Outstanding Performers Named From 2021 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships
NEW ORLEANS – Outstanding Performers of the Meet from the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships were announced on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
JP Vaught of Centre and Matthew Wilkinson of Carleton shared the honor of Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, while Marcus Weaver of UW-Eau Claire was named the Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer. Emily Pomainville of SUNY Geneseo was named Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer, while Isabel Maletich of Chicago and Sydney Thompson of UW-Oshkosh shared Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer honors.
Each year, the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at the NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Winners are determined using a formula that adds together team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), Division III seasonal bests (three additional points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally among the four team members.
Vaught, the co-Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, totaled 23 points using the above formula. He completed the first 100-200 sweep since 2014 and notched a seasonal best in the 100 at 10.51.
Wilkinson, the co-Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer, also amassed 23 points. He earned the first steeplechase-5000 sweep since 2008 and set a seasonal best in the 5000 of 13:50.27, which barely missed the meet record by 0.27 seconds.
Weaver, the Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer, put up 26 points using the formula. Not only did he become the only man in meet history to win both the decathlon and javelin in the same year, he also did so with seasonal best marks in both the decathlon (7510) and javelin (67.68m/222-0).
Pomainville, the Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer, totaled 26 points in a rather unconventional way. It was in the preliminaries of the 1500 where she broke a divisional and meet record with her season-best 4:13.69 clocking (That’s eight points). Then, she easily won the 1500 two days later in 4:21.26 and doubled back to finish runner-up in the 800 at 2:05.46 (That’s 18 more points).
Maletich, the co-Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer, totaled 23 points following a clean sweep of the horizontal jumps and a seasonal best in the triple jump of 12.38m (40-7½). This is the second time that Maletich has been named Most Outstanding Field Performer in her career (Maletich also took home the honor following the 2019 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championships).
Thompson, the co-Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer, scored 23 points using the formula with a discus-shot put double and a seasonal best in the shot put of 15.23m (49-11¾) that came on her third attempt of the competition.