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2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Postseason Awards

NEW ORLEANS — Postseason awards for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were handed out on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), following the conclusion of the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Troy, New York.

Scroll below to find out who earned some hardware from the USTFCCCA in 2022!

USTFCCCA National Award Winners

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Jonah McHaffie was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. McHaffie, a freshman, scored 20½ points in track events at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. He swept the steeplechase (9:47.14) and 5000 meters (16:01.55), as well as helped the Cougars to an eighth-place finish in the 4×800. McHaffie entered the postseason ranked among the top-4 seasonal performers in both the 5000 (No. 3, 16:22.46) and 10,000 (No. 4, 35:02.95).

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Kiara Carter was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Carter, a freshman from Chicago, Illinois, scored 25 points in track events at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. She swept the short sprints with titles in the 100 (12.40 PR) and 200 (25.88) and helped out on the Chaps’ title-winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Carter split 59.53 in the 4×400. During the regular season, Carter was ranked second nationally in the 100, 200 and 400.

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

Josh Rivers was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Rivers, who hails from Bolingbrook, Illinois, jumped high and far at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. He completed the high jump-long jump sweep with marks of 1.98m (6-6) and 7.17m (23-6¼), respectively. During the regular season, Rivers was ranked first nationally in both of those events. Rivers also never placed worse than third in any long jump competition this season against any level of competition.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Kara Knorr was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Knorr, a freshman from Woodstown, New Jersey, dominated the throwing events at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. She scored 38 points behind victories in the hammer, javelin and shot put, as well as a runner-up showing in the discus. During the regular season, Knorr was ranked first nationally in the javelin at 35.15m (115-4) and third nationally in the hammer at 31.90m (104-8). She was also ranked among the top-6 national performers in both the shot put and discus at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Robert Cervanka was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Cervanka, in his tenth year at Dupage (Ill.), led the Chaps to the national title as they scored 118½ points at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. DuPage scored in 16 different events to win the crown. During the regular season, the Chaps headlined the National TFRI three times (Week 3, Week 5, Week 6) and entered the NJCAA postseason ranked second according to the formula.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Robert Cervanka was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Cervanka, in his tenth year at Dupage (Ill.), led the Chaps to the national title as they scored 138 points at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Troy, New York. DuPage scored in 14 different events and brought home eight event crowns, including a clean sweep of the relay events. During the regular season, the Chaps were ranked at the top of the National TFRI throughout the duration of the campaign.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Joseph Kalnas was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Kalnas, in his 16th year at Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.) CC, guided the Roadrunners to a sensational effort at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Rowan-Gloucester throwers scored 44 points behind a trio of scorers in three different events: first, fifth and seventh in the hammer; second, third and eighth in the shot put; third, fifth and seventh in the discus. During the regular season, Kalnas saw his athletes rank among the top-10 nationally in the discus, hammer and shot put.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Joseph Kalnas was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season. Kalnas, in his 17th year at Rowan-Gloucester (N.J.) CC, guided the Roadrunners to a remarkable showing at the NJCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His throwers were responsible for 77 of the team’s 111 points at the meet. Kara Knorr, his prized pupil, won three different events (hammer, javelin and shot put) and took runner-up honors in a fourth (discus). During the regular season, Kalnas’ athletes dotted the top of the Descending Order List, especially in the javelin, where they were Nos. 1, 5, 6 and 8.

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