(NEW ORLEANS) - Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Three Walsh Cavaliers were honored with the awards as Rob Mizicko was named Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year, Marcus Myers was named Men's Field Athlete of the Year, and Sarah Berger was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year for the Midwest Region.
Mizicko, in his sixth year at Walsh, guided the Cavaliers to a G-MAC Championship where his athletes picked up five event titles. Under his guidance, hammer thrower Marcus Myers owned the top hammer throw mark in NCAA Division II this season as well as posting the only Automatic Qualifying Mark in the event this year. His team hit six NCAA Division II Provisional Qualifying Marks on the season.
Myers, a senior from Grelton, Ohio, owned the top hammer throw mark in NCAA Division II this year at 67.12m (220-2) that doubled as the nation's lone Automatic Qualifying Mark in the event. He was the G-MAC Champion in both the hammer throw and the discus throw, earning G-MAC Men's Field Athlete of the Meet honors. His discus mark of 53.16m (174-5) sat 13th, nationally.
Berger, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, is the top qualifier in the 1500 Meters with a time of 4:18.67 and also has top-five qualifying times in the 3000 Steeplechase and the 5000 Meters. She earned Track Athlete of the Meet at the G-MAC Championships after winning both the 1500 Meters and the 3000 Steeplechase, both in championship-record times.
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. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.