2021 NCAA DI Indoor T&F Regional Award Winners

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Thursday 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 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships next week in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Tyler Johnson – Ohio State

Johnson, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, is ranked first nationally in the 400 at 45.07 OT, a mark that he ran to win the individual title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and broke the conference record. He also won the 200 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 20.86 OT, a mark that ranks him 18th nationally.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Sincere Rhea – Penn State

Rhea, a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is ranked 14th nationally in the 60H, a mark that he used to win the event title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He was the first Penn State athlete to win a conference title in the 60H.

MIDWEST REGION – Wesley Kiptoo – Iowa State

Kiptoo, a junior from Marakwet, Kenya, is ranked fourth nationally in both the 3000 (7:48.36) and 5000 (13:31.70c/13:42.52A). He completed the distance double at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with an average winning margin of nearly 12 seconds.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Takieddine Hedeilli – Texas Tech

Hedeilli, a senior from Tlemcen, Algeria, is ranked second nationally in the 800 at 1:45.68c (1:45.98A) and ninth nationally in the mile at 3:56.79. Earlier in the season, Hedeilli won the mile at the American Track League Indoor Series over a field stacked with talented professionals.

NORTHEAST REGION – JP Trojan – Syracuse

Trojan, a redshirt senior from Runaway, Texas, is ranked first regionally in the 5000 at 13:56.10. He finished fourth in the event at the ACC Indoor Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Trey Cunningham – Florida State

Cunningham, a senior from Winfield, Alabama, is ranked first nationally in the 60H at 7.55. He is undefeated this season and won the event title at the ACC Indoor Championships by 0.11 seconds.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Terrance Laird – LSU

Laird, a senior from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 20.28, a mark that made him the No. 10 performer in collegiate indoor history. He is undefeated in individual finals.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Randolph Ross – North Carolina A&T

Ross, a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina, is ranked top-5 in both the 400 (No. 2, 45.21) and 200 (No. 5, 20.50). He is undefeated in the 400 this season and won both the 200 & 400 at the Tiger Paw Invitational hosted by Clemson in mid-February.

WEST REGION – Cooper Teare – Oregon

Teare, a senior from Alameda, California, broke the collegiate record – and became the seventh-fastest performer on the all-time world list – in the mile with his 3:50.39 at the Tyson Invitational. Two weeks earlier, Teare helped Oregon set an all-time world best and collegiate record in the the DMR (9:19.42) and put himself on top of the Descending Order List in the 3000 at 7:46.10.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jake Wickey – Kent State

Wickey, a senior from Medina, Ohio, is ranked fifth nationally in the weight throw at 22.47m (73-8¾). He has thrown at least 21.09m (69-2½) in all six of his meets and is one of only four throwers in the nation to hit the 22.00m (72-2¼) in three meets.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Perry Christie – Rutgers

Christie, a redshirt senior from East Orange, New Jersey, is ranked 10th nationally in the high jump at 2.18m (7-1¾), a mark that he used to win the event at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He is the first Rutgers athlete to win the Big Ten Indoor high jump title and recorded a top-4 finish in all meets.

MIDWEST REGION – Alex Talley – North Dakota State

Talley, a redshirt senior from West Fargo, North Dakota, is ranked third nationally in the weight throw at 22.90m (75-1¾) and fifth nationally in the shot put at 20.54m (67-4¾). He is the only man to rank in the top-25 on the Descending Order List in both events.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Zach McWhorter – BYU

McWhorter, a freshman from Springdale, Arkansas, is ranked second nationally in the pole vault at 5.76m (18-10¾). He won six of seven competitions this year and was over 5.60m (18-5) three times.

NORTHEAST REGION – Brandon Burke – Buffalo

Burke, a redshirt junior from Churchville, New York, is ranked sixth nationally in the high jump at 2.19m (7-2¼), a mark that he used to win the event title at the MAC Indoor Championships. He topped 2.19m (7-2¼) on two separate occasions this season and cleared 7-feet three times.

SOUTH REGION – Carey McLeod – Tennessee

McLeod, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 17.17m (56-4) and third nationally in the long jump at 8.25m (27-0¾). Both of those marks came at the SEC Indoor Championships and the combined distance of 25.42m (83-4¾) is the third-best single-meet effort in NCAA history.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION (co-winners)

KC Lightfoot – Baylor

Lightfoot, a junior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, broke the collegiate record in the pole vault and has since raised the all-time best to 6.00m (19-8¼). He is only the 13th man in world history to clear 6.00m (19-8¼) indoors and has topped 19 feet 11 times this season alone.

JuVaughn Harrison – LSU

Harrison, a senior from Huntsville, Alabama, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 8.33m (27-4), a mark that equaled the No. 5 performer in collegiate history. He is also ranked first nationally in the high jump at 2.28m (7-5¾). Harrison became only the third man in the history of the SEC Indoor Championships to win both the high jump and long jump in the same year.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Daniel McArthur – North Carolina

McArthur, a redshirt senior from Mooresville, North Carolina, is ranked fourth nationally in the shot put at 20.69m (67-10¾). He is undefeated in the shot put this season and was named the Male Field Performer of the Meet at the ACC Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Turner Washington – Arizona State

Washington, a redshirt junior from Tucson, Arizona, broke the collegiate record in the shot put with his heave of 21.85m (71-8¼) at the Texas Tech Shootout. He has eclipsed 21.00m (68-10¾) six times this season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Ron Helmer – Indiana

Helmer, in his 13th year at Indiana, has his team ranked No. 3 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 3 in the Great Lakes Region. The Hoosiers claimed five event titles as they finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships. Indiana has five entries entered for the NCAA Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Alonzo Webb – Pittsburgh

Webb, in his 19th year at Pittsburgh, has his team ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Panthers had four podium finishes at the ACC Championships, including the ACC Champion in the heptathlon. Pittsburgh has three athletes ranked in the top-25 nationally and lead the Mid-Atlantic in six events.

MIDWEST REGION – Joey Woody – Iowa

Woody, in his 7th year at Iowa, has his team ranked No. 18 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the Midwest Region. Iowa won the team title at the Big Ten Championships with a school record 119 points for the program’s first outright title since 1929. The Hawkeyes accumulated 10 medalists, including two event champions.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech

Kittley, in his 22nd year at Texas Tech, has his team ranked No. 10 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the Mountain Region. The Red Raiders finished second at the Big 12 Championships and claimed five event crowns. Texas Tech has a total of 10 top-15 national rankings across eight events.

NORTHEAST REGION – Greg Roy – Connecticut

Roy, in his 36th year at UConn, has his team ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region. The Huskies lead the region in five different events: 400, 800, long jump, pole vault and the heptathlon.

SOUTH REGION – Ritchie Beene – Alabama State

Beene, in his 24th year at Alabama State, led his team to the team title at the SWAC Championships with 164 points. The Hornets had seven event champions and two athletes named Co-Most Outstanding Field Performers of the Meet.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Bucknam – Arkansas

Bucknam, in his 13th year at Arkansas, has his team ranked No. 3 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the South Central Region. Arkansas won the team title at the SEC Championships with 116 points, becoming the first program in SEC Indoor history to win a title without an individual or relay crown. The Razorbacks claimed three runner-up finishes and eight third-place finishes to lead the scoring in 14-of-17 events, with 24-of-27 entrants contributing points.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Dave Cianelli – Virginia Tech

Cianelli, in his 20th year at Virginia Tech, has his team ranked No. 16 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the Southeast Region. The Hokies won the team title at the ACC Championships with 136 points for a 55-point margin of victory – the largest in the modern era in the ACC.. Virginia Tech had five event champions and 11 first-team All-ACC honors, including the Most Valuable Track Performer.

WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon

Johnson, in his ninth year at Oregon, has his team ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the West Region. The Ducks set two collegiate records and recorded seven top-10 all-time marks this season. Oregon has 12 top-10 nationally ranked marks across seven events, including five national leading performances.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Lara Rogers – Cincinnati

Rogers, in her fifth year at Cincinnati, oversaw impressive depth in the Bearcats distance program. Six runners entered Cincy’s all-time top 10 list in the 3000 and three made it in the mile. Two of those athletes – Aaron Bienenfeld and Alec Sandusky – are ranked fifth and sixth nationally in the 5000.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Alonzo Webb III – Pittsburgh

Webb, in his 10th year at Pittsburgh, led the Panther jumpers and heptathletes to account for 21 of Pitt’s 48 points at the ACC Championships. His group was led by heptathlon champ Felix Wolter and high jump runner-up Greg Lauray.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin St. Clair – North Dakota State

St. Clair, in his 10th year at North Dakota State, coached the nation’s top #EventSquad in both the shot put and weight throw. The Bisons have a combined five entries in the national championships in the throwing events and went 1-2-3 in both at the Summit League Championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Mark Robison – BYU

Robison, in his ninth year at BYU, guided an impressive group of pole vaulters and heptathletes. The Cougars have the region’s top-2 athletes in both events, and both vaulters are ranked in the top-10 nationally.

NORTHEAST REGION – Angelo Posillico – Army West Point

Posillico, in his fourth year at Army West Point, coached the region’s top athletes in the shot put and weight throw. In each event, the Black Knights have three athletes in the top 10 regionally.

SOUTH REGION – Ryan Vanhoy – Ole Miss

Vanhoy, in his eighth year at Ole Miss, oversaw a distance crew that accounted for 63 of the Rebels’ 70½ points scored at the SEC Championships. The group won four SEC titles, with meet records in the mile (Waleed Suliman, 3:58.28) and distance medley relay (9:29.35, anchored by Mario Garcia Romo’s 1600 in 3:54.68). The Rebels are the only program to have #EventSquad averages of sub-1:50 in the 800, sub-4:00 in the mile and sub-8:00 in the 3000.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Bennie Brazell – LSU

Brazell, in his 10th year at LSU, led athletes to three individual titles at the SEC Championships. Terrance Laird (200) and Noah Williams (400) both broke school records, with Laird also setting a meet record. In the 60-meter hurdles, Damion Thomas led a Tiger 1-2 with Eric Edwards as the runner-up.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Joseph Lynn – Charlotte

Lynn, in his fourth year at Charlotte, coached a distance squad that racked up 122 points for the 49ers in winning the Conference USA team crown. Charlotte seemed to be everywhere, especially in the 3000 meters, by sweeping all eight scoring places.

WEST REGION – Ben Thomas – Oregon

Thomas, in his third year at Oregon, led an historic collection of distance runners. The Ducks recorded history’s fastest distance medley relay time – indoors or outdoors – at 9:19.42. Three members of the unit sparkled individually – Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker have the nation’s fastest mile and 3000 times (in the mile, those are the fastest ever collegiately at 3:50.39 and 3:50.55, respectively), while Charlie Hunter is tops in the 800 at 1:45.59. Hunter is also one of three other Ducks who’ve run sub-4 this year in the mile.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Jenna Magness – Michigan State

Magness, a redshirt junior from Grand Ledge, Michigan, is ranked third nationally in the 5000 at 15:42.73 OT. She won the event title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and is also ranked fifth regionally in the 3000 at 9:20.65.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – McKenna Keegan – Villanova

Keegan, a redshirt senior from West Grove, Pennsylvania, is ranked 12th nationally in the 800 at 2:04.21c (2:05.64f). She only competed in two meets this season due to COVID cancellations.

MIDWEST REGION – Bethany Hasz – Minnesota

Hasz, a redshirt senior from Alexandria, Minnesota, is ranked seventh nationally in the 3000 at 8:59.37 and 11th nationally in the 5000 at 15:50.74. She is undefeated in four races this season, which includes a victory in the 3000 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Courtney Wayment – BYU

Wayment, a redshirt senior from Layton, Utah, is ranked first nationally in both the mile at 4:37.47 OT and 3000 at 8:54.90 OT. She also anchored BYU’s DMR squad to the nation’s eighth-best mark.

NORTHEAST REGION – Abbey Wheeler – Providence

Wheeler, a redshirt senior from Elmira, New York, is ranked ninth nationally in the 5000 at 15:50.00c (15:57.27f). She is also ranked 21st nationally in the 3000 at 9:12.44c (9:17.17f).

SOUTH REGION – Joyce Kimeli – Auburn

Kimeli, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked second nationally in the 3000 at 8:56.02 and fourth nationally in the 5000 at 15:46.88. Both of those marks were turned in during winning efforts at the SEC Indoor Championships and Kimeli broke meet records in each event.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Athing Mu – Texas A&M

Mu, a freshman from Trenton, New Jersey, has had her hand in three collegiate records this season. Mu started with the all-time collegiate best in the 600 of 1:25.80, anchored Texas A&M to an all-time best in the 4×400 relay of 3:26.27 with her 50.27 split and then, most recently, became the first collegiate woman to ever go sub-1:59.00 in the 800 with her 1:58.40 from the SEC Indoor Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Abby Steiner – Kentucky

Steiner, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 22.41, a mark that made her the third-fastest woman in collegiate history. She is also ranked eighth nationally in the 60 at 7.21 and helped Kentucky to the third-fastest mark nationally in the 4×400 of 3:28.82.

WEST REGION – Allie Schadler – Washington

Schadler, a senior from Tubac, Arizona, is ranked second nationally in the mile at 4:31.21 OT and fifth nationally in the 3000 at 8:58.13. She also anchored the Washington DMR to an NCAA-qualifying mark of 11:06.66, which ranks 11th nationally.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Josie Schaefer – Wisconsin

Shaefer, a redshirt sophomore from Baraboo, Wisconsin, is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 18.09m (59-4¼). She won two event titles this season and finished runner-up at another meet.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Angel Nkwonta – Maryland

Nkwonta, a senior from Pullman, Washington, is ranked seventh nationally in the shot put at 17.27m (56-8) and 17th in the weight throw at 21.36m (70-1). She scored 13 points in those events at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, bolstered by a runner-up finish in the shot put.

MIDWEST REGION – Akealy Moton – North Dakota State

Moton, a junior from West Fargo, North Dakota, is ranked third nationally in the shot put at 18.06m (59-3). She is undefeated in the event through six meets this season.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ruth Usoro – Texas Tech

Usoro, a senior from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, soared into history at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. It was in the triple jump, where she bounded 14.36m (47-1½) to become only the second woman in collegiate indoor history to eclipse 47 feet. Then in the long jump, she won the event title on her final attempt with a mark of 6.82m (22-4½), which matched the sixth-best performer in collegiate history.

NORTHEAST REGION – Kalyah Britt – Buffalo

Britt, a sophomore from Mastic Beach, New York, is ranked first regionally in the triple jump at 12.39m (40-7¾). She finished top-2 in every meet this year, which includes a runner-up effort at the MAC Indoor Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Anna Hall – Georgia

Hall, a sophomore from Greenwood, Colorado, is ranked second nationally in both the pentathlon at 4590 points and the high jump at 1.89m (6-2¼). Her pentathlon score, compiled at the Razorback Invitational, made her the No. 4 performer in collegiate history. Hall won the multi at the SEC Indoor Championships and set pentathlon meet records in the high jump and 800.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tyra Gittens – Texas A&M

Gittens, a redshirt junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is ranked first nationally in both the pentathlon at 4612 points and the high jump at 1.91m (6-3¼), and sits fifth in the long jump at 6.62m (21-8¾). Her score in the pentathlon, compiled at the Texas Tech Classic, made her the third-best performer in collegiate history. Gittens scored 23 points at the SEC Indoor Championships, most by a female athlete since 2008.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Erin Marsh – Duke

Marsh, a redshirt junior from Buford, Georgia, is ranked fourth nationally in the pentathlon at 4185 points. She compiled 13 points at the ACC Indoor Championships in field events with a runner-up finish in the high jump and a fourth-place effort in the long jump.

WEST REGION – Samantha Noennig – Arizona

Noennig, a junior from Hartford, Wisconsin, is ranked first nationally in the shot put at 18.25m (59-10½). She is undefeated through four competitions this season.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Brian Gorby – Youngstown State

Gorby, in his 27th year at Youngstown State, led his team to its fifth straight team title at the Horizon Conference Championships with 186.16 points. The Penguins won four event crowns: 60, 60H, pole vault and pentathlon.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Jamie Cook – Navy

Cook, in his fourth year at Navy, has his team ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Midshipmen are undefeated in 2021, winning the three meets they have competed in. The women have set five school records and six athletes were named the Patriot League Athlete of the Week.

MIDWEST REGION – Matt Bingle – Minnesota

Bingle, in his third year at Minnesota, has his team ranked No. 22 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the Midwest Region. Minnesota won the team title at the Big Ten Championships with 138 points, claiming eight Big Ten titles and 14 top-4 finishes. The Golden Gophers have four national qualifiers in six events.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ed Eyestone – BYU

Eyestone, in his 21st year at BYU, has his team ranked No. 7 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 2 in the Mountain Region. The Cougars have a total of 13 nationally ranked marks inside the top-30 across seven events. In the #EventSquad rankings, BYU is No. 1 in the 800 and mile, No. 3 in the 3000, No. 4 in the high jump and pentathlon, and No. 9 in the pole vault.

NORTHEAST REGION – Mike Smith – Army West Point

Smith, in his seventh year at Army West Point, has his team ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region. The Black Knights top the region in four events and ranked second in three.

SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida

Holloway, in his 14th season coaching the Florida women, has his team ranked No. 5 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the South Region. The Gators finished second at the SEC Championships with 81 points, claiming one event crown and top-3 finishes in eight additional events. Holloway’s athletes combined for 15 top-25 nationally ranked performances across 12 different events.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lance Harter – Arkansas

Harter, in his 31st year at Arkansas, has his team ranked atop the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and the South Central Region. The Razorbacks scored 141 points as they claimed their seventh consecutive team title at the SEC Championships, with the distance crew scoring 68 of those points. Arkansas had two event champions, four runner-ups, and five third place finishes, including the winning 4×400 that set a SEC meet record and ranked No. 6 on the all-time best list.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Lonnie Greene – Kentucky

Greene, in his third year at Kentucky, has his team ranked No. 13 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the Southeast Region. The Wildcats broke two school records and notched 16 performances that rank on the UK all-time top-10 list. Greene coached Abby Steiner to a conference title in the 200, leading up to which, she set the SEC record in the prelims and is ranked No. 3 all-time and No. 2 in the world with that time. The Wildcats’ 4×400 relay also finished second at the SEC meet.

WEST REGION – Caryl Smith Gilbert – Southern California

Smith Gilbert, in her eighth year at Southern California, has her team ranked No. 8 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 2 in the West Region. The Women of Troy have 13 nationally ranked performances that sit inside the top-25 across seven events, including the national leader in the 60 in Twanisha Terry. Southern California is ranked No. 3 in the 400 and No. 5 in the 200 in the #EventSquad rankings.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Nathan Fanger – Kent State

Fanger, in his 19th year at Kent State, mentored a throwing group that has the only pair of shot putters in the national championships. All three of team’s shot putters set PRs this year and combined for 18 points for the Golden Flashes at the Mid-American Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Travis Coleman – Maryland

Coleman, in his fourth year at Maryland, guided the region’s top thrower in Angel Nkwonta to school records in the shot put and weight throw. In the shot, Nkwonta ranks No. 7 nationally at 17.27m (56-8).

MIDWEST REGION – Sarah Hopkins – Minnesota

Hopkins, in her eighth year at Minnesota, led the Golden Gophers distance crew to four all-time top-10 school marks, topped by a distance medley relay team that won the Big Ten Championships for the first time. The Gophers also saw their first Big Ten title in the 3000 meters, courtesy of Bethany Hasz, who earlier in the year set the program standard of 8:59.37.

MOUNTAIN REGION – James Thomas – Texas Tech

Thomas, in his 9th year at Texas Tech, coached the nation’s best long jump squad with a 1-2 punch of Ruth Usoro and Monae’ Nichols. Usoro – the high-point scorer at the Big 12 Championships – is ranked among the all-time top-10 in two events, led by a triple jump of 14.36m (47-1 ½) that has her at No. 2.

NORTHEAST REGION – Nick Collins – Buffalo

Collins, in his second year at Buffalo, mentored athletes who scored all but two of the Bulls’ team points at the Mid-American Championships. His athletes nailed regional top-5 rankings in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and pentathlon – with two positions in the triple jump and pentathlon.

SOUTH REGION – Kelly Phillips – Florida State

Phillips, in her sixth year at Florida State, coached an impressive distance program which recorded a school and ACC record of 10:57.24 in the distance medley relay. The Seminoles went 1-2 in the ACC mile with Jodie Judd and Yasmine Abbes, and have two entries in the NCAA 3000 with Maudie Skyring and Alyson Churchill.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Johnson – Arkansas

Johnson, in his 10th year at Arkansas, oversaw a record-breaking quartet of 400-meter runners, winning the SEC Championships with a meet and school record of 3:28.50. His crew had multiple finalists in four events (60, 200, 400 and 60 hurdles), contributing 70 of the Razorbacks’ SEC-winning total of 141 points.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Tim Hall – Kentucky

Hall, in his fourth year at Kentucky, guided the nation’s top-ranked 200-meter runner in Abby Steiner to the No. 3 time in collegiate history. The Wildcats also set a school record in the 4×400 relay at 3:28.82, making them No. 3 in the nation.

WEST REGION – Quincy Watts – Southern California

Watts, in his fifth year at Southern California, coached four 400-meter runners to be among the top 23 in the nation. As a 4×400 relay unit, the Women of Troy are currently No. 4 in the country.