Ben Harmon and Dan Davis Earn UAA Indoor Most Outstanding Performer Honors
2011 UAA INDOOR AWARDS (PDF)
St. Louis, Mo., March 3, 2011 — Following its 61-point victory at the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships last weekend in Chicago, Ill., the Washington University in St. Louis men’s track and field team swept the Most Outstanding Performer awards for running and field events it was announced Thursday by the conference office.
Senior Ben Harmon was tabbed as the men’s top performer in field events while junior Dan Davis earned Most Outstanding Performer in Running Events honors. Additionally, Washington University head track and field coach Jeff Stiles and his staff were named the UAA Indoor Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
Harmon earns UAA Indoor Most Outstanding Performer in Field Events for the second-straight year and the third time during his incredible career; he was also tabbed as the UAA Indoor Most Outstanding Performer and Indoor Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Harmon picked up first-place finishes in three events at last week’s indoor conference championships and earned All-UAA honors in four events overall. He won the high jump (1.97 meters), pole vault (4.65 meters) and long jump (7.14 meters), with his distance in the long jump representing an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying mark. Harmon also was the runner-up in the triple jump with a distance of 14.10 meters.
Davis was a three-time all-UAA finisher at the UAA Championships, winning the conference title in the 55-meter hurdles. He posted an NCAA provisional time of 7.63 in winning the 55-hurdles last Sunday.
Davis was also the runner-up in the 200-meter (22.73) and finished third in the 55-meter dash (6.68).
Stiles and his staff, Lane Lohr, Jamie Kootz, Ryan McDonald, Gena Melick, Alex Talkovsky, Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Zach Griffen, Danny Edwards-Luce earned Indoor Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year honors after leading the Bears to their second-straight UAA Indoor Championship. Stiles wins the UAA coaching honor for the second time and is in his third season as the head track and field coach at Washington University.
The Washington University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will have one more shot at NCAA qualification when they compete at the North Central College Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, March 4, in Naperville, Ill.
The official selections for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship will be announced on Sunday, March 6, at www.ncaa.com.