2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight regions – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/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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USTFCCCA Regional Award History

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 III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Jah’mere Beasley – Rowan

Beasley, a freshman from Camden, New Jersey, is ranked second nationally in the 100 at 10.48 and fourth nationally in the 200 at 21.18. He was named the NJAC Runner of the Year and won the 200, was a member of the winning 4×100 relay and placed runner-up in the 100 at the NJAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Matthew Wilkinson – Carleton

Wilkinson, a junior from Greenwood, Minnesota, ran into the record book at the MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Already the national leader in the 5000 at 13:58.25, Wilkinson shot to the top of the steeplechase chart at 8:44.01 with what is the third-fastest mark in NCAA DIII history. He also won the 5000 at the MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was named MIAC Track Athlete of the Meet and earned the MIAC Best Performance of the Meet honor.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Alex Phillip – John Carroll

Phillip, a freshman from Akron, Ohio, is ranked second nationally in the 10,000 (29:30.12) and fourth nationally in the 5000 (14:17.67). He completed the 5000-10,000 sweep at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and broke conference records in each event on back-to-back days.

MIDEAST REGION – Jared Pangallozzi – Johns Hopkins

Pangallozzi, a senior from Maplewood, New Jersey, is ranked first nationally in the 10,000 at 29:20.29, a mark that has him ranked as the 10th-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history. He is also ranked 12th nationally in the 5000 at 14:27.69 and 32nd nationally in the 1500 at 3:52.84. 

MIDWEST REGION – Derrick Jackson – Knox

Jackson, a sophomore from Miami, Florida, is ranked first nationally in the 100 at 10.45 and second nationally in the 200 at 21.14. He is undefeated in both events this season and swept the short-sprint slate clean at the MWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Travis Martin – Trinity (Conn.)

Martin, a freshman from New Haven, Connecticut, is ranked first regionally in three different events – 800 (1:51.25), 1500 (3:50.18) and 5000 (14:32.02). He also sits top-10 nationally in two of those events – 800 (No. 9) and 1500 (No. 10). Martin was named the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – JP Vaught – Centre

Vaught, a freshman from Somerset, Kentucky, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 21.06, sixth nationally in the 400 at 47.94 and eighth nationally in the 100 at 10.58. He was named the SAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and scored 34½ points at the SAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which included a clean sweep of the 100, 200 and 400. 

WEST REGION – Frankie Reid – Lewis & Clark

Reid, a freshman from Palos Verdes Estates, California, is ranked third nationally in the 1500 at 3:48.93. He is the nation’s fastest freshman in the event since 2017 and the fourth-fastest since 2010.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Kyle Rollins – St. John Fisher

Rollins, a senior from Groveland, New York, is ranked first nationally in the high jump at 2.17m (7-1½) and second nationally in the triple jump at 15.45m (50-8¼). He was named the E8 Conference Outdoor Championships Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump.  

CENTRAL REGION – Steve Peper – St. Olaf

Peper, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, is ranked fifth nationally in the high jump at 2.07m (6-9½), a mark that he used to win the event at the MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also placed runner-up in the decathlon at the meet. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Josh Miller – Capital

Miller, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, is ranked fifth nationally in the shot put at 17.22m (56-6) and is undefeated this season. He scored 18 points at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to winning the shot put and placing second in the hammer.

MIDEAST REGION – Justin Kiefel – Carnegie Mellon

Kiefel, a sophomore from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 7.54m (24-9) and soared 7.00m (22-11¾) or better in four meets. He is also ranked fifth nationally in the triple jump at 14.93m (48-11¾) and bounded 14.63m (48-0) or better at three meets.

MIDWEST REGION – Marcus Weaver – UW-Eau Claire

Weaver, a freshman from Lewiston, Minnesota, is ranked first nationally in the decathlon at 7273 points, a total that puts him among the top-10 performers in NCAA DIII history. He is also ranked second nationally in the javelin at 63.21m (207-5) and won the event title at the WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in addition to placing seventh in the pole vault.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Ben Drummey – Southern Maine

Drummey, a freshman from Biddeford, Maine, is ranked second nationally in the pole vault at 5.20m (17-0¾). He has won seven of eight meets this season in which he cleared a bar. 

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Luke Ballard – Birmingham-Southern

Ballard, a senior from Hoover, Alabama, is ranked first nationally in the javelin at 66.67m (218-9). He is undefeated since mid-April and won the event at the SAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – Nicholas McGill – Whitworth

McGill, a senior from Wenatchee, Washington, is ranked fourth nationally in the decathlon at 6838 points and ninth nationally in the javelin at 59.69m (195-10). He was named the NWC Field Athlete of the Year after scoring 39 points in field events at the championships meet with event titles in the decathlon and javelin, a runner-up effort in the high jump and two third-place showings in the long jump and triple jump.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dustin Dimit – Rowan

Dimit, in his seventh year at Rowan, led the Profs to the team title at the NJCA Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to eight event winners. Rowan was No. 1 in the Atlantic Region each week this season, sits No. 5 in the most recent National TFRI and has 12 entries into the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Marcus Newsom – Wartburg

Newsom, in his 27th year at Wartburg, led the Knights to the No. 1 ranking in the National TFRI and to a dominant win at the A-R-C Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It was at the conference meet, where Wartburg amassed 247 points – 94 of which was scored by athletes Newsom directly coaches – and won by 99 points. The Knights will have 15 entries at the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kyle Basista – John Carroll

Basista, in his seventh year at John Carroll, led the Blue Streaks to a runner-up finish at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a top-6 ranking in the National TFRI all season long. Not only did John Carroll score a program-record 187 points at the OAC Championships, it also notched a program-record number of entries to the NCAA Championships with 11.

MIDEAST REGION – Gary Aldrich – Carnegie Mellon

Aldrich, in his seventh year at Carnegie Mellon, led the Tartans to a runner-up finish at the AARTFC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and has seven top-15 #EventSquad Rankings, including No. 1 in the long jump, No. 2 in the shot put and No. 3 in the 400. Carnegie Mellon will have seven entries at the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Joshua Buchholtz – UW-La Crosse

Buchholtz, in his 13th year at UW-La Crosse, led the Eagles to the team title at the WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to six event winners. UW-La Crosse headlines the Regional TFRI and sits No. 2 in the most recent National TFRI. The Eagles will have 16 entries at the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – John Michael Mason – Trinity (Conn.)

Mason, in his third year at Trinity (Conn.), led the Bantams to a dream season thus far, hitting recent program highs in both the National TFRI and Regional TFRI. Trinity (Conn.) has regional leaders in four different events (100, 800, 1500, 5000) and top-3 athletes in four others as well (1500, 400H, TJ, SP).

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Jim Sprecher – Lynchburg

Sprecher, in his sixth year at Lynchburg, led the Hornets to the team title at the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 246 points thanks to nine event winners. It was Lynchburg’s first ODAC outdoor crown since 2014 and the team currently headlines the Regional TFRI.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox

Smith, in his 16th year at George Fox, led the Bruins to the team title at the NWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to seven event winners and 18 All-NWC honors. George Fox, which was ranked No. 1 in the National TFRI early in the season, will have five entries at the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Norman Tate – Rowan

Tate, in his 13th year at Rowan, coached the Atlantic Region’s top two athletes in the 100 and long jump, including the nation’s top long jumper in Nana Agyemang. His athletes combined for 165 of the Profs’ 285 points that won the team title for Rowan at the NJAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Ryan Chapman – Wartburg

Chapman, in his fifth year at Wartburg, guided his distance runners to top-10 positions in five events. The Knights’ 5000-meter and steeple #EventSquad were both ranked No. 1 in the country, while the 800 and 10,000-meter crews were No. 2 and the 1500 group was No. 3. His athletes accounted for 107 of the team’s 247 points at the A-R-C Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Seth Ware – Trine

Ware, in his third year at Trine, coached the Thunder’s sprinters, hurdlers and javelin throwers to 109 of Trine’s 241 points that won the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships team title. His top pupil was Jake Gladieux, who leads the region and sits sixth nationally in the 400-meter hurdles.

MIDEAST REGION – Stargell Williams – Ursinus

Williams, in his third year at Ursinus, led athletes to win all four of the throws at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His group combined to score 68 of the team’s 147 total points and has the Mideast Region’s top-ranked #EventSquad in the shot put and discus.

MIDWEST REGION – Peter Delzer – Carroll (Wis.)

Delzer, in his fifth year at Carroll, coached the Pioneer throwing crew to 45 of the team’s 109.5 points at the CCIW Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Leading the way was Steven Hermsen, the nation’s leading discus thrower who swept the shot and discus at those same championships. 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Brendan Wilkins – Springfield (Mass.)

Wilkins, in his third year at Springfield, guided two athletes to sweep the long jump and triple jump at the NEWMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Josh Silvester, who won the triple jump and is ranked No. 3 in the nation, finished second in the long jump behind teammate Colby Wilson.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Jake Reed – Lynchburg

Reed, in his sixth year at Lynchburg, coached distance runners to combine for 106 of Lynchburg’s 246 points in winning the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships team title. The Hornets won the 800, 1-2-3 in the 5000 and 1-2 in the 10,000, among other strong placements.

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox

Haldorson, in his 11th year at George Fox, guided athletes to 77 points at the NWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in events ranging from the long sprints and hurdles to the high jump.He also assists in the decathlon, where the Bruins are ranked No. 2 in the nation as an #EventSquad.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emily Pomainville – SUNY Geneseo

Pomainville, a junior from Malone, New York, is ranked among the top-5 nationally in three different individual events – 1500 (No. 1, 4:22.47), 800 (No. 2, 2:04.36) and 5000 (16:29.80) – and as part of the second-fastest 4×400 relay. Her 2:04.36 PR in the 800 made her the fourth-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history.

CENTRAL REGION – Aubrie Fisher – Wartburg

Fisher, a freshman from Ackley, Iowa, is ranked second nationally in the steeplechase at 10:41.66 and 10th nationally in the 5000 at 16:57.93. She is undefeated this season in events longer than 800 meters and scored 30 points at the A-R-C Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the 1500, steeplechase and 5000.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Anastasia Tucker – Hope

Tucker, a sophomore from Midland, Michigan, is ranked third nationally in the 5000 at 16:37.99 and eighth nationally in the 1500 at 4:32.25. She set an MIAA record in the 1500 of 4:32.25 to win the event title at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Esther Seeland – Messiah

Seeland, a sophomore from State College, Pennsylvania, etched her name into the NCAA DIII record book this season. Back on May 1, Seeland became the second-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history in the 800 at 2:03.25 (She later lowered that to 2:02.75 at NYC Qualifier). Seeland is also ranked first nationally in the 400 (55.30) and sits third nationally in the 1500 (4:27.39). She scored 28½ points at the MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Favor Ezewuzie – Wheaton (Ill.)

Ezewuzie, a senior from Malden, Massachusetts, is ranked first nationally in the 100H at 13.64 and second nationally in both the 100 (11.75) and 200 (24.16). Her PR in the 100H makes her the third-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history. Ezewuzie scored 30 points at the CCIW Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the 100, 200 and 100H.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Danielle Page – Tufts

Page, a sophomore from North Andover, Massachusetts, is ranked third nationally in the 10,000 at 35:06.38 and fourth nationally in the 5000 at 16:40.57. She is undefeated this outdoor season and won the 5000 at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Adalia Coleman – Bridgewater (Va.)

Coleman, a freshman from Warrenton, Virginia, is ranked third nationally in the 100 at 11.83 and sixth nationally in the 200 at 24.42. She was named both the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year and Track Athlete of the Meet after setting championship records in the 100 and 200.

WEST REGION – Bailey Forsyth – Pacific Lutheran

Forsyth, a senior from Langley, Washington, is ranked first nationally in both the 100 (11.73) and 200 (23.86). She scored 22 points at the NWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in both the 100 and 200 as well as toting the baton on the runner-up 4×100 relay team.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Emily Lavarnway – SUNY Geneseo

Lavarnway, a senior from Ovid, New York, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 5.97m (19-7) and second nationally in the heptathlon with 5087 points. Her output in the heptathlon ranks her as the 10th-best performer in NCAA DIII history.

CENTRAL REGION – Terrianna Black – Loras

Black, a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is ranked second nationally in the triple jump at 12.28m (40-3½). She scored 16 points in field events at the A-R-C Outdoor Track & Field Championships with runner-up finishes in both the long jump and triple jump. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Courtney Phoennik – John Carroll

Phoennik, a junior from McDonald, Pennsylvania, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 12.33m (40-5½). She competed in four field events at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning the triple jump and placing fifth in the high jump. 

MIDEAST REGION – Annie Gutierrez – Johns Hopkins

Gutierrez, a senior from Miami, Florida, is ranked sixth nationally in the pole vault at 3.82m (12-6¼) and 11th nationally in the heptathlon with 4613 points. She scored 26 points in field events at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships by winning the pole vault and finishing runner-up in both the high jump and long jump. 

MIDWEST REGION – Megan Wallace – UW-Eau Claire

Wallace, a junior from Burlington, Wisconsin, is the NCAA DIII record holder in the heptathlon with her 5471-point total from the Esten Challenge in mid-April. She is also ranked eighth nationally in the javelin at 42.93m (140-10) and 11th nationally in the long jump at 5.77m (18-11¼). 

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Lia Rotti – Tufts

Rotti, a freshman from Danville, Vermont, is ranked sixth nationally in the triple jump at 11.95m (39-2½). The triple jump is one of four field events in which Rotti is ranked among the top-10 performers in the New England Region – pole vault, long jump, triple jump and javelin.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Jordyn White – Trinity (Texas)

White, a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri, is ranked third nationally in the long jump at 5.92m (19-5¼). She scored 16 points at the SCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with runner-up efforts in both the long jump and triple jump. 

WEST REGION – Meg Angier – Linfield

Angier, a senior from Beaverton, Oregon, is ranked fourth nationally in the pole vault at 3.84m (12-7¼). She won the event title at the NWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Christopher Popovici – SUNY Geneseo

Popovici, in his seventh year at SUNY Geneseo, led the Knights to the team title at the SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to 14 event winners. The Knights, ranked No. 5 in the national TFRI, also won the team title at the AARTFC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and have 11 entries in the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Matt Jones – Loras

Jones, in his eighth year at Loras, led the Duhawks to the team title at the A-R-C Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to 10 event winners. The sprint/hurdle crew alone won six events – 100, 200, 400, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 4×100. Loras, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has 13 entries in the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin Lucas – Mount Union

Lucas, in his 12th year at Mount Union, led the Purple Raiders to the team title at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region TFRI and among the top-15 teams in the National TFRI, Mount Union has 10 entries in the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Bobby Van Allen – Johns Hopkins

Van Allen, in his 22nd year at Johns Hopkins, led the Blue Jays to the team title at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ranked No. 1 in the Mideast TFRI and No. 6 nationally, Johns Hopkins will have 10 entries in the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Nickolas Davis – UW-La Crosse

Davis, in his fourth year at UW-La Crosse, led the Eagles to the team title at WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with eight event winners and the most points scored since 1996. Ranked No. 1 in the national TFRI, UW-La Crosse has an impressive six event squads ranked No. 1. The Eagles will have 23 entries in the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Kristen Morwick – Tufts

Morwick, in her 21st year at Tufts, led the Jumbos to a No. 1 ranking in the New England Region TFRI. Five athletes from Tufts ranked No. 1 in the New England Region, and the Jumbos will have 11 entries in the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Linh Nguyen – Emory

Nguyen, in his second year at Emory, led the Eagles to a No. 1 ranking in the South/Southeast Region TFRI. Emory, which has No. 1 rankings in six events and No. 2 in six also, will have five entries in the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – John Smith – George Fox

Smith, in his 16th year at George Fox, led the Bruins to the team title at the Northwest Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. GFU collected a total of 24 all-conference honors and won six individual NWC titles. The Bruins will have eight entries in the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Matthew Scheffler – Ithaca

Scheffler, in his 15th year at Ithaca, led the nation’s top-ranked pole vault #EventSquad as the Bombers occupy the top two positions on the yearly list. His vaulters took six of the top-7 places at the Liberty League Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Pat Ahern – St. Thomas (Minn.)

Ahern, in his 14th year at St. Thomas (Minn.), coached two throwers to be among the nation’s top 3 in their specialty. In addition, both of those athletes, Meg Gehrke (shot put) and Berit Borstad (hammer) broke school records. 

GREAT LAKES REGION – Tyler Neff – Mount Union

Neff, in his third year at Mount Union, guided the sprinters to 118 points as the Purple Raiders won the team title at OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Mount Union leads the Great Lakes Region in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

MIDEAST REGION – Alex Jebb – Johns Hopkins

Jebb, in his fifth year at Johns Hopkins, coached athletes to score more than 100 points at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, helping the Blue Jays to the team title. The jumps/multis coach saw his group win or finish second in three jumping events.

MIDWEST REGION – Katie Wagner – UW-La Crosse

Wagner, in her 11th year coaching the sprints/hurdles/relays at UW-La Crosse, led the nation’s top-ranked #EventSquad in four events and coached athletes to five individual conference titles. Among her eight athletes qualified for the nationals is Emma Lawrence, ranked No. 1 in the 400-meter hurdles. Wagner’s athletes scored 130 of the Eagles’ 267.5 points in a winning effort at the WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Miles Ketchum – WPI

Ketchum, in his ninth year at WPI, coached conference champions in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay. His leading athlete, Vivienne Evans, led the region in the 100 and earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Marcus Harris – Rhodes

Harris, in his fifth year at Rhodes, guided the region’s top high jumper in Rachel Sullivan. Also in his jumps/sprints group was Maddie Chandler, the SAA long jump champion who set a new school record.

WEST REGION – Adam Haldorson – George Fox

Haldorson, in his 11th year at George Fox, coached the nation’s top-ranked high jump #EventSquad as well as the No. 2 heptathlon #EventSquad. His range of events includes sprints and hurdles, and he guided the country’s No. 2-ranked 400-meter hurdler in Bethany Gingerich. Haldorson also serves as the Associate Head Coach.