Nikki Okwelogu sweeps the indoor and outdoor Northeast Field Performer of the Year awards (Brian Panoff).
NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, June 8, the USTFCCCA announced the 2015 Outdoor Track and Field Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for NCAA Division I with sophomore thrower Nikki Okwelogu garnering Northeast Field Athlete of the Year accolades, while Jason Saretsky was named the Northeast's Coach of the Year.
Okwelogu, from Fresno, California, was named the Field Performer of the Meet at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, winning both the shot put and the discus. She became the first woman in Ivy history to throw the shot over 56 feet, reaching 56-10 (17.32m) for a conference record, while going for the No. 2 discus mark in conference history at 176-5 (53.78m) and a new school record. She will contest the shot put at the NCAA Championships later this week. In winning the Outdoor Field Performer of the Year, Okwelogu sweeps the Northeast Regional awards, having won the indoor honor during her run to All-America in the shot put at the NCAA Championships.
Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, wins his third consecutive Northeast Region Coach of the Year award, repeating as the outdoor winner and also earning the honor during the indoor season this year. The Ivy League Coach of the Year, Saretsky led the Harvard women to their second straight Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal championship with 157 points. That total was the second-most in program history and 39 more than second-place Princeton. Five individuals earned first team All-Ivy League recognition, including Okwelogu, the Field Performer of the Meet. Saretsky coached 13 Crimson women that qualified for the NCAA East Prelims, with four of those qualifying for the NCAA Championships.