Washington University Receives UAA Outdoor Track & Field Honors
St. Louis, Mo., May 3, 2012 — Washington University in St. Louis freshman Nicholas Alaniva was named the 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year, while head coach Jeff Stiles and his assistants were selected as the UAA Men’s Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the Association.
Alaniva received the Men’s Rookie of the Year award after earning all-UAA honors in two events, including winning the pole vault title with a season-best mark of 4.26 meters. He also ran a leg of Washington U.’s third-place 400 relay team, and posted a season-best leap of 6.52m to finish fourth in the long jump.
In addition, Stiles and assistant coaches Lane Lohr, Robert Butler, Laith Hoffarth, Scott Pettit, Chris Pedi, John Laughlin and Zach Griffen were named the UAA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year. Stiles and his assistants led Washington University to fourth-straight UAA men’s outdoor team title, and gave the Bears a sweep of the UAA indoor and outdoor titles for the third year in a row.