NEW ORLEANS, La. – Queens University of Charlotte's Ricko Meckes of the men's track and field team and Elise Hoel Ulseth of the women's track and field team were honored as the Southeast Region's male and female field athletes of the year, while Carson-Newman head coach David Needs and Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Danny Williamson were named men's and women's Southeast Region coaches of the year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today.
Meckes, a sophomore from Germany, is ranked first nationally in the javelin at 74.25-meters (243-7), a mark that earned him USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors on March 19. He won the conference title in javelin last month.
Ulseth, a freshman from Kristansund, Norway, is ranked fifth nationally in the heptathlon with a score of 5,117 and seventh nationally in the long jump at 6.02-meters (19-9). She accounted for 33 of her team's 180 points at the Conference Carolinas Championships.
Both athletes currently hold the school record in the respective events mentioned.
Needs, in his 22nd year as Director of Track and Field, led the Eagles to a third-place finish in the South Atlantic Conference with four individual event wins. Carson-Newman has six qualifiers to the upcoming NCAA Championships, including the top seed in the 100 meters.
Williamson, in his second year as Head Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, led the team to their first-ever South Atlantic Conference title and earned SAC Women's Coach of the Year honors. The team finished the regular season ranked third overall in the Southeast Region.
Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.