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June 10, 2014

Seven Ivies Take Home USTFCCCA Regional Awards

USTFCCCA Regional Awards Release

Portions of this story courtesy of USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS -- The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its Regional awards for the 2013-14 season, with seven Ivies taking home honors.

On the women’s side, the Ivy League Most Outstanding Performers each earned Athlete of the Year in their respective region, as Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino was named Northeast Track Athlete of the Year and Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe took home Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year. Harvard head coach Jason Saretsky was named Women’s Coach of the Year and Big Green head cross country coach Mark Coogan received Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

For the men, Cornell took home three awards in the Northeast Region, as junior Stephen Mozia, head coach Nathan Taylor and throwing coach Megan Johnson earned Athlete, Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

USTFCCCA 2013-14 Regional Awards
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION – Abbey D’Agostino — Dartmouth
D’Agostino, a senior from Topsfield, Mass., was the Ivy League Championships Outstanding Performer after becoming the first woman to claim victories at 3000, 5000 and 10,000 meters at the same championship meet or even in a career. She anchored her Dartmouth 4×1500 squad at the Penn Relays with a meet-best 4:08 split. She will look to win her third straight title at 5000 meters at the NCAA Championships.
 
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Julia Ratcliffe — Princeton
Ratcliffe, a sophomore from Hamilton, New Zealand, became the No. 5 hammer thrower in collegiate history with an Ivy League-record mark of 230-7 (70.28m) to win the Larry Ellis Invitational. Her undefeated season included wins at the Penn Relays, the IVY League Championships and the ECAC Championships. She will contest the event at the NCAA Championships.
 
WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION — Jason Saretsky — Harvard
The Harvard women, led by eighth-year coach Saretsky, won the Ivy League title for the first time since 1990 and scored the ninth-most points in conference history. The Crimson also had 13 All-Ivy selections, including four athletes and one relay squad on the first team. The Crimson is sending a program-record four women to the NCAA finals from the school-record 16 sent to the NCAA prelims. Harvard women set nine school records in NCAA events during the 2014 season.
 
WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION — Mark Coogan — Dartmouth
Coogan, in his fourth year as Dartmouth distance coach, has two athletes headed to the NCAA finals in the 5000 meters — Abbey D’Agostino and Dana Giordano — and had four entries in the NCAA prelims. The duo of D’Agostino and Giordano earned Heps titles in the 1500, 3K, 5K and 10K, while Sarah Delozier was second in the steeplechase at the league meet. His group accounted for 57 of second-place Dartmouth’s 149 points at the Ivy meet.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION – Stephen Mozia — Cornell
Mozia, a junior from Hackensack, N.J., established himself as one of the nation’s best all-around throwers in 2014. He will compete at the NCAA Championships in both the shot put and the discus, and is one of just two men ranked among the top 10 collegians in both events for 2014. He set a career-best in the discus (206-0/20.38m) and a season’s best in the shot put (66-10½/20.38m).

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION — Nathan Taylor — Cornell
Taylor led the Cornell team to the top of the final USTFCCCA Northeast Region index for the seventh consecutive year. In addition to winning the HEPS championship over a very strong Princeton team, they qualified both relays and 16 individual men to the NCAA preliminaries in 14 events. Ivy League Record holders Montez Blair, Stephen Mozia, and Max Hairston qualified for the NCAA finals in Eugene. Taylor is in his 15th year at the school.

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST REGION — Megan Johnson — Cornell
In her fourth year at Cornell as a throws assistant coach, Johnson helped the Big Red to an Ivy League HEPS title. Stephen Mozia set the Ivy League record in the discus this year (206-0/62.80m) and has thrown the shot (66-10½/20.38m). Mozia is qualified in both events for the NCAA finals.