Ames and Venegas Named MONDO West Region Athlete and Coach of the Year

May 27, 2004

The United States Track Coaches Association has announced the 2004 Mondo district athletes and coaches of the year. Senior Dan Ames has received the distinction as the West region male athlete of the year for the second year in a row. Coach Art Venegas was named the West region coach of the year for the second consecutive year.

This season, Ames has been one of the top performers of the West Region. At the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, he became the first athlete ever to win three throwing events at one Championship meet. He won his second consecutive shot put title with a throw of 65-0 (19.81m). Ames threw 210-8 (64.21m) for his first conference hammer title. And, he defended his discus title with a throw of 185-11 (56.67m).

Two weeks ago, Venegas led the Bruins to the 2004 Pac-10 team title. It was UCLA's 17th conference title and the first since 1998. Earlier this year, he was named the Mondo indoor track coach of the year. The outdoor coach of the year honor completes Venegas' back-to-back Mondo indoor and outdoor coach of the year honors.

2004 MONDO District Athletes and Coaches of the Year

-- Athletes --
Great Lakes: Dan Taylor, Ohio State (men) and Briana Shook, Toledo (women)

Mid-Atlantic: Brian Chaput, Pennsylvania (men) and Connie Moore, Penn State(women)

Midwest: Carl Myerscough, Nebraska (men) and Becky Breisch, Nebraska(women)

Mountain: Dathan Ritzenhein, Colorado (men) and Loree Smith, Colorado State(women)

Northeast: Mustafa Abdur-Rahim, Dartmouth (men) and Kim Smith, Providence(women)

South: Maurice Smith, Auburn (men) and Hyleas Fountain, Georgia (women)

Southeast: Tony Allmond, South Carolina (men) and Lashinda Demus, SouthCarolina (women)

South Central: Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (men) and Veronica Campbell,Arkansas (women)

West: Dan Ames, UCLA (men) and Sheena Johnson, UCLA (women)

-- Coaches --
Great Lakes: Wendel McRaven, Kent State (men) and Karen Lutzke, CentralMichigan (women)

Mid-Atlantic: Michael Mulqueen, Rutgers (men) and Alonzo Webb, Pittsburgh(women)

Midwest: Gary Peppin, Nebraska (men) and Steve Rainbolt, Wichita State(women)

Mountain: Mark Robison, BYU (men) and Craig Poole, BYU (women)

Northeast: John Copeland, Rhode Island (men) and Robert Johnson, Brown(women)

South: Mike Holloway, Florida (men) and Amy Deem, Miami (women)

Southeast: Bob Pollock, Clemson (men) and John Weaver, Appalachian State(women)

South Central: John McDonnell, Arkansas (men) and Beverly Kearney, Texas(women)

West: Art Venegas, UCLA (men) and Jeanette Bolden, UCLA (women)

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