Two Earn Regional Awards

  • By Katie Kane
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  • June 06, 2011 01:11 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional award recipients today with West Virginia University coach Sean Cleary and senior Chelsea Carrier earning Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year and Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, respectively.

“These awards are a testament of the entire staff’s hard work,” says Cleary. “I am very proud of each and every staff members’ contribution to this year’s successes.”

Cleary is awarded the honor after WVU had a program-best seven individuals qualify for seven events at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He helped with the training of Kate Harrison, who had the top performance in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary round, and Sarah-Anne Brault, who finished sixth in the event.

The Georgetown, Ontario, native led the Mountaineers to a school-best second place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, 10 points out of first. The staff was named BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and the team had five individual conference titles, scoring points in 13 of 21 events.

Carrier, a native of Buckhannon, W.Va., holds the collegiate second-best score of the season nationally in the heptathlon with 5,927 points, earning a Gold medal at the Texas Relays. Carrier became the first Mountaineer to win the BIG EAST title in the long jump. In addition to competing in the national final of the heptathlon, Carrier advanced to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter hurdles.

“This award is a very nice compliment to Chelsea by the head coaches in the NCAA,” continues Cleary. “It is nice to see her establishing herself as one of the very best by our peers.”

Carrier and six of her teammates are set to compete at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, beginning Wednesday, June 8 and concluding Saturday, June 11.