SACRAMENTO, CA -- Leading up to the start of the NCAA Track & Field Championships coaching and athlete honors were awarded on the district and regional level.
Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry and Aggie assistant coach Vince Anderson both received coaching honors.
Henry was chosen as the Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year, as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday morning. Henry also shared the Women’s South Central Coach of the Year honor with LSU’s Dennis Shaver.
In his third year as Texas A&M’s head coach, Henry led the Aggies to a pair of Big 12 Championships along with the Midwest Region title. The Aggie women are ranked third by the coaches association and head into the national championship meet with 15 athletes contesting 12 events.
Oklahoma’s Martin Smith was chosen as the Men’s Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region while Texas-Arlington’s John Sauerhage was selected as the Men’s South Central Coach of the Year.
Anderson, also in his third season at A&M, earned the Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year honor for the Midwest Region in the sprints/hurdles category.
The Aggie sprint and hurdle group qualified seven individuals for five events (100, 200, 400, 100H, 400H) as well as both relays – 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. School records established this season included the 60, 100 and 200 by Simone Facey, while A&M freshman records set by Porscha Lucas included the 60, 100 and 200.
The sprint relay lowered the school record five times and currently has the second fastest time in the nation with the 43.29 clocking which won the Midwest Region. Meanwhile the Aggie 4 x 400 relay goes into the NCAA Championships with the third-fastest time this season, a 3:30.04 that A&M set in winning the Midwest Region title.
Last season Anderson was awarded the same honor and he went on to claim the national honor among the four regions for his event group.