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March 7, 2011

Quartet of Ivy Indoor Track & Field Coaches Honored by USTFCCCA

Complete USTFCCCA Release

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton's Fred Samara, Peter Farrell and Steve Dolan and Columbia's Gavin O'Neal were all honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as Region Coaches and Assistant Coaches of the Year, the orgainization announced Monday.

MEN'S MID-ATLANTIC REGION HEAD COACH – Fred Samara – Princeton

The Princeton men gave Samara a memorable 33rd year by winning the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championship with a record 215 points. In addition to winning 13 out of 18 events, the Tigers set four meet records (PV, 800, 1,000 and 4×4 Relay). During the season Princeton defeated Patriot League Champion Navy in a dual meet and Big East Champion Connecticut at the Armory II Meet. His team is ranked No. 2 in the region.

MEN'S MID-ATLANTIC REGION ASSISTANT COACH – Steve Dolan – Princeton

Dolan’s distance runners won every event longer than 400 meters and totaled 96 points to lead Princeton to the Heps title. Donn Cabral was named Heps MVP after winning the 3K and 5K at the Championships. The seven-year veteran is part of a staff currently ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic region.

MEN'S MID-ATLANTIC REGION HEAD COACH – Pete Farrell – Princeton

The Princeton women gave Farrell a memorable 33rd year by winning the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championship. Fourteen Tigers earned ECAC qualifying marks and own 19 top-10 marks in the Mid-Atlantic region. Farrell has his women sitting number two in the region.

WOMEN'S NORTHEAST REGION ASSISTANT COACH– Gavin O’Neal – Columbia

O’Neal led the Columbia women to their best showing at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships, as the Lions finished second, with the highest point total in program history. His sprint, jumps and hurdles corps set two championship meet records, two conference records, notched six individual championships and one relay championship title. He has coached four athletes to top 25 rankings, including Hale, who is an NCAA qualifier in the 400m and holds the Ivy League record in the 200m.