Tritons honored with post season awards

Tritons honored with post season awards

The Iowa Central Track and Field have received many post-season awards for their successful seasons.  Iowa Central's Florance Uwajeneza was named ICCAC Female Athlete of the Year for the 2018-19 Outdoor Track and Field season. Uwajeneza ranked among the top in a handful of events including first in the 1500m, third in the 5k and second in the 10k. She proved to be one of the top runners in the conference. She finished first in the Women's 800 meters with a time of 2:17.76, only three seconds below the NJCAA 800m record.

Coach Nigel Bigbee was named the 2019 ICCAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Bigbee won another Region XI title with the Tritons in his first season. He is no stranger to success. Prior to this season, with a laundry list of accomplishments as a coach, before Iowa Central, he coached 41 National Champions, two-time National Assistant Coach of the Year, and a four-time Regional Assistant Coach of the Year at Western Kentucky. 

For the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Awards, Tyler Lienau won the Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Lienau, a sophomore from Jesup, Iowa, is currently ranked in the top-5 nationally in two different throwing events. He is ranked second nationally in the discus at 55.20m (181-1) and fifth nationally in the hammer at 57.14m (187-6). Lienau won regional titles in each event.

Coach Bigbee was also named the Men's Regional Coach of the Year.  Bigbee, in his first year as head coach at Iowa Central, led the team to the Region XI Championship with individual event winners in 14 events. Under Bigbee's leadership, the Tritons rank first in the Midwest Region and second overall nationally.

Coach Justin Anderson was named the Regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.  Anderson, in his second year with Iowa Central CC, coached his group of athletes to four national qualifiers in both the 100 and 200 events to go with having the fifth-ranked 4×100 unit. He helped standout Courtney Lindsey who nationally ranks No. 2 in the 200 and No. 6 in the 100 along with Phemelo Matlhabe who is No. 4 in the 400m and No. 8 in the 200m.

Winrose Chesang was named the Regional Track Athlete of the Year.  Chesang, a sophomore from Kenya, is currently ranked in the top-3 nationally in two different events. She is ranked first nationally in the 5000 at 16:33.35 and third nationally in the 10,000 at 36:03.85. She is a national qualifier in the 800 and 1500 as well.

Lea Grady was named the Regional Field Athlete of the Year.  Grady, a freshman from Davenport, Iowa, is currently ranked in the top-5 nationally in three different throwing events. She is fourth nationally in both the discus (48.99m/160-9) and shot put (15.26m/50-0¾) as well as fifth nationally in the hammer at 49.39m (162-1).

Jordan Burkholder was named the Regional Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.  Burkholder, in his second year with the school, had three athletes in the top-13 of the hammer, two in the top-10 in discus and three in the top-14 for the shot this season. Standouts included Leah Grady (fourth nationally in the discus and shot and fifth in the hammer) and Maddie Schmoker (sixth in the hammer and 11th in the shot).