Throwers Dominate NCAA Regional Awards Across All Divisions

Excuse me if I have miscounted (there were quite a number of applicants) but 42 throwers garnered regional athlete of the year honors ranging from the 2014 indoor and outdoor season. Throwers have completely dominated the NCAA this season and show a great promise for the future at the international level should they find the support to continue their training. Below is a list of those award winners and their accomplishments. 19 Throws Coaches were also declared coach of the year for their athlete’s accomplishments and are listed below. This is a compilation of awards as presented by the NCAA.

Division 1 Outdoor Regional Athletes of the Year:

GREAT LAKES REGION – Matthias Tayala — Kent State

Tayala, a junior from McDonald, Ohio, broke the 42-year-old hammer throw school record previously held by Olympian Al Schoterman with a heave of 236-7 to rank third in the nation. Headlined by a title in the hammer throw at the Mid-American Conference Championships, he scored 23 points for the Golden Flashes. He will contest the hammer throw at NCAAs.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Corey Crawford – Rutgers

Crawford, a junior from Oakland, N.J., has numerous long jump titles to his credit in 2014, including wins at the Penn Relays and the IC4A Championships. He enters the NCAA Championships final site as the second seed in the long jump after posting the East Prelims’ second-farthest jump at 25-6 (7.77m).

MIDWEST REGION – Nick Miller — Oklahoma State

Miller, a junior from Carlisle, United Kingdom, enters the NCAA Championships final site as the collegiate leader in the hammer throw after winning the Big 12 title with a heave of 244-0 (74.30m). He has surpassed the 70-meter barrier at five different meets and has launched multiple 70-meter-plus marks at several of them – including four times at the Big 12 Championships. Only five other throwers have thrown 70 feet or farther during the 2014 collegiate season.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Kole Weldon — Texas Tech

Weldon, a junior from Jacksboro, Texas, was the High Point Scorer at the Big 12 Championships with 24 points between three runner-up throws finishes en route to leading his Red Raiders to the team title. He broke the Red Raiders’ school record in the shot put with a mark of 64-6½ (19.67m) and will contest the shot put and discus at the NCAA Championships.

NORTHEAST REGION – Stephen Mozia — Cornell

Mozia, a junior from Hackensack, N.J., established himself as one of the nation’s best all-around throwers in 2014. He will compete at the NCAA Championships in both the shot put and the discus, and is one of just two men ranked among the top 10 collegians in both events for 2014. He set a career-best in the discus (206-0/20.38m) and a season’s best in the shot put (66-10½/20.38m).

SOUTH REGION – Ricky Robertson — Mississippi

Robertson, a senior from Hernando, Miss., was named the SEC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year following a regular season that saw him ranked in the top five nationally in both the high jump and the triple jump. He won the SEC high jump title, finished runner-up in the triple jump and was fourth in the long jump to earn the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the high-point scorer at the SEC Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Ryan Crouser — Texas

Crouser, a junior from Boring, Ore., set meet and school records at the Big 12 Championships in the shot put and the discus. He became the first collegiate man since Ryan Whiting of Arizona State in 2010 to surpass 70 feet in the shot put with a winning throw of 70-2¼ (21.39m), and heaved a personal best in the discus of 209-8 (63.90m). He has won 13 consecutive shot put events dating back to 2013. He enters the NCAA Championships as the collegiate leader in the shot put and No. 7 in the discus.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Andrew Evans — Kentucky

Evans, a senior from Portage, Mich., moved to No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list in the discus with a heave of 217-9 (66.37m) to move ahead of defending national champion Julian Wruck of UCLA both on the official all-time list and the 2014 list. He claimed the SEC title in the discus and qualified in the event to the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Nick Ross — Arizona

Ross, a senior from Murrieta, Calif., finished the 2014 regular season undefeated in high jump competition. The collegiate leader at 7-6½ (2.30m), Ross claimed his third Pac-12 title in the event, putting him in company with Dick Fosbury as the only two men to accomplish the feat. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Brooke Pleger — Bowling Green

Pleger, a junior from Saline, Mich., broke the Mid-American Conference Championship record in the hammer throw and now owns each of the top-10 marks in school history. Her personal best of 223-0 (67.97m) at the Toledo Invitational ranked her No. 2 in the nation, and the only meet in which she didn’t finish with the top mark was a runner-up showing at the NCAA West Prelims. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Julia Ratcliffe — Princeton

Ratcliffe, a sophomore from Hamilton, New Zealand, became the No. 5 hammer thrower in collegiate history with an Ivy League-record mark of 230-7 (70.28m) to win the Larry Ellis Invitational. Her undefeated season included wins at the Penn Relays, the IVY League Championships and the ECAC Championships. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

MOUNTAIN REGION – Kayla Kovar — Southern Utah

Kovar, a senior from Ridgecrest, Calif., is one of just three women who qualified to the NCAA Championships final site in three different individual events – the shot put, discus and hammer throw. She won the Big Sky shot put title and finished runner-up in both the hammer and discus throws.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Shelbi Vaughan — Texas A&M

Vaughan, a sophomore from Mansfield, Texas, threw the discus farther than any other collegiate woman in 15 years with a heave of 208-8 to win the SEC Championships. The mark put her at No. 6 on the all-time collegiate list. Her SEC title was among seven meets this season in which she finished undefeated against collegians. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jessica Ramsey — Western Kentucky

Ramsey, a senior from Boynton Beach, Fla., won three different events – the shot put, discus and hammer throw – to score 30 points at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The effort earned her Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet. She is one of just three women to have qualified to the NCAA Championships final site with entries into the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

WEST REGION – Shanieka Thomas — San Diego State

Thomas, a senior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, will look to defend her outdoor triple jump title at the NCAA Championships final site following an undefeated regular season in her signature event. She won the Mountain West title in the triple jump with a leap of 44-9½ (13.65m) and ran a leg of the runner-up 4×100 team. She will contest her signature event at the NCAA Championships after posting the top mark at the West Prelims.

NORTHEAST REGION — Megan Johnson — Cornell

In her fourth year at Cornell as a throws assistant coach, Johnson helped the Big Red to an Ivy League HEPS title. Stephen Mozia set the Ivy League record in the discus this year (206-0/62.80m) and has thrown the shot (66-10½/20.38m). Mozia is qualified in both events for the NCAA finals.

Division 1 Outdoor Regional Coaches of the Year:

SOUTH REGION — Doug Reynolds — Alabama

Reynolds, in his third year as throws coach with the Crimson Tide, will send four male throwers to the NCAA finals. Hayden Reed (discus) and Elias Hakansson (hammer) both finished second at the SEC Championships. Charodd Richardson (hammer) placed sixth at SECs. Reed’s discus mark (63.74m/209-1) at from the league meet ranks No. 8 in the nation, No. 1 by a freshman, and No. 2 in school history. Hakansson is ranked fifth nationally with a school record hammer throw of 71.38m (234-2). Kyle Felpel (19.06m/62-6.5) is the No. 2-ranked freshman in the shot put.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Andrew Ninow — Kentucky

Ninow, in his second year at Kentucky, led Andrew Evans and Raymond Dykstra to SEC championships in the discus and javelin, respectively. Evans’ nation leading throw of 217-9 (66.37m) was the fifth best in NCAA history, and Dykstra’s throw of 250-10 (76.45m) ranks second in the nation and will be the top seed at NCAAs. Ninow also coached Brad Szypka, the Southeast Region’s top shot putter, who has recorded a toss of 65-1½ (19.85m).



MIDWEST REGION — Carrie Lane — Nebraska

Lane, in her third year as throws coach at Nebraska, has led the Huskers to three NCAA finals bids, including two in the shot put. She coached Annie Jackson to a personal-best 55-0 (16.76) in the shot put, Carlie Pinkelman to a personal-best 53-2 ¾ (16.22) in the shot put, and Maggie Malone to a personal-best 181-8 (55.37) in the javelin. Jackson is 15th nationally, Pinkelman is 27th and Malone is seventh. Malone earned the Big Ten title in the javelin and Jackson earned the discus crown as the Husker throwers earned 43 points at the Big Ten Championships.



Division 2 Outdoor Regional Athlete of the Year Awards.

CENTRAL REGION – Christopher Reed, Minnesota State

Reed, a senior from Omaha, Neb., won NSAC Championship titles in the hammer throw, shot put and discus events. His 215-11 (65.81m) hammer throw NSIC record ranked him No. 3 in Division II in that event, while he was No. 4 in the shot put and No. 12 in the discus. He will compete in all three events at NCAAs.

MIDWEST REGION – Justin Welch, Findlay

Welch, a junior from Luckey, Ohio, became the No. 2 hammer thrower in Division II history with a mark of 239-3 (72.93m) at the Toledo Invitational. He owns the top 22 marks of the Division II season with titles at the Penn Relays, GLIAC Championships, Raleigh Relays and All-Ohio Championships. He will throw both the hammer and the discus at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION – Bryce Rauhof, Clayton State

Rauhof, a senior from Peachtree City, Ga., claimed the hammer throw and shot put titles at the Peach Belt Championships en route to earning Field Athlete of the Year honors. He is the No. 1 hammer thrower in the Southeast Region and is No. 2 and No. 7 in the shot put and discus, respectively.

CENTRAL REGION – Sara Wells, Wayne State (Neb.)

Wells, a junior from Albion, Neb., was the NSIC champion in the shot put in meet-record fashion and the discus, in addition to placing eighth in the hammer throw. With a mark of 52-4 (15.95m) in the shot put, she ranks No. 2 in Division II, while also checking in at No. 4 in the discus at 164-0 (49.99m). She will compete in both events at the NCAA Championships.

WEST REGION – Bethany Drake, Western Washington

Drake, a sophomore from Sandy, Ore., has controlled the javelin national descending order list for much of the season, predominantly with a mark of 169-6 (51.66m) at the Puget Sound Shotwell Invitational. The throw moved her up to No. 4 on the all-time Division II list and No. 14 on the all-college list for 2014. She will compete in the event at the NCAA Championships.

Division 2 Outdoor Regional Coach  the Year Awards.

CENTRAL REGION – Brian Mantooth, Pittsburg State

Under the guidance of Coach Mantooth, the throwers scored 62 of Pitt State’s 145 points at the MIAA Championship and were instrumental in the team’s victory. Pitt State qualified three student-athletes in the discus, two in the shot put, and one in the javelin for the upcoming NCAA Championships.

EAST REGION – William “Bill” Sutherland, Southern Connecticut

Sutherland’s throwers dominated the Northeast-10 this season, scoring 93 points to help the SCSU Alpha Owls win their 12th-consecutive crown. Athletes set NE-10 records in both the shot put and hammer for 23rd-year coach Sutherland. The squad qualified two in the hammer, one in the discus, and one in the shot put for the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH REGION – Fatimah Shabazz, Kentucky State

Shabazz, in her third year at Kentucky State as distance and throws coach, led three athletes that broke school records at this year’s SIAC Outdoor Championships. In addition, her event areas scored 65 of the school-record 116 points at the SIAC Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Matt Gersick, Adams State

Coach Gersick, in his third year at Adams State, led his throwers to 71 points at the RMAC Outdoor Championships. Coach Gersick personally coached the RMAC Men’s Outdoor Athlete of the Meet, Wesley Lavong, who set a new RMAC and school record in the shot put. His throw at the RMAC Championships of 64-11½ (19.80m) ranks Lavong No. 1 in the nation in the shot put.

ATLANTIC REGION – Larry Moore, Johnson C. Smith

Moore, in his seventh year with the team as throws assistant, helped the JCSU squad to a CIAA crown and No. 1 Atlantic Region ranking.

CENTRAL REGION – Brett Suckstorf, Wayne State (Neb.)

Athletes coached by Suckstorf, in his fourth year at the school, hit three NCAA automatic qualifying marks and eight NCAA provisional marks this season. His athletes scored 59 of the team’s 60 points at NSIC Championships. Throws account for seven of Wayne State’s entries into the NCAA Championships.

Division 3 Outdoor Regional Athlete of the Year Awards.



ATLANTIC REGION – Patrick Weinert — SUNY Oneonta

Weinert, a junior from Schenevus, N.Y., scored 20 combined points across all four throws events to lead SUNY Oneonta to its first-ever SUNYAC title. He won the hammer throw in meet-record fashion, an event in which he is ranked No. 4 and has either won or finished runner-up in all six of his competitions this season. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Colt Feltes — Wartburg

Feltes, a junior from Delhi, Iowa, was named IIAC Field Athlete of the Year after winning the shot put, discus and hammer throw at the conference meet. He is ranked No. 2 in the shot put, and finished fifth in a mostly Division I field at the Drake Relays. He is also ranked No. 4 in the discus and No. 28 in the hammer throw. He will contest the shot put and discus at NCAAs.

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sean Donnelly — Mount Union

Donnelly, a junior from Willoughby, Ohio, is the nation’s top-ranked Division III shot putter. He won the event at the OAC Championships, along with both the discus and the hammer to earn him Field Athlete of the  Meet. He is ranked No. 9 and No. 20 in the latter two events, and will contest all three at the NCAA Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Tyler Williams — Widener

Williams, a junior from Hanover, Pa., finished the 2014 regular season as Division III’s top-ranked hammer thrower by more than three meets, and the third-ranked DIII competitor in the event’s history, with a throw of 216-5 (65.96m). He finished runner-up at the Penn Relays and won MAC and ECAC titles. He will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

NEW ENGLAND REGION – Sean Enos — Bates

Enos, a junior from Lynnfield, Mass., won two titles at both the NESCAC and New England championship meets. At NESCACs he took the discus and hammer throw titles, while at New Englands he claimed the shot put and hammer events. He is ranked No. 5 in the shot put, No. 9 in the hammer throw and No. 15 in the discus. He will compete in all three at the NCAA Championships.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION – Buck Thompson — UT Tyler

Thompson, a senior from Winona, Texas, is Division III’s top-ranked discus thrower for the 2014 season with a heave of 186-9 (56.94m) for the No. 10 spot on the all-time DIII list. He won both the discus and shot put crowns at the American Southwest Conference Championships to earn Field Athlete of the Year honors. He is also ranked No. 8 in the shot put and will compete for national titles in both events.

MIDWEST REGION – Breanna Strupp — UW-Oshkosh

Strupp, a senior from Slinger, Wis., is the Division III leader in the discus and is ranked No. 2 in DIII in the shot put. She claimed the discus title at the WIAC Championships. She will contest both events at the NCAA Championships.



WEST REGION – Kerry Wright – Whitworth

Wright, a sophomore from Beaverton, Ore., broke the Whitworth javelin school record three times during the course of the 2014 regular season, most recently on the final weekend of the regular season with a Division III-leading 156-7 (47.72m). She also won the NWC title in a meet record and now leads all DIII throwers by more than two-and-a-half feet. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.

Division 3 Outdoor Regional Coach of the Year Awards.

CENTRAL REGION – Melissa Norton – Wartburg

Norton, in her 10th year as Wartburg’s throws coach, led a group that scored over half of the possible points at the conference meet in throwing events. Three of Wartburg’s five team entries in the NCAA meet are in throwing events.

MIDEAST REGION – Nick Price – Widener

Price, throws coach in his eighth year at the school, brought together a group that scored 74 points at the Middle Atlantic Conferences championships. Price also guided hammer throw Tyler Williams to the third-best DIII throw in history.

CENTRAL REGION – Derek Frese — Nebraska Wesleyan

Frese, in his seventh year as throws coach at Nebraska Wesleyan, has qualified two athletes to the NCAA Championships.

Division 1 indoor Regional Athlete of the Year Awards.

Great Lakes Region

Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin

Lihrman, a junior from Rice Lake, Wis., posted a regular season that included both the all-time best weight throw mark by a Division I student-athlete and a Big Ten title in the event. He threw 79-7½ (24.27m) at the Wisconsin Red & White Invitational to break the all-time mark in just one attempt. He would later claim the Big Ten title with a meet-record throw of 78-¼ (23.78m). The Bowerman Watch List member will contest the event at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Midwest Region

Jon Lehman, Minnesota

Lehman, a senior from Coon Rapids, Minn., set the school record in the weight throw with his toss of 75-5 (22.98m), which ranks third among collegians. In all five of his competitions he has thrown at or above 71-11 (21.92m), including a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships with a toss of 74-5 (22.68m). He will compete in the event at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Northeast Region

Stephen Mozia, Cornell

Mozia, a junior from Hackensack, N.J., broke the Ivy League record in the shot put with an Ivy League-title-winning heave of 68-2¼ (20.79m), good for No. 2 among collegians in 2014. On three separate throws he smashed the previous record set by Olympic Gold Medalist, Adam Nelson by more than a meter. He will compete in the shot put at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

South Central Region

Ryan Crouser, Texas

Crouser, a senior from Boring, Ore., posted three of the top four shot put marks in the nation, including a collegiate-leading and school-record 69-8 (21.23m) at the New Mexico Collegiate to equal No. 5 on the 2014 world performers list. Crouser’s toss is the best at a collegiate indoor meet in nearly four years since Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) won the 2010 NCAA title (70-7¼/21.52m). Crouser also won his second Big 12 indoor title. The Bowerman Watch List member will compete in the shot put at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Northeast Region

Adabelle Ekechukwu, Harvard

As the top-ranked weight thrower in the Northeast Region all season long, Ekechukwu, a senior from Oak Brook, Ill., won an Ivy league title in the event with a winning toss of 68-3¼ (20.81m). She is the only woman in conference history to surpass the 20 meter barrier, and holds all of the Top-10 marks in Ivy League in history.

South Central Region

Brea Garrett, Texas A&M

Garrett, a junior from Arlington, Texas, is the collegiate leader and fifth among Americans in the weight throw with a mark of 74-4¼ (22.66). The mark ranks her 10th on the all-time collegiate performers list and seventh among U.S. collegians all-time. Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships to LSU’s Denise Hinton, whom she defeated earlier in the season. She will contest the weight throw at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Division 1 indoor Regional Coach of the Year Awards.

Great Lakes Region

David Astrauskas, Wisconsin

Astrauskas, in his fifth year as throws coach at Wisconsin, led Big Ten champ Michael Lihrman to the all-time Division I best and world-leading weight-throw performance of 79-7½ (24.27m). Danny Block was the Big Ten’s runner-up with the shot as well as the Armory Collegiate Invite and Tyson Invitational champion. Along with Lihrman and Block, Astrauskas aids NCAA-qualified heptathletes Japheth Cato and Zach Ziemek.

Northeast Region

James Garnham, Buffalo

Garnham, the Bulls throws coach in his 14th season, led NCAA qualifier Jonathan Jones to the Mid-American Conference title and league record with a top-ten national performance of 65-5½ (19.95m). Weight thrower Evan Palmer just missed an NCAA bid, but took the MAC title with a school record toss of 68-7¼ (20.91m).

Great Lakes Region

Nathan Fanger, Kent State

Fanger, in his 12th year at Kent State, led his throws to 29 points at the MAC Championships. The Golden Flashes took 1-3-4 in the shot put for 21 points at the championships along with a runner-up showing in the weight throw. Fanger has three entered in the NCAA Championships, including two in the shot put.

Division 2 indoor Regional Athlete of the Year Awards.

Central Region

Chris Reed, Minnesota State

Reed, a senior from Omaha, Neb., smashed the indoor Division II shot put record with a mark of 65-10¼ (20.07m) for the No. 6 spot on the 2014 all-college performers list. His weight throw of 67-7½ (20.61m) is ranked fourth in Division II. He won both the shot put and the weight throw at the NSIC Championships. His shot put mark makes him the top qualifier to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships by more than three feet, and he will also contest the weight throw.

Midwest Region



Justin Welch, Findlay



Welch, a junior from Luckey, Ohio, is the Division II leader in the weight throw with two separate marks of 72-2¼ (22.00m), ranking him third on the all-time Division II performers list and No. 6 on the 2014 all-college list. That mark was achieved both in a win at the Oiler Opener and a third-place showing during the elite competition at the Findlay Open. He finished runner-up at the GLIAC Championships in the weight throw, and notched a sixth-place finish at the USATF Indoor Championships. He will contest the weight throw at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

West Region

Frank Catelli, Western Washington

Catelli, a sophomore from Sequim, Wash., is the nation’s No. 9 shot putter at 57-5½ (17.51m) with a winning effort at the Washington Indoor Open. He improved his personal indoor best from a year ago by nearly 1½ meters, and finished runner-up at the GNAC Indoor Championships. Catelli will contest the shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

East Region

Tiffany Okieme, Georgian Court

Okieme, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., enters the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships as the top shot putter in Division II at 53-7¾ (16.35m), and is No. 3 in the weight throw (63-10½/19.47m). She has won seven of her eight shot put finals this year and five of her eight weight throw finals, including titles in both at the ECC Indoor Championships. She will contest both events at nationals.

Midwest Region

Jessica Bridenthal, Ashland

Bridenthal, a junior from Akron, Ohio, is the top-ranked weight thrower in Division II at 67-8¼ (20.63m) and the No. 3 thrower in the shot put (50-7¼/15.42m). At the GLIAC Championships she won the weight throw title and finished runner-up in the shot put. She has thrown 67 feet or farther in the weight throw on three different occasions in 2014. Bridenthal will compete in both the weight throw and the shot put at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Division 2 indoor Regional Coach of the Year Awards.

Central Region

Todd Dejong – Minnesota State

Dejong, in his first year as throws coach for the No. 5 Mavericks, brings Chris Reed to the NCAA Championships as the DII leader in the shot put and top-four ranked performer in the weight throw. Reed’s season best of 65-10¼ (20.07m) in the shot put in the all-time best by a Division II athlete and is among the nation’s top six in all divisions.

East Region

William “Bill” Sutherland – Southern Connecticut

Sutherland, the throws coach at SCSU in his 23rd year, helped the Alpha Owls to a Northeast-10 and All-New England title. At the league meet, Sutherland’s throwers scored 29 points in the shot put and another 21 in the weight throw. At the New England Championships his throwers scored 16 in the shot put, adding nine in the weight. Shot putter Michael Cameron and weight-thrower Tresley Dupont are among the squad’s entries leading into the NCAA Championships.

Central Region

Brett Suckstorf – Wayne State (Neb.)

Suckstorf is in his fourth year with Wayne State qualified five throwers to the NCAA Championships, coaching six throwers to provisional marks in the weight throw and three throwers in the shot put. At the NSIC conference meet, Suckstorf’s athletes placed 1-2-3 in the shot put and 1-2-5-8 in the weight throw to account for a total of 47 points for the team.

Division 3 indoor Regional Athlete of the Year Awards.

ATLANTIC REGION – J.D. Roth – SUNY Oneonta

Roth, a junior from Pearl River, N.Y., is ranked No. 6 among Division III competitors in the weight throw and No. 7 in the weight throw. He claimed the SUNYAC title in the weight throw and was the runner-up at the ECAC meet, and finished third at both meets in the shot put. He will contest both events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

CENTRAL REGION – Colt Feltes – Wartburg

Feltes, a junior from Delhi, Iowa, is the top Division III shot putter of the 2014 regular season and is ranked No. 7 in the weight throw. He claimed both events at the IIAC Championships en route to helping to lead his team to the overall title. Feltes will compete in both throws events at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships

GREAT LAKES REGION – Sean Donnelly – Mount Union

Donnelly, a junior from Willoughby, Ohio, is the Division III leader in the weight throw with a mark of 68-5 (20.85m), which ranks him as the No. 2 thrower in DIII history, and is also No. 3 in 2014 in the shot put. He won both All-Ohio and OAC titles in both events. Both events are on Donnelly’s schedule at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

MIDEAST REGION – Nick Price – Widener

Price, in his tenth year as throws coach at Widener, guided two in the weight throw and one in the shot put to the NCAA Championships. At the MAC Championships, Widener claimed five of the top six spots in the weight throw and four of the top six in the shot put. Three of the weight throwers topped the previous conference record.

CENTRAL REGION – Kayla Hemann – Wartburg

Hemann, a junior from Stacyville, Iowa, finished 2014 at No. 2 among Division III competitors in the shot put after spending much of it as the Division III leader, and No. 7 in the weight throw. She convincingly won both throws titles at the IIAC Indoor Championships. Both events are on her schedule at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Division 3 indoor Regional Coach of the Year Awards.

ATLANTIC REGION – Eric Flores – RPI

Flores, in his first year as throws coach at RPI, led two to NCAA bids in the weight throw with top-ten marks in the division. The same pair went 1-2 in the event at the Liberty League and NYSCTC Championships and 2-3 in the ECAC meet.