GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior Isaac Garcia-Cassani was named the Atlantic Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year while Chris Popovici was voted the Women's Coach of the Year, as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their regional awards for the outdoor season, Tuesday. The duo landed the awards for the second-straight year.
Meanwhile, 13 women garnered 23 All-Region certificates, while nine men brought home 13 honors. The women's overall total was the highest from any of the eight regions in the country.
Garcia-Cassani was also tabbed the Division III National Athlete of the Week after posting a 3:42.85 clocking to win the collegiate section of the 1,500 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier meet last Monday. His time was .19 off the personal-best he posted a year ago at the same meet that ranks as the sixth-fastest time ever by a Division III competitor. He also clocked a 4:01.35 in the mile at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational last month before sweeping the 1,500 and the 5,000 at the SUNYAC Championships two weeks ago.
Seeded first in the 1,500 for this week's NCAA Outdoor Championships, Garcia-Cassani is favored to win his second-consecutive national crown and fourth overall to close his already 12-time All-American career in a Knights' uniform.
Led by individual championships in eight events, Popovici guided the Knights to their second-consecutive SUNYAC Outdoor Championship for the program's third title since taking the reins four years ago. The Geneseo women are ranked first in the Atlantic Region and 14th nationally entering this week's NCAA Outdoor Championships led by 11 competitors in the field.
The top-five individuals in each event from each region earn all-region distinction, in addition to the four members on each of the region's top-three relay teams.
The NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships are scheduled for this Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, at the Veteran's Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisc.
2018 USTFCCCA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ALL-ATLANTIC REGION
Lauren Bamford – 400 hurdles, 4x100, 4x400
Kayla Barber – 4x400
Allison Fernandez – 1,500
Maddie Hammer – Heptathlon
Shayna Held – 100 hurdles, 4x100, 4x400, Heptathlon
Kristen Homeyer – 5,000, 10,000
Emily Lavarnway – Heptathlon
Erin MacDougall – 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 4x400
Hannah Madden – 4x100
Brooke Madry – Steeplechase
Laura Piazza – Pole Vault
Elise Ramirez – 5,000
Camille Wutz – 100, 4x100, Long Jump
Alexander Burks – 10,000
Lukas D'Alfonso – 200, 400, 4x100
Gillan Faulkner – 800
Isaac Garcia-Cassani – 1,500, 5,000
Matt Jorgensen – 5,000
Alfredo Mazzuca – 10,000
Andrew Moschetto – 4x100
Chris Walter – 4x100, Long Jump
Amman Weaver – 4x100