Ramirez, Popovici, Moore Honored by the USTFCCCA


GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior Elise Ramirez was named the Atlantic Region Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Chris Popovici was voted the Coach of the Year and Dan Moore was tabbed the Assistant Coach of the Year, announced Tuesday. 

Ramirez owns the nation's second-fastest 5,000 time (16:34.47) entering this week's NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. She also logged the sixth-best clocking in the 1,500 (4:28.00) during a spring that included a SUNYAC Championship in the 5,000 two weeks ago. She looks to cap a senior campaign that included an All-American seventh place in the 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships as well as an All-American 25th-place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. 

Popovici and Moore guided Geneseo to its third-straight SUNYAC Outdoor Championship while completing the six-season SUNYAC title sweep (MXC, WXC, MIT&F, WIT&F, MOT&F, WOT&F) for the second year in a row. The sweep had only been achieved twice before (Geneseo in 2002-03 and 2005-06). The duo also guided 10 Knights that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this week. 

Now a six-time Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Popovici won his third-straight women's outdoor honor. He also won his second-straight women's indoor awards as well as the men's indoor award this past winter. Moore was also named the region's top assistant coach in 2017.