2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the eight regions – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West – honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

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

Many of these honored athletes and coaches are headed to the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week in Allendale, Michigan.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Sam Hartman – Seton Hill

Hartman, a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is ranked sixth nationally in both the 110H (13.88) and 400H (51.67). He won both events at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and took home the PSAC Outstanding Track Athlete Award for his efforts.

CENTRAL REGION – Reece Smith – Northwest Missouri

Smith, a freshman from Garner, Iowa, is ranked fourth nationally in the steeplechase at 8:48.49, an event in which he won a title at the Drake Relays. He scored 20 points at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to winning both the steeplechase and the 5000.

EAST REGION – Ezra Mutai – American International

Mutai, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked first nationally in the 10,000 at 28:44.21, a mark that he used to not only win the Northeast-10 title, but set a conference record. He is the only male athlete in the East Region that has auto/provisionally qualified in three individual events (1500, 5K, 10K).

MIDWEST REGION – Trevor Bassitt – Ashland

Bassitt, a senior from Bluffton, Ohio, is all over the top of the Descending Order List and the NCAA DII record book. He is the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the 400 (46.63), 110H (13.59) and 400H (49.04) and sits second nationally in the 200 (20.52). When Bassitt clocked his 400H PR at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, it made him the fourth-fastest performer in NCAA DII history and set a new meet record, one of three he had his hand in over the weekend (110H and 4×100).

SOUTH REGION – Christian Noble – Lee (Tenn.)

Noble, a junior from Greenfield, Indiana, is ranked first nationally in the steeplechase in 8:35.73, a mark that made him the sixth-best performer in NCAA DII history. He scored 28 points at the GSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning – and setting championship records in – the 1500 and steeple, in addition to placing second in the 5000, an event in which he is ranked 15th nationally.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Benjamin Azamati – West Texas A&M

Azamati, a freshman from Akim Oda, Ghana, broke longstanding NCAA DII records in the 100 and 200 this season. He went 9.97 in the 100 at the Texas Relays to become the first man in NCAA DII history under the 10-second mark and added two more all-time marks at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Azamati wasn’t done there, as he went 20.13 for the divisional record in the 200 just a few weeks ago. He is also a member of the nation’s second-ranked 4×100 relay.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Seb Anthony – Queens (N.C.)

Anthony, a junior from Bury St Edmunds, England, is ranked third nationally in the 800 at 1:48.75. He completed the 800-1500 sweep at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – James Young – Academy of Art

Young, a junior from Blyth, England, clocked two of the top-3 fastest times in NCAA DII history in the 1500 – No. 2 (3:37.72) and No. 3 (3:38.31). He completed the 1500-5000 sweep at the PacWest Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was named PacWest Track Athlete of the Year.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Nathan Stout – Charleston (W.Va.)

Stout, a senior from Glenville, West Virginia, is ranked 18th nationally in the shot put at 17.77m (58-3¾). He scored 26 points at the MEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to winning the shot put as well as placing runner-up in both the discus and hammer.

CENTRAL REGION – Brett Thompson – Pittsburg State

Thompson, a senior from Erie, Kansas, is ranked first nationally in the javelin at 76.65m (251-6) and has dominated the seasonal chart this season. Not only that, but Thompson’s name is all over the NCAA DII record book, having 10 throws listed among the top-15 marks in NCAA DII history.

EAST REGION – Evangelos Fradelakis – Adelphi

Fradelakis, a senior from Mount Sinai, New York, is ranked 10th nationally in the hammer at 64.02m (210-1). He was named the NE-10 Field Athlete of the Championships after winning the hammer and placing runner-up in the discus, an event in which he sits third in the region. 

MIDWEST REGION – Sam Black – Saginaw Valley State

Black, a senior from Pinckney, Minnesota, is ranked first nationally in the decathlon at 7807, which puts him seventh on the All-College Descending Order List and makes him the 10th-best performer in NCAA DII history.

SOUTH REGION – Zach Hancock – Alabama-Huntsville

Hancock, a junior from Madison, Alabama, is ranked in the top-5 nationally in both the discus (No. 4, 57.41m/188-4) and shot put (No. 5, 18.56m/60-10¾). He was named the GSC Field Athlete of the Year and completed the discus-hammer-shot put sweep at the conference championship meet with a trio of meet records.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ushan Perera – Texas A&M-Commerce

Perera, a freshman from Mahabage, Sri Lanka, is ranked first nationally in the high jump at 2.30m (7-6½), a mark that puts him No. 2 in NCAA DII history. He has been at the top of – or near the top of – the All-College Descending Order List for the entire season. 

SOUTHEAST REGION – Martin Knauer – Queens (N.C.)

Knauer, a junior from Wolnzach, Germany, is ranked sixth nationally in the shot put at 18.56m (60-10¾). He scored 32 points at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a victory in the shot put, runner-up efforts in the discus and javelin, as well as a third-place showing in the hammer.

WEST REGION – Beau Ackerman – Montana St.-Billings

Ackerman, a senior from Glendive, Montana, is ranked third nationally in the javelin at 71.19m (233-7). He is undefeated across five meets and has thrown farther than 64.92m (213-0) at all of them.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Osanitsch – Shippensburg

Osanitsch, in his 16th year at Shippensburg, led the Red Raiders to the team title at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 273 points. The men’s team scored in 20 of 21 events, with multiple placers in 14 events and winning nine titles. The Red Raiders are ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region in five events, have three top-20 national event rankings and are ranked in the top-15 nationally in the #EventSquad Rankings in four events. Shippensburg will have a 4×100 relay at the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Russ Jewett – Pittsburg State

Jewett, in his 34th year at Pittsburg State, led the Gorillas to the team title at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 172.5 points. The Gorillas hold 19 top-20 national event rankings, including the top-ranked javelin thrower. The Gorillas are also ranked in the top-15 of the #EventSquad Rankings in eight events and have the top-ranked javelin group. Jewett has 19 athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships.

EAST REGION – John Wallin – Southern Connecticut

Wallin, in his 11th year at Southern Connecticut, led the Fighting Owls to the team title at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 301.5 points and setting a meet record for points scored. The Fighting Owls have seven top-20 national event rankings and three top-10 national #EventSquad Rankings. Southern Connecticut will be represented by seven athletes at the NCAA Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Baltes – Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 22nd year at Grand Valley State, led the Lakers to the team title at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 300.5 points, having nine event champions and 24 podium finishes. The Lakers have 10 top-10 national #EventSquad rankings, including the top-ranked 800 group, and have 24 top-20 event rankings on the Descending Order List, including the top-ranked performers in the 800 and 5000.

SOUTH REGION – David Cain – Alabama-Huntsville

Cain, in his 21st year at Alabama-Huntsville, led the Chargers to the team title at the GSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 223 points and seven event crowns. His athletes hit NCAA automatic qualifying marks in three events, provisional marks in eights, and set seven school records. The Chargers hold four top-15 national event rankings.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Matt Stewart – West Texas A&M

Stewart, in his fourth year at West Texas A&M, led the Buffaloes to the program’s first team title at the Lone Star Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 212 points. The Buffs had eight individual event champions at the meet, including Benjamin Azamati, who broke the NCAA DII record in the 200. His team has nine top-15 national #EventSquad Rankings and 14 top-20 nationally ranked performances on the Descending Order List.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Joseph Wassink – Limestone

Wassink, in his ninth year at Limestone, led his team to a fourth place finish in the team standings at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and had four event winners. The Saints are ranked within the top-10 nationally in four events. In the #EventSquad Rankings, his groups are ranked No. 3 in the 300 and No. 4 in the 100. The Saints will have eight athletes compete in five events at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – PeeWee Halsell – Western Washington

Halsell, in his 34th year at Western Washington, led the Vikings to the team title at the GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a meet record 289 points. The Vikings won 11 of 21 events, had 23 individual All-GNAC performers and two championship relays. The men are ranked first in the West Region in three events and second in four events. The Vikings are also ranked in the top-10 of the #EventSquad Rankings in four events.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Ashley Ivill – Seton Hill

Hartman, in her third year at Seton Hill, coached athletes that scored 60 of the Griffins’ 69 points at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Leading the way in his sprints/hurdles/jumps group was Sam Hartman, who swept the 110H and 400H.

CENTRAL REGION – Brian Mantooth – Pittsburg State

Mantooth, in his 12th year coaching the throws at Pittsburg State, guided seven athletes to berths in the four throwing events at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His top athlete is Brett Thompson, the nation’s leading javelin thrower, who has 10 of the top-15 marks in NCAA DII history and leads the No. 1 #EventSquad group.

EAST REGION – Georgette Nixon – Southern Connecticut

Nixon, in her fourth year coaching the sprints, hurdles and relays at Southern Connecticut, coached athletes to contribute 89 of the Fighting Owls’ winning total of 301.5 at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her athletes are ranked No. 1 in the East Region in four individual events and two relays.

MIDWEST REGION – Ernie Clark – Ashland

Clark, in his sixth year at Ashland, mentored the sprints/hurdles/relays group to set three conference records at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His charges have three nation-leading marks, several NCAA DII all-time top-10 performances and the 200- and 400-meter event squads are ranked No. 1 in the country. Clark also serves as Associate Head Coach.

SOUTH REGION – Charnay Ryland – Lee (Tenn.)

Ryland, in her fourth year at Lee, coached the sprints/hurdles/jumps crew to score 90 of the Flames’ 212.5 points at the Gulf South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her 400-meter squad, which swept the first three places in the GSC, also own the top-3 positions on the South Region list.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ryan Gibson – West Texas A&M

Ryan, in his third year at West Texas A&M, guided four athletes to top-5 national rankings in four events (high jump, long jump, triple jump and decathlon). His athletes scored 45 of the Buffaloes’ total of 212 points as West Texas A&M won its first-ever title at the Lone Star Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Pol Domenech – Wingate

Domenech, in his third year as distance coach at Wingate, led the Bulldog runners to multiple spots in the Southeast Region top-20 in four events – 1500 (six), 5000 (six), 10,000 (eight) and steeplechase (four). The 10K group rated No. 4 in #EventSquad rankings, while the steeplers were No. 7. His athletes scored 82 out of the team’s 150 points at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – T.J. Garlatz – Western Washington

Garlatz, in his seventh year at Western Washington, coached the Vikings to sweep the five distance titles at the GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with four runners. In total, his crew earned 10 of the 15 all-conference awards in those events and scored 105 points. WWU’s steeplechasers rank No. 3 nationally as an #EventSquad, while the 1500 group is No. 6.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Stefanie Parsons – Edinboro

Parsons, a sophomore from Acton, Ontario, Canada, is ranked second nationally in the 1500 at 4:17.76, eighth nationally in the 5000 at 16:18.41 and 17th nationally in the 800 at 2:10.33. She scored 20 points at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the 1500 and 5000 and was named the PSAC Track Athlete of the Meet.

CENTRAL REGION – Ida Narbuvoll- U-Mary

Narbuvoll, a senior from Narbuvoll, Norway, is ranked top-5 nationally in both the 10,000 (No. 2, 33:32.69) and 5000 (No. 5, 16:03.40). She scored 30 points at the NSIC Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to winning the 1500, 5000 and 10,000. Narbuvoll has run in six races this outdoor season, won all six and surpassed the NCAA qualifying standards in each outing.

EAST REGION – Roxan Foster – American International

Foster, a freshman from Jamaica, is ranked 11th nationally in the 100H at 13.88. She scored 16½ points at the NE-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships by winning the 100H, toting the baton first on the winning 4×100 relay and finishing third in the 200. 

MIDWEST REGION – Hannah Roeske – Grand Valley State

Roeske, a sophomore from Eleva, Wisconsin, is ranked second nationally in the steeplechase at 10:19.29 and sits among the top-10 athletes in both the 1500 (No. 7, 4:21.84) and 5000 (No. 9, 16:20.29). She was named the GLIAC Track Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH REGION – Celine Ritter – Lee (Tenn.)

Ritter, a junior from Roesrath, Germany, is ranked fourth nationally in the 5000 at 15:58.77 and sixth nationally in the 1500 at 4:20.95. She scored 30 points at the Gulf South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories – and meet records – in the 800, 1500 and 10,000.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Eilish Flanagan – Adams State

Flanagan, a senior from Gortin, Ireland, broke the NCAA DII steeplechase record this season with her 9:40.68 mark at the Oregon Twilight. She is also ranked second nationally in the 5000 at 15:57.81.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jami Wright – Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)

Wright, a senior from Stafford, Virginia, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 23.58 and third nationally in the 400 at 54.43. She was named the Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 200, 400 and being part of the victorious 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

WEST REGION – Jaylah Walker – Azusa Pacific

Walker, a senior from Riverside, California, is ranked among the top-6 nationally in four different individual events – 400H (No. 1, 58.16), 100H (No. 4, 13.65), 200 (No. 5, 23.75) and 400 (No. 6, 54.76). She scored 24½ points at the PacWest Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in both hurdle events and toted the baton on high-placing 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Rebecca Hemingway – Kutztown

Hemingway, a senior from Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, is ranked second nationally in the high jump at 1.77m (5-9¾). She won the high jump title at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Virgi Scardanzan – Washburn

Scardanzan, a junior from Preganziol, Italy, is ranked first nationally in the pole vault at 4.35m (14-3¼), a mark that puts her No. 5 in NCAA DII history. She has topped 4.00m (13-1½) at four meets this year. 

EAST REGION – Julieth Nwosu – Franklin Pierce

Nwosu, a freshman from Brockton, Massachusetts, is ranked first regionally in the shot put at 14.09m (46-2¾) and third regionally in the discus at 40.10m (131-7). She is undefeated in the shot put in seven regular season meets, including a victory at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Cheyenne Williamson – Saginaw Valley State

WIlliamson, a freshman from Essexville, Michigan, is ranked second nationally in the heptathlon at 5517 points, seventh nationally in the long jump at 6.12m (20-1) and 13th nationally in the high jump at 1.73m (5-8). She scored 20 points in field events at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in both the high jump and long jump.

SOUTH REGION – Kaitlin Hill – West Alabama

Hill, a freshman from Loachapoka, Alabama, is ranked sixth nationally in the long jump at 6.15m (20-2¼). She won the long jump crown at the Gulf South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships by eight inches.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Daisy Osakue – Angelo State

Osakue, a senior from Turin, Italy, is ranked first nationally in the discus at 61.19m (200-9), which is the No. 2 performance in NCAA DII history. She is only one of three women across each collegiate division to record a mark of better than 60.96m (200-0) this season.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Elise Ulseth – Queens (N.C.)

Ulseth, a sophomore from Kristiansund, Norway, is ranked first nationally in the heptathlon at 5584 points, a mark that puts her among the top-15 performers in NCAA DII history. She is also ranked eighth nationally in the high jump at 1.75m (5-8¾). She scored 32 points in field events at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the javelin and long jump, plus third-place efforts in both the high jump and triple jump. 

WEST REGION – Marie-Jeanne Ourega – Academy of Art

Ourega, a freshman from L’Haÿ-les-Roses, France, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 6.58m (21-7¼), a barely wind-aided mark that is the fourth-best all-conditions mark in NCAA DII history. Her best wind-legal jump of 6.49m (21-3½) made her the No. 8 performer in NCAA DII history. Ourega is also ranked 13th nationally in the triple jump at 12.45m (40-10¼). She won the long jump at the PacWest Outdoor Track & Field Championships and took runner-up honors in the triple jump.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Dave Osanitsch – Shippensburg

Osanitsch, in his 16th year at Shippensburg, led the Red Raiders to the team title at the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 131 points. His athletes scored in 17 events, had 24 individual scorers and won four PSAC event titles. Shippensburg has 19 individual performances that rank in the top-10 of the Atlantic region, including the top-ranked 200, 400, 4×400 and long jump.

CENTRAL REGION – Bryan Schiding – Missouri Southern

Schiding, in his sixth year at Missouri Southern, led the Lions to the team title at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 145 points and having six event crowns. His athletes are ranked No. 3 in the #EventSquad Rankings in both the pole vault and the discus. Missouri Southern will have eight women competing across eight events at the NCAA Championships.

EAST REGION – Michael Murawski – Georgian Court

Murawski, in his ninth year at Georgian Court, led the Lions to the team title at the CACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 195 points, capturing nine event crowns. Georgian Court is ranked No. 2 in the East Region.

MIDWEST REGION – Dana Schwarting – Lewis

Schwarting, in his 18th year at Lewis, led the Flyers to the team title at the GLVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 215.5 points. The Flyers won their fifth straight crown after scoring in 11 events and claiming nine event crowns. His athletes have combined for 11 marks ranked inside the top-15 nationally with eight of those inside the top-10. The Flyers also have seven groups ranking inside the top-10 of the #EventSquad Rankings. Lewis will have seven individual entries and two relays at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Caleb Morgan – Lee (Tenn.)

Morgan, in his ninth year at Lee (Tenn.), led the Lady Flames to the team title at the GSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 229.5 points and had eight event champions. Lee (Tenn.) finished the year ranked No. 1 in the South and No. 24 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index. His athletes are ranked No. 1 in the South Region in six events. The Flames have two athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Matt Stewart – West Texas A&M

Stewart, in his fourth year at West Texas A&M, led the Lady Buffs to the team title at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 290 points and won 11 event crowns. The Lady Buffs have been ranked in the top-5 of the USTFCCCA National Rating Index throughout the season. 

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jim Vahrenkamp – Queens (N.C.)

Vahrenkamp, in his eighth year at Queens (N.C.), led the Royals to the team title at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 228 points and captured eight event crowns. The Royals are the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region and will have five athletes at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Jack Hoyt – Azusa Pacific

Hoyt, in his fifth year at Azusa Pacific, led the Cougars to the team title at the PacWest Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 235.5 points and took home 11 event crowns. Hoyt coached his team to the program’s first No. 1 ranking in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index. His athletes hit automatic qualifiers in nine events and had 26 athletes surpass provisional qualifying standards. The Cougars set four school records this outdoor season.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Doug Knol – Shippensburg

Knol, in his 29th year at Shippensburg, led the sprints/hurdles/relays group to 75 of the Red Raiders’ 131 points in winning the PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships team crown. Twelve athletes contributed to the scoring, with 10 of them being first-time scorers. His leading athlete is Leah Graybill, who tops the Atlantic Region in the 200 and 400 and is part of the region’s top 4×400 unit.

CENTRAL REGION – Brian Allen – Missouri Southern

Allen, in his eighth year at Missouri Southern, coached the Lions’ throwers to 57 points in the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Four of his throwers will combine to compete in six events at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Missouri Southern athletes have notched four national top-5 marks in throwing events, including two in the javelin at No. 1 and No. 3.

EAST REGION – Whitney Cyr – Franklin Pierce

Cyr, in her eighth year at Franklin Pierce, guided athletes to score in all four throwing events at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Ravens’ throwers were topped by a pair of champions in the shot put and discus, Julieth and Nkechinyere Nwosu. Julieth led five Ravens in the top 8, and she leads the East Region by over 4 feet.

MIDWEST REGION – Nathan Probst – Lewis

Probst, in his eighth year at Lewis, coached five athletes in the sprints/hurdles group to reach the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flyers won four individual events and the 4×400 relay at the GLVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, led by a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200.

SOUTH REGION – Colton Coleman – Alabama-Huntsville

Colton, in his third year at Alabama-Huntsville, mentored the top-ranked athlete in the South Region in the 400 and 800 in Serenity Andrus. The Chargers also have the region’s fastest 4×100 relay team. Coleman also serves as Associate Head Coach. 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Jake Krolick – West Texas A&M

Krolick, in his fourth year at West Texas A&M, coached three distance runners to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Buffaloes’ distance crew scored 65 points en route to helping West Texas A&M to win the Lone Star Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Vincent Schneider – Queens (N.C.)

Schneider, in his third year at Queens (N.C.), has three athletes qualified in six events at the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His heptathletes, led by national leader Elise Ulseth, are ranked No. 2 in the #EventSquad Rankings, while the high jump and long jump come in at No. 5 and No. 10, respectively. The Royals received 86 points from Schneider’s athletes at the SAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

WEST REGION – Andrea Blackett – Azusa Pacific

Blackett, in her fourth year at Azusa Pacific, coached the Cougars’ sprinters and hurdlers to 12 provisional qualifying marks – three automatic qualifying marks – of which, six are ranked in the national top-5, including the national leader in the 400H. Blackett’s athletes helped pace APU to its first-ever No. 1 rating in the National Rating Index.