MPSF Indoor Track & Field Awards

March 1, 2017

2017 MPSF ITF Coaches of the Year-PDF

2017 MPSF ITF Athletes of the Meet-PDF

2017 MPSF FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MEET

HANNAH CUNLIFFE • JUNIOR • 60-METER • OREGON

Oregon junior Hannah Cunliffe (Federal Way, WA) broke the all-time MPSF Championship record in the 60-meter dash in 7.15 seconds, a time which also equaled the Dempsey Indoor Facility record. She was one-tenth of a second ahead of her closest competitor in defending her conference title. Her winning time scored 10 team points for the Ducks towards their second-place conference finish. From two weeks earlier on Feb. 11, Cunliffe solidified the nation’s top-ranked 60-meter with an all-time school, NCAA, and world record finish of 7.07. She was the 2016 Pac-12 Outdoor Athlete of the Year and is a two-time All-American. Cunliffe is the first Duck in six years to be named MPSF Athlete of the Meet (Brianne Theisen, 2011).

2017 MPSF MALE ATHLETE OF THE MEET

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM • JUNIOR • HIGH JUMP • USC

USC junior Randall Cunningham (Las Vegas, NV) was responsible for the lone MPSF Men’s Championship record this year, re-writing the conference high jump standard with the nation’s No. 1-ranked leap at seven feet, five and one-quarter inches (2.27 meters). Cunningham’s top-ranked jump was three-quarters of an inch higher than the nation’s second-best, and 2.25 inches ahead of his closest competitor at the MPSF meet. His conference high jump title earned the Trojans 10 team points towards their second-place finish. He is also the defending NCAA outdoor high jump champion and an All-American. Cunningham is the first Trojan on the men’s side to be named MPSF Athlete of the Meet.

2017 MPSF MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

ROBERT JOHNSON • FIFTH YEAR • HEAD COACH • OREGON

University of Oregon head coach Robert Johnson guided his men’s team to their third MPSF title, and second in the last three years. Individual conference titles for the Ducks came in the heptathlon (Mitch Modin-NCAA No. 14), 200-meter run (Kyree King), and 400-meter run (Marcus Chambers). Further, the Oregon men have recorded several NCAA Top-10 rankings throughout the season. Edward Cheserek is No. 1 in the mile and 5,000-meter and No. 2 in the 3,000-meter, Damarcus Simpson is No. 4 in the long jump, the distance medley relay ranks No. 9, and Braxton Canady is No. 10 in the 60-meter hurdles. This is the fourth MPSF Coach of the Year honor for Johnson, previously earning it last year and in 2013 on the women’s side, as well as 2015 on the men’s side. The Oregon men have won the last three NCAA Championships.

2017 MPSF WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

CARYL SMITH GILBERT • FOURTH YEAR • HEAD COACH • USC

USC head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert guided the USC women to a third MPSF Championship out of their four years in the conference. The Trojans won MPSF titles in the long jump (Margaux Jones), 400-meter (Cameron Pettigrew—NCAA No. 9), 200-meter (meet and facility record by Kendall Ellis), and the 4x400-meter relay in a meet and facility record tying time. Throughout the season, USC owns several of the nation’s top marks including the 200-meter (Deanna Hill, No. 3), 400-meter (Ellis, No. 2), and the 4x400-meter relay at No. 6. Smith Gilbert, who has four MPSF Coach of the Year awards to her credit (2014, ’15, ‘17 women; 2016 men), was previously a six-time Conference USA Coach of the Year at the University of Central Florida.