2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Postseason Awards

NEW ORLEANS — Postseason awards for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were handed out on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), following the conclusion of the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held last week in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Scroll below to find out who earned some hardware from the USTFCCCA in 2022!

USTFCCCA National Award Winners

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Jerod Elcock was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Elcock, who hails from Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago, scored 20.5 points at NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. He won the 200 meters in a wind-aided 20.45, finished runner-up in the 100 in a wind-aided 10.03 and helped Butler (Kan.) CC win the 4×100 relay. Elcock also scored 20.5 points at the NJCAA Region VI Championships, winning the 100, taking runner-up honors in the 200 and aiding the Grizzlies’ title-winning 4×100 relay. He was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week twice during the regular season (March 22 and May 10).

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Thomas Nieto was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Nieto capped a near-undefeated season with a resounding victory in the pole vault at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. He cleared 5.30m (17-4½) and was the only athlete left after 4.81m (15-9¼). During the regular season, Nieto won four of the five competitions he entered, including a victory at the Wes Kittley Invitational & Multi, where he topped 5.41m (17-9) for the third-best bar in NJCAA history.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Erik Vance was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Vance, in his sixth year at South Plains (Texas), led the Texans to the team title at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. SPC won going away, as it compiled 104 points, 19 more than runner-up Iowa Western CC. The Texans captured five event titles and a slew of All-America honors. SPC topped the National TFRI all season long and entered the NJCAA Championships with No. 1 marks in seven events.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Wes Miller was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Miller, in his third year as assistant coach at South Plains (Texas), saw his athletes leave their mark all over the record book, as well as the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. Among a litany of feats, he coached athletes to an NJCAA record in the 400-meter hurdles (Chris Robinson), the No. 2 performer in NJCAA history in the 800 meters (Kimar Farquharson) and the No. 2 all-time foursome in the 4×800 relay.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Hilda Chebet was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Chebet, who hails from Trans-Nzoia, Kenya, starred at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, scoring 30 points thanks to victories in the 1500 meters, 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. During the regular season, Chebet became the second-fastest performer in NJCAA history in the 5000 meters, barely missing the NJCAA record with her time of 16:07.40 at the Drake Relays.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Princess Kara was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Kara, who hails from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, scored 18 points at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, winning the discus with an NJCAA-record heave of 56.51m (185-5) and taking runner-up honors in the shot put. She ended the year with three of the top-4 marks in NJCAA history in the discus: No. 1 (56.51m/185-5) and No. 2 (56.23m/184-6), both accomplished at the NJCAA Championships, as well as the No. 4 mark of 55.57m (182-4), established at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Douglas Marshall was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Marshall, in his fourth year at Iowa Western CC, led the Reivers to their first team title at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, scoring 117 points, 19 more than runner-up New Mexico JC. Iowa Western CC captured six events titles, including three from Hilda Chebet. During the regular season, the Reivers won the team title at the Region XI Championships and topped the National TFRI in each of the last four weeks of the campaign (Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7).

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Tabarie Henry was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Henry, in his third year as assistant coach at New Mexico JC, saw his athletes score more than 60 percent of the Thunderbirds’ 98 points at the NJCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. NMJC ended up finishing runner-up to Iowa Western CC in the team standings. During the regular season, Henry guided the T-Bird 100-meter hurdles to the No. 1 national #EventSquad Ranking and the 100- and 200-meter sprinters topped the #EventSquad list in the West Region.

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