MINNEAPOLIS – A trio of University of Minnesota women's track & field representatives have been honored as 2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Region Award Winners, the USTFCCCA announced Monday morning. Coaches Matt Bingle and Peter Miller and senior Kaitlyn Long are among the award recipients.
Director of women's track & field and cross country Matt Bingle has been named the Midwest Region Women's Coach of the Year after leading the Gophers to the 2018 Big Ten Conference title. Bingle was also named the B1G Coach of the Year as the Gophers won the B1G by the largest margin of victory since 2015.
Under Bingle's direction, Minnesota had 10 events ranked among the top-25 in the USTFCCCA Event Squad rankings this season, including owning the No. 1 squads in three events. The Gophers won the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Dual and ranked No. 2 in Track & Field News dual rankings for 2018 as well. The team's six individual NCAA qualifiers is the program's most indoor qualifiers since 2008. The 2018 Gophers have already broken three indoor program records and recorded No. 2 all-time marks in five events.
Assistant coach Peter Miller, who coaches the Gophers' throwers and high jumpers while assisting with the multi-events, has been honored as the Midwest Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. Miller's athletes scored 41.5 points to lead Minnesota to the B1G Championship, picking up 23 points in weight throw, four in shot put, 10.5 in high jump, and four in the pentathlon.
In his fifth year at Minnesota, Miller's athletes led the USTFCCCA Event Squad rankings in shot put, weight throw, and pentathlon and ranked fourth in high jump. He coached four athletes to NCAA qualification, including three in weight throw. Millers' throwers were undefeated in weight throw this year with four athletes in the top seven at each meet this year; the 2018 Gophers' roster includes five of the program's all-time top-10 athletes in weight throw.
Long has been honored as the Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The Big Ten Conference champion in the weight throw, Long led Minnesota to the B1G team title. She finished among the top three in weight throw in all seven appearances this season, winning five titles and posting one runner-up finish with one third-place showing.
An All-Big Ten First Team honoree, Long set Big Ten all-time and Big Ten Championship records in the weight throw with her B1G winning mark of 24.37m (79-11.50) and currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season. She leads the Midwest Region and ranks sixth in the United States and the world all-time. The Cottage Grove, Wis., native is the No. 3 performer and owns the No. 6 performance in NCAA history. Long broke Minnesota's program record three times this season and set facility records at the SPIRE Institute, Iowa, and Minnesota Fieldhouse. She is already a two-time NCAA Division II national champion in the weight throw while beginning her college career at Winona State.
Long is one of six Gophers set to represent No. 11 Minnesota at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship, which will be held this Friday and Saturday in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. Long, Agnes Esser, and Nayoka Clunis are set to compete in the weight throw while Kiley Sabin (shot put), Karlie Place (pole vault), and Ayesha Champagnie (long jump) will also represent the Maroon & Gold.
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