Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the eight regions honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes, and the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
The Midwest Regional winner for Men’s Field Athlete of the Year was Alex Hill, a sophomore at Ashland University. Alex is an alumnus of Madison High School and is currently is ranked first nationally in the weight throw with a mark of 22.49m (73-9¼), which is the third best mark in NCAA DII history.
Alex is undefeated against collegiate competition and helped the Eagles earn the No. 1 USTFCCCA Squad Ranking in the event across all divisions. He is the first Men’s Midwest Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year at Ashland for over five years.
During the previous season, Alex was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Men’s Field Freshman of the Meet, 2017. He was on the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Excellence Team with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50-4.00, and one the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00-3.49.
Sources: US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Ashland University