From Washington University Athletics
Prior to this weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Boston, it was announced that three members of the No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's program were honored with Midwest Region accolades by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Sophomore Eka Jose was named the Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year, while Jeff Stiles and Lane Lohr were commended as the Women's Coach and Assistant Coaches of the Year in the Midwest.
Jose enters the national championship weekend with the top triple jump on the season and the second best long jump. She broke the WashU school record in triple jump during the first indoor meet of the season, posting a distance of 12.29m to break a 16-year old record. Jose also leapt to WashU's second best long jump distance ever at the Keck DIII Invite on Feb. 2, 5.81m. She helped WashU claim its 14th University Athletic Association (UAA) Women's Indoor Track & Field Title with a event title in triple jump and a runner-up finish in long jump in addition to a third all-UAA finish in the 60m dash (7.92).
The WashU women's indoor track & field team began the season ranked second but wasted little time moving into first and haven't looked back as it has held the top ranking since early February. The Bears currently have eight events in which they are ranked in the top-10 of the USTFCCCA Event Squad rankings including first in 60m hurdles and triple jump as well as second in pole vault and 5,000m. Stiles helped lead the Bears to their 14th UAA Title in program history as WashU recorded 15 all-UAA finishes.
Coach Lohr has an impressive amount of athletes that are posting nationally competitive marks including pole vaults top two heights, the top triple jump mark, the second best long jump, the sixth best triple jump in addition to the fifth and eighth best 60m hurdle times in Division III this season. At the UAA Championships the Bears triple jumpers swept first through third and coach Lohr's athletes scored 70 of 170 points to help the Bears to a UAA Title.