The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional award winners on Monday, June 6 with two BIG EAST athletes and three coaches earning awards. Villanova junior Sheila Reid was named Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year, while West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier earned Mid-Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year. Connecticut head coach Bill Morgan took Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors, while West Virginia head coach Sean Cleary was named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year. Georgetown assistant coach Chris Miltenberg was named Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Reid earns Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year after winning BIG EAST crowns in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters events. She has qualified to compete in both events at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11. Reid’s season-best time of 4:11.85 in the 1,500 meters ranks third nationally entering the championship.
Carrier, the Mid-Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year, holds the second-best score nationally in the heptathlon with 5,927 points. Carrier became the first Mountaineer to win the BIG EAST title in the long jump. In addition to being in the national final of the heptathlon, Carrier advanced to the NCAA Championship in the 100-meter hurdles.
Cleary earns Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after leading the Mountaineers to a school-best second place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, ten points out of first. The staff was named BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year, had five individual conference titles and scored points in 13 of 21 events. The Mountaineers qualified a school-best seven individuals in eight events for NCAA Championships.
Morgan earns Northeast Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship and a second-place finish in the ECAC. Morgan led the Huskies to region-leading performances with the most top-three performances in the region (10); top-ten performances (20); most regional qualifiers (11); and most national qualifiers from the region (4). UConn finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Northeast Region.
Miltenberg was named Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year. All five of Georgetown’s final round qualifiers fall under the tutelage of Miltenberg – three in the 1,500m (the most of any program), one in the 5,000m and one in the 800m. The second-year coach saw athletes win the Penn Relays DMR and finish runner-up in the 4x800m and 4x1500 relays.