NCAA Division I Regional Award Winners For 2017 Indoor Season
NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the nine 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 following a nomination period. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
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Many of the honored athletes and coaches will be at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships set for this weekend, March 10-11, in College Station, Texas.
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Chad Zallow – Youngstown State
Zallow, a sophomore from Warren, Ohio, is ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the region in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.61. He captured the Horizon League Indoor Championships title in the event as well as in the 60 and 200.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Izaiah Brown – Rutgers
Brown, a sophomore from Amsterdam, New York, is ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the region in the 400 with his time of 45.32. He broke the Big Ten record in the 400.
MIDWEST REGION – Brandon Carnes – Northern Iowa
Carnes, a senior from Bradenton, Florida, is ranked 3rd nationally and 1st in the region in the 60 with his time of 6.59. He doubled up on event titles at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in the 60 and 200.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Michael Saruni – UTEP
Saruni, a freshman from Ravine, Kenya, is ranked 3rd nationally and 2nd in the region in the 800 with his time of 1:46.30. He won the 800-meter title at the Conference USA Indoor Championships. Saruni is also a member of the Miners’ DMR team that is ranked 11th nationally entering NCAAs.
NORTHEAST REGION – Justyn Knight – Syracuse
Knight, a sophomore from Vaughn, Ontario, Canada, is ranked 4th nationally in the 3000 with his time of 7:47.82 and is ranked 19th nationally in the 5000 with his time of 13:50.27. He was the ACC champion in both events and will contest the 3000 at the NCAA meet.
SOUTH REGION – Christian Coleman – Tennessee
Coleman, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, is ranked in a tie for 1st nationally at 60 meters with his time of 6.51 and is ranked 2nd nationally in the 200 with his time of 20.46. He didn’t lose a race at 60 meters all season long and went 6.56 or under five times.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Fred Kerley – Texas A&M
Kerley, a senior from Taylor, Texas, is ranked 1st nationally in the 400 with his time of 44.94 (4th all-time indoors) and is a member of the top-ranked 4×400 relay team that set a collegiate record this season (3:02.39). He also became the first man to split a sub-45 second opening leg on a 4×400 relay.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Patrick Joseph – Virginia Tech
Joseph, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, is ranked 2nd nationally at 800 meters with his time of 1:46.23. He set an ACC Indoor Championships meet record in the process and is a member of an NCAA-qualifying DMR team (9:31.15).
WEST REGION – Edward Cheserek – Oregon
Cheserek, a senior from Newark, New Jersey, broke the indoor collegiate record in the mile with his time of 3:52.01 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. He is also ranked 1st nationally at 5000 with his time of 13:32.59 and is ranked 2nd nationally at 3000 (7:46.85).
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Katherine Receveur – Indiana
Receveur, a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, is ranked 1st nationally in the 5000 with her time of 15:28.99 and 4th nationally in the 3000 (9:03.71). She is also a member of the 2nd fastest DMR team in the nation and runs the anchor leg on it.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Danae Rivers – Penn State
Rivers, a freshman from Derby, Connecticut, is ranked 3rd nationally in the mile with a time of 4:32.55 and ranked 14th in the nation over 800 meters (2:04.04). She set three individual school records during the season (600, 800, mile), is a member of a school record DMR team and won Big Ten titles in the 800 and mile.
MIDWEST REGION – Karissa Schweizer – Missouri
Schweizer, a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, is ranked 4th nationally over 5000 meters with her time of 15:37.40 and is ranked 13th nationally in the 3000 with her time of 9:06.60. She won two individual titles at the SEC Indoor Championships.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Shea Collinsworth – BYU
Collinsworth, a senior from Layton, Utah, is ranked 2nd nationally at 800 meters with her time of 2:01.42, which also ranks 5th all-time collegiately. She is also ranked 16th nationally in the mile (4:35.76) and anchored the 3rd fastest DMR team in the nation.
NORTHEAST REGION – Gabby Thomas – Harvard
Thomas, a sophomore from Florence, Massachusetts, is ranked 7th nationally at 200 meters with her time of 22.88. She won that event title at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships and added the 200-meter crown later.
SOUTH REGION – Shakima Wimbley – Miami (Fla.)
Wimbley, a senior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is ranked 1st nationally at 400 meters with her time of 51.20 and 5th nationally with her time of 22.83 over 200 meters. She anchored the nation’s 6th fastest 4×400 team as well. At the ACC Indoor Championships, she scored 22½ of Miami’s 113 points.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jazmine Fray – Texas A&M
Fray, a sophomore from Long Island, New York broke the indoor collegiate record in the 800 with her time of 2:00.69 at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational. She also anchored the fastest 4×400 relay team in the nation and world this year (3:29.74).
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jasmine Camacho-Quinn – Kentucky
Camacho-Quinn, a sophomore from North Charleston, South Carolina, is ranked 6th nationally in the 60 hurdles (8.02) and 12th nationally in the 200 (23.14). She scored 19 points at the SEC Indoor Championships, which tied for the 2nd most this season.
WEST REGION – Hannah Cunliffe – Oregon
Cunliffe, a junior from Federal Way, Washington, broke the indoor collegiate record in the 60 with her time of 7.07 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. She is ranked 1st nationally in that event and 2nd nationally at 200 meters (22.60).
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Grant Cartwright – Michigan
Cartwright, a redshirt-junior from Powell, Ohio, captured the Big Ten Championship in the weight throw, posting a regional-leading 23.31m (76-5¾) along the way, which is also good enough for 4th nationally. Cartwright also owned the 4th-best shot put mark in the region at 18.69m (61-4).
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Bryce Williams – Penn State
Williams, a redshirt-sophomore from State College, Pennsylvania, placed 2nd at the Big Ten Championships in the triple jump. On the year, he owned the top mark in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the event with a leap of 15.75m (51-8¼), which was good enough to be in the top-25 nationally.
MIDWEST REGION – Julian Harvey – SIUE
Harvey, a senior from Edwardsville, Illinois, won the OVC Championship in the long jump, high jump and triple jump, setting a school and conference record along the way in the long jump. His mark of 8.17m (26-9¾) ranked 1st in all of Division I. Harvey also ranked 10th in the nation in the high jump and 44th in the triple jump.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Charles Brown – Texas Tech
Brown, a sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas, became the 3rd athlete in NCAA history to qualify for indoor nationals in three jumping events. He owns the 6th-best long jump mark in the nation, the 12th longest triple jump mark and is tied for 14th in the high jump. Brown captured the Big 12 Championship in the long jump, and earned All-Big 12 in all three events.
NORTHEAST REGION – Rudy Winkler – Cornell
Winkler, a senior from Sand Lake, New York, was undefeated in his final season at Cornell in the weight throw. Notching the 3rd-best mark in the nation on the season at 23.32m (76-6¼), Winkler was the Ivy League Champion with a throw just at 23.05m (75-7½).
SOUTH REGION – KeAndre Bates – Florida
Bates, a junior from El Paso, Texas, was the SEC Champion in both the long jump and triple jump this season. Brown notched the 3rd-best long jump mark in Division I on the season at 8.04m (26-4½), while recording the 2nd-best triple jump in Division I at 16.81m (55-2).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Clive Pullen – Arkansas
Pullen, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, was the world leader in the triple jump on the year, posting a mark of 17.19m (56-4¾) at the Tyson Invitational. That mark stands as the 10th-best on the collegiate record list, and he earned All-SEC honors with a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships this year.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Deakin Volz – Virginia Tech
Volz, a sophomore from Bloomington, Indiana, set the All-Time ACC record in the pole vault on the season, with a mark of 5.66m (18-6¾), a mark that stands as the 2nd-best in the nation on the season. Volz placed 2nd at the ACC Championships.
WEST REGION – Randall Cunningham – Southern California
Cunningham, a junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, set an MPSF meet record in the high jump, with a mark of 2.27m (7-5¼). Winning the MPSF Championship, Cunningham’s mark was also good for 1st in Division I this year.
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Danniel Thomas – Kent State
Thomas, a redshirt-senior from Westmoreland, Jamaica, ranks 9th in the world and 2nd in the nation with a shot put mark of 18.32m (60-1¼). Her mark set a Jamaican national record, as well as a MAC record. Thomas earned MAC Field Athlete of the Year honors, and sits 9th on the all-time collegiate indoor list.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Allison Harris – Princeton
Harris, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ranked 10th nationally – and 1st in the Mid-Atlantic Region – in the pole vault, clearing 4.27m (14-0). Harris captured the Ivy League Championship in the pole vault this season.
MIDWEST REGION – Jhoanmy Luque – Iowa State
Luque, a junior from Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, was the Big 12 Champion in the triple jump and long jump this year. Her mark of 13.65m (44-9½) ranked 4th in the nation, while her Midwest Region-leading long jump mark of 6.53m (21-5¼) was good for 4th in Division I.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Shelley Spires – Air Force
Spires, a junior from Mobile, Alabama, captured the Mountain West Championship in the high jump, posting a season-high mark of 1.87m (6-1½). Her season-best mark stands as the 4th-best in Division I and broke a conference and school record. Spires was named the Mountain West Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on four occasions this year.
NORTHEAST REGION – Zoe Hughes – Harvard
Hughes, a freshman from Hornchurck, U.K., posted the 13th-best point total in the pentathlon on the season with 4,093 points. She became the first Harvard athlete to win the Ivy League title in the pentathlon. Her point total ranks 2nd in Harvard history.
SOUTH REGION – Keturah Orji – Georgia
Orji, a junior from Mount Olive, New Jersey, set the facility, school, meet, collegiate and American records in the triple jump with a mark of 14.32m (46-11¾) to capture the SEC Championship. Orji’s long jump mark of 6.72m (22-0¾) is good for 3rd nationally, as well as 3rd at the SEC Championships.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Tori Weeks – Arkansas
Weeks, a sophomore from Cabot, Arkansas, won the SEC Championship in the pole vault with a mark of 4.57m (15-0) that stands 2nd in Division I this year. The mark also set a facility record at Vanderbilt and is good for 6th in NCAA history. Through five competitions this year, Weeks is undefeated.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Sha’Keela Saunders – Kentucky
Saunders, a redshirt-senior from Suffolk, Virginia, won the SEC Championships in the long jump with a mark of 6.82m (22-4), good for 1st in Division I this year. In the triple jump, she posted a 7th-place finish with a mark of 13.32m (43-8½), a mark that stands at 14th in Division I on the year.
WEST REGION – Magdalyn Ewen – Arizona State
Ewen, a redshirt-junior from St. Francis, Minnesota, recorded the 3rd-best shot put mark in Division I this year at 18.12m (59-5½). Finishing 3rd at the MPSF Championships in the event, Ewen’s mark was the best in the West Region this year.
MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Ron Helmer – Indiana
Helmer, in his 10th year at Indiana, led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title, the squad’s first since 2012. His distance squad scored 55 at the conference championships. With seven national qualifiers, Indiana is ranked 15th in the nation heading to the NCAA Championships.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Bob Hamer – Rider
Hamer led the Broncs to their first Metro Atlantic Conference title in program history. With five event champions and scorers in every event except the weight throw, his crew delivered the league crown. Hamer is in his 12th year at Rider.
MIDWEST REGION – Stanley Redwine – Kansas
Redwine’s Jayhawks placed runner-up at the Big 12 Championships with four event champions and 110½ points, the most in program history. His crew enters the NCAA Championships at the nation’s 11th-ranked team with eight entries into the national meet, the most among Midwest region schools. Redwine is in his 17th year at KU.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Wes Kittley – Texas Tech
Kittley’s crew compiled a school-record 99½ points at the Big 12 meet to place third. His team enters the NCAA meet with six national qualifiers, tied for the second-most in program history. He is in his 18th year leading the Red Raiders.
NORTHEAST REGION – Roberto Vives – Albany
Vives led the Great Danes to the America East Conference indoor crown for the 12th-consecutive season. His staff, named the conference’s coaching staff of the year, guided the team to ten event titles at the league meet. Vives is in his 32nd year with the school.
SOUTH REGION – Dan Waters – Alabama
Waters, in his sixth year with the Crimson Tide, led Alabama to a runner-up showing at the SEC meet – the program’s best finish at their league meet in 33 years. His group set three school records and won two event titles at the conference meet. They enter the NCAA Championships with nine entries and a No. 6 national ranking.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Chris Bucknam – Arkansas
Bucknam’s Razorbacks won their 22nd SEC indoor crown this winter with 22 of his 27 squad members scoring in 14 of 17 events at the conference meet. Arkansas enters the NCAA meet as the No. 2 team in the country with 13 meet entries. Bucknam is in his ninth year calling the Hogs.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Dave Cianelli – Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech won the ACC crown under Cianelli’s direction this season. The Hokies, who finished the regular season with the top-ranking in the region, have nine entries into the national championships and are ranked seventh in the country.
WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon
Johnson, in his fifth year leading the Ducks, has ten entries into the national meet and the No. 3 spot in the national rankings. Oregon won the MPSF title this season and finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in the region.
WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Lonnie Greene – Purdue
Greene’s Boilermakers claimed the runner-up spot at the Big Ten Championships with six conferences event titles. Ranked in the top-25 all season, his team stands as the 14th-ranked team in the country with seven entries into the national meet. Greene is in his fifth year at Purdue.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – John Gondak – Penn State
The Nittany Lions claimed the Big Ten title over Purdue by 2½ points under Gondak’s watch. His crew scored in 14 of the 17 events at the league meet for the crown. Finishing the regular season, No. 1 in the region rankings, Penn State has seven entered in the NCAA Championships and a top-20 national ranking. Gondak is in his third year with the program.
MIDWEST REGION – Steve Rainbolt – Wichita State
Rainbolt’s Shockers claimed the Missouri Valley title by 62 points, the second-largest margin-of-victory in league history. Rainbolt directly coaches Nikki Larch-Miller who scored 30 points by herself at the Valley meet. In his 17th year at the school, Rainbolt has three entries into the NCAA meet.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Michael Smith – Northern Arizona
Smith, in his first year at the helm at Northern Arizona, led the Lumberjacks to the the Big Sky Conference crown. Smith’s event group scored 56 points, the most of any event group from any team at the Big Sky Conference Championships.
NORTHEAST REGION – Jason Saretsky – Harvard
Saretsky, in his 11th year at Harvard, led the Crimson to their fifth-straight Ivy Heps title as his crew won six individual crowns. Harvard has been ranked No. 1 in the Northeast by USTFCCCA since Jan. 30 and finished the regular season in that position.
SOUTH REGION – Amy Deem – Miami (Fla.)
Deem’s Hurricanes defended their ACC indoor title from a year ago, scoring 113 points to secure their fourth indoor women’s conference crown in school history. Miami medaled in seven events and sprinter Shakima Wimbley was named ACC Women’s Track MVP. Deem, in her 27th year with the program has a team ranked No. 12 in the country heading into the NCAA meet.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Todd Harbour – Baylor
Harbour, in his 12th year at the school, led the Bears to its first conference championship in program history and highest-ever indoor national ranking during the season (No. 7). Baylor notched school records in points scored (129½) and event champions (5) at the league meet. His team enters the NCAA meet with six entries and a No. 15 national ranking.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Edrick Floréal – Kentucky
Floréal, in his fifth year at Kentucky, leads the fifth-ranked Wildcats to the NCAA Championships with ten entries. His team led UK to a school-record-tying third place team finish at SEC Indoor meet.
WEST REGION – Robert Johnson – Oregon
Johnson, in his 5th year with the program, led the Women of Oregon to the top rank in the nation and region. His Ducks broke two collegiate records this season – one in the 60 and another in the DMR. Oregon owns five NCAA-leading marks and 14 in the top-10. Ten of his women qualified for 13 individual events to go along with two relays.
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Mike Erb – Indiana
Erb, in his 3rd year with the program, helped guide Indiana to a Big Ten Championship. Erb’s jumpers scored 34 points at the meet, led by sophomore Eric Bethea, who won the triple jump title and currently ranks 8th in Division I. Sophomore Trenton Harris won the long jump title, and finished 2nd in the high jump. Another jumper in Paul Galas placed 3rd in the high jump.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Erin Tucker – Penn State
Tucker, in his 2nd year with the program, was instrumental in Penn State’s 2nd-place finish in the Big Ten. His 4×400 relay squad set the All-Time Big Ten Conference record at 3:04.80, while Xavier Smith (60-meter Big Ten Champion) and Malik Moffett (3rd place, 200 meters at Big Ten Championship) were a part of the 33 points scored by Tucker’s athletes.
MIDWEST REGION – Tom Hays – Kansas
Hays, in his 13th year with the program, coached four Jayhawk pole vaulters to NCAA Championships qualifying spots, the most in the history of the pole vault at the NCAA indoor meet. His pole vaulters scored 28.5 points, claiming the top-4 for Kansas to help them finish 2nd at the Big 12 Championships. Senior Jake Albright owns the 6th-best mark in Division I this season.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Art Siemers – Colorado State
Siemers, in his 5th year with the program, helped guide Colorado State to the Mountain West Championship, as his mid-distance and distance runners scored 62 points at the conference meet. Spots 1-4 in the 3000 meters belonged to Siemers’ athletes. On the national scene, two of his athletes rank 9th and 13th in the 5000 meters, while another is ranked 6th in the mile and 17th in the 3000 meters.
NORTHEAST REGION – Dave Hegland – Syracuse
On the men’s side, Hegland coached Freddie Crittenden III to the fifth-fastest 60-meter hurdles time in the nation. It’s the sixth season in the last eight that the Orange has qualified a student-athlete for nationals, a best in program history.
SOUTH REGION – Ryan Vanhoy – Ole Miss
Vanhoy, in his 4th year with Ole Miss, helped two Rebel runners capture conference titles in the mile and 5000 meters. The distance medley relay squad also won the SEC Championship under his tutelage, sitting atop the Division I Descending Order list. He has two top-16 runners in Division I in the 800 meters, as well as one top-20 runner in the 3000 meters.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Travis Geopfert – Arkansas
Geopfert, in his 8th year with the program, helped guide the Razorbacks to an SEC Championship, as 42 of the team’s 98 points came from his field athletes. Geopfert coached Clive Pullen to the No. 1 world mark this year that doubles as the 10th best in NCAA history. Ken LeGassey also ranks 6th in Division I on the year in the high jump, and Geopfert coaches two other top-15 athletes as well.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Ben Thomas – Virginia Tech
Thomas, in his 16th year at Virginia Tech, was instrumental in helping to lead the Hokies to an ACC Championship. His distance and middle distance runners scored 62 of the team’s 109 total points, as they claimed ACC titles in the 800 meters, mile and distance medley relay. On the national list, his athletes are ranked 2nd and 4th in the 800 meters, 11th in the mile and 10th in the distance medley relay.
WEST REGION – Sheldon Blockburger – Southern California
Blockburger, in his 2nd year with the program, guided Randall Cunningham to the top ranking in the nation in the high jump, in addition to having two top-25 long jumpers. In the Trojans 2nd place finish at the MPSF Championships, Blockbergers’ jumpers scored 28 total points.
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
GREAT LAKES REGION – Angela Elliott – Purdue
Elliott, in her 4th year with the program, helped lead Purdue to a 2nd-place finish in the Big Ten. As the 60 meters and long jump coach, she tutored Savannah Carson to a Big 10 long jump title and the 8th-best mark in Division I on the season, and Devynne Charlton to the Big 10 60-meter title and 11th-fastest mark in Division I this year. Her athletes scored 24 points at the Big Ten Championships.
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Angela Reckart – Penn State
Reckart, in her 2nd year with the program, helped lead Penn State to a Big Ten Championship title. On the season, her athletes broke Penn State school records in the 3000 meters, 5000 meters and distance medley relay. Tessa Barrett ran a 15:28 in the 5000 meters, finishing 2nd at the Big Ten Championships, as well as setting the 2nd-best time in Division I on the season.
MIDWEST REGION – Marc Burns – Missouri
Burns’ distance runners made up 26 of the team’s 30 total points at the SEC Indoor Championships. Under his tutelage, Karissa Schweizer won SEC titles in the mile run and 3000 meters and ranks 4th nationally in the 5000, 13th nationally in the 3000 and 15th in the mile.
MOUNTAIN REGION – Diljeet Taylor – BYU
Taylor, in her 1st year with the program, coached Shea Collinsworth to the 5th-best 800 meter time in Division I history at 2:01.42, currently ranked 2nd in the NCAA. Collinsworth also set the mile school record (4:35.76) that is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA, and she ran a leg on the distance medley relay that is currently ranked 3rd in the NCAA.
NORTHEAST REGION – Kebba Tolbert – Harvard
Tolbert, in his 6th year with the program, helped lead Harvard to an Ivy League Championship, and his sprinters, hurdlers and horizontal jumpers played a major role in the feat. His athletes contributed 88 of the team’s 129 points, with school record marks being broken in the long jump, triple jump, 60 meters, and 200 meters. Zoe Hughes captured the Ivy League pentathlon title, breaking the meet record for points.
SOUTH REGION – John Smith – Ole Miss
Smith, in his 2nd year with the program, helped lead Ole Miss to its best SEC Indoor Championships finish in program history. Of the 61.5 points accumulated by the team, 33 came from his athletes. As the throws coach, Smith tutored Raven Saunders, who won the SEC title in the shot put by breaking the SEC meet record with a mark of 19.07m (62-6¾).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Bryan Compton – Arkansas
Compton, in his 19th year with the program, helped lead Arkansas to the SEC Championship. As the pole vault, throws and combined events coach, two of Compton’s pole vaulters in Lexi and Tori Weeks are ranked top-15 in the world. Tori became the 6th-best performer in NCAA history on the season, and the sisters rank 1st and 2nd in the nation in the event. His three multi-event athletes rank 2nd, 3rd and 5th in Division I on the season.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Marvin Gibson – Clemson
Gibson, in his 4th year with the program, coached freshman Rebekah Smith to an ACC Championship in the 60 meters. Ranee Ricketts finished 2nd to Smith in the event, and Sabria Hadley placed 2nd in the 200 meters at the ACC Championships. Of the 98 team points scored by Clemson, 33 came from Gibson’s athletes.
WEST REGION – Elizabeth DeBole – Stanford
DeBole, in her 4th year with the program, coached NCAA qualifiers in the distance medley relay and the 3000 meters. Vanessa Fraser and Elise Cranny are 5th and 12th, respectively, in Division I in the 3000 meters this year. DeBole’s distance medley relay squad finished 2nd at the MPSF Championships, while ranking 8th in Division I on the season.