NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the eight 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.
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Joshua Sealand, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Maya Weigel, Pomona-Pitzer
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Vaiva Palunas, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Women's Coach of the Year: Glenn Stewart, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Men's Assistant Coach of the Year: Tyler Yamaguchi, Occidental
Women's Assistant Coach of the Year: Robert Ramsey, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Sealand, a senior, is ranked 5th nationally at 800 meters with a time of 1:49.90. He is also ranked 9th nationally in the 1500 with a time of 3:49.94
Weigel, a senior from Los Altos, California, owned the top 5000-meter time on the season at 16:28.94. Additionally, her regional-leading time of 4:22.83 in the 1500 meters is good for the 10th-best mark in NCAA Division III collegiate outdoor history. That time puts her in 2nd place on this year’s Descending Order List.
Palunas, a senior from Seattle, Washington, successfully defended her shot put and discus throw titles while adding the hammer title to her trophy case at the 2017 SCIAC Championships. Her top mark of 49.31m (161-9) in the discus ranked her 3rd nationally, while her hammer throw mark of 556.83m (186-5) sat at 5th on the NCAA Division III Descending Order List.
Stewart’s Athenas won the SCIAC crown for the third-straight year this spring. Seven from his team will compete in 11 events at the NCAA Championships and are ranked No. 3 in the nation. He is in his third year with the program.
Yamaguchi, in his 10th year with the program, guided Occidental won event titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay at the SCIAC Championships. As a group, Yamaguchi’s athletes scored 113 total points at the conference championships, where the team posted a 2nd-place finish.
Ramsey, in his 2nd year with the program, has helped the Athens to the top rank in the West Region and the 3rd spot in the National Team Computer Rankings. His prized pupil, Tyra Abraham, hasn’t lost all season at 100 meters against NCAA DIII competition. CMS has 13 athletes ranked in the top-8 regionally in events he coaches.