The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their indoor regional awards Tuesday with the Barton Community College women's track and field team garnering two awards. Voted and selected by coaches within the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Barton received two of the four awards given to the Central Region.
Headlining the selections was student-athlete Tasha Frazier earning the women's track athlete of the year while Assistant Coach Tony Davis won the women's assistant coach of the year award for the second straight indoor season. Davis and the Lady Cougars will wrap up the indoor season this weekend competing this weekend at the NJCAA Indoor Championships taking place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Women's Assistant Coach of the Year (Central Region)
A former Barton track athlete, Davis returned to Barton two years ago as assistant coach primarily leading the sprint and hurdle events. Davis' athletes scored 92 of the team's 175 points recently helping lead the Lady Cougars to a sweep of both the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI Indoor Championships while moving up the national rankings to No. 7 and taking over the top spot in the Central Region. Mentoring his athletes to seventeen qualifying performances, one of his 400-meter sprinters is ranked first in the nation while another is ranked sixth. Under Davis his hurdlers also have the second and third fastest times while his 4×400m relay team is ranked third nationally.
Women's Track Athlete of the Year (Central Region)
Frazier, a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri, won two Region VI titles with the first coming in the long jump sailing a second best effort in the nation at 5.95m (19-06.25). Also owning the nation's second fastest hurdle time of 8.56, Frazier also took the 60m hurdle title as the Lady Cougars went 1-2 with teammate Ayesha Champagnie coming in second. Frazier also took the conference title in the triple jump while fourth in the region even with sitting out the finals.