2019 NCAA DI Indoor T&F National Award Winners
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances at both the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, and throughout the regular season.
USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
National Athletes of the Year
Men’s Track – Grant Holloway, Florida
Holloway, a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia, threatened the record book every single time he stepped on the track. By the end of the indoor season, Holloway clocked seven all-time top-15 marks in the 60 hurdles and two more in the open 60. Let’s break that down further: Holloway notched three of those times this past weekend at the NCAA Championships, including a new collegiate record of 7.35 in the 60H, which made him the third fastest performer ever (We’re talking world history here). Holloway won both the 60 and 60H in Birmingham, Alabama, a feat that had only been done once in NCAA DI history until that point. He also ran a leg of Florida’s 4×400 relay team that finished third. Holloway is the first SEC athlete to be named National Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year since Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence in 2010.
Men’s Field – Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State
Otterdahl, a senior from Rosemount, Minnesota, had one of the finest indoor campaigns out of any male thrower in NCAA DI history. It was at the NCAA Championships this past weekend where Otterdahl became the first man since Dan Taylor in 2004 to win national titles in the shot put and weight throw at the same NCAA meet. He won the weight throw with a heave of 24.11m (79-1¾), which made him the fourth best performer in NCAA DI history in that event. Yet that pales in comparison to what he did in the shot put throughout the season, notching four of the top-6 marks in collegiate history, including the collegiate record of 21.81m (71-6¾). Otterdahl is the first athlete from a non-Power 5 program to be named National Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
Women’s Track – Kayla White, North Carolina A&T
White, a senior from Miami, Florida, stood out when the spotlight grew larger during the indoor season. She started things off with 28 points and two meet records at the MEAC Championships as she won both the 200 and 60 hurdles and finished runner-up in the 60. Then she turned it up a notch at the NCAA Championships this past weekend. White became just the seventh woman in NCAA DI history to score in both the 200 and 60H at the same NCAA meet. Not only that, but White destroyed the previous high-water mark for points doing that double. White won the 200 and finished runner-up in the 60H for 18 points, six more than two other women. She is the second woman from a MEAC program to be named National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, joining Hampton’s Francena McCorory in 2010.
Women’s Field – Yanis David, Florida
David, a senior from Lamentin, Guadeloupe, scored the most points out of any female field athlete at the NCAA Championships as she won the triple jump and placed third in the long jump for 16 points. It was in the triple jump that her best mark of 14.03m (46-0½) established her as the eighth best performer in meet history. David entered the NCAA meet as the top-ranked triple jumper in the nation and the second best long jumper. Two weeks prior to the NCAA meet, David became the fourth woman in SEC history to sweep the horizontal jump titles at the conference championships. This marks the sixth year in a row that an athlete from the SEC has been named the National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
National Coaches of the Year
Men’s Coach – Mike Holloway, Florida
Holloway, in his 17th year as head coach of the Gators, led his men to national glory once again. Florida used a complete team effort to win its second national title in a row and its fifth crown in program history. The Gators received points from nine different men, including those as part of the third-place 4×400 relay. Florida scored in the 60 (19), 400 (2), 60H (10), 4×400 (6), HJ (1), TJ (4), WT (7) and LJ (6). It was also at the SEC Championships where the Gators won the team title by 15 points without running a 4×400. This is the fifth time in his career that Holloway was named National Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year (Holloway was also honored in 2018, 2012, 2011 and 2010).
Women’s Coach – Lance Harter, Arkansas
Harter, in his 29th year as head coach of the Razorbacks, led his women to the second indoor national title in program history this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Arkansas put up 62 points and scored in eight events, which included 14 points between the mile and 3000, which Harter directly coaches (The Razorbacks also got 21 points from their vaulters). Harter’s squad was ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Track & Field Rating Index throughout the season and romped to a win at the SEC Championships. This is the third time in his career that Harter was named National Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year (Harter was also honored in 2015 and 2000).
Men’s Assistant – Justin St. Clair, North Dakota State
St. Clair, in his eighth year in charge of the Bison throwers, led his men to an incredible indoor season. You can’t start anywhere else but Payton Otterdahl, who broke the collegiate record in the shot put with a heave of 21.81m (71-6¾) and is now the fifth best performer in collegiate history in the weight throw at 24.11m (79-1¾). Otterdahl also tallied three other top-6 marks in the shot put throughout the season. It wasn’t a one-man show for NDSU as its throwers were ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings in both the shot put and weight throw and single-handily pushed the Bison to No. 15 in the USTFCCCA Track & Field Rating Index. This is the first time that St. Clair has been named National Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Women’s Assistant – Bryan Compton, Arkansas
Compton, in his 20th year as an assistant coach with the Razorbacks, helped lead the Razorbacks to the national title. His pole vaulters scored 21 points at the NCAA Championships this past weekend as Lexi Jacobus won the individual title, Tori Hoggard finished third and Desiree Freier took fourth thanks to a new PR. Jacobus, in particular, shined during the indoor season as she became the second best performer with the second best mark in collegiate history at the SEC Championships when she cleared 4.68m (15-4¼) in a winning effort. Compton also helped Kelsey Herman to the SEC title in the pentathlon. This is the first time that Compton has been named National Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.