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2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the five regions – Great Lakes, Midwest, South, South Central 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 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships next week in Brookings, South Dakota.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Dylan Felger – Huntington (Ind.)

Felger, who hails from Ossian, Indiana, is ranked first nationally in both the 400 at 47.17c (47.92f) and 600 at 1:17.19c (1:18.35f). Both of those marks were turned in at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships, where he swept those event crowns and added a 200-meter title for good measure. Felger is also a member of the nation’s third-fastest distance medley relay and ranked 12th nationally in the 200.

MIDWEST REGION – Payton Mauldin – Dordt (Iowa)

Mauldin, who hails from George, Iowa, is ranked among the top-5 performers nationally in both the 600 (No. 3, 1:18.37 OT) and the 800 (No. 4, 1:52.34 OT). He won both the 600 and 800 at the GPAC Indoor Championships and was a member of the title-winning 4×800 relay. Mauldin was named the GPAC Conference Co-Athlete of the Meet thanks to scoring 22.5 points.

SOUTH REGION – Sameer Mateen – Life (Ga.)

Mateen, who hails from Lithia Springs, Georgia, is ranked first nationally in the 200 at 21.09 and fourth nationally in the 60 at 6.76. He clocked both of those marks in winning efforts at the Mid-South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Zouhair Talbi – Oklahoma City

Talbi, who hails from Tighassaline, Khenifra, Morocco, is ranked first nationally in three different individual events: mile (3:59.50), 3000 (7:40.39) and 5000 (13:18.17). Not only that, but each of those times in the 3000 and 5000 rank among the top-10 in collegiate history. 

WEST REGION – Clayton VanDyke – Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

VanDyke, who hails from Vernal, Utah, is ranked among the nation’s top-5 seasonal performers in three different individual events: 800 (No. 1, 1:50.29), 1000 (No. 3, 2:26.23 OT) and mile (4:07.79). He is also a member of the Warriors’ distance medley relay team that qualified for nationals. 

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Thomas Jackson – Bethel (Ind.)

Jackson, who hails from Gary, Indiana, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 7.78m (25-6¼). He is undefeated in that event this year, which includes a sizable victory at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships. 

MIDWEST REGION – Dylan Kucera – Midland (Neb.)

Kucera, who hails from Fremont, Nebraska, is ranked first nationally in the shot put at 18.66m (61-2¾) and third nationally in the weight throw at 20.04m (65-9). He is especially dominant in the shot put, as he recorded each of the top-21 throws among NAIA athletes this season.

SOUTH REGION – Dustin Blevins – Montreat (N.C.)

Blevins, who hails from King, North Carolina, is ranked top-5 nationally in both the long jump (No. 2, 7.47m/24-6¼) and triple jump (No. 5, 14.76m/48-5¼). He doubled up on event titles at the AAC Indoor Championships and set meet records in both of the horizontal jumps.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dylan Templeman – McPherson (Kan.)

Templeman, who hails from Princeton, Texas, is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 17.46m (57-3½). He is also among the nation’s top-12 seasonal performers in the weight throw at 18.45m (60-6½). Templeman was named KCAC Indoor Field Event Athlete of the Week all but one week this season and scored 18 points at the KCAC Indoor Championships.  

WEST REGION – TJ Davis – Eastern Oregon

Davis, who hails from Sandpoint, Idaho, is ranked first nationally in the heptathlon with 5248 points. He only competed once in the multi this season and finished second in a field composed mainly of NCAA Division I athletes, just 34 points out of first place.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mike Holman – Marian (Ind.)

Holman, in his 10th year at Marian (Ind.), led the Knights to the team title at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships with 179.5 points to win by 67.5 points. The Crossroads League Coach of the Year coached athletes to three event titles and eight All-Crossroads League honors.

MIDWEST REGION – Jerry Monner – Grand View (Iowa)

Monner, in his 17th year at Grand View (Iowa), led the Vikings to the team title at the Heart of America Indoor Championships with 223.5 points, winning by 117.5 points and had six event champions. The Vikings are ranked in the top-10 in eight events in the #EventSquad Rankings. Monner’s athletes have combined for 16 NAIA “A” standards and 11 NAIA “B” standards. Grand View (Iowa) is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region.

SOUTH REGION – Chris Layne – Milligan (Tenn.)

Layne, in his 23rd year at Milligan (Tenn.), led the Buffaloes to the team title at the AAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with 187 points and claimed seven event crowns. The AAC Coach of the Year coached his athletes to 14 NAIA “A” standards and 20 total national qualifying marks. The Buffaloes are ranked in the top-11 in five events in the #EventSquad Rankings and have three athletes ranked among the top-10 nationally in their respective events. Milligan is the top-ranked team in the South Region.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Alstin Benton – Saint Mary (Kan.)

Benton, in his 9th year at Saint Mary (Kan.), led the Spires to the team title at the KCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with 216 points and captured eight event crowns. The Spires have 22 national qualifying marks for the NAIA Championships across 10 events.

WEST REGION – Ben Welch – Eastern Oregon

Welch, in his 31st year at Eastern Oregon, has the Mountaineers ranked No. 24 in the latest USTFCCCA National Rating Index and No. 1 in the West Region. The Mountaineers have four athletes ranked among the top-15 across three events.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Lauren Johnson – Huntington (Ind.)

Johnson, in her second year as assistant coach at Huntington (Ind.), coached athletes who accounted for 66 of the team’s 87.5 points at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships. Three of her athletes won conference titles and one earned Track Athlete of the Year. The Foresters’ 5000 runners earned the No. 1 NAIA #EventSquad ranking, while the mile and 3000 groups also finished in the top-10. 

MIDWEST REGION – Lindsey Andrews – Grand View (Iowa)

Andrews, in her third year as assistant coach at Grand View (Iowa), was selected as the Heart of America Conference Men’s Assistant Coach of the year. Her athletes won five events and accounted for 150 of the team’s 223.5 points in the conference meet. The Vikings’ 800 runners rated No. 2 in the NAIA #EventSquad rankings, while the 1000 and mile groups finished top-5 and the 3000 crew was top-10.

SOUTH REGION – Malcolm Dias – William Carey (Miss.)

Dias, in his sixth year as assistant coach at William Carey (Miss.), coached athletes to a sweep of awards at the Southern States Conference Indoor Championships, earning the Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year, Track Freshman of the Year and Field Freshman of the Year laurels. His athletes also earned five SSAC Athlete of the Week awards during the season.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Dylan Biedron – Saint Mary (Kan.)

Biedron, in his second year as assistant coach at Saint Mary (Kan.), guided athletes who combined for 49 points at the Kansas Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships. His sprinters won titles in the 60, 200 and 400 and produced a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200. 

WEST REGION – Connor Bracken – Eastern Oregon

Bracken, in his fourth year as assistant coach at Eastern Oregon, coached the Mountaineers to a No. 4 NAIA #EventSquad ranking in the high jump. Three of his athletes ranked in the top-12 in the heptathlon, including national leader T.J. Davis.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Lisa Voyles – Indiana Tech

Voyles, who hails from Danville, Kentucky, is the national leader in the 1000 at 2:49.28c (2:51.12f) and is ranked second nationally in the 800 at 2:11.96 OT. She is also a member of the nation’s fourth-fastest 4×800 relay as well as the seventh-fastest distance medley relay team.

MIDWEST REGION – Laisha Corona – St. Francis (Ill.)

Corona, who hails from Joliet, Illinois, is ranked second nationally in the 3000 at 9:48.80 OT and fourth nationally in the mile at 4:57.43c (5:00.37f). She scored 16 points at the CCAC Indoor Championships with runner-up finishes in both the 1000 and the mile.

SOUTH REGION – Harriet Tuson – Keiser (Fla.)

Tuson, who hails from Dorset, England, is ranked first nationally in both the 600 (1:32.12) and the 800 (2:11.14 OT). She is undefeated in the 800 this season, which includes a dominant victory at the Sun Conference Indoor Championships in which she set a conference record.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Raheema Westfall – Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Westfall, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, is ranked among the nation’s top-5 seasonal performers in both the 60 (No. 3, 7.42c/7.40A) and 200 (No. 4, 24.05c/23.98A). She placed top-3 in each of the 60-meter finals she made this year, including one victory.

WEST REGION – Becca Richtman – Montana Tech

Richtman, who hails from Elburn, Illinois, is ranked first nationally in three different individual events: mile (4:49.27c/4:54.89A), 3000 (9:23.98) and 5000 (16:27.63c/16:51.12A). All three of those efforts are all-time top-10 performances by NAIA athletes.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Erica Xayarath – Indiana Tech

Xayarath, who hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is ranked among the nation’s top-10 seasonal performers in both the high jump (No. 5, 1.68m/5-6) and triple jump (No. 8, 11.77m/38-7½). She is the only NAIA athlete to be ranked in the top-8 of all three jumping events (long jump, too). 

MIDWEST REGION – Lauren Tamayo – Hastings (Neb.)

Tamayo, who hails from Ralston, Nebraska, is ranked among the nation’s top-10 seasonal performers in three field events: No. 2 in the high jump at 1.71m (5-7¼); No. 3 in the pentathlon with 3497 points; and 10th in the long jump at 5.69m (18-8). Tamayo won the high jump at the GPAC Indoor Championships and was the runner-up in the long jump, while also posting an all-conference effort in the pentathlon.

SOUTH REGION – Brittany Jones – William Carey (Miss.)

Jones, who hails from Soso, Mississippi, is ranked first nationally in both the long jump (6.01m/19-8¾) and triple jump (12.71m/41-8½). She swept both of those events at the SSAC Indoor Championships and helped the Crusaders win the team title at the meet.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Kortney Schutt – Friends (Kan.)

Schutt, who hails from Wichita, Kansas, is ranked second nationally in the weight throw at 17.89m (58-8½). She is also ranked 12th nationally in the shot put at 13.59m (44-7). Schutt scored 20 points at the KCAC Indoor Championships by sweeping the throwing events.

WEST REGION – Catylynn Duff – College of Idaho

Duff, who hails from Culver, Oregon, is ranked first nationally in the weight throw at 18.69m (61-4), a mark that leads the nation by nearly three feet. She is also ranked 22nd nationally in the shot put at 13.08m (42-11).

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Doug Edgar – Indiana Tech

Edgar, in his 11th year at Indiana Tech, led the Warriors to the team title at the WHAC Indoor Championships with 280.5 points. The Warriors set a new meet record for most points scored and led by 11 event champions. Egdar’s athletes have combined for 40 NAIA “A” standard marks.

MIDWEST REGION – Matt Beisel – Concordia (Neb.)

Beisel, in his seventh year at Concordia (Neb.), led the Bulldogs to the team title at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Championships with 194.5 points and had four individuals combine for five GPAC event titles. The Bulldogs have produced 16 automatic qualifying marks for the NAIA Championships, including the No. 1 mark in the pole vault by Josie Puelz. Concordia (Neb.) is currently ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index.

SOUTH REGION – Dominic Demeritte – Life (Ga.)

Demeritte, in his first year at Life (Ga.), led the Running Eagles to the team title at the Mid-South Conference Indoor Championships with 222 points. Demeritte, who was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, coached nine individual champions and 11 All-Conference honorees. The Running Eagles have nine national top-10 marks, including the top-ranked performances in the 60 and 200 by Iantha Wright. 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Kenny Anderson – Central Methodist (Mo.)

Anderson, in his first year at Central Methodist (Mo.) led the Eagles to the team title at the Heart of America Indoor Championships with 156 points and claimed five event crowns. The Heart Indoor Coach of the Year has his Eagles ranked third in the South Central Region.

WEST REGION – Mike Anderson – College of Idaho

Anderson, in his 15th year at College of Idaho, has several athletes qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 1000, mile, 3000 and DMR. The Coyotes have two of the top-3 athletes in both the 1000 and weight throw. 

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Austin Roark – Indiana Tech

Roark, in his eighth year as assistant coach at Indiana Tech, led the Warriors to No. 1 NAIA #EventSquad rankings in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and pentathlon. His athletes won event titles at the WHAC Indoor Championships in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, combining for 76.5 points. Eleven of his athletes are ranked in the national top-10.

MIDWEST REGION – Trevor Howard – St. Francis (Ill.)

Howard, in his fifth year as assistant distance coach at St. Francis (Ill.), coached the Fighting Saints to No. 1 NAIA #EventSquad rankings in the 1000, mile, 3000 and 5000 as well as the fastest distance medley relay time in the nation. His athletes won the 800, 1000, mile, 3000 and 5000 titles at the Chicagoland Conference Indoor Championships, adding runner-up finishes in four of those events.

SOUTH REGION – Ryan McKenzie – William Carey (Miss.)

McKenzie, in his eighth year as assistant coach at William Carey (Miss.), guided the Crusaders sprinters and jumpers to titles in eight events at the Southern States Conference Indoor Championships. His athletes earned the SSAC Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year and Track Freshman of the Year, as well as four NAIA Athlete of the Week awards. Three of his events rated among the top-4 in the NAIA #EventSquad rankings.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Frank Wallace – Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Wallace, in his third year as assistant coach at Wayland Baptist (Texas), led the Pioneers to two No. 4 NAIA #EventSquad rankings (60 and 200, rating No. 1 regionally in both). Two of his athletes have top-5 times in the 60, while his leading sprinter (Raheema Westfall) leads the region in the 60 and 200.

WEST REGION – Dominic Bolin – College of Idaho

Bolin, in his sixth year as assistant coach at College of Idaho, guided the Coyotes to three top-10 NAIA #EventSquad rankings – 800, mile and 3000. His top athlete, Abbey Shirts, ranks No. 3 in the 1000 and No. 15 in the mile.