(NEW ORLEANS, La.) – Fourteen Carnegie Mellon University track and field athletes have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with All-Region accolades for the 2017 indoor track and field season. Eight represent the men while six represent the women. Head Coach Gary Aldrich was also honored, as he was named Mideast Coach of the Year on the men's side.
To be named All-Region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.
The distance medley relay team of senior Curtis Watro (Audubon, Pa./Methacton), sophomore Cam Wilkerson (Fishers, Ind./Saint James), sophomore Isaac Mills (Fairfax, Va./Oakton) and senior Owen Norley (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) finished first in the region. Watro, Mills and Norley also earned all-region honors individually this year as Watro was fourth in the 3,000-meter run, Mills second in the 800-meter run and Norley third in the mile.
Senior Ryan Archer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Vincentian Academy) closed his indoor track and field career with a fourth-place showing in the 5,000-meter run while junior Evan Larrick (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) was fourth in the region in the 800-meter run. In field events, junior Jacob Schofel (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) took the top region spot in the weight throw, as junior Tommy Mansfield (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) was fifth in the pole vault.
Senior Grace Yee (San Francisco, Calif./Lick-Wilmerding) earned her first All-Region Indoor Track and Field honor when she finished the season second in the pole vault. Joining her on the all-region team as an individual is junior Sarah Cook (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton) who finished fifth in the 400-meter run. Freshman Michelle Karabin (Ruffs Dale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) also earned the award in the pole vault as she was fifth in the region.
Cook is joined by sophomore Debarati Bhanja (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), junior Jerilyn James (Friendswood, Texas/Clear Brook) and senior Ariel Tian (Acton, Mass./Acton Boxborough Regional) as all-region honorees for the 4x400-meter relay. The quad finished second in the region.
Aldrich guided the Tartans to their second-ever University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship at the end of February. Aldrich and his staff, associate head coach Tim Connelly and assistant coaches Michael Stark, Jose Rivera and Michele Bradley, were all honored as UAA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year following the meet.
Norley, Yee and the men's distance medley relay team will be competing at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Res Rec Center in Naperville, Illinois, with North Central College serving as the official host. Norley will be running the mile for the second consecutive year at the championships while the DMR is the first relay to compete at the national indoor meet for Carnegie Mellon. Yee is the second women's field athlete in Carnegie Mellon history to compete at the national indoor meet and first-ever in the pole vault.