NJCAA Regional Award Winners for 2016 Indoor Season
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NJCAA Regional Award Winners for 2016 Indoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the four regions honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes, and the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

Men Women
Track Athletes of the Year Track Athletes of the Year
Field Athletes of the Year Field Athletes of the Year
Head Coaches of the Year Head Coaches of the Year
Assistant Coaches of the Year Assistant Coaches of the Year

 

Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be in competition at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this week, March 4-5, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Awards will be presented at the coaches’ technical meeting on Thursday, which begins at 5pm at the JDL Fast Track.

 

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Jaymes Dennison, Monroe
Dennison, a sophomore from Penns Grove, New Jersey, proved himself to be one of the top long sprinters of the 2016 regular season. He set school records at 400, 500 and 600 meters and is top-three nationally in each. His 1:02.07 over 500 meters was the fastest among all collegians in 2016, and he ran 1:18.21 for 600 meters and 47.18 for 400 meters.

CENTRAL – Quintaveon Poole, Butler (Kan.) CC
Poole, a freshman from Tinnelle, Georgia, was named the Men’s Co-Track Athlete of the Meet at the Region VI Indoor Track & Field Championships. At that meet, Poole broke 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Derek Brew’s Region VI 400-meter record with a time of 46.49. That ranks him No. 1 among all NJCAA athletes. Poole has also clocked a 6.78 over 60 meters and a 21.38 at 200 meters this season.

MIDWESET – Sylvester Barus, Iowa Western CC
Barus, a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, emerged as one of NJCAA’s top distance runners in 2016. He ran an NJCAA-leading 14:24.36 at 5000 meters, headlining three events in which he will compete at the NJCAA Championships in addition to the 3000 and the mile. He’s also ranked No. 3 nationally at 3000 meters. He won Region XI titles at both 3000 and 5000 meters, and set school records in both throughout the season.

WEST – Festus Lagat, Gillette
Lagat, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, has yet to take a loss in an individual event during his 2016 campaign, despite running distances ranging from 600 meters through 5000 meters. He owns the top qualifying times at 800 meters, at 1000 meters and in the mile, and is also ranked No. 2 at 5000 meters, No. 4 at 600 meters and No. 6 at 3000 meters.

 

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Susan Ejore, Monroe
Ejore, a freshman from Nakuru, Kenya, turned the NJCAA world on its head this season. She is currently the NJCAA leader at 800 (2:07.32), 1000 (2:53.98) and in the mile (4:50.49). Ejore is also ranked second nationally at 3000 (9:44.47).

CENTRAL – Tasha Frazier, Barton County CC
Frazier, a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri, won the Region VI title in the 60 hurdles and is currently ranked second in the nation at 8.56.

MIDWEST – Danielle Riggins, Iowa Central CC
Riggins, a sophomore from Racine, Wisconsin, won region titles in the pentathlon (3239), 60 hurdles (8.68), 400 (57.38) and finished second in the 200 (25.67). She is currently first in the NJCAA in the 60 hurdles, second in the 200, seventh in the pentathlon and eighth in the 400.

WEST – Medinah Spencer, South Plains
Spencer, a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland, is ranked second nationally in the 400 (55.09) and fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.72). She also has lent her hand to the second-ranked 4×400 team.

 

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Torry Miller, Richard Bland
Miller, a sophomore from Chesterfield, Virginia, is the Atlantic Region’s top shot putter with a mark of 14.43 (47-4¼). The mark is good enough to rank him No. 24 among all NJCAA athletes in 2016. He improved his indoor career-best from last year by nearly a meter-and-a-half.

CENTRAL – Landon Cuskelly, Butler (Kan.) CC
Cuskelly, a freshman from El Dorado, Kansas, won the high jump at the Region VI Indoor Track & Field Championships with a clearance of 2.20m (7-2 ½). That earned him Region VI Field Event Athlete of the Meet and the No. 1 spot in the NJCAA.

MIDWEST – Jacob Barents, Iowa Western CC
Barents, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was one of the NJCAA regular season’s best all around throwers. He ranked No. 4 in the country in the weight throw at 18.22m (59-5½) and checked in at No. 7 in the shot put at 16.90m (55-5½). He was the Region XI runner-up in the weight throw and finished fourth in the shot put.

WEST – Fabian Edoki, South Plains
Edoki, a freshman from Nigeria, posted the nation’s top long jump mark at 7.90m (25-11) and is No. 8 in the triple jump at 14.79m (48-6¼). His long jump mark puts him seventh among all collegians in 2016 with the 31st-longest jump in the world this year.

 

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Breaisha Morton, Monroe
Morton, a sophomore from Paterson, New Jersey, is currently ranked fourth in the NJCAA in the high jump at 1.74m (5-7 ¼) and is sixth in the triple jump at 11.95m (39-2 ½). She also posted an impressive win earlier this season at the Armory Invitational in the high jump.

CENTRAL – Angelica Collins, Coffeyville CC
Collins, a sophomore from North Charleston, South Carolina, won the Region VI title in the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. She ranks first nationally in the long jump (5.97m, 19-7) and third in the triple jump (12.22m, 40-1 ¼).

MIDWEST – Janeah Stewart, Iowa Central CC
Stewart, a sophomore from Calumet City, Illinois, won region titles in both the shot put and weight throw and set meet records in each. She is currently second in the NJCAA in both the shot put (16.09m/52-9 ½) and weight throw (18.43m/60-5 ¾).

WEST – Portious Warren, Central Arizona
Warren, a freshman from the British Virgin Islands, broke a long-standing NJCAA record in the shot put this season. Her throw of 16.43m (53-11) at the CAC Indoor Invitational topped the heave of 16.36m (53-8 ¼) that she originally broke the record with earlier this season.

 

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Lesleigh Hogg, Monroe
Since taking over last season, Hogg, now in his second year at Monroe, has recruited a bevy of talented athletes that have turned the program into a force. His men’s team is currently ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings and No. 1 in the Atlantic Region team index.

CENTRAL – Ryan Turner, Butler (Kan.) CC
Turner, in his second year at Butler, had four individual Region VI champions and led his team to its first region championship in school history. Overall, Butler has 12 athletes that hit qualifying marks for the NJCAA Championships. Butler is currently ranked third in the nation in the latest USTFCCCA NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings.

MIDWEST – Denny Myers, Iowa Central CC
Myers, in his seventh year with Iowa Central, led his squad to the NJCAA Region XI crown and has the No. 1-ranked team in the country heading to the national championships.

WEST – Chris Beene, South Plains
Beene, in his 12th year at South Plains, has the second-ranked team in the country heading to the NJCAA Championships. He is expected to have 16 entries entered at the national meet.

 

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Lesleigh Hogg, Monroe
Also in only his second year guiding the women of Monroe, Hogg has turned the fortune of the program around as the squad enters the NJCAA Championships No. 4 in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings. His team finished as the No. 1-ranked team in the Atlantic region.

CENTRAL – Craig Perry, Coffeyville CC
Perry, in his ninth year at Coffeyville, guided his women to a second-place finish at the Region VI Championships. Twenty-one of his athletes and three relay teams qualified for NJCAA Championships. Perry’s team is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest USTFCCCA NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings.

MIDWEST – Denny Myers, Iowa Central CC
Myers also led the women of Iowa Central to the NJCAA Region XI title. They enter the NJCAA National Championships as the No. 2 team in the country. Myers is also in his seventh year leading the women’s program.

WEST – Keith Blackwill, New Mexico JC
Blackwill, in his 11th year at New Mexico JC, finished the season atop the USTFCCCA West Region rankings and they enter the NJCAA Championships as the No. 1 team in the country.

 

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Shirvon Greene, Monroe
Greene, the middle- and long-distance coach at Monroe, has guided five individuals to national championships qualifiers – including two currently ranked top-three nationally in multiple events – and one relay qualifier. Six school records were broken this year under his guidance. This is Greene’s seventh year at Monroe.

CENTRAL – Greg Franklin, Butler (Kan.) CC
Franklin, in his second year coaching sprints at Butler CC, mentored two Region VI meet record holders in the 200 (Eli-Hall Thompson, 20.89) and 400 (Quintaveon Poole, 46.49). Poole and Thompson are also both ranked No. 1 in the nation in their respective events. Franklin’s sprinters also went 1-3-4 at the Region VI Championships in the 400. Thirteen of his sprinters hit qualifying marks for the NJCAA Championships.

MIDWEST – Nigel Bigbee, Iowa Central CC
Bigbee, coach of sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps, is expected to have athletes summing 13 entries in the NJCAA Championships. He is in his second year at the school.

WEST – Brian Makupson, Gillette
Makupson, in his second year at Gillette, coaches seven distance runners, of which five have qualified for the national championships, along with the men’s DMR. He has coached Festus Lagat to a national-leading time in three events. The Gillette men carry a No. 10 USTFCCCA national team ranking into the NJCAA Championships.

 

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC – Shirvon Greene, Monroe
Greene, in his eighth year coaching distance events at Monroe, has four of his athletes qualified for the National Championships. Of those four, two are multiple qualifiers and rank in the top-three positions their respective events. Coach Greene has parlayed this group into the top ranked DMR in the country. Under his tutelage, Susan Ejore ranks number one in the 800, 1000, and mile, while Nokuthula Dlamini is No. 2 both at 5000 meters and in the mile.

CENTRAL – Tony Davis, Barton County CC
Davis, in his second year coaching sprints and hurdles at Barton County, mentored his athletes to 17 qualifying performances. One of his 400-meter sprinters is ranked first in the nation, while another is ranked sixth. His hurdlers have the second and third fastest times, respectively. The Barton County 4×400 team is ranked third nationally. At the Region VI Championships, his athletes combined to score 92 of the team’s 175 points.

MIDWEST – Brad Foote, Iowa Central CC
Foote, in his third year guiding the Tritons’ throws, will coach a delegation of nine NJCAA Championships-qualifying women. His women claim three of the top-10 spots in the NJCAA national leaderboard in both the shot put and weight throw, with Janeah Stewart ranked No. 2 in both events.

WEST – Trinity Williams, Western Texas
Williams, in her fourth year coaching the sprints, hurdles, jumps, mid-distance and relays at Western Texas, guided her athletes to 15 performances that qualified for the NJCAA Championships. Four of her 60-meter and 200-meter sprinters each made the cut, along with three at 400 meters, two at 600 meters and another at 800 meters, to go along with a 4×400 relay. All told, nine of those performances are ranked top-15 nationally, including five top-five efforts.