2005 USTCA Athletes and Coaches of the Year

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    March 14, 2005 — The United States Track Coaches Association announced the 2005 Indoor Athletes and Coaches of the Year for NCAA Division I track & field.

    Men’s Athlete of the Year — Kerron Clement, Florida

    Florida sophomore Kerron Clement (La Porte, Texas) capped of an amazing indoor season that many would consider to be one of the greatest of all-time. Clement broke the world record in the 400 meters along with anchoring the 4×400 meter relay which set the collegiate record in leading the Florida men’s track and field team to second at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Clement, who won the 400 meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, blazed to 44.57 seconds to win the 400 meter title which broke the world record previously held by Michael Johnson who recorded 44.63 back in 1995. He became the third Gator in school history to win the NCAA title in the event, while his win was the 14th in school history at the indoor meet. Clement then went on to help lead Florida to win the 4×400 meter relay by more than a full second with a time of 3:03.51 in breaking the collegiate record. The 2005 USTCA Indoor South Region Athlete of the Year also won the commissioner’s trophy at the 2005 SEC Indoor Championships on Feb 27 as the high-point scorer of the meet. Clement won the SEC Indoor Championship title in the 400 meters (45.29) in addition to running the anchor leg on the winning 4×400 meter relay team. He also finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 20.40 and was fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.86.

    Female Athlete of the Year — Candice Scott, Florida

    Florida senior Candice Scott (Port of Spain, Trinidad) became the first athlete in NCAA history to claim three weight throw titles with her victory at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Scott reset her collegiate record in the weight throw for the fourth time this season with a toss of 79-03.75 (24.17m) which helped lead the Florida women’s track and field team to a second place finish overall. Scott also placed third in the shot put competition with her mark of 57-11 (17.65m). Her placing’s gave Scott 10 All-American honors which moves her into a tie for fifth all-time in Florida history in that category. At the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb 27, Scott took home the shot put and weight throw crown for the second time in her career and is the only athlete in SEC history to accomplish that feat. Scott also won the weight throw every year she competed while a Gator. Over the summer, Scott set the Trinidad & Tobago and U.S. collegiate record in hammer throw while finishing ninth at the 2004 Olympic Games.

    Male Coach of the Year — John McDonnell, Arkansas

    Arkansas head coach John McDonnell led his Razorbacks to their 40th NCAA Championship and 18th indoor crown, the most of any Division I NCAA program, at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. McDonnell’s Razorbacks overcame a distance medley relay disqualification from Friday night and the absence of one of its top sprinters, Tyson Gay, to score 56 points in front of a hometown crowd of 5,461 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Overall, 10 of his athletes earned a combined total of 14 All-America honors. Sophomore Wallace Spearmon, Jr. smashed the collegiate and U.S. indoor record in the 200 meters with his winning time of 20.10 seconds. McDonnell was also named the USTCA South Central Men’s Coach of the Year last week while leading the Razorbacks to the SEC Indoor Championship title. It was UA’s 24th league indoor title and 12th SEC indoor crown. The team’s victory also gave McDonnell his 75th overall conference championship.

    Female Coach of the Year — J.J. Clark, Tennessee

    Tennessee head coach J.J. Clark led his Lady Vols to their first-ever NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship title in Fayetteville, Ark. Tennessee’s 46 points were more than enough to claim the UT Women’s Athletics Department its first non-basketball NCAA title in the organization’s history as well. In summary, Tennessee finished the meet with all 10 athletes earning a total of 17 All-America honors. The lone national champion went to sophomore Tianna Madison who leaped to a huge mark of 22-3 (6.78m) in the long jump. The distance tied Madison with Carol Lewis for the fourth best jump ever registered indoors at the NCAA Championships. Clark was also named the USTCA South Women’s Coach of the Year last week while leading his Lady Vols to their first SEC Indoor Championship title trophy since winning the league’s inaugural event in 1984.

    Thanks to the Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee sports information departments for help with this report.


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