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2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Member coaches voted on these honors following the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon, but considered performances during both the regular season and the NCAA postseason.

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Joseph Fahnbulleh was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Fahnbulleh, who hails from Hopkins, Minnesota, truly starred at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He became the fifth athlete in the past seven years to complete the 100-200 double and did so with PR marks in each final: 10.00 (+0.6) in a stirring comeback victory; 19.83 (+0.6) to become the No. 4 performer in collegiate history. Not only did he sweep the short sprints, he also anchored Florida to a runner-up finish in the 4×100 relay. Fahnbulleh also helped the Gators win the 4×100 relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships and finished runner-up in the 200-meter final.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Abby Steiner was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, left her name all over the record book this season. No bigger moment stood out more than when Steiner destroyed the collegiate record in the 200 meters – and won the event title – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships with her 21.80 mark. That was part of a meet where Steiner also finished third in the 100 and brought Kentucky from fourth place to first place in the 4×400 relay with a 48.92 split (The Wildcats never relinquished the lead in the relay). Steiner was also a member of the 4×400 relay team that broke the collegiate record at the SEC Outdoor Championships. All told, Steiner notched four all-time top-10 performances in the 200 meters (No. 1, No. 3, Nos. 8-9) and became the No. 7 performer in collegiate history in the 100.

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Ayden Owens-Delerme was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Owens-Delerme, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dominated the decathlon in 2022. Most recently, Owens-Delerme won the 10-eventer – and tied the meet record of 8457 points – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. Earlier in the season, Owens-Delerme took down the since-broken wind-legal collegiate record in the decathlon with his 8528-point total at the Mt. SAC Relays. Owens-Delerme is the second athlete in collegiate history with a pair of scores better than 8450 in the same year.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Anna Hall was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Hall, who hails from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, turned the heptathlon into her personal playground this season. By the time Hall polished off her NCAA title-winning effort with 6385 points at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, she would have added three all-time top-10 performances to the collegiate record book – No. 2 (6458), No. 5 (6412) and No. 7 (6385). Her 6458-point effort came at the USATF Combined Event Championships, where she won the U.S. title and capped the seven-eventer with an American and collegiate record in the 800 meters within the confines of a heptathlon. That leaves the 6412-point total, which Hall amassed in her season debut at the Texas Relays.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Mike Holloway was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Holloway, in his 20th year at Florida, led the Gators to a national team title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships with 54 points. All of Florida’s points were scored in the sprints and relays, led by national champions in the 100, 200 and 4×400 relay and runner-up finishes in the 400 and 4×100 relay. Florida placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and won three event titles earlier in the season.The Gators finished the year with 13 First-Team All-Americans, two Second-Team All-Americans and three school records, including a collegiate record in the 4×400 relay.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Mike Holloway was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Holloway, in his 15th year directing the women’s program at Florida, led the Gators to their first national team title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships with 74 points behind four event crowns in the 400, long jump, triple jump and the heptathlon. Florida earned 11 First-Team All-America honors and six Second-Team All-America plaudits in Eugene, Oregon. Earlier in the season, Florida placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and won four event titles at the meet.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Nick Newman was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Newman, in his first year as assistant coach at Tennessee, coached three athletes to point-scoring finishes at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. Tops for the Volunteers was Wayne Pinnock, who won the long jump to lead a 1-4-8 UT finish along with Carey McLeod (fourth) and Anthony Riley (eighth). That group accounted for 16 of Tennessee’s 34 points that earned a third-place team finish. Pinnock and McLeod also went 1-2 in the SEC Outdoor Championships long jump.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Nic Petersen was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field season. Petersen, in his 10th year as associate head coach at Florida, coached athletes to score 27 of the Gators’ 74 team points in winning the program’s first team title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. His top pupil, Jasmine Moore, swept the long jump and triple jump at both the NCAA Outdoor Championships and SEC Outdoor Championships, while Claire Bryant (long jump) and Natricia Hooper also earned First-Team All-America honors in Eugene, Oregon.