NEW ORLEANS – Just two days from competition at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Salisbury University men's track & field team received good news as Head Coach Jim Jones was named the Mideast Region Men's Coach of the Year, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Jones piloted the Salisbury men's program to its third-consecutive Capital Athletic Conference indoor championship. The dominant victory saw the Sea Gulls win seven events and score 160 points, winning the crown by 64 points.
This season, two Salisbury men's student-athletes have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sophomore Luke Campbell will travel to Lincoln, Neb., as the top qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 7.97 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in Division III history. Campbell will be joined by junior Tyler Austin, who qualified in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 6.90 seconds, just .15 of a second away from the top qualifier.
For Jones, this is the second time he's received the honor as he claimed the Men's Indoor and Outdoor Mideast Region Coach of the Year awards in 2010. He was also named the CAC
Men's Indoor Coach of the Year following this year's championship.
Campbell and Austin will begin competition for a national championship on Friday.
To see the full list of USTFCCCA regional award winners, click here.