Colorado State's Bedard, Utah State's Hawkins Honored By The USTFCCCA

EUGENE, Ore. (CSURams.com) – After clinching his first Mountain West outdoor title in seven years and leading 14 athletes to the NCAA West Regional, head coach Brian Bedard was dubbed the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Women's Coach of the Year in the Mountain Region on Monday.

The Colorado State women's squad had a phenomenal 2015, breaking five school records during the outdoor campaign, including top marks from six underclassmen, a sign of more success to come under Bedard, now in his ninth season at the helm of the program.

The women's league title was CSU's first since 2008, and Bedard earned his second MW Coach of the Year crown. Combined with the men's team championship and an additional Coach of the Year nod, it was CSU's first program sweep at the Mountain West championships in school history.

The Rams compiled 14 all-conference awards at the MW outdoor championships, including nine individual title winners in six events, a program record.

The women swept the throwing events at the conference meet, winning the Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, and Javelin. It marked the first time that a MW women's team has swept the throwing events at the outdoor championships. Senior Kiah Hicks, who will be competing in two events later this week at the NCAA championships, won the crown in both the hammer and discus throws. She was the first Ram to do so since former CSU standout Loree Smith in 2005.

Bedard will lead throwers Hicks and Aaliyah Pete to the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships starting Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Rams will compete beginning Thursday at 2:30 p.m. MT in the Hammer.

LOGAN, Utah (UtahStateAggies.com)Chari Hawkins is already one of the most decorated female athletes in Utah State history, but the awards keep oncoming for the track & field multi-eventer.

Hawkins was tabbed the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mountain Region Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, it was announced Monday. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho, is one of nine female field athletes from across the country to be honored.

This is the third time Hawkins has won Mountain Region Athlete of the Year honors, including twice during the outdoor season.

“When you’re recognized for something, it always validates all the hard work that you’ve put into it,” Hawkins said. “When you win an award or do well at a competition, it’s just validating, which makes all of the hard work worth it. I’m just very grateful and humbled for the opportunity to receive the award.”

Hawkins was named the Female Outstanding Performer of the Meet at the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Championships after capturing titles in the Heptathlon (5,622 points) and High Jump at (1.76m/5'-9.25''). Earlier in the season, she broke the school record in the Heptathlon with 5,732 points.

Hawkins is set to compete in Heptathlon at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are being held June 10-13 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The first four events of the women’s Heptathlon will take place on Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the 100 Hurdles at Noon (MT), followed by the High Jump at 1 p.m., Shot Put at 3:45 p.m. and 200 Meters at 5:28 p.m.

At last year’s NCAA Outdoor Finals, Hawkins garnered second-team All-American honors in the heptathlon as she finished ninth with 5,552 points.

For more information regarding the Outdoor Finals, log on to www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor/d1.