Parts of this release courtesy of Tom Lewis, U.S.
Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association,
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the organization’s region athletes and coaches of the year for the 2013 NCAA Division II indoor track & field season on Friday. Many of the athletes and coaches will be on hand for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships set for next weekend, March 7-9, in Birmingham, Ala.
Ashland University sophomore Drew Windle (New Albany, Ohio) and Lake Erie College sophomore Joseph Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y.) have been chosen as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's Midwest Region Indoor Track & Field "Athletes of the Year."
Windle won the GLIAC title in the 800 meters, running the DII-leading time of 1:48.82. The time also ranks in the division’s all-time indoor top five under all-conditions. Windle is entered in the 800 and as a member of Ashland’s DMR for the NCAA Championships.
Postwaite owns the second-best performance in DII this year in the triple jump with a best of 51-2¾ (15.61m). The GLIAC champion in the triple jump also claimed conference scoring honors in the long jump, finishing sixth, and in the high jump, placing seventh.
Maag, the throws coach at Grand Valley State in his second year, has a nation-leading six men’s NCAA entries in the shot put and weight throw combined. At GLIAC Championship, his athletes accounted for 26 team points helping GVSU win their 13th title in 14 years. Freshman Darien Thorton was named GLIAC Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year. He owns the longest weight throw mark by a freshman in DII history.