Regional Award Winners For 2018 NJCAA DI Outdoor Season

Regional Award Winners For 2018 NJCAA DI Outdoor Season

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NEW ORLEANS — Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the five regions honored both genders' top track athletes and field athletes, and the top men's and women's head coaches and assistant coaches.

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 athletes and coaches starred at the 2018 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in El Dorado, Kansas.

 

MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his ninth year at Iowa Central, led the Tritons to the No. 1 rank in the Midwest Region and the No. 4 rank nationally. Iowa Central qualified 29 entries for the NJCAA meet. The Tritons rolled to the Region XI team title as they had 12 event champions.

 

 

MEN'S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Justin Anderson – Iowa Central CC

Anderson, in his first year at Iowa Central coaching the sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps, tutored two men who won three combined Region XI titles. Thomas Zor was the individual champion in the 400 hurdles, while Phemelo Matlhabe swept the 200 and 400. The Tritons' 4×400 relay team also captured region glory.

 

 

WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Adva Cohen – Iowa Central CC

Cohen, a freshman from Jerusalem, Israel, leads NJCAA Division I in the 1500 Meters, Steeplechase, and 5000 Meters. Her top marks of 9:52.37 in the Steeplechase and 16:07.03 in the 5000 Meters also broke the Israeli national records in both events. She won Region XI titles in the 1500 Meters, 5000 Meters, and as a member of Iowa Central's 4×800 Relay.

 

 

WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Payton Roberts – Iowa Central CC

Roberts, a sophomore from Newton, Kansas, won Region XI Championships in both the shot put and discus and finished fourth in the hammer to earn 25 points in the throwing events. Her top effort of 14.92m (48-11½) in the shot put ranks fifth nationally in the event.

 

WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Denny Myers – Iowa Central CC

Myers, in his ninth year at Iowa Central, led the Tritons to the No. 1 rank in the Midwest Region and the No. 3 rank nationally. Iowa Central will send 40 qualifiers to the NJCAA meet after cruising to a win at the Region XI Championships.

 

 

WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

 

MIDWEST REGION – Jordan Burkholder – Iowa Central CC

Burkholder, in his first year at Iowa Central coaching the throwers, tutored athletes who won three of the four throwing events at the Region XI Championships. His top-ranked athlete is Kirsten Leisinger in the hammer (fourth), followed by Payton Roberts in the shot put (fifth).