Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes and Coaches Earn USTFCCCA Regional Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the winners of its regional awards for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field season on Monday. In the West Region, STANFORD senior Elliott Heath was named Men's Track Athlete of the Year while his assistant coach Jason Dunn earned Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. ARIZONA head coach Fred Harvey received both Men's and Women's Coach of the Year honors and his assistant coach Craig Carter was named Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. OREGON sophomore Jordan Hasay earned Women's Track Co-Athlete of the Year while ARIZONA STATE sophomore Anna Jelmini was named Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
West Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year
Elliott Heath, Sr., Stanford
Heath enters this weekend's Final Championships Competition with the fastest time on the season in the 5,000 meters and the thirteenth-fastest time in the 10,000 meters. A senior from Winona, Minn., Heath scored in both events at the recent Pacific-10 Conference Championships. His season-best time of 13:26.14 in the 5,000 meters is less than two seconds shy of the all-time top 10 performance list for American collegians in the event.
West Region Men's Coach of the Year
Fred Harvey, Arizona
Harvey helped guide the Wildcat men to a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Arizona had 15 men qualified to compete at NCAA West Prelims with eight advancing to finals. The Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally heading into final rounds of NCAAs and finished the season ranked third regionally.
West Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year
Jason Dunn, Stanford
Dunn has four athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10K, two in the 5K, and two in the steeplechase. Those eight qualifying marks are the most distance entries of any program. His distance runners helped Stanford to a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships by scoring 51 points. As a team, Stanford is currently ranked 11th in the country.
West Region Women's Track Co-Athlete of the Year
Jordan Hasay, So., Stanford
Hasay won 2011 Pac-10 Conference titles in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters, and she will challenge for NCAA titles in both events this week. She has the fastest time of the season in the 1,500 meters at 4:10.28 and the second-fastest time of the season in the 5,000 meters. Her 1,500-meter time ranks tenth all-time among American collegiate performers. Hasay is a sophomore from Arroyo Grande, Calif.
West Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year
Anna Jelmini, RS Fr., Arizona State
Jelmini, a freshman from Bakersfield, Calif., qualified for the NCAA's final in both the shot put and discus and enters the meet as the No. 1 seed in the discus, having claimed a season's best of 198-7 (60.54m). Jelmini was the Pac-10 Champion in the discus and finished fourth in the league meet in the shot put. Jelmini, undefeated to collegiate competition this season in the discus, is the only in the collegiate ranks to toss the disc over 60 meters and has done so five times this outdoor season.
West Region Women's Coach of the Year
Fred Harvey, Arizona
Harvey took Arizona women up to being a top-10 power, peaking at No. 5 this season. The team finished just four and a half points shy of winning the Pac-10 title, finishing with 150 points. Harvey had women qualify in 17 of 20 events at NCAA West prelims (total of 23 women), eight of which and one relay advanced to NCAA's finals. Harvey is personally responsible for coaching LaTisha Holden to her first NCAA Championship finals of her career as a senior in the 100-meter hurdles.
West Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year
Craig Carter, Arizona
Carter's throwers tallied 63 of Arizona's 150 team points in a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships, with athletes finishing 1-2-3-5-6 in the shot put and 2-3-4-6 in the discus. In his fifth season with the Wildcats, Carter has three woman qualified for the shot put finals and one in the discus. As a team, Arizona is currently ranked ninth in the nation.