Three of the 2014 Indoor Heps Most Outstanding Athletes and one Indoor Heps winning coach won Northeast Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards from the USTFCCCA yesterday.
Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won her 6th Regional Athlete of the Year honor due to her three conference titles atIndoor Heps (mile, 5,000m, and 4×800 relay), two new conference records (mile, 3,000m), and three national leading performances (mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m). These strong performances have kept D’Agostino on the 2014 Bowerman Award Watchlist.
Cornell’s Stephen Mozia demolished the conference shot put record at two different events this indoor season. At Indoor Heps, he finally won his first indoor shot put title en route to besting a conference meet mark that was set by a later-Olympic gold medalists. His best throw this season current ranks him second in the NCAA. Mozia competed at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend for Nigeria, finishing 17th in the field.
Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu earned a three-peat in weight throw titles at Indoor Heps. She’s the only athlete in Heps history to have thrown further than 20-meters, and if you did a list of the individual top marks in the history of the weight throw, Ekechukwu would have the 10 furthest throws on that list.
Cornell’s men head coach Nathan Taylor earned his 10th Northeast Regional Coach of the Year for guiding the Big Red to conference victory at Indoor Heps and to a 19th national ranking going into this weekend’s NCAA Championships.