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NCAA DII OTF National Awards

2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season were announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Member coaches voted on these honors following the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships two weeks ago in Allendale, Michigan, but considered performances during both the regular season and the NCAA postseason.

National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

Trevor Bassitt was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Bassitt, who hails from Bluffton, Ohio, won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 48.98, which cemented his spot as the No. 4 performer in divisional history. He also anchored Ashland to a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 relay. Bassitt went undefeated in the 400H this season with other victories in the elite section of the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays over a field of professional athletes as well as the Northeast Ohio Quad.

National Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Denisha Cartwright was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Cartwright, who hails from Nassau, Bahamas, earned four First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships behind a victory in the 100-meter hurdles, a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters, a seventh-place finish in the 100 meters and a carry on the winning 4×100 relay. Earlier in the season, Cartwright scored 28.5 points at the NSIC Outdoor Championships thanks to winning the 100H, helping out the first-place 4×100 relay, and taking runner-up honors in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.

National Men's Field Athlete of the Year

LJ Kiner was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Kiner, who hails from Humble, Texas, finished top-3 at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). His mark in the long jump at the NCAA meet was a PR of 7.72m (25-4), while he set a PR of 16.36m (53-8¼) to win the triple jump at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays earlier in the season. He scored 15 points in the horizontal jumps at the MIAA Outdoor Championships, winning the triple jump and placing fourth in the long jump.

National Women's Field Athlete of the Year

Zada Swoopes was named the National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Swoopes, who hails from Whitewright, Texas, won the discus and shot put at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in addition to a fourth-place effort in the hammer. She became the fourth-best performer in meet history thanks to her winning effort of 56.84m (186-6). Swoopes scored 30 points at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championships thanks to a sweep of those aforementioned event titles. She also added yet another all-time top-15 mark to the NCAA DII annals in the shot put during the season.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Kyle Rutledge was named the National Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Rutledge, in his 10th year at Pittsburg State and first as head coach, led the Gorillas to their first national title in program history at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 70 points. Under Rutledge’s direction, the Gorillas had national champions in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400 meters, while 13 different athletes earned First-Team All-America honors. Pittsburg State also won the team title at the MIAA Outdoor Championships with 169 points and posted 14 All-MIAA finishes. Rutledge’s athletes broke seven school records during the outdoor season.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Matt Stewart was named the National Women’s Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Stewart, in his 12th year at West Texas A&M, led the Lady Buffs to a national team title at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 77 points. Under Stewart’s guidance, the Lady Buffs had four national champions and 15 All-Americans. West Texas A&M also won its second team title in a row at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championships behind 10 event champions. The Lady Buffs broke eight school records this year.

National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

Jason Crow was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Crow, in his second year as assistant coach at Pittsburg State, coached the Gorillas sprint/hurdle group to score 38 of the team’s 70 points in winning the team title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes won titles in the 400 meters and 110-meter hurdles and added a runner-up finish in the 4×400 relay, third in the 110H and fifth in the 4×100 relay. His sprint crew scored 55 points at the MIAA Outdoor Championships, helping Pittsburg State to the team title.

National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

Chris Parno was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Parno, in his 10th year as associate head coach at Minnesota State, coached the Mavericks sprint/hurdle group to score 38 of the team’s 57 points in finishing third at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His athletes won three events at the NCAA meet – 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles and 4×100 relay – and accumulated eight First-Team All-America honors. At the NSIC Outdoor Championships, his athletes scored 89 points and set conference records in three events.