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2022 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Regional Awards

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

Each of the four regions – Atlantic, Central, Midwest 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.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches prior to the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Prince Mcabelo – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Mcabelo, who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, is an NJCAA record-holder in the 1000 with his 2:22.10 that he ran at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. He is obviously ranked first nationally in that event and added the nation’s top-ranked 800-meter effort of 1:50.57 for good measure two weeks earlier at the John Thomas Terrier Classic.

CENTRAL REGION – Caleb Jackson – Butler (Kan.) CC

Jackson, a sophomore from Pleasant Grove, Alabama, is ranked first nationally in the 60 at 6.58, which also puts him fifth among all collegians this season. He is also a member of the NJCAA’s fifth-ranked 4×400 relay team that got the baton around in 3:13.18.

MIDWEST REGION – Aurel Tchanbi – Indian Hills (Iowa) CC

Tchanbi, who hails from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, is ranked among the nation’s top-8 seasonal performers in the 200 (No. 2, 21.15c/21.52f) and the 60 (6.74). He ran both of those marks in winning efforts at the NJCAA Region XI/ICCAC Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Keshaun Black – Meridian (Miss.) CC

Black, who hails from Mooresville, North Carolina, is ranked among the nation’s top-5 seasonal performers in both the 200 (No. 1, 21.10) and 60 (No. 4, 6.66). He also clocked the fastest time in NJCAA history over 300 meters (33.67). Black ran sub-6.70 in the 60 four times during the regular season and won the event title at the LSU Twilight over several NCAA DI athletes.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Laterrion Johnson – Louisburg (N.C.)

Johnson, who hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the top-ranked regional performer in both the long jump (6.91m/22-8) and triple jump (13.43m/44-¾).

CENTRAL REGION – Shakwon Coke – Barton (Kan.) CC

Coke, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 7.82m (25-8), a mark that also made him the eighth-best performer in NJCAA history. He is also among the top-3 seasonal performers in the triple jump (No. 3, 15.41m/50-6¾).

MIDWEST REGION – Martin Lamou – Iowa Central CC

Lamou, who hails from Saint-Raphael, France, is ranked first nationally in the triple jump at 16.33m (53-7), a mark that not only won him the event title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, but moved him up to No. 8 in NJCAA history. He also qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Championships in both the high jump and long jump.

WEST REGION – Thomas Nieto – South Plains (Texas)

Nieto, who hails from Ibague, Colombia, is ranked first nationally in the pole vault at 5.31m (17-5), which made him the third-best performer in NJCAA history. He has 13 performances inside the all-time top-25 and has a substantial lead over the second-best seasonal vaulter.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his seventh year at Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), has the Mustangs ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region. Hogg has coached athletes to set six school records and one national record this year. He also has athletes ranked among the top-2 regionally in the 400, 800 and 3000. The Mustangs have seven athletes qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Harry Kitchener – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Kitchener, in his fourth year at Cloud County (Kan.) CC, led the Thunderbirds to the team title at the Region VI Indoor Championships with 119 points. The Thunderbirds won five event titles in the 600, 4×400 relay, pole vault, weight throw and the heptathlon.

MIDWEST REGION – Douglas Marshall – Iowa Western CC

Marshall, in his fourth year at Iowa Western CC, led the Reivers to the program’s first team title at the Region XI Indoor Championships with 251 points. The Reivers have qualified 29 men for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with 17 top-10 performances. Iowa Western is ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index.

WEST REGION – Erik Vance – South Plains (Texas)

Vance, in his sixth year at South Plains (Texas), has his Texans ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index and in the West Region. His athletes have combined for 47 qualifying marks for the NJCAA Indoor Championships. Two of those athletes are in the pole vault and high jump and also ranked among the top-4 all-time in NJCAA history.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Greene, in his 13th year as associate head coach at Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), guided athletes to top-2 positions regionally in eight events. None of his athletes was better than Prince Mcabelo, whose nation-leading marks in the 800 and 1000 included an NJCAA record 2:22.10 in the latter. The Mustangs had three top-10 NJCAA Event Squad rankings, topped by a No. 4 in the mile.

CENTRAL REGION – Keitavious Walter – Coffeyville (Kan.) CC

Walter, in his first year as assistant coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, coached sprinters who scored 32 points in the Region VI Indoor Championships, going 1-4 in the 200 and 2-3-6 in 60. Altogether the Red Ravens amassed eight national qualifiers in the two events.

MIDWEST REGION – Jonathan Alexis – Iowa Central CC

Alexis, in his second year as assistant coach at Iowa Central CC, led the Tritons to a No. 1 NJCAA Event Squad ranking in the long jump along with No. 2 rankings in the high jump and heptathlon. He also coached two of the three farthest triple jumpers, led by national leader Martin Lamou, and two top-5 heptathletes.

WEST REGION – Wesley Miller – South Plains (Texas)

Miller, in his third year as assistant coach at South Plains (Texas), coached the Texans to No. 1 NJCAA Event Squad rankings in four events – 400, 600, 800 and 1000. In addition, the Texans also posted the nation’s fastest time in the 4×400, 4×800 and distance medley relays.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Aaliyah Moore – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Moore, who hails from Georgetown, Guyana, is ranked among the nation’s top-2 seasonal performers in both the 1000 (No. 1, 2:51.52) and 800 (No. 2, 2:12.00). She is tops in the region in four individual events – everything from the 600 to the mile – and toted the baton on two of the region’s fastest relay teams – 4×400 and distance medley.

CENTRAL REGION – Kiara Brown – Butler (Kan.) CC

Brown, who hails from Dallas, Texas, is ranked first nationally in both the 60 (7.45) and 200 (24.03). She is also ranked among the nation’s top-5 seasonal performers in the 400 and toted the baton on the fifth-ranked 4×400 relay. Brown was named the Region VI Athlete of the Meet after sweeping the 60 and 200, with a runner-up finish in the 400 to boot.

MIDWEST REGION – Aliyah Simmons – Indian Hills (Iowa) CC

Simmons, who hails from Miami, Florida, is ranked first nationally in both the 600 (1:32.42) and the 800 (2:11.10 OT). She clocked two of the fastest all-time 800-meter marks in NJCAA history on an oversized track. Simmons is also a member of the nation’s sixth-ranked 4×400 relay.

WEST REGION – Kimeone McLeod – New Mexico JC

McLeod, who hails from Spanish Town, Jamaica, is ranked first nationally in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.37c (8:35.A), a mark that made her the sixth-fastest performer in NJCAA history.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Kristin Stickdorn – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Stickdorn, who hails from Beckingen, Germany, is ranked fifth nationally in the weight throw at 15.44m (50-8). She competed in meets primarily against NCAA Division I athletes this season and finished top-10 in five of those meets. Stickdorn is also ranked first regionally in the shot put with a mark of 11.60m (38-0¾).

CENTRAL REGION – Nia Robinson – Barton (Kan.) CC

Robinson, who hails from Lucea, Jamaica, is ranked second nationally in both the long jump (6.17m/20-3) and triple jump (12.41m/40-8¾). She is also among the nation’s top-5 seasonal performers in the high jump. Robinson took home Region VI High Point Athlete of the Meet honors after winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

MIDWEST REGION – Antonia Sealy – Iowa Western CC

Sealy, who hails from Point Fortin, Trinidad, is ranked first nationally in the pentathlon with 3403 points. She is also ranked sixth nationally in the long jump at 5.75m (18-10½). Sealy qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Championships in four different individual events.

WEST REGION – Joniar Thomas – South Plains (Texas)

Thomas, who hails from Windsor Forest, Grenada, is ranked first nationally in the long jump at 6.21m (20-4½). She is also among the nation’s top-10 seasonal performers in the pentathlon (No. 8, 2933), despite finishing only four of the five events. Thomas jumped farther than 6.00m (19-8¼) in all of her competitions this season and never finished worse than second.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Lesleigh Hogg – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Hogg, in his seventh year at Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), has his team ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region. The Mustangs top the regional performance list in 12 events and two relays. Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.) have six athletes qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Drew Mahin – Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Mahin, in his first year at Cloud County (Kan.) CC, led the Thunderbirds to the team title at the Region VI Indoor Championships with 203 points. The Thunderbirds had eight event champions to win by 60 points. Mahin’s athletes have combined for 33 national qualifying marks for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

MIDWEST REGION – Douglas Marshall – Iowa Western CC

Marshall, in his fourth year at Iowa Western CC, led the Reivers to the team title at the Region XI Indoor Championships with 280 points and claimed 13 event crowns. The Reivers have qualified 21 women to the NJCAA Championships this year with 30 top-10 performances. Iowa Western is ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index.

WEST REGION – Keith Blackwill – New Mexico JC

Blackwill, in his 16th year at New Mexico JC, has his team ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index. The Thunderbirds top the chart in the triple jump in the #EventSquad Rankings.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION – Shirvon Greene – Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Greene, in his 13th year as associate head coach at Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), coached Mustang runners to top-3 region spots in nine events. His athletes collected 11 top-10 rankings nationally, topped by nation-leading marks in the 1000 (Aaliyah Moore) and the distance medley relay.

CENTRAL REGION – James Isaac – Barton (Kan.) CC

Isaac, in his first year as assistant coach at Barton (Kan.) CC, coached athletes who combined for 71 of the team’s 143 points at the Region VI Indoor Championships. His star pupil, Nia Robinson, won three events (high jump, long jump and triple jump) in earning the High Point Athlete of the Meet award. Collectively, his athletes have six top-10 national performances in six events as he also coaches the distances.

MIDWEST REGION – Shellene Williams – Iowa Western CC

Williams, in her second year as associate head coach at Iowa Western CC, led two Reivers to top-3 national rankings – Nickisha Pryce in both the 200 and 400 and Terresha Walcott in the 60. Her sprint crew amassed 64 of the team’s 251 points in winning the team title at the Region XI Indoor Championships.

WEST REGION – Tabarie Henry – New Mexico JC

Henry, in his third year as assistant coach at New Mexico JC, guided the T-Birds’ 60 hurdles unit to a No. 1 NJCAA #EventSquad ranking, led by the two fastest in the country in Kimeone McLeod and Ewe Awusa. His sprinters add No. 2 rankings in the 200 and 400, plus a No. 4 in the 60.