 with her time of 1:27.96. Akins moved up in distance at the Ivy League Championships and won event titles in the 1000 and mile.

MIDWEST REGION – Bethany Hasz – Minnesota

Hasz, a junior from Alexandria, Minnesota, is ranked fifth nationally in the 5000 at 15:25.33 and is 24th nationally in the 3000 at 9:13.46. She scored 16 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with top-8 finishes in the mile, 3000 and 5000.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Dani Jones – Colorado

Jones, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, is ranked first nationally – and sixth in collegiate history – in the mile at 4:27.88, third nationally – and ninth in collegiate history – in the 5000 at 15:17.11 and fifth nationally in the 800 at 2:03.58 OT. She is the only woman in collegiate history with top-10 marks in both the mile and 5000.

NORTHEAST REGION – Abbey Wheeler – Providence

Wheeler, a junior from Elmira, New York, is ranked 11th nationally in the 5000 at 15:40.67 and 17th nationally in the 3000 at 9:08.17. She won the 5000-meter title at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships with the second best time in meet history.

SOUTH REGION – Ka’Tia Seymour Florida State

Seymour, a junior from Palatka, Florida, is ranked third nationally in the 60 at 7.17 and sixth nationally in the 200 at 22.82 OT. She won the 60 and the 200 at the ACC Indoor Championships and also anchored the third place 4×400 relay team.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tonea Marshall- LSU

Marshall, a senior from Arlington, Texas, is ranked first nationally – and third in collegiate history – in the 60 Hurdles at 7.86A. She set a meet record in the 60H at the SEC Indoor Championships when she ran 7.89, which also tied her with Brianna Rollins with the most sub-7.90 clockings in a collegiate season with three.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Abby Steiner – Kentucky

Steiner, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 22.57 and 17th nationally in the 60 at 7.24. She is also a member of the Wildcats’ 4×400 relay team that is ranked second nationally.

WEST REGION – Bailey Lear – Southern California

Lear, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, is ranked first nationally in the 400 at 51.60, a time that won her the individual title at the MPSF Indoor Championships. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 relay that is ranked third nationally and broke the meet and track record at the Dempsey Indoor.

Women’s Field Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Rachel Tanczos – Notre Dame

Tanczos, a junior from Danielsville, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the weight throw at 23.31m (76-5¾). She has four of the top-11 legal marks this season among collegians, including two of the top-5.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Maddie Holmberg – Penn State

Holmberg, a senior from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is ranked third nationally in the pentathlon at 4274 points and second regionally in the long jump at 6.18m (20-3½). She won the pentathlon title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and placed fourth in the long jump at the same meet.

MIDWEST REGION – Laulauga Tausaga – Iowa

Tausaga, a senior from Spring Valley, California, is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 17.96m (58-11¼) and ninth nationally in the weight throw at 22.21m (72-10½). She scored 18 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a victory in the weight throw and a runner-up effort in the shot put.  

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ruth Usoro- Texas Tech

Usuro, a junior from Nigeria, is ranked third nationally in the long jump at 6.57m (21-6¾) and fourth nationally in the triple jump at 13.49m (44-3¼). She swept the horizontal jump titles clean at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Zion Lewis – Brown

Lewis, a senior from Canton, Georgia, is ranked eighth nationally in the triple jump at 13.44m (44-1¼). She scored 18 points at the Ivy League Indoor Championships with a meet record in the triple jump and a runner-up finish in the long jump.

SOUTH REGION – Jasmine Moore – Georgia

Moore, a freshman from Grand Prairie, Texas, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 13.90m (45-7¼) and fifth nationally in the long jump at 6.47m (21-2¾). She is undefeated in the triple jump this season and her PR is just 3¼ inches off the current American junior record.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tyra Gittens – Texas A&M

Gittens, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is ranked first nationally in the pentathlon at 4391 points, third nationally in the high jump at 1.86m (6-1¼) and 11th nationally in the long jump at 6.42m (21-0¾). She earned the Cliff Harper Award at the SEC Indoor Championships as the top female point scorer after winning the heptathlon with a meet record score, finishing third in the high jump and fourth in the long jump.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Ellen Ekholm – Kentucky

Ekholm, a senior from Gothenburg, Sweden, is ranked first nationally in the high jump at 1.91m (6-3¼). She is undefeated this season with victories at six meets, including several against women ranked in the top-5 nationally.

WEST REGION – Olivia Gruver – Washington

Gruver, a senior from Reisterstown, Maryland, is ranked first nationally- and second in collegiate history – in the pole vault at 4.70m (15-5). She also had two other 15-foot clearances this season, including one of 4.66m (15-3½) to open the season.

Women’s Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Karen Dennis – Ohio State

Dennis, in her fifth year at Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten team title. While overseeing the entire program, Dennis works directly with the sprinters who accumulated Big Ten titles in the 60, 200, and 60 Hurdles. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 14 in the National TFRI and No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Steve Dolan – Penn

Dolan, in his eighth year at Penn, led the Quakers to their third-straight Ivy League crown. His athletes combined for eight event titles, two Ivy League Championship records, seven Ivy Top-10 All-Time marks, eight school records, and five athletes ranked in the top-30 in the NCAA. Dolan also coached Nia Akins to a NCAA-leading time of 2:00.71 in the 800, which is No. 2 All-Time collegiately. The Quakers are ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

MIDWEST REGION – Jeff Bovee – Illinois State

Bovee, in his sixth year at Illinois State, led the Redbirds to their third-straight Missouri Valley Conference title with a conference record 190.16 points. The Redbirds accumulated six individual champions and one relay that won a MVC title, and totaled 10 All-MVC performances.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Doug Reynolds – New Mexico State

Reynolds, in his third year at New Mexico State, won the program’s first team title at the WAC Indoor Championships with 206 points. The Aggies captured event titles in nine of 17 events, including the 60, 200, 400, 3000, 60 Hurdles, 4×400 Relay, Distance Medley Relay, high jump and triple jump.Reynold was also named the WAC Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

NORTHEAST REGION – Jason Saretsky- Harvard

Saretsky, in his 14th year at Harvard, saw his team secure a runner-up finish at the Ivy League Championships. His team earned two individual titles and a relay title. Two of his athletes – Abbe Goldstein and Anna Juul – are ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA for the mile, while Zoe Hughes is ranked in the top-30 in the pentathlon. The Crimson is the top-ranked team in the Northeast Region.

SOUTH REGION – Rod Tiffin – Samford

Tiffin, in his 10th year at Samford, guided his team to the Southern Conference title. The Bulldogs scored 177.5 points for a 43.5 point margin of victory. His athletes were conference leaders in the 200, 4×400 Relay, high jump, pole vault, and weight throw. Tiffin was named the Southern Conference Women’s Coach of the Year.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Edrick Floréal – Texas

Floréal, in his third year at Texas, coached the Longhorns to their third-straight Big 12 title and second-straight under his guidance. His athletes won nine event titles and set a Big 12 Indoor scoring record with 180.33 points at the conference championship meet. The Longhorns’ nine indoor titles were the most since 1986 with 10. Three of his athletes also combined for four NCAA top-10 marks this season in the 60, 200, and 400.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Dave Cianelli – Virginia Tech

Cianelli, in his 19th year at Virginia Tech, had his team score 105.5 points to win the ACC Indoor Championships for the first time since 2008. His athletes set five school records during the season in the 200, 300, 400, 5000, 4×400 Relay, and pole vault. The Hokies are ranked No. 2 in the Southeast Region.

WEST REGION – Caryl Smith Gilbert – Southern California

Smith Gilbert, in her seventh year at Southern California, guided her squad to 12 top-10 national marks among nine athletes and one relay. She coaches the top 400 runner in the NCAA, has two athletes ranked in the top-10 in the 60 and 60 hurdles, and one athlete in the top-10 in the 200. The Trojans are tied for the third-most entries for the NCAA Championships at 10. The Women of Troy are ranked No. 2 in the National TFRI.

Women’s Assistant Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Joel Brown – Ohio State

Brown, in his sixth year at Ohio State, works directly with a sprints and hurdles group that scored 59 points at the conference championships to help the Buckeyes win their second-straight Big Ten crown. He coached Anavia Battle to Big Ten titles in the 60 and 200, and has the second-fastest time this year in the 200. He also guided Devine Parker to Big Ten runner-up finishes in the 60 and 200. Brown has three athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Fritz Spence – Penn State

Spence, in his 14th year at Penn State, had his athletes score in the pentathlon, long jump, triple jump, and high jump to help the Nittany Lions to a third place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He coached Maddie Holmberg to a score of 4274 in the pentathlon that is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA. He also guided Alexa Parks to a school record in the high jump and is ranked No. 5 in the nation.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin St. Clair – North Dakota State

St. Clair, in his ninth year at North Dakota State, guided three throwers to NCAA Championship berths – two in the shot put and one in the weight throw. All three of St. Clair’s NCAA qualifiers are ranked in the top-12. At the Summit League Championship, his throwers finished 1-2-3-4-5-7 in the shot put for 35 points, while finishing 1-2-3-5-7-8 in the weight throw for 31 points. His athletes combined for 66 of the Bison’s 78 points at the conference championship. St. Clair also saw his athletes set school records in the shot put and weight throw.

MOUNTAIN REGION – James Thomas – Texas Tech

Thomas, in his eighth year at Texas Tech, had his athletes score 39 of the team’s 131 points at the Big 12 Championships. He guided his athletes to Big 12 titles in the long and triple jumps, along with seven All-Big 12 performers. One of Thomas’ athletes, Ruth Usoro, was named the Big 12 High Point Scorer of the Meet. His Red Raiders are ranked No. 1 in the long jump, triple jump and pentathlon, and has nine top-5 performances. He has four athletes that sit among the top-11 in their respective events, and will have three entries at the NCAA Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Ken Hunt – Brown

Hunt, in his eighth year at Brown, guided his jumpers and multis to 32 of the Bears’ 57 points at the Ivy League Championships. His top performers include Zion Lewis, ranked No. 8 in the triple jump, and Ijeoma Uche, who is ranked No. 18 in the long jump. He helped his athletes to two Ivy League titles, an All-Time Ivy League record in the triple jump and the Ivy League Field Performer of the Meet.

SOUTH REGION – Tyree Price Bethune-Cookman

Price, in his seventh year at Bethune-Cookman, guided his athletes to 42 points of the team’s 82 at the MEAC Championships in the jumps and combined events. He led Monae’ Nichols, a NCAA qualifier in the long jump, to conference titles in the long and triple jumps, and was named Co-Field Athlete of the Meet. He also guided Thea Shaw to a MEAC title in the pentathlon, along with 3 other conference placewinners. His triple jump squad is ranked No. 6 in the #EventSquad rankings.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Sean Brady – Texas A&M

Brady, in his third year at Texas A&M, coached his athletes to score 44 of the Aggies’ 58 points at the SEC Indoor Championships. His group holds six top-15 national rankings in their respective events. Among his athletes, Tyra Gittens, who is the national-leader in the pentathlon, ranked No. 3 in the high jump, and ranked No. 11 in the long jump. Debrah Acquah is ranked No. 2 in both the long and triple jumps, while Ciynamon Stevenson is fourth in the triple jump.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Tim Hall – Kentucky

Hall, in his second year at Kentucky, guided his athletes to individual titles at SEC Indoor Championships in the 200 and 400. Four of his athletes are NCAA qualifiers and currently has the No. 2 4×400 relay of the year. Within the Southeast Region, Hall coaches three athletes in the top-10 of the 60, three top-5 athletes in the 200 and 3 top-10 athletes in the 400. His 4×400 relay is also the top-ranked team in the Southeast.

WEST REGION – Toby Stevenson – Washington

Stevenson, in his second year at Washington, coached NCAA qualifiers Olivia Gruver and Hannah Rusnak. He guided Gruver to the NCAA lead in the pole vault and the second-best mark all-time in collegiate history, while Rusnak is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA in the pentathlon. The Huskies’ pole vault squad is ranked No. 3 in the #EventSquad Rankings.