USTFCCCA announces its national awards and All-American list on Wednesday

USTFCCCA announces its national awards and All-American list on Wednesday

CONCORDIA, Kansas — National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season, as well as the complete NJCAA All-American lists, were announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances both at last weekend's NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico, and throughout the entire regular season. Student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors by virtue of finishing among the top-8 of their respective individual events, including as a member of a relay team.

On the men's side, after leading the T-Birds to the program's first NJCAA Oudoor Track and Field Championships title, Cloud County head coach Harry Kitchener and assistant coach Drew Mahin were named the Men's Head Coach of the Year and Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, by the USTFCCCA.

Kichener just completed his 42nd season at Cloud County, which also earned the first Region VI/KJCCC indoor and outdoor championships in the program's history during 2018-19.

Mahin, who serves as Cloud County's head cross country coach, just finished his sixth season with the T-Birds.

During its run to the national title, the Cloud County men scored 88 points between 11 events and received a staggering 42 of those from the 800-meter to 10,000-meter events, including 13 points coming in the 5000-meter run that put the team ahead for good with the meet winding down.

The T-Birds' individual national championship came in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase when freshman Dennis Kiptoo, who also added a pair of national runner-up placings down in Hobbs, won in a time of 9:20.99.

As for the Cloud County women's team, the T-Birds finished seventh overall in the points standings and also had one national champion in freshman Grace Chinonyelum.

Chinonyelum, a two-time national champion during the indoor season, won the women's triple jump with a school-record leap of 45'9.75. The jump would be tied for the second-best mark recorded this season at the NCAA Division I level, matching the 45'9.75 jump by Ciynamon Stevenson of Texas A&M. 

The complete list of the 21 student-athletes to earn All-American status for Cloud County is listed below.

Men's Team

Kyle Alcine: High Jump

Murphy Bavinga: Triple Jump

Tanner Brown: Decathlon

Gabriel Chinya: 4X800

Johan Cobena: Decathlon

Jerrod Hoover: Javelin

Louis Humbert: Pole Vault

Santino Kenyi: 1,500-Meter Run and 4X800

Dennis Kiptoo: 10,000-Meter Run, 5,000-Meter Run and 3,000-Meter Steeplechase

Lesley Mahlakoane: 400-Meter Run

Dais Malebana: 5,000-Meter Run, 1,500-Meter Run and 800-Meter Run

Kwanele Mthembu: 5,000-Meter Run and 10,000-Meter Run


Women's Team

Shanee Angol: Javelin

Grace Chinonyelum: 4X100, Long Jump, High Jump and Triple Jump

Chanice Forbes: 4X100 and 4X400

Tanya Harcum: 4X400

Sophie Jebose: Pole Vault

Myflore Methelus: 4X100 and 100-Meter Dash

Jacqueline Pokuaah: Long Jump, 4X100, 4X400 and 100-Meter Hurdles

Kenisha Stubbs: 4X400 and 400-Meter Hurdles

Jessica Williams: Pole Vault