Smith Named Pac-10 Men's Track Coach of the Year

June 7, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - On Friday, the Pacific-10 Conference announced that University of Oregon men's track and field head coach Martin Smith was named Conference Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year for 2002.

It was the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for the fourth-year Duck mentor who guided the Men of Oregon to a second-place conference finish (125 points) and a league-high five individual titles and three runner-up honors.

At the national level in 2002, the Duck men's squad scored ninth(15 points) in the NCAA Indoor Championships with three All-America honors among its four entries, and outdoors followed with a 35th-place NCAA team finish (seven points), and two All-America honors among its seven individual entries. The Duck men also ranked ninth in the U.S. Track Coaches Association dual power rankings outdoors in 2002 (www.team-power.org).

Under Smith's guidance last fall, the men's harriers added 13th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships with three top-100 individual placers, after third-place conference and regional finishes.

Among previous coaching accolades, Smith was a two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year at Wisconsin, and twice was the NCAA Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year at Virginia.

On the women's side, UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year after the Bruins recently won the conference title and runner-up NCAA outdoor honors.

Among athletes, Anson Henry of Washington State was named the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, and Lena Nilsson of UCLA won the women's honor. USC's Julien Kapek was tabbed as the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year, and UCLA's Monique Henderson claimed the women's honor.

The honors were decided by a vote of the Conference's track and field coaches.

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