May 22, 2018—Head coach Jay Phillips and his assistant coaches were named the Northeast Conference men's outdoor track and field Coaching Staff of the Year, announced today by the conference office. In addition, the league officially announced the Outdoor Track and Field All-NEC award winners and the All-Rookie Team.
First place finishers from the NEC Championship meet earn First Team All-NEC honors while the second-place finishers are named Second Team All-NEC. The highest finishing rookie eligible athlete in each event earns a spot on the All-Rookie team.
The Mountaineers had six individuals and a pair of relay teams earn First Team All-NEC honors. On the men's side, D.J. Workcuff (long jump), Sean Fahey (triple jump) and Matthew Selba (discus) all won gold medals at the NEC Championships to earn First Team All-NEC honors while the 4x100m relay team of Keiko Martin, Justin Kimble, Andrew Lapreziosa and Workcuff also earned First Team All-NEC. On the women' side, Kayla Barnes won the 100m and 200m to earn First Team All-NEC honors in both events while Natalia Hinton (long jump) and Moriah Fitzgerald (pole vault) also collected First Team All-NEC honors. The women's 4x400m relay team of Mariah McLane, Chardane Logan, Chalys Caruth and Clarke Hooper won a gold medal at the meet to earn First Team All-NEC as well.
Six individuals and two relay teams were named Second Team All-NEC. For the men, Nicolas Fransham (5,000m), Chris Wray (high jump), Carter Nave (pole vault), Alex Devine (discus) and Brenden Chavis (hammer throw) all finished in second place at the NEC Championships to earn Second Team All-NEC. The men's 4x400m relay team of Brady Altland, Andrew Humm, Brandon Briscoe and Workcuff were named Second Team All-NEC as well. For the women, Isabel Ross was second in the 400m hurdles for Second Team All-NEC while the 4x100m relay team of Hinton, Barnes, Najae Nickerson and McLane also captured Second Team All-NEC accolades.
Six Mountaineers earned spots on the NEC All-Rookie team. Will Merritt was All-Rookie in a pair of events (1,500m and 5,000m) while Isaac Kole (800m), Nave (pole vault), Fahey (triple jump) and David Shoop (discus) were named to the team as well. Kayla Barnes earned All-Rookie honors in both the 100m and 200m for the women's team.
The last coach from Mount St. Mary's to win NEC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year honors was Mike Merritt in 1996. Phillips and his staff guided the Mount's men's team to its first Northeast Conference title in 21 seasons on May 5-6 at the Mount's Morgan Track.