USTFCCCA Announces Indoor Track and Field Regional Awards

March 5, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Five Mountain West Indoor Track and Field student-athletes and coaches were among those honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) when the organization announced its 2012 Regional Awards on Monday.

Air Force junior Cale Simmons was honored as the Mountain Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, while TCU senior Whitney Gipson was named South Central Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Air Force track and field coach Ralph Lindeman was selected as the 2012 Mountain Region Men’s Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA, while TCU track and field coach Darryl Anderson was recognized as the South Central Women’s Coach of the Year. Horned Frogs jumps and multi-events assistant coach Nic Petersen earned the South Central Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Simmons, a junior from Rocklin, Calif., is the second-leading collegiate pole vaulter in the 2012 season, having cleared an Air Force-record 18’-1.25” (5.52m) earlier this season. Simmons, the winner of four out of six competitions this winter, also won the Mountain West title in the event.

A senior from Newark, Texas, Gipson is the collegiate-leader in the long jump, earning a mark of 21’-10.75” (6.67m) to win the Mountain West title. Gipson scored 18 points at the MW Championships with a seventh-place showing in the triple jump and third-place nod in the 200-meter dash.

Lindeman guided the Falcons to their first-ever Mountain West Championship, earning him MW Men’s Coach of the Year honors. Two Academy records were set in 2012 along with a program-record six conference champions (pole vault, high jump, distance medley relay, 4x400-meter relay, 3000-meter run, 5000-meter run) and a program-record-matching 13 all-conference selections.

In his eighth year as the head coach of the Horned Frogs, Anderson led his team to the Mountain West women’s title, earning him MW Coach of the Year accolades. TCU's women claimed 15 top three finishes at the Conference meet.

Petersen’s jumpers scored 45 points to help TCU win the Mountain West Championships. The third-year coach guided athletes to a school record, two NCAA automatic marks including the top seed in the long jump, and a MW record. Two Horned Frogs long jumpers are ranked among the top 25 in the world.

In each of the country's nine regions, the USTFCCCA selects the top men's and women's track athlete, field athlete, head coach and assistant coach for the 2012 NCAA Division I indoor season.