NEW ORLEANS, LA – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year Tuesday night. Sophomore Felicia Koerner was named the Mideast Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, while head coach Bobby Van Allen earned Women’s Coach of the Year honors. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches following a nomination period.
Sophomore Felicia Koerner was named the Mideast Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, becoming the second Blue Jay to earn the honor for the outdoor season. Koerner also captured the award for the indoor season, joining Maggie Shelton as the only JHU athlete to earn the award twice in a year. The sophomore set the program record in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 34:27.60, the second-best time in the nation. Koerner, from Munich, Germany, also led the region in the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters with times of 16:44.67 and 4:28.81, respectively. Koerner was also named the Centennial Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for a victory in the 10,000 meters, and a pair of second-place finishes in the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs.
Van Allen was named the Mideast Region Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year for the fourth time in six seasons. Van Allen led the Blue Jays to the Centennial Conference crown for the eighth straight year, guiding Hopkins to victories in six events. JHU finished the season ranked No. 1 in the region, ranking in the top-25 heading into the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Koerner will kick off the championships Thursday at 9:45 a.m. in the 10,000 meters, along with sophomore Natalia Laspada, and Koerner will also compete in the 5,000 meter run Saturday at 3 p.m. Sophomore Tasha Freed will also participate at nationals, competing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase Thursday at 4 p.m., with the finals taking place Saturday at 11:30 a.m.