Three athletes and two coaches received regional recognition from USTFCCCA today for their accomplishments so far this indoor season.
For the men, Cornell’s Montez Blair and Princeton’s Damon McLean (see right) earned Field Athlete of the Year for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, respectively. Blair cleared the second highest mark in Indoor Ivy history earlier this year, 7-5 1/4, a performance that ranks him tied for 4th nationally and is sending him on his second trip to indoor nationals this upcoming weekend. Blair earned his first Ivy League title two weekends ago by clearing 7-1. McLean earned two Indoor Heps titles this season, winning both the long and triple jumps (24-9 1/4 and 52-3 1/4, respectively) en route to sharing the Field MVP. McLean’s winning triple jump leap is not only a new indoor personal best, but it is also the 4th best indoor performance in Ivy history and ranks him tied for 14th nationally. McLean will be going to indoor nationals for the first time.
For the women, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino earned the Track Athlete of the Year for the Northeast region. After setting three Ivy League records (1,000m, mile, and 3,000m), earning the Track MVP award at this past Indoor Heps, and being in the top-6 nationally in 3 events (mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m), it is pretty easy to see how she earned this honor. The question is: which event will D’Agostino focus on at nationals?
The head coaches of the conference championship teams earned the honors of Coaches of the Year for the Northeast Region. Cornell head coach Nathan Taylor was recognizes for the men’s honor as Cornell won their 6th title in 10 years by a single point. This is Coach Taylor’s 8th honor as Regional Coach of the Year while at Cornell. Harvard head coach Jason Saretsky earned his first regional coaching honor as Harvard women won their first team title in 13 years.