Courtesy of Benedictine University
The Benedictine University men's track and field coaching staff has received honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Justin Kinseth earned Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region. Kinseth, in his third season at Benedictine, helped lead the Eagles to their second straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Indoor Championship.
"I am truly humbled and blessed to be recognized by coaches across the Midwest as Regional Assistant Coach of the Year," said Kinseth. "Thank you to those who noticed the hard work that went into recruiting as well as the amazing performances by this young and talented jumps squad. Getting five jumpers into Indoor NCAA's was accomplished by their focus and will to achieve something as a team. I couldn't be more proud of them!"
Kinseth's jumpers won NACC titles in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Five jumpers will compete in the NCAA Championships this weekend: Luther Newburn (triple jump), Matt Fleming (long jump), Chico Jackson (long jump), Roman Hill (long jump) and Greg Howell (triple jump).
"I couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this award than coach Kinseth," stated head coach Kevin Paterson. "He has worked tirelessly over the past three years to help get this program to where it is today."
For the second straight year, Paterson was bestowed with the Midwest Region Head Coach of the Year honor.
Under Paterson's tutelage, the men's track and field team won the conference title with six event winners and a conference-record 242.50 total points. The Eagles have been nationally ranked in the top seven all season and are entering the NCAA Championships ranked third with a school-record eight entries. In the USTFCCCA event squad rankings, the Eagles had top-three finishes in the 60m dash, 200m dash, long jump and triple jump.
"This award goes back to the hard work and dedication that our athletes put in this season," added Paterson. "I am extremely honored and humbled but this award is much bigger than me. Without the support of my assistant coaches we wouldn't be able to have the success that we saw this season."
Along with Newburn, Fleming, Jackson, Hill and Howell, Jordan Johnson and Jalen Griffin will make the short trip to Naperville, IL for the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. Johnson will compete in both the 60m dash and 200m dash while Griffin will race in the 60m dash.