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NCAA DI OTF Regional Awards

2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Regional Awards

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

Each of the nine regions – Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, South, South Central, Southeast and West – honored both gender’s top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches following the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Dylan Jacobs – Notre Dame

Jacobs, who hails from Orland Park, Illinois, won the 10,000 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 28:12.32, becoming the first Irish male athlete to capture that event crown since Ryan Shay in 2001. During the regular season, Jacobs set a meet record in the 5000 at the ACC Outdoor Championships with his 13:23.45 winner.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Parker Stokes – Georgetown

Stokes, who hails from Endicott, New York, became the fourth-fastest steeplechase performer in collegiate history with his third-place 8:18.88 effort at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. During the regular season, Stokes won the steeplechase crown at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and helped the Hoyas capture the 4×800 relay conference title.

MIDWEST REGION – Alex Maier – Oklahoma State

Maier, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, finished runner-up in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in a PR of 28:12.68. During the regular season, Maier won the 5000 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in 14:03.74.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Moad Zahafi – Texas Tech

Zahafi, who hails from Casablanca, Morocco, won the 800-meter crown at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1:44.49. He starred in the two-lap race throughout the season, turning in three all-time top-10 marks, more than anybody in collegiate history. Zahafi went 1:43.69 at the Tom Jones Memorial in mid-April to become the third-fastest performer in collegiate history and establish a world lead that lasted until mid-June. His winning time at the NCAA Outdoor Championships is ranked No. 6, while his 1:44.65 effort to be the fastest qualifier out of the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round is ranked No. 10.  

NORTHEAST REGION – Acer Iverson – Harvard

Iverson, who hails from Roseville, Minnesota, swept the distance crowns at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships and competed in both at the final site of the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. During the regular season, Iverson shattered Harvard and Ivy League records in the 5000 that stood for 26 years with his 13:28.54 effort at the Payton Jordan Invitational. 

SOUTH REGION – Trey Cunningham – Florida State

Cunningham, who hails from Winfield, Alabama, had a season unlike any other over the hurdles in collegiate history. With his 13.00 winner in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Cunningham equaled the second-fastest performance in collegiate history and lowered his PR from 13.07, which he ran into a 1.5 m/s headwind. Cunningham went undefeated in the 110H during the season and ran 13.22 or faster nine times, which is the most by any athlete in collegiate history.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Eric Edwards Jr – LSU

Edwards Jr., who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, finished runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 13.15 to become the fifth-fastest performer in collegiate history. He won four event titles in the 110H this season, including a victory at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Randolph Ross – North Carolina A&T

Ross Jr., who hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, capped an undefeated season in the 400 meters with his 44.13 winner at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also helped North Carolina A&T to a pair of top-8 finishes in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

WEST REGION – Joe Waskom – Washington

Waskom, who hails from Snoqualmie, Washington, won the 1500 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 3:45.58 to become the first Husky male athlete to do so since 1928. He also won the 1500-meter crown at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships to match a feat previously done by Matthew Centrowitz in 2011.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Hayden Tobias – Ohio State

Tobias, who hails from Fishers, Indiana, finished seventh in the shot put at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a heave of 19.86m (65-2). His crowning moment during the season came at the prestigious Penn Relays, where he won the shot put crown with a PR of 19.95m (65-5½). 

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Marc Minichello – Penn

Minichello, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, won the javelin title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR heave of 81.17m (266-4). Just a few weeks earlier, Minichello qualified first out of the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round with a mark of 80.38m (263-8) that set an all-time Preliminary Round best as well as a facility record.

MIDWEST REGION – Tejaswin Shankar – Kansas State

Shankar, who hails from New Delhi, India, won the high jump at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2.27m (7-5¼). He won three high jump titles this season, but not at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, because he competed in the decathlon. Shankar scored 7592 points in the 10-eventer in Lubbock, Texas, placing third and posting a qualifying mark for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, if he so chose to contest the combined event. 

MOUNTAIN REGION – Chris Welch – Texas Tech

Welch, who hails from Gavelson, Texas, placed third in the triple jump at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 16.17m (53-0¾). Earlier in the season, Welch won the triple jump at the Texas Relays and finished second at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Sam Welsh – Harvard

Welsh, who hails from Lunenburg, Massachusetts, was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships thanks to winning the discus title with a heave of 63.26m (207-6) that set a school record and notched the second-best all-time mark in conference history.

SOUTH REGION – Kyle Garland – Georgia

Garland, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shattered the collegiate record in the decathlon at the USATF Combined Events Championships with his score of 8720 points. That also gave Garland the eighth-best total in American history. Garland would eventually place third in the decathlon at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 8333 points.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ayden Owens-Delerme – Arkansas

Owens-Delerme, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, won the decathlon – and tied the meet record of 8457 points – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field 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.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Claudio Romero – Virginia

Romero, who hails from Santiago, Chile, capped an undefeated season and won the discus title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a heave of 66.17m (217-1). That was one of his five throws this season that sailed farther than 65.00m. Romero hit his PR of 67.02m (219-11) to win the event at the prestigious Penn Relays.

WEST REGION – Mykolas Alekna – California

Alekna, who hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, broke the absolute collegiate record in the discus with a 68.73m (225-6) heave at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He would later finish runner-up at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships with a mark of 66.15m (217-1). Alekna established five meet records and two facility records during the season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Karen Dennis – Ohio State

Dennis, in her eighth year at Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to the team title at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 124 points and was named the Big Ten Men’s Coach of the Year. Under Dennis’ direction, Ohio State netted 16 All-American honors at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. The Buckeyes set three program records this outdoor season and had nine additional top-5 rankings.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Fred Samara – Princeton

Samara, in his 45th year at Princeton, guided the Tigers to the team title at the Ivy League Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 231 points. Princeton was ranked in the top-20 of the USTFCCCA National Rating Index through the season and the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic. The Tigers had 27 NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers and 16 NCAA Final qualifiers, while finishing a program-best seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under Samara’s direction, Sondre Guttormsen won the national title in the pole vault.

MIDWEST REGION – Tim Langford – Oklahoma

Langford, in his third year at Oklahoma, led the Sooners to a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships behind three event champions. Under Langford’s direction, Oklahoma had 28 entries to regionals and had 12 entries qualify for the NCAA Championships. The men finished the year with 13 All-America honors, including the third-place finisher in the 400 Hurdles. By the end of the season, the men combined for 27 first-place finishes, three Big 12 titles, set five meet records and broke seven school records.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech

Kittley, in his 23rd year at Texas Tech, led the Red Raiders to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Red Raiders had four First-Team All-Americans and eight Second-Team All-Americans. Kittley coached the national champion in the 800, Moad Zahafi, who is also ranked No. 3 in collegiate history. Texas Tech also placed third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and had one event champion.

NORTHEAST REGION – Greg Roy – Connecticut

Roy, in his 37th year at Connecticut, led the Huskies to the team title at the Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 258 points behind 10 event champions. The Husky coaches were named the Coaching Staff of the Year and helped coach the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Under Roy’s direction, Eric Van Der Els was named Honorable Mention after finishing 20th in the 5000 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida

Holloway, in his 20th year at Florida, led the Gators to a national team title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field 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 also placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and won three event titles.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.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Edrick Floréal – Texas

Floréal, in his fourth year at Texas, led the Longhorns to a runner-up finish at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 38 points for their best finish in 25 years. Under Floréal’s direction, Texas had 13 First-Team All Americans and three Second-Team All-Americans, including the national champion in the shot put. The Longhorns also won the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and captured five event crowns.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Duane Ross – North Carolina A&T

Ross, in his 10th year at North Carolina A&T, led the Aggies to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. North Carolina A&T is the first men’s outdoor HBCU program to finish in the top-10 nationally for two consecutive seasons. The Aggies had 13 men qualify for the East Prelims and advanced 11 athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Ross’ team finished the year with 11 First-Team All-Americans and one Second-Team All-American, including a national title by Randolph Ross Jr. in the 400.

WEST REGION – Andy Powell – Washington

Powell, in his fourth year at Washington, led the Huskies to a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, matching their best finish in program history. The Washington men also tied for 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for their best finish since 1979 and had 10 entries for the meet. Under Powell’s direction, Joe Waskom won the 1500 crown at the NCAA Championships as UW had three event finalists. The Huskies finished the meet with five First-Team All-Americans and three Second-Team All-Americans.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Joel Brown – Ohio State

Brown, in his first year as associate head coach at Ohio State, coached two athletes who reached the finals of the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His leading athletes included Kentre Patterson, who finished sixth in the NCAA Championships after a runner-up showing in the Big Ten Championships, where he ran a school record of 13.46. Another top athlete, Eric Harrison, earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships in winning the 100, 200 and leading off the winning 4×100 relay. In all, his athletes contributed 48 of the Buckeyes’ 124 team points at the Big Ten Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Robert Abdullah – Princeton

Abdullah, in his sixth year as assistant coach at Princeton, coached Tiger athletes to win seven titles at the Ivy League Championships, led by Daniel Duncan’s sweep of the 100 and 200, as well as running third leg on the winning 4×100 relay. Nine of his athletes qualified for the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round, with eight advancing to the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – John Hetzendorf – Wichita State

Hetzendorf, in his 22nd year as assistant coach at Wichita State, coached two athletes to earn First Team All-American status, with both Taran Taylor (javelin) and Michael Bryan (hammer) setting school records and recording the highest NCAA finishes in Shocker history. The duo swept Field Performance of the Year awards at the American Athletic Conference Championships. His throwers claimed three of the four throws titles at the AAC Championships and earned two additional all-conference honors.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Bob Thurnhoffer – New Mexico

Thurnhoffer, in his first year as assistant coach at New Mexico, coached athletes who accounted for 80 of the Lobos’ 100 points in finishing third at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes won MWC titles in the 200, 400, 400-meter hurdles, triple jump and 4×400 relay. Two of his athletes broke two school records that had lasted 45 years or longer. Nine of his athletes qualified for the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round, with six advancing to the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Marc Mangiacotti – Harvard

Mangiacotti, in his 10th year as associate head coach at Harvard, coached athletes who contributed 66 of the Crimson’s 136 points as runner-up at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships. His athletes set two school records and added 13 new all-time top-10 marks in Harvard history. His top athlete, triple jumper Daniel Falode, produced his best mark of 15.77m (51-9) at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Nick Newman – Tennessee

Newman, in his first year as assistant coach at Tennessee, coached three athletes to point-scoring finishes at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Tops for the Volunteers was Wayne Pinnock, who won the long jump in leading a 1-4-8 UT finish along with Carey McLeod and Anthony Riley. 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.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Travis Geopfert – Arkansas

Geopfert, in his first year as associate head coach at Arkansas since returning to the program, coached athletes who had nine entries in the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete, Ayden Owens-Delerme, equaled the meet record of 8457 points in winning the decathlon, an event where the Razorbacks added a seventh-place finisher in Daniel Spejcher. Earlier in the season, Owens-Delerme set a since-broken, wind-legal collegiate best of 8528 to win the Mt. SAC Relays and is just the second collegian to produce two scores over 8450 in the same year.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Martin Maric – Virginia

Maric, in his 10th year as assistant coach at Virginia, coached athletes who scored all 18 of the Cavaliers’ points at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes earned a national title in the discus (Claudio Romero) and runner-up finish in the javelin (Ethan Dabbs). Both of his athletes set meet records in winning titles in the ACC Outdoor Championships, with Romero adding a meet record in winning the Penn Relays.

WEST REGION – Mohamad Saatara – California

Saatara, in his ninth year as assistant coach at California, coached Golden Bears throwers to five podium finishes and two titles at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships. His top athlete, Mykolas Alekna, set an absolute collegiate record in the discus at 68.73m (225-6) in winning his title, while Josh Johnson improved his personal best in the shot put to 20.09m (65-11) in the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round. Both advanced to the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where Alekna was runner-up.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Anavia Battle – Ohio State

Battle, who hails from Inkster, Michigan, stepped it up in the postseason with 20.5 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships and then a third-place finish in the 200 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. It was at the Big Ten Championships, where Battle won the 200, helped the title-winning 4×100 relay and finished runner-up in the 100.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – McKenna Keegan – Villanova

Keegan, who hails from West Grove, Pennsylvania, finished runner-up in the 800 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 2:01.71. Not long before that, Keegan finished runner-up in the 400 at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships thanks to a PR of 53.28. That came one round after Keegan previously lowered her 400 PR to 53.39.

MIDWEST REGION – Taylor Roe – Oklahoma State

Roe, who hails from Lake Stevens, Washington, finished third in the 5000 meters at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 15:24.41. That was just off a seasonal best of 15:21.47 that she set at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Roe won the 1500-meter crown at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in a PR of 4:17.00.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Courtney Wayment – BYU

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, won the steeplechase – and obliterated the collegiate record – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with her time of 9:16.00. That also made Wayment the fifth-fastest American woman in history. 

NORTHEAST REGION – Kayley Delay – Yale

Delay, who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, finished runner-up in the steeplechase at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 9:25.08, which made her the third-fastest performer in meet history. One month earlier, Delay won the steeplechase at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships in a meet record of 9:53.70. Delay wrapped up the regular season as the No. 6 seasonal performer in the steeplechase and the No. 8 seasonal performer in the 1500 with her 4:12.12 effort at the Princeton Elite Invitational.

SOUTH REGION – Talitha Diggs – Florida

Diggs, who hails from Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania, won the 400-meter title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR of 49.99 and became the fifth-best performer in collegiate history. One month earlier, Diggs earned a pair of top-5 finishes at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the 200 (third) and 400 (fourth).

co-SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Britton Wilson – Arkansas

Wilson, who hails from Henrico, Virginia, starred in the postseason. It all started at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she became the first athlete in meet history to win both the 400 and 400-meter hurdles in the same year. Not only that, but Wilson clocked all-time collegiate marks in the process: No. 6 in the 400 (50.05); No. 6 in the 400H (53.75). Adding to that, Wilson turned in the fastest 4×400 split in collegiate history of 48.60. Fast forward to the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships and you’ll see Wilson win the 400H and help the Razorbacks to a third-place finish in the 4×400 relay.

co-SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Julien Alfred – Texas

Alfred, who hails from Castries, St. Lucia, capped an undefeated season over 100 meters with a victory at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She also toted the baton on the title-winning 4×100 relay and second-place 4×400 relay. Alfred scorched the track throughout the season, clocking six marks 11.00 or faster, including a wind-aided 10.80 in the prelims of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. She backed that up with a wind-legal 10.81 winner in the final. 

SOUTHEAST REGION – Abby Steiner – Kentucky

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, destroyed the collegiate record in the 200 meters – and won the event title – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field 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. Steiner was also a member of the 4×400 relay team that broke the collegiate record at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Kristie Schoffield – Boise State

Schoffield, who hails from Concord, New Hampshire, won the 800-meter title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2:01.09. That capped an NCAA postseason where Schoffield clocked the fastest 800-meter mark in all four rounds of competition. Schoffield started her winning ways at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships with a meet-record time of 2:02.45 that is also the third-fastest effort in conference history.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Adelaide Aquilla – Ohio State

Aquilla, who hails from Rocky River, Ohio, smashed the collegiate record in the shot put – and won the event title – at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with her mark of 19.64m (64-5¼). One month earlier, Aquilla won the shot put crown at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished third in the discus, an event in which she was the tenth-best seasonal performer this season at 57.86m (189-10).

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Sanaä Barnes – Villanova

Barnes, who hails from Keller, Texas, won the high jump at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a season-best clearance of 1.86m (6-1¼). That led to a streak of eight consecutive clearances between the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round and the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, where she’d eventually place fourth in the final. 

MIDWEST REGION – Alexandra Emilianov – Kansas [Jayhawks]

Emilianov, who hails from Chisinau, Moldova, took runner-up honors in the discus at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. One month earlier, Emilianov won the event crown at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and not long before that, established her seasonal best in the event of 60.51m (198-6) at the Michael Johnson Invitational.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Ashton Riner – BYU

Riner, who hails from Connell, Washington, won the javelin title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a heave of 58.24m (191-1). That came six weeks after Riner emerged as the collegiate leader in the event with her 60.36m (198-1) effort at the BYU Robison Invitational that made her the seventh-best performer in collegiate history.

NORTHEAST REGION – Beatrice Juskeviciute – Cornell

Juskeviciute, who hails from Kaunas, Lithuania, set an Ivy League and school record in the heptathlon with her 5721-point effort at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she finished seventh. Earlier in the season, Juskeviciute won the heptathlon at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships and finished third in the javelin at the same meet.

SOUTH REGION – Jasmine Moore – Florida

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, completed the horizontal jump double-double with a long jump/triple jump sweep at both the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her winning mark of 14.32m (46-11¾) at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships made her the No. 2 performer in collegiate history. Earlier in the season, Moore soared a season-best 6.82m (22-4½) at the LSU Invitational.   

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lamara Distin – Texas A&M

Distin, who hails from Hanover, Jamaica, won the high jump at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a clearance of 1.95m (6-4¾). Earlier in the season, Distin became the fourth-best performer in collegiate history with a 1.97m (6-5½) topper at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster. Distin cleared 1.93m (6-4) or higher at six of the eight meets in which she competed.  

SOUTHEAST REGION – Gabriela Leon – Louisville

Leon, who hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, won the pole vault title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a clearance of 4.60m (15-1), which was only the second 15-foot or better winning mark in meet history (Demi Payne, 2015). Earlier this season, Leon topped 4.61m (15-1½) at the Clark Wood Invitational and became just the fourth female vaulter in collegiate history to climb 4.60 (15-1) or higher three different times in a season.

WEST REGION – Camryn Rogers – California

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, rewrote the collegiate record book in the hammer this season. She bettered her own collegiate record in the hammer three times, which found its final resting place at 77.67m (254-10) during a victory at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Rogers holds each of the top-10 marks in collegiate history in the event.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Karen Dennis – Ohio State

Dennis, in her eighth year at Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to the team title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with 185.5 points and setting a Big Ten record for team points. The Big Ten Women’s Coach of the Year guided her athletes to set six program records and 15 additional top-5 efforts. The Buckeyes, who were ranked first in the Great Lakes Region, also finished 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – David Oliver – Howard

Oliver, in his fourth year at Howard, led the Lady Bison to the team title at the MEAC Outdoor Championships by a margin of 80 points. Under Oliver’s direction, Howard had five women and two relays qualify for the NCAA East Prelim, with two women and the 4×400 relay advancing to the NCAA Championships. The Lady Bison’s 4×400 relay placed sixth in Oregon to become the first HBCU to score in the event final since 1989.

MIDWEST REGION – Lucky Huber – South Dakota

Huber, in his 28th year at South Dakota, led the Coyotes to the team title at the Summit League Outdoor Championships with 243 points. The Coyotes had eight event champions, including a record-setting 4×100 relay, and had a total of 16 women be named All-Summit performers. South Dakota had 13 entries to the NCAA West Prelims with three advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Huber’s athletes finished the year with two Second-Team All-Americans.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech

Kittley, in his 23rd year at Texas Tech, led the Red Raiders to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 36 points, the most points in program history. The Red Raiders notched 11 First-Team All-Americans, including the national runner-up in the triple jump. Kittley had Texas Tech ranked in the top-10 of the USTFCCCA National Rating Index all season long, including a program-best ranking of No. 2 twice this year.

NORTHEAST REGION – Greg Roy – Connecticut

Roy, in his third year at Connecticut, led the Huskies to the team title at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with 209 points, their first since 1995. The Husky coaches were tabbed the BIG EAST Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the team to four event crowns and 20 total medals over the course of the meet, including 29 All-Big East honorees. Roy coached six athletes to the NCAA East Preliminaries.

SOUTH REGION – Mike Holloway – Florida

Holloway, in his 15th year at Florida, led the Gators to their first national team title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 74 points behind four event crowns. Florida completed the indoor-outdoor sweep of NCAA titles this year. The Gators also placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and had four event champions.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Edrick Floréal – Texas

Floréal, in his fourth year at Texas, led the Longhorns to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 64 points for their best finish since 2014. The Longhorns had a total of 12 First-Team All-Americans, including national titles in the 100 and 4×100 relay. Texas also won the team title at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships with seven event champions. Floréal, who was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, also coached the Big 12 Women’s Performer of the Year.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Lonnie Greene – Kentucky

Greene, in his third year at Kentucky, led the Wildcats to a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Greene helped coach Abby Steiner and the 4×400 relay to collegiate records this season, in addition to two national titles. The Wildcats had 19 athletes qualify for the NCAA meet and had 15 All-American honors. Kentucky also placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships, led by their 4×400 relay winning gold.

WEST REGION – Robyne Johnson – California

Johnson, in her third year at California, led the Golden Bears to a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships behind one event champion and six podium finishes. During the course of the year, California was ranked as high as No. 13 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index. Under Johnson’s guidance, the Golden Bears had three All-Americans at the NCAA Championships, including Camryn Rogers’ third-straight hammer title with a collegiate record-breaking mark. California also posted 36 new marks on the program’s top-10 list.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Joel Brown – Ohio State

Brown, in his first year as associate head coach at Ohio State, coached athletes who accounted for 70 of the Buckeyes’ 185.5 points in winning the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. His athletes went 1-2-3 in the 100, 1-2-6 in the 200, 2-5-6 in the 100 hurdles, and won the 4×100 relay. The OSU 4×1 unit, which finished sixth at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, broke the school record three times. His top pupil, Anavia Battle, finished third in the 200 at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships in 22.33.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Jessica Cousins – Howard

Cousins, in her fifth year as associate head coach at Howard, coached the Bison’s 4×400 relay team to a sixth-place finish in the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first HBCU program to score in the final since 1989. Her athletes qualified five athletes and two relays to the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round, with two athletes – including 400 hurdle finalist Jessica Wright – and the 4×400 team advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin St. Clair – Nebraska

St. Clair, in his first year as associate head coach at Nebraska, coached three athletes to earn First-Team All-American honors at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scoring 14 of the Cornhuskers’ 16 team points. His top athlete, Maddie Harris, set a school record in the javelin at 57.90m (189-11) to win the event at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and was runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Cornhuskers finished 1-2-5-6 in the javelin at the Big Ten Championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Keith Herston – Texas Tech

Herston, in his first year as assistant coach at Texas Tech, coached three First-Team All-Americans at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Three of his jumpers combined to finish 2-3 in the triple jump (Ruth Usoro and Ruta Lasmane, respectively) and fourth in the long jump (Monae’ Nichols) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His athletes earned three Big 12 titles to account for 80 of the Red Raiders’ 162 points in finishing as runner-up.

NORTHEAST REGION – Derick Hinch – Cornell

Hinch, in his third year as assistant coach at Cornell, coached two First-Team All-America athletes for the Big Red. Three of his athletes – Beatrice Juskeviciute (heptathlon), Marguerite Lorenzo (high jump) and Victoria Atkinson (pole vault) – won titles at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships and set school records during the year. His athletes accounted for 34 points at the Ivy League Championships. 

SOUTH REGION – Nic Petersen – Florida

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 team title at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top pupil, Jasmine Moore, swept the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and SEC Outdoor Championships, while Claire Bryant (long jump) and Natricia Hooper also earned First Team All-America honors.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Sean Brady – Texas A&M

Brady, in his sixth year as assistant coach at Texas A&M, coached athletes who contributed 18 of the Aggies’ 39 team points in finishing fourth at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete, Lamara Distin, won the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and SEC Outdoor Championships, while Deborah Acquah added a runner-up finish in the long jump. Distin set a school record 1.97m (6-5½) in becoming the =No. 4 collegian all-time, clearing 1.93m (6-4) in six of her eight outdoor meets.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Tim Hall – Kentucky

Hall, in his fifth year as associate head coach at Kentucky, coached athletes who accounted for 34 of the Wildcats’ 50 points in finishing third at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete, Abby Steiner, won the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and set a collegiate record of 21.80. His 4×400 relay team set a collegiate record of 3:21.93 and later won the NCAA title while his 4×100 squad finished second.

WEST REGION – Mohamad Saatara – California

Saatara, in his ninth year as assistant coach at California, coached two First Team All-America award winners at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete, Camryn Rogers, won the NCAA hammer title and raised the collegiate record three times during the season. Teammate Anna Purchase was another of his proteges and together with Rogers became the first collegiate hammer duo to surpass 70m (229-8) in the same meet.