Quintana Named USTFCCCA West Region Women's Coach of the Year
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Oregon State women's track and field head coach Louie Quintana was named the West Region Women's Coach of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
Quintana, who is in his fifth year of coaching at Oregon State, coached the distance medley relay team of redshirt junior Kaylee Mitchell, sophomore Adael Scatena, senior Mari Friedman, and redshirt junior Grace Fetherstonhaugh to a fourth-place finish and First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on Mar. 11. The quartet stopped the clock at 10:58.76. Fetherstonhaugh and Mitchell also competed in the 3000 meters on Mar. 12, finishing 9th (9:05.13) and 12th (9:08.58), respectively, to earn Second-Team All-America honors. For the first time since 1984, Oregon State scored at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished 33rd in the team standings, tied with Arizona and Florida State.
At the Pac-12 Invitational, Feb. 25-26, in Seattle, Wash., Mitchell broke nine minutes in the 3000 meters, garnering a first-place finish with an indoor personal-best and Oregon State school record of 8:58.39. Fetherstonhaugh, who placed third in the race, also notched a personal-best with a time of 9:00.87. Mitchell, Scatena, Friedman, and Fetherstonhaugh shattered the previous Oregon State DMR record of 11:24.59 by stopping the clock at 10:57.35 to place second in the race.
The Beavers' outdoor season continues on Saturday as they host the OSU Pacific Northwest Invite at the Whyte Track and Field Center in Corvallis, Ore.