Lauren Centrowitz Named Women's West Region Track Athlete Of The Year
March 12, 2009
New Orleans - The Stanford track and field teams collected four regional honors as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday. The Cardinal were represented by four of the eight men's and women's indoor track and field west regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2009 indoor track and field season.
Lauren Centrowitz was honored as the West Regional women's Track Athlete of the Year. In addition Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, Edrick Floreal was honored as the women's West Region Head Coach of the Year. Assistant coach for distances, Jason Dunn was honored as both the men's and women's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
WEST REGION WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Centrowitz recorded a pair of NCAA auto standards in the mile (4:37.07) and the 3,000 meters (9:10.99) in 2009, and is a member of the distance medley relay team that recorded an NCAA auto time (11:07.53). She helped lead Stanford to the MPSF title with an individual title in the mile (4:39.00).
WEST REGION WOMEN'S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR
Floreal led the Stanford women who won the MPSF Championships with 115 points. The Cardinal had athletes picking up conference titles in the mile, the 3k, the 5k, and the triple jump. Stanford scored points in 15 of the 17 championship events. Stanford has 18 provisional/automatic marks and one relay on the NCAA performance list.
WEST REGION WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Dunn helped Stanford to a MPSF title in his first season overseeing the Stanford distance runners. He coached Stanford runners to individual MPSF titles in the mile (Lauren Centrowitz), the 3,000 meters (Laurynne Chetelat) and the 5,000 meters (Kate Niehaus). He also led a group of distance runners that have totaled six NCAA auto times and six provisional times from 800 through 5,000 meters and the distance medley relay this season.
WEST REGION MEN'S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Handling primarily the distance events, Dunn's first season as a Stanford indoor track and field assistant coach has been a successful one. Elliott Heath and Chris Derrick occupy two of the top three freshman spots on the national performance list for the 3,000 meters. In addition, Chris Derrick achieved the fastest time in the country for a freshman in the 5,000 meters.