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NCAA DII OTF Regional Awards

2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Regional Awards

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

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Isaac Prather – Concord (W.Va.)

Prather, who hails from Summersville, West Virginia, was named the Mountain East Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after scoring 30 points at the MEC Outdoor Championships. He won the steeplechase, 5000 meters and 10,000 meters over the span of three days. Prather was the top-ranked athlete in the Atlantic Region in each of those three longer distance events.

CENTRAL REGION – Reece Smith – Northwest Missouri

Smith, who hails from Garner, Iowa, won the steeplechase at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in a meet-record time of 8:33.64. That also made Smith the fourth-fastest performer on the NCAA DII all-time chart. Earlier in the season, Smith won the steeplechase at the MIAA Outdoor Championships with another meet-record effort of 8:42.50.

EAST REGION – Callum Elson – American International

Elson, who hails from Leeds, England, won the 1500-meter title at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 3:46.35. Earlier in the season, Elson won the Olympic Development Mile at the Penn Relays and took top honors at the NE10 Outdoor Championships in both the 800 meters and 5000 meters.

MIDWEST REGION – Trevor Bassitt – Ashland

Bassitt, who hails from Bluffton, Ohio, won the 400-meter hurdles title at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 48.98, which cemented his spot as the No. 4 performer in divisional history. He went undefeated in the 400H this season with other victories in the elite section of the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays as well as the Northeast Ohio Quad. 

SOUTH REGION – Christian Noble – Lee (Tenn.)

Noble, who hails from Mount Vernon, Indiana, set an NCAA DII record in the 1500 meters with a 3:36.00 winning time at the Oregon Relays over top NCAA DI athletes and several pros. That also made Noble the 11th-fastest in collegiate history, regardless of division. Noble also clocked the second-fastest mark in NCAA DII history in the 5000 meters of 13:24.78.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Benjamin Azamati – West Texas A&M

Azamati, who hails from Akim Oda, Ghana, set an NCAA DII record in the 100 meters of 9.90 at the Texas Relays, which was also the fourth-fastest mark in collegiate history, regardless of division. Later in the season, Azamati roasted the track in the same event at the LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in a wind-aided 9.86. Azamati, who finished second in the 200 at the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships and anchored the winning 4×100 relay, matched his own NCAA DII record of 20.13 in the half-lapper at the Jo Meaker Classic & Multi.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Makanakaishe Charamba – Carson-Newman

Charamba, who hails from Harare, Zimbabwe, scored 13.5 points at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 meters and 200 meters, as well as a carry on the third-place 4×100 relay. That was the most points by an athlete from the Southeast Region at the NCAA Championships. Charamba was named the SAC Male Track Athlete of the Year after sweeping the short sprints and helping on the winning 4×100.

WEST REGION – Duncan Agyemang – Academy of Art

Agyemang, who hails from Kumasi, Ghana, finished runner-up in the 400 meters at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR of 45.80. He scored 19.75 points at the PacWest Outdoor Championships behind runner-up finishes in both the 400, 400-meter hurdles, as well as a carry on the winning 4×100 relay and the fourth-place 4×400 relay.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dalton Anderson – Slippery Rock

Anderson, who hails from Grove City, Pennsylvania, finished eighth in the javelin at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was the only male athlete from the Atlantic Region to earn First-Team All-America honors in a field event in Allendale, Michigan. During the regular season, Anderson had a seasonal best of 66.85m (219-4) at the Red Flash Open.

CENTRAL REGION – LJ Kiner – Pittsburg State

Kiner, who hails from Humble, Texas, finished top-3 at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). He won the triple jump at the MIAA Outdoor Championships and placed fourth in the long jump. Kiner entered the NCAA postseason as the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the triple jump with an effort of 16.36m (53-8¼).

EAST REGION – Jordan Davis – Southern Connecticut

Davis, who hails from Wallingford, Connecticut, won the javelin at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR throw of 72.54m (238-0). Earlier in the season, he broke the meet record at the NE10 Outdoor Championships. Davis nearly finished the year undefeated with his only loss coming at the Raleigh Relays, where he placed second.

MIDWEST REGION – Isaiah Schafer – Davenport (Mich.)

Schafer, who hails from Pewamo, Michigan, won the shot put and placed sixth in the discus at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His winning mark in the shot put also set a PR of 19.89m (65-3¼). Schafer was named the GLIAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet and the GLIAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year after scoring 18 points at the GLIAC Championships thanks to a victory in the discus and a runner-up showing in the shot put.

SOUTH REGION – Zach Hancock – Alabama-Huntsville

Hancock, who hails from Madison, Alabama, finished runner-up in the discus and fourth place in the shot put at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He scored 30 points at the Gulf South Conference Championships with a clean sweep of the discus, hammer and shot put with meet records in the hammer and shot put.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ushan Perera – Texas A&M-Commerce

Perera, who hails from Mahabage, Sri Lanka, won the high jump at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a clearance of 2.22m (7-3¼). He went undefeated against NCAA DII competition this season and topped 2.27m (7-5¼) at the Texas Relays, which is tenth in the world this year and notches another all-time top-10 mark in NCAA DII history.  

SOUTHEAST REGION – Niklas Klei – Queens (N.C.)

Klei, who hails from Kirchlengern, Germany, finished third in the decathlon at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a huge PR score of 7303 points. That was a 234-point improvement on his 7069-point total from the David Noble Relays.

WEST REGION – Mathieu Tshani – Academy of Art

Tshani, who hails from Lille, France, won the triple jump at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a wind-aided PR of 16.19m (53-1½). Earlier in the season, Tshani took runner-up honors in the same event in the collegiate division of the Mt. SAC Relays.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Osanitsch – Shippensburg

Osanitsch, in his 17th year at Shippensburg, led the Red Raiders to their 13th straight team title at the PSAC Outdoor Championships with 200 points. This is the sixth time in conference history a team has scored at least 200 points at the championship meet, all by Osanitsch-led teams. Shippensburg scored in 19 of 21 events contested at the conference meet and won 10 of them, while also sweeping the major awards. The Red Raiders had two athletes qualify for the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships and are the top-ranked team in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION – Kyle Rutledge – Pittsburg State

Rutledge, in his 10th year at Pittsburg State, led the Gorillas to their first national title in program history at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 70 points. Under Rutledge’s direction, the Gorillas had national champions in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400 meters, while 13 different athletes earned First-Team All-America honors. Pittsburg State also won the MIAA Championships with 169 points and posted 14 All-MIAA finishes. Rutledge’s athletes broke seven school records during the outdoor season.

EAST REGION – John Wallin – Southern Connecticut

Wallin, in his 13th year at Southern Connecticut, led the Fighting Owls to the team title at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships behind 10 event winners. Southern Connecticut was the first team in meet history to sweep all four throwing events by going 1-2-3 at the NE-10 meet. The Fighting Owls also captured the All-Divisions New England Championships by winning nine events and setting meet records in three. Wallin’s squad led the region in 11 events, including the top-ranked shot putter and second-ranked javelin thrower on the national list.

MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 23rd year at Grand Valley State, led the Lakers to a third-place finish at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 56 points. Baltes coached 22 All-Americans and qualified 18 athletes to the national meet. Grand Valley State also won the GLIAC Outdoor Championships with 302 points. The Lakers netted 25 top-3 finishes and had athletes win in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws, pole vault and distance events at the conference championships. Baltes’ athletes posted 16 top-15 national rankings and led the region in eight events.

SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville

Cain, in his 20th year at Alabama-Huntsville, led the Chargers to the team title at the Gulf South Conference Championships with 242 points behind 10 event winners. Alabama-Huntsville also finished 14th at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the program’s highest finish at the national meet. Cain had athletes qualify in six events and coached All-Americans in five events. The Chargers set nine school records this outdoor season.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – George Pincock – Texas A&M-Commerce

Pincock, in his fifth year at Texas A&M-Commerce, led the Lions to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 48 points for the program’s best national performance in 37 years. The Lions’ three national event champions were the most by any program at the meet. Texas A&M-Commerce also finished second at the Lone Star Conference Championships with three national-leading marks heading into nationals. Under Pincock’s guidance, J.T. Smith won the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships and captured two LSC crowns.

SOUTHEAST REGION – David Needs – Carson-Newman

Needs, in his 25th year at Carson-Newman, led his team to score the most points by a Southeast Region team in NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships history. The Eagles put up 26 points in Allendale, Michigan, thanks to a pair of scorers in the 100 meters (third, sixth), third-place finishes in the 200 meters and 4×100 relay, as well as a sixth-place effort in the long jump. Carson-Newman had four marks that topped the regional charts this season.

WEST REGION – Jack Hoyt – Azusa Pacific

Hoyt, in his fifth year at Azusa Pacific, led the Cougars to the team title at the PacWest Outdoor Championships with a meet record 313 points. The Cougars had 11 conference event winners and racked up 26 All-Conference honors. Azusa Pacific competed at nine events in the NCAA Outdoor Championships and captured eight All-America honors. On the final TFRRS list, APU had 19 ranked performances across 15 different events. Hoyt’s Cougars are the top-ranked team in the West Region and No. 15 in the Pre-Championships edition of the National TFRI.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Patrick Heckroth – Johnson C. Smith

Heckroth, in his first year as assistant coach at Johnson C. Smith, coached the Golden Bulls sprint/hurdle group to one All-American honor and 10 All-Region awards. His athletes scored 62 of the team’s 106 points at the CIAA Championships in claiming top marks in five events. Johnson C. Smith rated No. 1 in the Atlantic Region #EventSquad Rankings in the 100 and 200 meters, plus No. 2 in the 400.

CENTRAL REGION – Jason Crow – Pittsburg State

Crow, in his second year as assistant coach at Pittsburg State, coached the Gorillas sprint/hurdle group to score 38 of the team’s 70 points in winning the team title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes won titles in the 400 and 110 hurdles and added a second in the 4×400 relay, third in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 4×100 relay. His sprint crew scored 55 points at the MIAA Conference Championships, helping Pittsburg State to the team title.

EAST REGION – Brian Nill – Southern Connecticut

Nill, in his seventh year as assistant coach at Southern Connecticut, coached the Fighting Owls distance runners to 28 points at the Northeast 10 Championships and 24 points at the all-division New England Championships as Southern Connecticut won team titles in both meets. One of his top athletes, Terrell Patterson, won the 1500 at the New England Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Reynaldo Radlin – Grand Valley State

Radlin, in his fourth year as assistant coach at Grand Valley State, coached the Lakers sprint/hurdle group to score 87 points at the GLIAC Championships. His squad earned 20 points in relays, 31 points in hurdles and 36 points in sprints. At the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, his athletes scored 17 points, including a win in the 200 meters by Brandon Miller.

SOUTH REGION – Duke Kicinski – Alabama-Huntsville

Kicinski, in his first year as assistant coach at Alabama-Huntsville, coached the Chargers throwers to score 91 points in four events as UAH won the team title at the GSC Championships. His athletes won event titles in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin, and swept the top-3 spots in the hammer. His top athlete, Zach Hancock, set personal bests in the discus and shot at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, placing second and fourth, respectively.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Rock Light – Texas A&M-Commerce

Light, in his second year as assistant coach at Texas A&M-Commerce, coached athletes in helping TAMUC to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a runner-up finish at the LSC Championships. His high jumpers scored 17 points in the high jump at nationals – second-most by any program in one event in the meet – Ushan Perera won and Dakari Hill and Justin Lewis tied for fifth.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Kieran Showler-Davis – Carson-Newman

Showler-Davis, in his fourth year as associate head coach at Carson-Newman, coached the Eagles sprinters to 21 points at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His 100-meter group rated No. 2 in the national #EventSquad Rankings and was led by Maka Charamba, who finished third in both the 100 and 200 in the national championships.

WEST REGION – Nkosinza Balumbu – Academy of Art

Balumbu, in his third year as assistant coach at Academy of Art, coached the Urban Knights jumps crew to two spots in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including national champion Mathieu Tshani. His athletes won the high jump and triple jump in the PacWest Conference Championships.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Divonne Franklin – California (Pa.)

Franklin, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was named the PSAC Track Athlete of the Championships after setting meet records in both the 100 meters (11.66) and 200 meters (23.92). She was also a member of the winning 4×400 relay and the fourth-place 4×100 relay. 

CENTRAL REGION – Denisha Cartwright – Minnesota State

Cartwright, who hails from Nassau, Bahamas, earned four First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships behind a victory in the 100-meter hurdles, a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters, a seventh-place finish in the 100 meters and a carry on the winning 4×100 relay. Earlier in the season, Cartwright scored 28.5 points at the NSIC Outdoor Championships thanks to winning the 100H, helping out the first-place 4×100 relay, and taking runner-up honors in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.

EAST REGION – Ashley Corcoran – Southern New Hampshire

Corcoran, who hails from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet at the NE10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships after scoring 28 points behind two individual titles (1500 meters, steeplechase) and a runner-up effort in the 5000 meters.

MIDWEST REGION – Alexa Leppelmeier – Walsh

Leppelmeier, who hails from Pettisville, Ohio, finished runner-up in the steeplechase at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR of 10:12.93. She scored 20 points at the G-MAC Outdoor Championships thanks to victories in the 1500 meters and steeplechase.

SOUTH REGION – Celine Ritter – Lee (Tenn.)

Ritter, who hails from Roesrath, Germany, earned two First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a third-place finish in the 1500 meters and a fifth–place effort in the 5000 meters. She was named the Gulf South Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year after winning both of those events at the conference championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Brianna Robles – Adams State

Robles, who hails from Palmview, Texas, won the 5000 meters and finished runner-up in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her winning time of 16:07.84 in the 5000 ranks fifth in meet history, while her mark of 33:37.63 in the 10,000 is sixth. Earlier in the season, Robles went 16:04.95 over 5000 meters for the No. 4 effort in NCAA DII history and dipped under 33 minutes in the 10,000 meters at 32:50.06.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Fatima Alanis – Queens (N.C.)

Alanis, who hails from Coahuila, Mexico, finished runner-up in the 5000 meters and third in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She scored 30 points at the South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championships with victories in both of those events, as well as the 1500 meters, and was named the Female Track Athlete of the Year.

WEST REGION – Jennifer Sandoval – Azusa Pacific

Sandoval, who hails from Fontana, California, won the 10,000 meters and finished sixth in the 5000 meters at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Earlier in the season, she amassed 25 points at the PacWest Outdoor Championships with victories in both the 5000 and 10,000, in addition to a fourth-place finish in the 1500 meters.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Trinity Clark – Slippery Rock

Clark, who hails from Kane, Pennsylvania, finished third in the javelin at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a PR heave of 50.03m (164-2). Earlier in the season, Clark starred at the PSAC Outdoor Championships with a victory in the javelin and top-8 finishes in both the discus and shot put.

CENTRAL REGION – Arika Robinson – Concordia-St. Paul

Robinson, who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, won the high jump at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a clearance of 1.82m (5-11½). Earlier in the season, she won the high jump at the NSIC Outdoor Championships and took runner-up honors in the heptathlon. 

EAST REGION – Adia Cavalier – American International

Cavalier, who hails from Bloomfield, Connecticut, was a First-Team All-American in the triple jump at 12.45m (40-10¼). During the regular season, Cavalier went undefeated in the triple jump against NCAA DII competition and won event crowns at both the NE10 Outdoor Championships and the NEICAAA Outdoor Championships. 

MIDWEST REGION – Emma Richards – Grand Valley State

Richards, who hails from Fredonia, Wisconsin, earned two First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a fourth-place finish in the shot put and a fifth-place effort in the discus. Earlier in the season, Richards swept both events at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships and was named the GLIAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH REGION – Savionna Glover – Benedict

Glover, who hails from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, matched her PR in the triple jump of 12.39m (40-7¾) to finish eight in the event at the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships. Earlier in the season, Glover scored 18 points at the SIAC Outdoor Championships with a victory in the long jump and a runner-up finish in the triple jump. 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Zada Swoopes – West Texas A&M

Swoopes, who hails from Whitewright, Texas, won the discus and shot put at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in addition to a fourth-place effort in the hammer. She became the fourth-best performer in meet history thanks to her winning effort of 56.84m (186-6). Swoopes scored 30 points at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championships thanks to a sweep of those aforementioned event titles.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Mary Brigid Keck – Mount Olive

Keck, who hails from Newark, Ohio, earned First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a seventh-place finish in the hammer throw. It was a big achievement for Keck, who entered the meet ranked 18th nationally. Keck was named the Female Field Athlete of the Year at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships after taking top honors in the discus and scoring in both the hammer and shot put.

WEST REGION – Marie-Jeanne Ourega – Academy of Art

Ourega, who hails from L’Haÿ-les-Roses, France, won the long jump and finished runner-up in the triple jump at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She captured both of the horizontal jump titles at the PacWest Outdoor Championships and was named the PacWest Field Athlete of the Year and the Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Andy Young – Millersville

Young, in his 13th year at Millersville, led the Marauders to the team title at the PSAC Outdoor Championships with 113 points for their first crown since 1996. Millersville was ranked No. 25 in the Pre-Championships National TFRI and No. 2 in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION – Mike Turgeon – Minnesota State

Turgeon, in his 5th year at Minnesota State, led the Mavericks to a third-place finish at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 57 points. Under Turgeon’s direction, the Mavericks had 12 All-Americans and three national championships in the 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles and the 4×100 relay. Minnesota State also won the NSIC Outdoor Championships with 191 points. Turegeon’s athletes set three conference records and won seven events. The Mavericks also netted 16 All-Region honors.

EAST REGION – Lex Butler – Southern New Hampshire

Butler, in his eighth year at Southern New Hampshire, led the Penmen to the program’s first team title at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Championships with 176.5 points and scoring in 19 of 22 events contested. Southern New Hampshire also had an NEICAAA individual champion and a 10th place finisher at the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase. Butler has his team ranked No. 1 in the East Region all season.

MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 23rd year at Grand Valley State, led the Lakers to a runner-up finish at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 64 points. The Lakers had 16 athletes qualify for the meet in 21 individual events, while earning 12 First-Team All-America honors and one Second-Team plaudit. Grand Valley State also won its 23rd-straight team title at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships behind eight event winners. Baltes coached Emma Richards to Field Athlete of the Year honors and Erika Beistle to Freshman Field Athlete of the Year honors.

SOUTH REGION – Frank Hyland – Benedict [Tigers]

Hyland, in his 15th year at Benedict, led the Tigers to the team title at the SIAC Outdoor Championships with 230 points behind 14 event winners.. The SIAC Women’s Coach of the Year guided Jane Kiborus to the Cleve Abbott Award and Most Outstanding Track Performer at the SIAC meet by scoring 36 points, while Kyra Buffen was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet honors with 24 points. Benedict had three athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Matt Stewart – West Texas A&M

Stewart, in his 12th year at West Texas A&M, led the Lady Buffs to a national team title at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 77 points. Under Stewart’s guidance, the Lady Buffs had four national champions and 15 All-Americans. West Texas A&M also won their second-straight team title at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championships behind 10 event champions. The Lady Buffs broke eight school records this year.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jacob Krolick – Queens (N.C.)

Krolick, in his first year at Queens (N.C.), led the Royals to a runner-up finish at the South Atlantic Conference Championships and had eight event championships. The Royals also placed 11th in the team standings at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Under Krolick’s leadership, Fatima Alanis placed second in the 5000 and third in the 10,000 at the national meet, while Stevie Lawrence finished third in the steeplechase. Queens (N.C.) is ranked No. 5 in the 5000 and No. 9 in the 1500 in the #EventSquad Rankings.

WEST REGION – Kevin LaSure – Academy of Art

LaSure, in his seventh year at Academy of Art, led the Urban Knights to a fourth-place team finish at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships by scoring 44 points. The Urban Knights qualified eight athletes to NCAA Championships and netted 11 All-America honors, including 10 First-Team honors. Academy of Art had a national champion in the long jump and runner-up finishes in the 200 meters and triple jump. LaSure’s squad also placed third at the PacWest Outdoor Championships with four event champions. His athletes hit 22 provisional standards during the regular season and broke six program records.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Brittany Hartman – Millersville

Hartman, in her 15th year as assistant coach at Millersville, coached the Marauders throwers to 52 of the team’s 113 points in winning the team title at the PSAC Championships. Her top athlete, Hannah Woelfling, won titles in both the hammer (meet record) and discus (all-time PSAC record). Another of her athletes, Aliyah Striver, was All-American in the hammer and second-team All-American in the shot put.

CENTRAL REGION – Chris Parno – Minnesota State

Parno, in his 10th year as associate head coach at Minnesota State, coached the Mavericks sprint/hurdle group to score 38 of the team’s 57 points in finishing third at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes won three events at nationals – 100, 100 hurdles and 4×100 relay – and accumulated eight first-team All-American awards. At the NSIC Championships, his athletes scored 89 points and set conference records in three events.

EAST REGION – Adriana Carrasco – Southern Connecticut

Carrasco, in her first year as assistant coach at Southern Connecticut, coached the Fighting Owls sprinters to score 57 of the team’s 120 points at the Northeast 10 Championships, followed by 19 points at the all-division New England Championships. Her top athlete, Ella Maclean, won the 100 meters at the NE-10 and was named NE-10 Track Rookie of the Year.

MIDWEST REGION – Matt Conly – Grand Valley State

Conly, in his third year as assistant coach at Grand Valley State, coached the Lakers throwers to score 55 points at the GLIAC Championships, including wins in the shot put, discus and hammer. Three of his athletes also performed well at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships – Judith Essemiah won the hammer, Erika Beistle was second in the discus and Emma Richards scored in two events (shot put and discus).

SOUTH REGION – Charnay Ryland – Lee (Tenn.)

Ryland, in her sixth year as associate head coach at Lee (Tenn.), coached the Flames athletes to win three events at the Gulf South Conference Championships as Lee won the team title. Two of her athletes qualified in a total of three events to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with one earning All-American honors.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Randy Denham – West Texas A&M

Denham, in his 11th year as assistant coach at West Texas A&M, coached Lady Buffs throwers as West Texas A&M won the team title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete, Zada Swoopes, won titles in two events (shot put and discus) and finished fourth in the hammer to accumulate 25 points as the meet’s high-point scorer.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Luke Greer – Queens (N.C.)

Greer, in his first year as assistant coach at Queens (N.C.), coached Royals distance runners to win four events at the South Atlantic Conference Championships. At the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, his top athlete, Fatima Alanis, earned runner-up honors in the 5000 as well as a third-place finish in the 10,000.

WEST REGION – Andrea Blackett – Azusa Pacific

Blackett, in her fifth year as associate head coach at Azusa Pacific, coached Cougars athletes to seven individual and two relay qualifying positions at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her athletes scored in four events at nationals and won three individual events while earning eight all-conference honors at the PacWest Conference Championships.