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NCAA DIII OTF National Awards

2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division III 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 III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina, but considered performances during both the regular season and the NCAA postseason.

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Wilkinson, who hails from Greenwood, Minnesota, was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. He notched four all-time marks during the season with two of them coming at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. First, Wilkinson won the steeplechase in 8:47.39, which was the seventh-fastest performance in NCAA DIII history (That was a tick slower than his 8:44.01 effort to win the same event at the MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships that ranks third on the all-time chart). Then, Wilkinson won the 5000 in 13:55.27, which barely missed the meet record by 0.27 seconds and left him with the fourth-fastest mark in NCAA DIII history (Earlier in the season, he went 13:58.25 for the seventh-fastest performance on that same chart).

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Pomainville, who hails from Malone, New York, was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. She made sure that the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships wouldn’t go without a record early on. Pomainville went out hard from the gun in the prelims of the 1500 on Thursday and took down both the division and meet record in the event with her 4:13.69. Later in the meet, she’d cruise to that national title and finish runner-up in the 800, an event in which she is the fourth-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history. During the regular season, Pomainville put her name all over the Descending Order List, ranking in the top-3 of three different individual events (800-1500-5K) and one relay (4×400).

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Weaver, who hails from Lewiston, Minnesota, was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. He starred at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the only man in meet history to win both the decathlon and javelin in the same year. It was in the decathlon where he put up 7510 points for the third-best total in NCAA DIII history. Then, Weaver doubled back to win the javelin on his final throw of the evening, a 67.68m (222-1) heave that was the longest throw of the season at the NCAA DIII level. Earlier in the season, Weaver amassed 7213 points in the decathlon for another all-time top-10 effort.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Maletich, who hails from Chicago, Illinois, was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. It was at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships where Malteich became just the fourth woman in meet history to sweep the horizontal jump crowns (Darcell Edwards of McMurry, Natalie Calderon of Redlands and Melissa Norville of Illinois College are the others). Maletich won the long jump in 5.88m (19-3½) and closed out the meet with a NCAA DIII season best in the triple jump of 12.38m (40-7½).  

National Men's Coach of the Year

Newsom, in his 27th year at Wartburg, was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year. He led the Knights to their first outdoor team title in program history at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 54 points. Wartburg scored in nine events at the NCAA Championships, which included two top-8 athletes in the 5000 to give the squad some breathing room going into the 4×400 relay. Earlier in the season, the Knights romped to the team title at the American Rivers Conference Outdoor Championships, scoring 247 points for a 99-point margin of victory.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Jones, in his eighth year at Loras, was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year. He led the Duhawks to a dramatic victory at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 58 points. Loras scored in nine events at the NCAA Championships, which included an event title in the 4×100 relay and runner-up efforts in the 100, 400, 10,000 and 4×400 relay. Earlier in the season, Jones guided the Duhawks to the team title at the American Rivers Conference Outdoor Championships as they scored 247.50 points and notched 10 event titles in the process.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Chapman, in his fifth year at Wartburg, was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. His mid-distance/distance athletes played a big role in helping the Knights win their first outdoor team title in program history. Out of the Knights’ 54 points at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Chapman’s athletes scored 22. Eight of those points came from a runner-up effort in the steeplechase and seven of them resulted in a 5-6 finish in the 5000, which gave Wartburg necessary breathing room going into the 4×400 relay. During the regular season, the Knights were ranked in the top-10 of every distance event.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Wagner, in her 11th year at UW-La Crosse, was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Her athletes contributed 25 points to the Eagles’ total of 56 at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which sent them to a runner-up team finish. During the regular season, Wagner guided her sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams to top billing in the #EventSquad Rankings for the 100, 200, 100H and 400H. UW-La Crosse won six event titles in her coaching area at the WIAC Outdoor Championships – 100, 200, 400, 100H, 400H, 4×400 – and scored 130 of the team’s 267.5 points at the meet.