NCAC Well-Represented in Regional Track Honors
Wabash junior Kevin McCarthy and Oberlin senior Joanna Johnson have been named the 2011 Men's and Women's Great Lakes Region Track Athletes of of the Year by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Wabash's Clyde Morgan will receive the Great Lakes Region Men's Head Coach of the Year Award and Ohio Wesleyan's Matt Wackerly will recieve the Assistant Coach of the Year honor from the USTFCCCA Wednesday night at the awards banquet prior to the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ohio Wesleyan will serve as host to the national meet, to be held this upcoming weekend, May 26-28, at Selby Field and George Gauthier Track.
Athletes of the Year
GREAT LAKES REGION – Kevin McCarthy – Wabash
The Zionsville, Ind., native showed his range this outdoor season by earning NCAA-qualifying marks in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase. McCarthy will focus on the steeplechase at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships, an event in which he ranks third among declared competitors. McCarthy is a junior.
GREAT LAKES REGION – Joanna Johnson – Oberlin
Johnson, a senior from Chico, Calif., will have a busy weekend at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as she will attempt the long-distance double in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events. She broke school records in both events this season, won the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the 5,000 meters, and earned the Division III All-Ohio championship in the 10,000 meters in meet-record fashion.
Coach of the Year
GREAT LAKES REGION – Clyde Morgan – Wabash
Morgan led his team to a North Coast Athletics Conference Championship in scoring a meet record 311½ points which led to NCAC Coach of the Year honors. The Little Giants will be represented by four athletes at the NCAA Championship meet. Wabash had nine NCAC champs and 23 were named All-NCAC. The Little Giants are ranked No. 1 in the region in the final USTFCCCA regional poll. Morgan is a hurdles specialist, leading his hurdlers to a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 110 hurdles at the conference championships.
Assistant Coaches of the Year
GREAT LAKES REGION – Matt Wackerly – Ohio Wesleyan
In his fifth year working with the Ohio Wesleyan distance runners, Wackerly had athletes win two All-Ohio individual championships, two NCAC titles and set one NCAC conference record. With five total qualifying marks, he will have one athlete competing in the 1500 meters and another in the 5,000 meters.