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2021 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Postseason Awards

NEW ORLEANS — Postseason awards for the 2021 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Scroll below to find information about our National Athletes & Coaches of the Year, Regional Athletes & Coaches of the Year as well as those athletes who earned All-America honors. Remember: National Athletes & Coaches of the Year are voted on by member coaches after the championship meet, while Regional Athletes & Coaches of the Year are voted on prior to the championship meet.

USTFCCCA National Award Winners

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

McRae, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, provided a huge spark to the Texans’ championship-winning team this past weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas. He scored 20 points with a victory in the 600 (1:17.71) and runner-up efforts in the 400 (46.71) and as part of the 4×400 relay (3:10.18). Not only that, but McRae also etched his name into the NJCAA record book during the meet as well: McRae is now the seventh-best performer in NJCAA history in both the 600 (1:17.71) and the 400 with his 46.42 effort from the preliminary rounds.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Linga, a sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya, might have been quiet during the regular season, but was ready when her number was called at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. She scored an almost-unheard-of 35 points in Pittsburg, Kansas, winning national titles in the mile (5:03.42), 3000 (9:56.89) and 5000 (17:59.17) along with a fourth-place effort in the 1000 (3:02.85).

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Lawrence, a sophomore from Petersfield, Jamaica, left no doubt throughout the season that he is one of the best shot putters in NJCAA history. He proved it at the NJCAA Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he notched two all-time top-5 marks – No. 3 (18.83m/61-9½) and No. 5 (18.69m/61-4) – and needed every bit of those to fend off a challenge from runner-up Fred Moudani of Barton County CC, who is now the fourth-best performer in NJCAA history at 18.64m (61-2). Lawrence ended the season with six all-time top-10 marks to his ledger, including the second-best heave of 18.92m (62-1), recorded at the KJCC Invitational on January 31.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Obamuwagun, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, put forth an all-time effort at the NJCAA Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. She won the triple jump with a mark of 13.13m (43-1) in Round 4, which ranks sixth on the NJCAA all-time chart. That came after Obamuwagun ended the qualifying rounds with a 13.11m (43-0¼) effort that now ranks seventh all-time. She also finished a close runner-up in the long jump at 6.04m (19-9¼). Her 18 points in field events helped the Lady Texans take runner-up honors in the team standings.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Vance, in his fifth year as head coach of the Texans, led his men to the team title at the NJCAA Indoor Championships in dominating fashion. South Plains (Texas) scored 138 points for the second largest team total since 2014 and won by 45 points. The Texans captured five event titles – 600, 800, 1000, mile and high jump – and saw multiple athletes finish among the top-8 in six events, including a 1-2 finish in the 600 and a 1-3-4 effort in the high jump.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Marshall, in his third year as head coach of the Reivers, led his team to a thrilling victory at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. Needing to finish at least third in the meet-ending 4×400 relay for a share of the title, Iowa Western CC won the event outright by more than one second with Nickisha Pryce on the anchor and walked out of the Robert W. Plaster Center as champions. The Reviers totaled 117 points with six event champions – 400, mile, 3000, 5000, 4×400, high jump – and top-8 finishes in 16 events, including those just mentioned. Earlier in the season, Iowa Western CC also won the team title at the NJCAA Region XI/ICCAC Indoor Championships with 238 points.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Miller, in his second year coaching the Texans’ sprints, hurdles, relays and middle distance, guided his charges to an all-time effort at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. South Plains (Texas) athletes scored 82 of the team’s 138 points, which was the second largest team total since 2014. The Texans won event titles in four events that Miller coaches (600, 800, 1000, mile) and took runner-up honors in five others (400, 600, 4×400, 4×800, DMR).

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Williams-Davis, in her ninth year as the sprints coach for the Reivers, guided her athletes to 11 All-America honors at the NJCAA Indoor Championships, which included event titles in the 400 (Nickisha Pryce, 53.38) and meet-clinching 4×400 relay (3:44.75). Iowa Western CC athletes also had multiple scorers in the 60 and 200, as well as a top-8 finish in the 600. Earlier in the season, Williams-Davis’ athletes played a major role in helping the Reivers capture the team title at the NJCAA Region XI/ICCAC Indoor Championships by a 151-point margin.

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