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Ivy League Well Represented On USTFCCCA Region Awards

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Story courtesy of the USTFCCCA.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday the association’s Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. The Ivy League was well-represented, as four student-athletes players and four coaches received awards.

Voted on by the nation’s coaches, many of these athletes and coaches will participate in this upcoming weekend’s final site of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9. NCAA.com and ESPN3.com will carry live coverage starting Wednesday. ESPNU will air live coverage on Saturday, June 9, starting at Noon, eastern.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Donn Cabral – Princeton
Cabral set an American-collegiate record in the steeplechase with 8:19.14 at the Oxy High Performance Meet. The senior also anchored his team to victory in the DMR and 4xMile at the Penn Relays and won both the steeple and 10K at the Ivy League Championships. The Glastonbury, Conn., native won his heat at the East Prelims in the steeplechase to enter with the No. 6 seed.

NORTHEAST REGION – Kyle Merber – Columbia
The senior set an American collegiate record in the 1,500 meters with time of 3:35.59 — fastest collegiate time in the nation, second-fastest in the U.S. and 15th-fastest in the world. The Dix Hills, N.Y. native was the Ivy League champion in the 1500 meters and the 4×800 meter relay (setting an Ivy League record with 7:20.53).

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

NORTHEAST REGION – Nick Huber – Cornell
A senior from Leopold, Ind., Huber won the decathlon at the Ivy League “Heps” Championships by besting the meet record by over 400 points with a score of 7,632. Huber also placed at Heps in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles and was an IC4A qualifier in the high jump, pole vault, 110 hurdles, and 400 hurdles. He was named Cornell’s MVP of the season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Fred Samara – Princeton
A fixture as Princeton’s head coach since 1977, Samara led his Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a 31-point victory marking his 13th such championship at the school. Princeton is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region and have advanced six entries to the NCAA Final Rounds. Earlier this season, the Tigers claimed two Penn Relays Champ of America relay events.

NORTHEAST REGION – Nathan Taylor – Cornell
Taylor led Cornell to the top team ranking in the Northeast Region. The Big Red were runner up at the HEPS and IC4A’s and had 18 athletes qualify for the East Preliminary Round with two advancing for the final rounds of the national championships. Cornell had 47 different athletes qualify for the IC4A’s and won 8 events at the HEPS. As a jumps coach, Taylor had seven jumpers at the East Preliminary Rounds covering all four events.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

NORTHEAST REGION – Abbey D’Agostino – Dartmouth
The sophomore sits 12th on the descending order list in the 1500 with a time of 4:16.15 to win the Ivy League Championships in school-record fashion. The Heptagonal Championships Athlete of the Meet also won the 3K in a Meet Record time of 9:24.64. The Topsfield, Mass., native enters the NCAA Finals with the top seed in the 5000 – her school record setting time of 15:23.35.

Women’s Coach of the Year

NORTHEAST REGION – Rich Bowman – Cornell
Bowman now in his 31st season, led Cornell to the Heps title with 158 points, powered by five first team All-Ivy selections four second team All-Ivy selections. The Big Red were ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region throughout the outdoor season, placed third at the outdoor ECAC Championships, and sent an Ivy League-best 13 women to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in eight different events. Thirty five women qualified for the outdoor ECAC Championships. Katie Kellner (10K) and Genna Hartung (Steeple) advanced to the NCAA Final Rounds in Des Moines.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

NORTHEAST REGION – Mark Coogan – Dartmouth
Coogan, Dartmouth distance coach, will have two athletes at the NCAA’s final site. Abbey D’Agostino clocked 15:23 in the 5000 earlier this season as one of the top ten marks in collegiate history. D’Agostino was voted the Most Outstanding Performer at the Ivy League Championships. At the Heps, Coogan’s squad scored 53 of the team’s 89 points.