NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has honored one Williams College athlete and two Eph coaches with its 2018 New England Indoor Track and Field Awards.
NEW ENGLAND REGION Field Athlete of the Year – Summer-Solstice Thomas
Thomas, a sophomore from Santa Cruz, California, won the Division III New England Championships in the high jump and pentathlon and ranks first and second, respectively, in Division III in those events. Her top mark of 3,535 in the pentathlon is a new Williams record. Thomas is one of 12 Eph women who will be competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Women's Coach of the Year Nate Hoey
Hoey, in his fifth year at Williams, guided his Ephs to a first-place national ranking while tying for the most NCAA Division III championship qualifiers with 12. His squad won the New England Division III Championship, accumulating three individual titles in addition to a relay title.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Women's Assistant Coach of the Year Ethan Barron
Barron, in his third year at Williams, helped the Ephs capture the New England Division III team title and the top ranking in the country headed into the Division III championships with a total of six national qualifiers in the jumps and pentathlon events. Williams has three athletes ranked in the top five nationally in the high jump, two in the top five in the pentathlon, and one athlete in the top ten in the long jump.