NCAA Division II Regional Award Winners For 2017 Indoor Season
NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the 8 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 II Indoor Track & Field Championships set to begin Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama.
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Ryan Thompson – Slippery Rock
Thompson, a senior from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, is currently ranked 1st in the region in both the mile and 3000. He ran a time in the mile (4:05.72) that’s good enough for 16th in the nation and that is nearly nine seconds faster than the runner-up in the region.
CENTRAL REGION – Vincent Kiprop – Missouri Southern
Kirprop, a sophomore from Kericho, Kenya, had an indoor season to remember. He is ranked 1st nationally at 5000 meters with a time of 13:53.94 that ranks as the 12th fastest time in NCAA DII history. He is also ranked 2nd nationally at 3000 meters with a time of 8:04.04. He scored 28 points at the MIAA Indoor Championships with a sweep of the distance titles and a runner-up finish in the mile, which he ran out of the slower heat.
EAST REGION – Dage Minors – Franklin Pierce
Minors, a senior from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, put his name in the record books this indoor season. He is ranked 1st nationally in the 800 with a time of 1:48.70, which ranks 5th best all-time in NCAA DII. Minors won the 800-meter title at the prestigious Boston University Valentine’s Invitational.
MIDWEST REGION – Myles Pringle – Ashland
Pringle, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, is ranked 1st nationally at 400 meters (46.11), 11th nationally at 200 meters (21.39) and is a member of the 4th-ranked nationally 4×400 relay (3:12.59). His time in the 400 is good enough for the 4th fastest mark in NCAA DII history. Pringle will also compete as a member of the DMR team at NCAAs.
SOUTH REGION – Lester Miller – Shorter
Miller, a sophomore from Morrow, Georgia, is currently ranked 2nd nationally in the 60 with a time of 6.67. He is also ranked 20th in the nation over 200 meters (21.54).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Sydney Gidabuday – Adams State
Gidabuday, a sophomore from Orange, California, is ranked 1st nationally in the 3000 (7:58.53), 2nd nationally in the mile (4:01.76) and 3rd nationally at 5000 meters. He is also a member of a DMR team that is ranked 5th nationally.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Marquett Simmons Jr. – Limestone
Simmons, a junior from Jonesboro, Georgia, is ranked in the top-5 nationally in two sprint events – the 60 and 200. In the 60, he is ranked 4th at 6.73 and in the 200, he is ranked 5th at 21.27. He is also a member of the 16th-ranked 4×400 relay team in the nation.
WEST REGION – Mobolade Ajomale – Academy of Art
Ajomale, a sophomore from Richmond Hill, Canada, is ranked in the top-5 nationally in three different sprint events. He is ranked 1st in both the 60 (6.64) and 200 (20.85), the latter of which broke the normal-condition NCAA DII record. Ajomale is ranked 4th at 400 meters (47.25) and is a member of the team’s 4×400 relay.
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Summer Hill – California (Pa.)
Hill, a junior from Honesdale, Pennsylvania, is ranked 15th nationally and 1st in the region in the mile at 4:52.63. She is also a member of the nation’s 20th-ranked DMR team. At the PSAC Indoor Championships, she won the 800, mile and helped out on the winning DMR.
CENTRAL REGION – Emilee Trost – Minnesota Duluth
Trost, a junior from Goodhue, Minnesota, is ranked 1st nationally in the mile at 4:39.12 and 3rd nationally over 3000 meters (9:26.67). She is also an automatic qualifier in the 800 with a time of 2:08.77 and anchored a nationally-ranked DMR team. She scored 30 points at the NSIC Indoor Championships.
EAST REGION – Carly Muscaro – Merrimack
Muscaro, a senior from Ashland, Massachusetts, took aim at the record book this indoor season. She ran the 2nd fastest time over 400 meters in NCAA DII history, which leaves her the top-ranked athlete over that distance for the season. Muscaro is also the top-ranked woman at 200 meters and helped the nation’s 7th-fastest 4×400 relay team. She also ran the 2nd fastest time over 500 meters in collegiate history (1:09.05).
MIDWEST REGION – Carsyn Koch – Cedarville
Koch, a junior from Washburn, Maine, is ranked in the top-3 individually in the 800 and mile. She is the top-ranked woman over 800 meters in NCAA DII (2:05.93) and is 3rd when it comes to the mile (4:41.95). She also helped set a school record in the DMR and set a school record in the 400 this indoor season.
SOUTH REGION – Karel Ziketh – Benedict
Ziketh, a junior from Paris, France, is ranked 4th in the nation in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.44. She had been ranked No. 1 until late in the season. She is also ranked No. 1 in the region in the 60 (7.65).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jenna Thurman – Adams State
Thurman, a junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is ranked 4th nationally in both the mile and 3000. She ran the former in 4:42.14, which set a school record and a PR. Thurman ran 3000 meters in 9:28.85, which also set a school record. Overall she owns four individual automatic qualifying times – 800, mile, 3000, 5000 – and is a member of the DMR team.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Nikia Squire – Queens (N.C.)
Squire, a junior from Columbia, South Carolina, is ranked 5th nationally at 60 meters (7.47) and ran that time in a winning effort at the Boston University David Emery Invitational. She is also ranked 1st in the region in the 200 meters (24.82).
WEST REGION – Jamie Ashcroft – Alaska Anchorage
Ashcroft, a senior from Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, is ranked 4th nationally over 200 meters (24.09) and 14th nationally at 60 meters (7.54). She also had her hand in the winning effort in the team’s 4×400 at the GNAC Indoor Championships, giving her 22½ points.
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Jumonne Exeter – Saint Augustine’s
Exeter, a junior from St. Vincent, won the CIAA Championship in the triple jump and long jump, while being selected as the CIAA Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. His mark in the triple jump of 15.64m (51-3¾) was good for 1st in the Atlantic Region and 2nd nationally, while his long jump mark of 7.23m(23-8¾) ranked 1st in the region and 25th in Division II.
CENTRAL REGION – Mike Sandle – Minnesota State
Sandle, a redshirt-junior from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, owned Division II’s top triple jump mark on the year at 16.42m (53-10½). His mark was the 6th-best in Division II history, and he captured the NSIC Conference Championship in the event. Additionally, Sandle’s high jump mark mark of 2.11m (6-11) ranked 7th nationally, while his long jump mark of 7.40m (24-3½) was 10th in Division II.
EAST REGION – John Braga – Merrimack
Braga, a senior from North Reading, Massachusetts, was named the NE10 Most Outstanding Field Performer. His heptathlon score of 5343 sat 1st in the East as well as 3rd in Division II, while his long jump mark of 7.39m (24-3) was 1st in the region and 3rd nationally. Braga also notched the region’s 5th-best pole vault mark and 2nd-best high jump mark. He was one of just 13 men nationally named USTFCCCA All-Region in four events.
MIDWEST REGION – Coy Blair – Tiffin
Blair, a redshirt-senior from Logan, Ohio, posted the 6th-best performance in Division II history in the shot put this season with a national-leading mark of 19.54m (64-1¼). Blair also notched the 4th-best weight throw mark in Division II this year at 20.85m (68-4¾). He won the GLIAC Championship in both events, being named the Field Athlete of the Year for the conference.
SOUTH REGION – Alex May – Alabama-Huntsville
May, a senior from Hoover, Alabama, recorded the South Region’s top triple jump mark on the year of 15.13m (49-7¾). He finished 2nd in both of his triple jump competitions this year; at the UAB Vulcan Invitational and at the Emory Crossplex Invitational.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Noah Zorsky – Western State
Zorksy, a senior from Amarillo, Texas, was the Division II leader in the pole vault on the season at 5.41m (17-9), set at the MINES NCAA DII Invite. He picked up the RMAC Championship during the season, and was named the RMAC Field Athlete of the Week on four occasions. Zorksy became the 5th-best pole vaulter in Division II history, while his mark stands as the 10th-best jump in Division II history.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Isaiah Kyle – Wingate
Kyle, a sophomore from Morristown, Tennessee, posted 2nd-best high jump in Division II this year at 2.17m (7-1½), good for 1st in the Southeast Region. Set at the Clemson Last Chance Indoor Invitational, Kyle’s mark was one of only three NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks this season in the high jump.
WEST REGION – Mikel Smith – Saint Martin’s
Smith, a senior from Muskogee, Oklahoma, had the top high jump mark in Division II this season, clearing 2.21m (7-3) at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. While capturing the conference title, he also set a new GNAC record, while recording one of just three NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying marks in the high jump on the year.
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Sarah Hunt – Shippensburg
Hunt, a senior from Fairfield, Pennsylvania, secured the PSAC Championship in the long jump and triple jump, as well as the PSAC Championship Field MVP. Her mark of 6.11m (20-0½) in the long jump was good for 4th in Division II this season, while her triple jump leap of 12.12m (39-9¼) came in at 12th.
CENTRAL REGION – Kaitlyn Long – Winona State
Long, a junior from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, threw the 2nd furthest weight throw in Division II history with a mark of 22.38m (73-5¼), setting an NSIC record while winning the NSIC Championship. She also placed 4th in the shot put at the NSIC Championships.
EAST REGION – Destiney Coward – Southern Connecticut
Coward, a junior from East Haven, Connecticut, was a two-time NE-10 Conference Champion this year in the weight throw and shot put. Her season-best mark in the weight throw of 19.76m (64-10) ranked 6th in Division II this year, while her shot put mark of 13.87m (45-6¼) ranked 32nd nationally. Both marks stood at 1st in the East Region, and she also captured the NEICAAA Conference Championship in the weight throw.
MIDWEST REGION – Megan Tomei – Ashland
Tomei, a redshirt-senior from Tallmadge, Ohio, was 2nd in Division II in the shot put this year with a toss of 15.91m (52-2½). Her weight throw mark of 20.21m (66-3¾) stood at 4th in Division II. Both of those marks were good for 1st in the Midwest Region (2n/1r).
SOUTH REGION – Cristina-Anelise Aldana – Shorter
Aldana, a redshirt-senior from Guatemala City, Guatemala, notched Division II’s 8th-best triple jump mark on the year at 12.34m (40-6), leading the South Region. Additionally, Aldana was 8th in the South Region in the long jump with a mark of 5.27m (17-3½).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Rellie Kaputin – West Texas A&M
Kaputin, a redshirt-junior from New Britain, Papua New Guinea, set her nation’s triple jump record in both the triple jump and long jump this year, as well as winning LSC Championships in both. Her triple jump mark of 12.88m (42-3¼) led Division II this season and made her the 10th-best performer in the event in Division II history. Her long jump mark of 6.27m (20-7) was good for 2nd in Division II this season, and ranks her as the 6th-best performer in the event in Division II history.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Vanisha Wilshire – Wingate
Wilshire, a sophomore from Louisburg, North Carolina, ranked in the top-4 in the Southeast Region in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Her region-leading high jump mark of 1.70m (5-7) stood at 16th in Division II, while her long jump mark of 5.74m (18-10) ranked 2nd in the region. Her season-best triple jump leap of 11.49m (37-8½) came in at 4th in the Southeast Region.
WEST REGION – McKenzie Warren – Concordia (Ore.)
Warren, a redshirt-senior from Boring, Oregon, led Division II in the shot put this year with a throw of 17.62m (57-9¾). Her throw set a Division II all-time record, and she ran away with the GNAC Conference title in the event. A three-time USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, Warren also won the GNAC title in the weight throw, posting a season-best mark of 17.32m (56-10).
MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Osanitsch – Shippensburg
Osanitsch guided his team to the PSAC title, sliding by Slippery Rock with a 1½-point advantage. His team scored in 17 of the 18 events at the conference meet and won four of them. Three from his crew will be participating at the NCAA Championships. Osanitsch is in his 12th year at Shippensburg.
CENTRAL REGION – Jim Dilling – Minnesota State
Dilling’s Mavericks won the NSIC crown with six event champions and four new conference records. His crew is ranked 5th by the USTFCCCA with eight entries into the national meet. With nine All-Region honorees, his team also landed top spots in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings in the 400 meters, high jump, triple jump, and heptathlon. Dilling is in his 4th year with the program.
EAST REGION – John Wallin – Southern Connecticut
Wallin, in his 7th year with the program, led the Owls to the Northeast-10 Championship. In addition, his team placed third in both the NEICAAA Championship and Metropolitan Championships and finishes the year as the top-ranked team in the region. They will have two athletes at the NCAA Championships.
MIDWEST REGION – Jud Logan – Ashland
Logan’s Eagles has been the No. 1-ranked team in the USTFCCCA National Rankings for the past six weeks and enter the NCAA Championships with 14 entries, the second-most among all squads. Ashland owns division leaders in the 400 meters and weight throw. They finished third in the GLIAC Championships with three event winners.
SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville
Cain is in his 19th year with Alabama-Huntsville and led the Chargers to a final No. 1 ranking in the region. Six school records fell this season and two from the team advanced to the NCAA Championships.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Rock Light – Adams State
Light, in his 4th year at Adams State, led the Grizzlies to the RMAC title with five event titles. They head to the NCAA Championships as second-ranked team in the nation and have 12 entries qualified for the proceedings. In total, Adams State hit 33 NCAA DII provisional marks and 7 automatic qualifying marks including two top marks (mile, 3000). The Grizzlies ranked no lower than 5th during the indoor season.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Matthew van Lierop – Mount Olive
Van Lierop, in his 8th year with the program, oversaw 7 event champions at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships. His team is ranked 1st in the Southeast Region and qualified nine entries for the NCAA Championships. Mount Olive’s distance runners dominated the region this year as it has 3 in the top-8 of the 800, 4 in the top-8 of the mile, the top-3 spots in the 3000 and three in the top-8 of the 5000.
WEST REGION – Michael Friess – Alaska Anchorage
Friess, in his 27th year with the program, led Alaska Anchorage to a No. 1 ranking in the West this season and the Seawolves easily won the conference title by 72 points. His team has 7 entries qualified for NCAAs (3000, 5000, 4×400, heptathlon and long jump).
WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Lennox Graham – Johnson C. Smith
Graham, in his 10th year with the program, guided Johnson C. Smith to the CIAA Championships, the program’s 1st indoor title. His women have posted nine top-20 marks in Division II this season, including the 2nd-best 400 meter mark by Tovea Jenkins (53.23). Mayah Edwards (7.48 in the 60 meters) and Fellan Ferguson (2:10.04 in the 800 meters) both rank 7th in Division II in their respective events.
CENTRAL REGION – Russ Jewett – Pittsburg State
Jewett, in his 31st year with the program, led Pittsburg State to a 71-point victory in the MIAA Championships against three teams that are are also ranked in the top-25. Pittsburg State had over 30 provisional marks in the meet. This was the first women’s MIAA Indoor Conference Championship in 21 years (1996).
EAST REGION – Jacky Mendes – Merrimack
Mendes, in her 3rd year with the program, helped Merrimack to a program-best 11th ranking in Division II this year. For the 2nd-straight year, Mendes is sending a relay team to the NCAA’s while coaching two individual athletes to the Championships for the first time in program history. One of her athletes won a New England title. Carly Muscaro led all of Division II in the 200 meters and 400 meters this year.
MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State
Baltes, in his 18th year with the program, was instrumental in Grand Valley State’s GLIAC Championship. Twelve of his athletes recorded points in 14 scoring opportunities at the NCAA Championships. His athletes also hold down 17 top-20 marks in all of Division II this year, including Kendra Foley’s top time in the 5000 meters.
SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville
Cain, in his 19th year with the program, led the Chargers to a 1st-place team ranking in the South Region all season long. His team set four school records and hit three provisional National Qualifying marks. Sprinter Alexis Luckett ranked 8th in the 200 meters in Division II this season.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Rock Light – Adams State
Light, in his 4th year with the program, guided Adams State to a RMAC Championship while posting four individual champions at the meet. His squad recorded 21 NCAA DII Provisional marks and seven NCAA DII Automatic Qualifying marks. Adams State’s distance medley relay is ranked 1st in the country, while 10 other athletes/relays ranked in the top-10 at the Division II level this season.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jim Vahrenkamp – Queens (N.C.)
Vahrenkamp, in his 5th year with the program, led Queens (N.C.) to the top ranked spot in the Southeast Region all season long. Nikia Squire (60 meters, 200 meters, long jump), Milan Golding (60 meters), Asia Hart (400 meters), Kim Thiede (pole vault) and the distance medley relay all posted national qualifying marks this season.
WEST REGION – Kevin LaSure – Academy of Art
LaSure, in his 2nd year with the program, had 13 All-Region performers, as well as NCAA National Qualifiers in the 4×400 relay, high jump, pentathlon and triple jump. His athletes posted 20 NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks across nine different events.
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Glenn Thompson – Shippensburg
Thompson, in his 6th year with the program, helped guide Shippensburg to a PSAC Championship. As the throws coach, his athletes totaled 37 points, as his shot putters finished 1st, 2nd and 7th, while his weight throwers placed 1st, 3rd and 8th. Two of his shot putters in Alec Rideout (8th in Division II) and Bryan Pearson (14th in Division II) qualified for nationals.
CENTRAL REGION – Chris Parno – Minnesota State
Parno, in his 5th year with the program, was instrumental in Minnesota State’s NSIC Championship. His sprinters and hurdlers tallied 79 points at the championships while setting conference records in the 400 meters and 4×400 relay. His athletes captured NSIC titles in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4×400 relay, and his 400 meter group is ranked 1st in the USTFCCCA squad rankings. His 200 meter group is ranked 6th in the squad rankings, as well.
EAST REGION – Brian Fuller – American International
Fuller, in his 2nd year with the program, mentored three different athletes to six NCAA qualifying performances. Star pupil Leakey Kipkosgei ranked in the top-10 in the mile and 3000 meters, as well as the distance medley relay. Fuller also coached 12 All Region honorees in events ranging from the 800 meters to the 5000 meters. Fuller’s athletes also scored 68 total points at the NE10 championships across the middle distance and distance events.
MIDWEST REGION – Raymond Robinson – Tiffin
Robinson, in his 5th year with the program, and his throwers played an integral part in Tiffin’s GLIAC Championship, as his throwers scored 24 team points. His shot put squad ranked 1st in the Division II squad rankings with the 1st, 9th, 16th, 21st, 26th and 32nd best marks in Division II. Coy Blair posted the 6th-best performance in Division II history this season under Robinson’s watch. Tiffin’s weight throw squad also ranked 2nd in the squad rankings.
SOUTH REGION – Angela Rosel – Alabama-Huntsville
Rosel, in her 1st year with the program, coached the sprints and jumps group to school records in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 60 hurdles, and assisted in leading the team to the 1st place region ranking. Two of her athletes posted national qualifying marks in Kwantreyl McConico (200 meters) and Alex May (triple jump).
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jacob Krolick – Texas A&M-Commerce
Krolick, in his 2nd year with the program, helped guide Texas A&M-Commerce to a Lone Star Championship. Krolick worked directly with Luis Romero, who qualified for three events at nationals and was named Lone Star Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Krolick also supervises 5000 meter qualifier Elliot Martynkiewicz and the national qualifier distance medley relay.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Tyler Step – Carson-Newman
Step, in his 3rd year with the program, helped Carson-Newman become one of two Division II schools with two high jumpers over 2.07m. Step’s long jumpers ranked 4th in the USTFCCCA event squads with three jumpers over 7.00m.
WEST REGION – Nick Collins – Northwest Nazarene
Collins, in his 2nd year with the program, coached four pole vaulters to three NCAA provisional marks and one NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying mark. Payton Lewis and Zach McClanahan went 1-2 at the GNAC Championships, while Lewis sits 3rd on the Descending Order List. Collins’ high jumpers went 2-4 at the GNAC Championships, with Cole Hoberg going 2.09m (6-10¼), good for 16th on the NCAA list. Micah Tranch set a GNAC heptathlon record in the high jump, then placed 4th in the open high jump. His athletes scored 36 points at the GNAC Championships.
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC REGION – Cameron Daugherty – Slippery Rock
Daugherty’s vaulters had quite the day at the PSAC Indoor Championships. They scored a total of 26 points in the event after sweeping the top-3 places and also taking 7th. All four of those vaulters hit NCAA qualifying marks and he’ll coach two at NCAAs this weekend. This is Daugherty’s 2nd year with the program.
CENTRAL REGION – Kyle Rutledge – Pittsburg State
Rutledge, in his 5th year with the program, helped guide the Gorillas to a top rank in the nation as well as the region. His athletes scored 56 of the team’s 170 points to win the MIAA Indoor title and 35 of those were scored by Emilyn Dearman. Athletes he qualified for NCAAs are ranked 1st (60H), 2nd (Pentathlon), 4th (high jump), 6th (high jump), 6th (pole vault), 15th (long jump) and the top-ranked 4×400 relay.
EAST REGION – Peter Early – Merrimack
Early, in his 3rd year with the program, helped guide Carly Muscaro to a historic season. Muscaro ran top times in the nation in the 200, 400 and 500, but it’s what she did in the last two that really stood out. In the 400, Muscaro ran the 2nd fastest time in NCAA Division II history (52.27). Then in the 500, Muscaro ran the 2nd fastest time in collegiate history with her effort of 1:09.05 at the Scarlet and White Invitational in Boston. Early also coached Michaela Pernell to a qualifying time in the 60 as well as an New England title.
MIDWEST REGION – Blaine Maag – Findlay
Maag, in his 1st year with the program, has qualified five entries for NCAAs – of which, four are ranked in the top-10 of their respective events including three in the top-10 of the weight throw. He is the throws coach at Findlay.
SOUTH REGION – Angela Rosel – Alabama-Huntsville
Rosel, in her 1st year with the program, helped guide her team to the top rank in the region in the USTFCCCA Rankings. She has seen Alexis Luckett qualify for NCAAs in the 200 and 400 and set school records in both events.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Clayton Foster – Adams State
Foster, in his 4th year with the program, coached 10 national qualifiers as the mid-distance and distance coach. Five of his athletes ranked in the top-10 and the Grizzlies’ DMR team is the No. 1 quartet in the nation. Foster guided Jenna Thurman to a pair of school records in the mile and 3000 and watched his athletes capture four individual titles at the RMAC Indoor Championships.
SOUTHEAST REGION – Jacqueline Kirby – Mount Olive
Kirby, in her 8th year with the program directing the distance runners, coached three conference champions and helped guide Leah Hanle to NCAA qualifying marks in the mile, 3000 and 5000. Hanle also ranked 5th in the region over 800 meters.
WEST REGION – Akil Gipson – Academy of Art
Gipson, in his 1st year with the program, coached eight NCAA Provisional Qualifiers in the pentathlon, high jump, triple jump and long jump. Three of those athletes are ranked in the top-10 nationally and will compete at NCAAs in the pentathlon, triple jump and high jump. Three of his athletes each scored more than 3490 points in the pentathlon.