May 21, 2009

 

Courtesy of the USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS – At the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Banquet the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the six National Awards winners for the 2009 outdoor track and field season.

Those honored at the banquet, held on Wednesday evening prior to the start of the championships were: Women’s Track Athlete of the Year – Ashley Puga, Women’s Field Athlete of the Year – Aisha Adams, Women’s Head Coach of the Year – James Reid, Men’s Track Athlete of the Year – Aaron Braun, Men’s Field Athlete of the Year – Joe Kindred, and Men’s Head Coach of the Year – Damon Martin.

 

Two Assistant Coaches (one men’s assistant/one women’s assistant) will be selected on the morning of the final day of competition, Saturday, May 23rd.

 

The USTFCCCA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Athletes and Coaches of the Year

 

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

Ashley Puga – Northwest Nazarene University

Puga has gone undefeated all year in the 1500 meters and has only lost once in the 800 meters. She owns the fastest time in Division II in the 800 meters at 2:05.23 and the second fastest time in the 1500 meters at 4:23.17. In addition, her 800 meter time is the sixth fastest ever recorded in NCAA Division II. Puga set school records in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters this season and also broke the GNAC conference record in the 800 meters.

 

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

Aisha Adams – Angelo State University

Adams heads into the Division II Outdoor National Championships qualified in four events. Two of those events, the high jump and heptathlon, she is ranked first. She is currently ranked second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Adams was instrumental in helping Angelo State win the Lone Star Conference meet scoring 44.5 points.

 

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

 

James Reid – Angelo State University

Reid coached the ASU women’s team to a Lone Star Conference record in points scored (331) in winning the women’s team championship. Angelo State has 23 entries and one relay set for the championship meet.

 

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

James Reid – Angelo State University

Reid coached the ASU women’s team to a Lone Star Conference record in points scored (331) in winning the women’s team championship. Angelo State has 23 entries and one relay set for the championship meet.

 

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

Joe Kindred – Saint Augustine's College

Kindred, a senior from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, is qualified in three events for the Division II Outdoor Championships: the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He has the best high jump mark in Division II at 7’ 5” and is ranked second in the long (24’ 9.75”) and triple jumps (52’ 3.75”). He was the CIAA Conference Champion in all three events and was named the CIAA Men’s Most Valuable Field Event Athlete.

 

MEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

 

Damon Martin – Adams State College

Martin led the Grizzlies to a record sixth-straight RMAC Outdoor title this year, in the process earning RMAC Coach of the Year honors. Martin’s squad has 13 individual entries and two relays set for the national meet.