2016 trackboundusa outdoor track and field awards

2016 Trackboundusa awards

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A couple of days have now passed since the end of the NCAA meet and 2016 track season. Most athletes will now either be back home enjoying the glorious British weather, or hopefully for their sake have made plans to do some sightseeing across the US for the summer.

The last thing that remains for us to do this season is the announcement of our end of season Trackboundusa awards. Worth mentioning is the clear improvement in standards of the British and Irish performances in the last five years since we started the site. Long gone are the days where it was mainly just distance runners representing a small handful of schools. The full range of male and female track and field events are now covered to a high standard, and more importantly the number of schools recruiting from overseas is increasing. Anyway, on to the awards…

Male track athlete of the year – (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – LSU)

An easy choice this one. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake has blasted his name to the fore of the sprinting world with a number of dazzling performances in 2016. A sub 20 200m means that the British record eludes him by just 1/100th of a second, and we hope that the injury picked up at NCAA’s doesn’t prevent him from going after that and making the Olympic team this season.

Female track athlete of the year – (Alice Wright – New Mexico)

The highest placed Brit on New Mexico’s all conquering cross country team maintained that form for outdoor track. A very solid season over 5000/10,000m ended with Wright finishing runner-up in Eugene at the longer distance.

Male field athlete of the year – (Nick Miller – Oklahoma State)

The hardest award to select when the choice involves splitting two NCAA champions, however Nick Miller just edges it on this occasion. The Oklahoma State senior dominated the three competitions that he did, won NCAA’s as favourite and finished the season with the longest throw in the NCAA for the 2016. We wish him all the best in securing an Olympic spot later this season.

Honourable mention – Nicholas Percy

Female field athlete of the year (Jahisha Thomas – Iowa)

The only female field enter to make NCAA’s this season. She finished a respectable 15th in Eugene in the long jump and also jumped a new PB this year of 6.21.

Male freshman newcomer of the year (Luke Traynor – Tulsa)

Very much an athlete who has flown under the radar with the successes of British team-mate Marc Scott. However, All-American in cross country and 13th in the outdoor 10,000m for a newcomer has not been lost on us and is an excellent start to a collegiate career.

Female newcomer of the year (Charlotte Taylor – San Francisco)

San Francisco is a relatively new choice of schools for the Brits, and Charlotte Taylor has made an immediate impact for ‘The Dons’. She qualified for NCAA outdoor 10,000m at her first attempt, finishing in 17th position. She has also improved her pre-America PB times by over 2 minutes in the 10,000m and 50 seconds in the 5000m.

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