March 21, 2019—Head coach Jay Phillips and his assistant coaches were named the Northeast Conference women's indoor track and field Coaching Staff of the Year, announced today by the conference office. In addition, the league officially announced the Indoor 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 Mount had three individuals and two relays earn First Team All-NEC and had five individuals earn Second Team All-Conference. Kayla Barnes won the 200m, Erin Jaskot the 3,000m, and Najae Nickerson the 60m hurdles to earn First Team All-NEC. The Mount's 4x400m relay team of Maddie Kole, Chardane Logan, Clarke Hooper and Jaskot took home first place while the Distance Medley Relay team of Kole, Nickerson, Hooper and Jaskot also grabbed First Team All-NEC by finishing in first place.
For the men's team, Nicolas Fransham finished second in the 5,000m run to earn Second Team All-NEC while the Distance Medley Relay team of Isaac Kole, Branden Roach, Brandon Briscoe and Benjamin Finnigan also placed second to earn Second Team All-Conference.
The Mount had four athletes earn All-Rookie team honors. Lewis Kungu (60m dash) was named All-Rookie for the men while Dominique Jeffery (200m, 400m), Courtney Hawkins (Shot Put) and Emily Eckard (Weight Throw) earned sports on the All-Rookie team for the women.
The last coach from Mount St. Mary's to win NEC Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year honors was Jim Deegan in 2000. Phillips and his staff guided the Mount's women's team to its first Northeast Conference title in 22 seasons on March 15-16 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.