NEW ORLEANS – The Outstanding Performers of the Meet from the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships were announced Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
AJ Digby of Mount Union and Blaze Murfin of Dubuque were named the Men's Track and Men's Field Outstanding Performers, respectively, while Wadeline Jonathas of UMass Boston and Monique Newton of Oberlin took home the respective women's honors.
Each year the USTFCCCA honors the Outstanding Performers of the Meet at the NCAA DIII Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Winners are determined by using a formula that takes into account team points scored, plus meet records (five additional points), NCAA DIII season bests (three additional points) and facility records (one point). Relay points, if applicable, are split equally between the four team members.
Digby, the Men's Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, posted 12.5 individual points to help the Purple Raiders to the team title. He won the open 400 with a season's best time of 46.07 and anchored Mount Union's 4×400 relay team to victory, which also established a meet record time of 3:08.10. The Purple Raiders notched season's best marks in back-to-back heats of the 4×400, which put Digby ahead of RPI's Grant O'Connor in the final standings.
Murfin, the Men's Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, totaled 16 points for the Spartans at the NCAA meet. He won the shot put title with a mark of 18.62m (61-1¼), which also made him the 10th best performer in NCAA DIII history and gave him a season's best for three more points using the formula. Murfin also placed third in the discus throw with a mark of 53.52m (175-7).
Jonathas, the Women's Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, won individual titles in the 200 and 400 and was a member of the third-place 4×100 relay and eighth-place 4×400 relay. That gave her 21.75 total team points and then she added six more formula points with a meet record in the 200 (23.71) and a facility record in the 400 (54.09).
Newton, the Women's Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, scored 18 points for Oberlin in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She won the discus title with a season's best mark of 50.14m (164-6) and placed second in the shot put with a mark of 14.78m (48-6). All told, Newton amassed 21 points using the formula.