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NCAA DII OTF National Awards

2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Awards

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

Member coaches voted on these honors following the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Allendale, Michigan, but considered performances during both the regular season and the NCAA postseason.

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Azamati, who hails from Akim Oda, Ghana, was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. He capped a record-breaking season at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a 100-200 double and a tote on the runner-up 4×100 relay. Azamati ended the campaign with six all-time marks in the sprints, which included NCAA DII records in both the 100 (9.97) and 200 (20.13). Five of those all-time marks came in the 100, where he is now billed No. 1 (9.97), No. 2 (10.02), No. 3 (10.03), No. 4 (10.04) and No. 5 (10.07) in NCAA DII history. Azamati went undefeated in 100-meter finals this season and only lost once in the 200.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Narbuvoll, who hails from Narbuvoll, Norway, was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. Dominant doesn’t begin to describe Narbuvoll’s season, as she went undefeated – a perfect 8-0 record that included a 5000-10,000 double at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It was in the 5000 in Allendale, Michigan, where Narbuvoll laid waste to a 36-year-old meet record and clocked a winning time of 15:37.50, which smashed the previous all-time best by more than 20 seconds. Just a few weeks earlier at the NSIC Outdoor Championships, Narbuvoll completed the 1500-5000-10,000 triple for 30 points and helped send U-Mary to the team title in Duluth, Minnesota.

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Campbell, who hails from Ocho Rios Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica, was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. He completed the shot put-discus double at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which helped lead Missouri Southern to a top-10 team finish. Campbell was particularly dominant in the shot put this season, posting an 8-1 record in finals, which included an 8-0 run after an early-season loss. He capped his season in Allendale, Michigan, by becoming the fifth-best performer in NCAA DII history in the event with a winning mark of 19.99m (65-7) that came on his third attempt.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Swoopes, who hails from Whitewright, Texas, was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. She scored 23 points in field events at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in both the shot put and discus and a sixth-place effort in the hammer. Swoopes starred in the shot put this season, tallying five marks that reside in the all-time top-15 in NCAA DII history. Two of those marks came during championship season: 17.71m (58-1¼) to win the event at the Lone Star Outdoor Championships; 17.59m (57-8½) to win the NCAA crown and shatter an 18-year-old meet record held by Adriane Blewitt.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Baltes, in his 22nd year at Grand Valley State, was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year. He led the Lakers to their first outdoor national title in program history at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. GVSU scored 76 points across eight events, including a whopping 44 in mid-distance and distance events. During the regular season, Baltes guided the Lakers to the team title at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships, where they scored 300.5 points thanks to 24 podium finishes. GVSU ended the regular season with a staggering 10 top-10 #EventSquad Rankings, headlined by the No. 1 spot in the 800.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Hoyt, in his fifth year at Azusa Pacific, was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year. He led the Cougars to their first outdoor national title in program history at the NCAA Division II level this past weekend at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Cougars scored 81 points across 11 events in Allendale, Michigan, which included 10 or more in the 100 (10), 400H (10), high jump (10) and heptathlon (13). During the regular season, APU won the team title at the PacWest Outdoor Championships with 235.5 points thanks to 11 event titles and a slew of other top-8 finishes. The Cougars had top-ranked #EventSquad groups in the 100H, high jump and heptathlon, as well as top-5 efforts in four other event areas.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Clark, in his sixth year at Ashland, was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. His athletes stepped up at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as they combined to score 25 of the Eagles’ fourth-place total of 37 points. Twenty of those points came from victories in the 400 (Channing Phillips) and the 4×400 relay. Noticeably absent from individual events at the NCAA Championships was Trevor Bassitt, who nursed an injury. Bassitt entered the meet ranked No. 1 nationally in the 400, 100H and 400H and No. 2 in the 200. Just a few weeks earlier at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships, Bassitt was a major reason why athletes coached by Clark set three new GLIAC records and scored 90 team points.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Blackett, in her fourth year at Azusa Pacific, was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Her athletes played a major part in helping the Cougars win their first outdoor national title in program history at the NCAA Division II level, as they combined to score 33 of the team’s 81 points at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. APU won event titles in both the 100 (Mechaela Hyacinth) and 400H (Jaylah Walker). It would have been tough not to find a Blackett-coached athlete in Allendale, Michigan, as they qualified in the 100, 200, 800, 100H, 400H, 4×100 and 4×400 relays.