NEW ORLEANS – Mount Union won three Great Lakes Region Awards from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Senior Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) was named Great Lakes Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Head coach Kevin Lucas has been named Great Lakes Men's Coach of the Year honors while assistant coach Chad Palmer is Great Lakes Assistant Men's Coach of the Year.
Plant won the 60-meter hurdles at the Ohio Athletic Conference championship meet two weeks ago. He competes at this week's NCAA Championships in that same event. His time of 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles is the fastest time in NCAA Division III this year. Plant won the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Indoor Championship 60-meter hurdles competition.
For Lucas it is the sixth straight year he has won the men's indoor coach of the year honor. He was also the women's indoor coach of the year for a three-year stretch in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In his 11th year at Mount Union, Lucas has the Purple Raiders poised to make a run at the podium at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships, with the team currently ranked seventh in the country with eight participants in five events. Mount Union has already won team titles this year at the All-Ohio championship and the Ohio Athletic Conference championship.
It also marks the eighth time over the last 14 years that a Mount Union coach as won this award as former coach John Homon won the honor in 2006 and 2007.
This is the first Great Lakes men's assistant coach of the year for Chad Palmer. Palmer has guided Plant and senior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) back to the NCAA Championships for a third straight year as the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds respectively. Both earned Co-Champions a year ago at the indoor championships.
The three will receive his honor tomorrow in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the lead up to this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships at the JDL Fast Track.