Seven Recognized with USTFCCCA Regional Honors
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 06/04/2012
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A total of seven Big 12 student-athletes and coaches have earned regional honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2012 NCAA Division I track & field season. Of the 72 award winners, five league coaches picked up honors, while two Conference competitors collected recognition.

The region athlete of the year and coach of the year awards are voted on by the Division I coaches covering the outdoor track and field season.

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships take place June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. The USTFCCCA will release its national award winners following the event.

2012 USTFCCCA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Regional Award Winners
Men's Track Athlete of the Year
South Central Region - Prezel Hardy, Jr. - Texas A&M
The Big 12 Performer of the Year and High Point scorer won conference titles in the 100 and 200 with career best times of 10.03 (wind-aided) and 20.33, and also anchored the 4×100-meter relay to victory. The sophomore advanced to the NCAA Finals with the top seed in the 100 and 200 and as part of the Aggies' 4×100 relay. Hardy, Jr., ranks second in the 100 and fifth in 200.

Men's Coach of the Year
South Central Region - Pat Henry - Texas A&M
Henry's Aggies claimed the Big 12 team title for the second straight year, scoring 150 points to win by 19. Texas A&M became first men's team in Big 12 history to sweep victories in 100, 200, 400, 4×100 and 4×400. The Aggies totaled eight conference victories, adding wins in 110 hurdles, steeplechase and javelin. Event areas directly coached by Henry totaled 93 points at the Big 12 meet. Now in his eighth year at A&M, Henry's team had a dozen entries and two relays qualify for NCAA West Preliminary Rounds with six entries and both relays advanced to NCAA Championship Final Rounds. The Aggies enter the Final Rounds ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Men's Assistant Coach of the Year
South Central Region - Mario Sategna - Texas
Sategna is Texas' field event coach and the Longhorns scored 96 points in those events at the Big 12 Championships. Four Big 12 Champs were produced from Sategna's tutelage including event champs in the decathlon, long jump, shot put, and triple jump. He advanced seven to the finals site in Des Moines and has three individuals rank in the top two nationally in the decathlon (Murphy), shot put (Thormaehlen) and long jump (Goodwin).

Women's Track Athlete of the Year
Midwest Region - Diamond Dixon - Kansas
Undefeated in the 400 meters this season, Dixon ranks second on the NCAA descending order list with a time of 51.09, a school record. The sophomore won the Big 12 title in the 400 meters and as part of the 4×400 relay team that ranks first (3:28.10) on the descending order list. Dixon, who hails from Houston, Texas, was recently added to the Bowerman Award watch list. This year's outdoor honor is her third All-Region recognition, as she was named the Midwest Region freshman track athlete of the year following the 2011 outdoor season and the female track athlete of the year after the 2012 indoor season. She also claimed the national women's track athlet eof the year this past indoor season.

Women's Coach of the Year
Midwest Region - Stanley Redwine - Kansas
Redwine, now in his 12th season at KU, led the Jayhawks to a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships with 129.5 points and were led by seven event champions. Redwine coaches standout Dixon among others in the sprints and middle distance groups. Kansas had 12 women athletes advance to NCAA Final Rounds in 12 events which is sixth-most of all teams competing. Kansas enters Des Moines with the leading 4×400 relay and a No. 2 national team ranking. The regional honor is Redwine's first during his tenure at KU.

Mountain Region - Wes Kittley - Texas Tech
Kittley, who is in his 13th season at the helm of the TTU track and field program, oversaw seven Lady Raiders and two women's relays as they qualified for this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships. Texas Tech was ranked in the top 10 of the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll six times during the 2012 outdoor season, climbing as high as No. 6 on May 8. Kittley's team finished the regular season with a No. 1 ranking in the Mountain Region. Kittley last earned the honor following the 2009 season in which he led the Lady Raiders to a second place finish at the Big 12 Championships.

Women's Assistant Coach of the Year
Midwest Region - Wayne Pate - Kansas
Pate, who was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year following the recent indoor season, saw his athletes score 35 of Kansas' points at the Big 12 Championships as part of a runner-up showing. Pate, who is in his fifth year in Lawrence, coaches juniors Andrea Geubelle, who is the collegiate leader in the triple jump, and Francine Simpson who is in the national top three in the long jump.

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