For the second straight year, Mount Union's Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) has been named Great Lakes Region Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and head coach Kevin Lucas has been named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Mahoney is hoping to put an exclamation point on what has been a fantastic college career as the senior enters next week's NCAA Championship meet ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 100 and 400 meters while No. 2 in the 200 meters. She is the defending national champion in the 200 meters and this past winter won the indoor 400 meter title with an NCAA-record time. An eight-time All-American, she set Ohio Athletic Conference records this year in the 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay while at the All-Ohio Championships she set records in the 200 and 400 meters.
In his fourth year coaching the women's team, Lucas has led Mount Union to four-straight conference outdoor championships and two-straight All-Ohio championships. Last year the women's team finished third in the nation -- the highest finish in school history and this year the Raiders enter the national meet ranked No. 9 in the nation and No. 1 in the region. Aside from Mahoney, the team has runners ranked in the 400 meter hurdles, 400 meters and heptathlon all in position to make the national meet.
Both will be honored at next week's NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.