ASU Track & Field's Kraft, Stevens, Hastings Selected as Region's Best

March 6, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - The United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional award winners for the 2007 indoor track & field season Tuesday with members of the Arizona State University women's program sweeping the three awards in the West Region. All regional honorees are now eligible for national honors that will be voted upon following the NCAA meet this weekend.

Greg Kraft, the program's 11th-year head coach, was selected as the Women's Coach of the Year while Amy Hastings (Women's Track Athlete of the Year) and Sarah Stevens (Women's Field Athlete of the Year) were honored in the athlete categories. The awards for the athletes are their first from the Association while Kraft earned his second coaching accolade after receiving recognition as the 2006 USTFCCCA West District Women's Coach of the Year for outdoor track & field.

Kraft has guided his women's program to the top of the national rankings as the Sun Devils have been ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA and Trackwire Top 20 rankings all season. The team is coming off an academic year that saw ASU on the team podium in all three major championships, including a third place finish by the indoor track & field squad and fourth-place showings by both the cross country and outdoor track & field teams last year. Kraft's roster for the NCAA Championships this weekend boasts 10 women (second-most in the meet) with three women ranked first in their respective events, the most of any school in the meet.

Hastings, one of six women to qualify for the national meet in both the 3,000m and 5,000m runs this weekend, was selected for the regional honor after turning in another impressive season. On February 10, Hastings competed in the 5,000m run at the Husky Classic in Seattle and clocked a time of 15:30.17 to break the American collegiate record of 15:34.5 run by Margaret Groos of Virginia 26 years ago (1981). The defending national champion in the 5,000m run, Hastings is a seven-time All-American for the Sun Devils and ranks sixth in the world so far this season in the event.

Stevens has also had an equally impressive winter as she is one of four women to qualify in both throw events this weekend in Fayetteville. The sophomore holds the top mark in the nation in the shot put (17.86m) while also tying for the third-best mark in the weight throw (21.16m). The MPSF Indoor Champion in both events, Stevens currently ranks ninth in the world in the weight throw and 17th in the shot put. The third-place finisher in the shot put last year at the indoor national meet, Stevens is a two-time All-American in the shot put after placing fourth in the outdoor championships last year.

The Sun Devils will send 10 women and four men to compete at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday and Saturday.

2007 USTFCCCA Regional Award Winners
All award winners are now candidates for national honors
WEST REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Greg Metcalf, University of Washington
Women's Coach of the Year: Greg Kraft, Arizona State University
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Norris Frederick, University of Washington
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Sarah Stevens, Arizona State University
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Russell Brown, Stanford University
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Amy Hastings, Arizona State University

GREAT LAKES REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Ed Nuttycombe, University of Wisconsin
Women's Coach of the Year: James Henry, University of Michigan
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Scott Mayle, Ohio University
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Kristina Bolterstein, Miami University (Ohio)
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Chris Solinsky, University of Wisconsin
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Nicole Edwards, University of Michigan

MID-ATLANTIC REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Fred Samara, Princeton University
Women's Coach of the Year: Kevin Donner, Bucknell
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Ryan Fritz, Penn State
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Gayle Hunter, Penn State
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Sam Bair, Pittsburgh
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Frances Koons, Villanova

MIDWEST REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, University of Northern Iowa
Women's Coach of the Year: Matt Bingle, University of Minnesota
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Raven Cepeda, University of Northern Iowa
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Brittany Riley, Southern Illinois University
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Aaron Buzard, Minnesota
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Kineke Alexander, University of Iowa

MOUNTAIN REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Mark Robison, Brigham Young University
Women's Coach of the Year: Craig Poole, Brigham Young University
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Mikael Hanany, UTEP
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Ellie Rudy, Montana State
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Lopez Lomong, Northern Arizona
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech

NORTHEAST REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Nathan Taylor, Cornell University
Women's Coach of the Year: Bill Morgan, University of Connecticut
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Muhammad Halim, Cornell University
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Sarah Wilfred, Cornell University
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: David Proctor, Boston University
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Morgan Uceny, Cornell University

SOUTH REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Bob Braman, Florida State University
Women's Coach of the Year: J.J. Clark, University of Tennessee
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Cory Martin, Auburn University
Women's Co-Field Athletes of the Year: Britney Reese, University of Mississippi, and Patricia Sylvester, University of Georgia
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Rubin Williams, University of Tennessee
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Kerron Stewart, Auburn University

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Bubba Thornton, University of Texas
Women's Coach of the Year: Pat Henry, Texas A&M
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Andra Manson, University of Texas
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Destinee Hooker, University of Texas
Men's Co-Track Athletes of the Year: Leo Manzano, University of Texas, and Reggie Witherspoon, Baylor University
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Jessica Ohanaja, Louisiana State University

SOUTHEAST REGION
Men's Coach of the Year: Bob Pollack, Clemson University
Women's Coach of the Year: Dave Cianelli, Virginia Tech
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Tone Belt, University of Louisville
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Yvette Lewis, Hampton University
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Jacoby Ford, Clemson University
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Natasha Hastings, University of South Carolina

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