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NCAA DIII OTF National Awards

2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Awards

NOTE: Through an audit of procedures, it was discovered that there was a misstep in the evaluation of the original vote tabulation. As a result, co-winners have been declared for the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year category.

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Wednesday 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 III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio, but considered performances during both the regular season and the NCAA postseason.

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Eric Gregory was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Gregory, who hails from Metairie, Louisiana, capped a remarkable season at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he scored 16 points with a victory in the 400 meters and a third-place finish in the 200 meters. His time in the 200 of 20.60 lowered the all-time world best for a deaf athlete, a mark that he originally set earlier in the season when he set the since-broken NCAA DIII record of 20.62. All told, Gregory owns the third- and fourth-fastest marks in NCAA DIII history in the 200. During the regular season, Gregory scored 32.5 points at the CSAC Outdoor Championships with a clean sweep of the sprints (100-200-400) and a carry on the winning 4×100 relay.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Ari Marks was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Marks, who hails from Eagle Point, Oregon, completed the distance double at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a near 11-second victory in the 5000 meters and a 27-second triumph in the 10,000 meters. Her winning time of 16:08.90 in the 5000 moved her up to No. 4 on the NCAA DIII all-time chart. During the regular season, Marks went nearly undefeated in both events and won both at the DIII New England Outdoor Championships with a PR of 34:16.45 in the 25-lapper. Marks also set a PR in the 1500 meters of 4:34.06 at the MIT Final Qualifier.

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Marcus Weaver was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Weaver, who hails from Lewiston, Minnesota, swept the decathlon and javelin for the second year in a row at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Before last year, it hadn’t been done in NCAA DIII history; now, Weaver has done it twice. Weaver’s total of 7486 in the decathlon just missed his PR score of 7510. During the regular season, Weaver won the decathlon at the WIAC Outdoor Championships by more than 600 points and was crowned javelin champion at the prestigious Drake Relays.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Victoria Kidiri was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Kadiri, who hails from Lynn, Massachusetts, swept the horizontal jumps at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with marks of 6.03m (19-9½) in the long jump and 12.43m (40-9½) in the triple jump. During the regular season, Kadiri won both of those aforementioned events at the Centennial Conference Championships with conference- and school-record marks. This was Kadiri’s first year doing the triple jump, too.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Chip Schneider was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Schneider, in his 20th year guiding the UW-Eau Claire track & field program, led the Blugolds to the national team title at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. UW-Eau Claire scored 73 points, the most by a men’s team champion since 2007. UW-Eau Claire tallied at least four points in nine different events, which included a 1-3-4 finish in the decathlon and several other event crowns. During the regular season, the Blugolds finished third at the WIAC Outdoor Championships and had 13 efforts ranked among the top-15 seasonal performers on the national chart.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Matt Jones was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Jones, in his ninth year directing the Loras track & field program, guided the Duhawks to their third consecutive national team title with a dramatic victory at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Loras led through 19 events, but a swing in the 20th dropped Jones’ team to second. The Duhawks wouldn’t stay there for long, as they won the 4×400 relay and captured the national championship. Overall, Loras scored points in eight different events in Geneva, Ohio, which included a sweep of the relays. During the regular season, the Duhawks turned in NCAA DIII all-time marks in both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters and broke seven school records.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Ryan Chapman was named National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Chapman, in his seventh year at Wartburg, saw his athletes score 14 points at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships to help the Knights to a fifth-place team finish. Christopher Collet won the steeplechase by a razor-thin margin, while Joe Freiburger finished fifth in the 5000 meters. During the regular season, Chapman-coached athletes amassed 84 points at the American Rivers Conference Outdoor Championships and set meet records in two events.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Peter Delzer was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Delzer, in his sixth year as associate head coach at Carroll (Wis.), coached athletes who scored 21 points at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Uitenbroek sisters, his prized pupils, combined to tally 18 points of their own in Geneva, Ohio, as Emily Uitenbroek won the hammer title and Vanessa Uitenbroek finished runner-up in the discus. During the regular season, his athletes accounted for 59 of the Lady Pioneers’ 100 points at the CCIW Outdoor Championships.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Alex Jebb of Johns Hopkins was named the co-National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Jebb, in his fifth year at Johns Hopkins, saw his athletes account for 26 points at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships thanks to a clean sweep of the horizontal jumps by Victoria Kadiri and a third-place effort from Annie Gutierrez in the heptathlon. What might be even more impressive is that Kadiri had never done the triple jump before this year and Gutierrez PR’d in six of the seven events to set a Centennial Conference record. Just a few weeks earlier, Jebb’s athletes scored more than 100 points at the Centennial Conference Championships to lead the Blue Jays to a dominant victory.

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