(Neb.)- Grimes Is RMAC Field Athlete Of The Year
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference track and field coaches voted Chadron State College jumps star Isaac Grimes the Men's Field Athlete of the Year for the 2018-19 indoor track and field season, among the major awards released Thursday.
The sophomore from Moreno Valey, California, led the indoor world performance list from December 6 to January 11 in the men's long jump, with the fourth-best mark in NCAA Division II history at 7.95 meters (26-01). He also led the NCAA Division II indoor leaderboard for 2018-19 nearly from pole to pole, finishing ahead by an 11-inch margin. His winning jump of 7.62 meters (25-00) at the 2019 RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships equaled the fourth-best performance anywhere in the nation this season.
Grimes also placed eighth in the 60 meter dash at the RMAC meet following an injury. He was 12th in the national rankings for the triple jump after only competing in the event twice, and he was accepted into the NCAA Division II championship meet in both jumps. Despite ranking ninth in the short sprint, Grimes will not compete due to conflicting start times between the 60 meters and the long jump.
Also announced were the All-RMAC First Team and Second Team earned by virtue of place finishes at the conference meet. First Team All-RMAC consists of the top three individual finishers from each event at the championships, as well as the first-place relay teams. Second Team All-RMAC consists of the fourth, fifth and sixth place individual finishers, along with the second-place relay teams.
CSC's women earning all-conference honors were Casper, Wyoming's Ashton Hallsted and Gypsum, Colorado's Michelle Carbajal. Hallsted left the competition behind by more than 10 feet in the weight throw, with an outstanding mark of 19.67 meters (64-06.50). Carbajal placed fifth in the triple jump to earn Second Team honors, with a personal best of 11.57 meters (37-11.50), which is three inches further than her fourth-place mark at the 2018 outdoor meet.
For the men, triple jumpers Brock Voth and Joss Linse join Grimes on the All-RMAC First Team. Voth won gold in the event and Linse took silver, after entering the meet ranked seventh and sixth, respectively. The true freshmen both far exceeded their previous seasonal bests. Voth, of Berthoud, Colorado, went 14.52 meters (47-07.75) to best his previous personal record by more than three feet. Linse, a Nebraska Class B state champ last year at Plattsview High, went nearly two and a half feet past his regular season mark of 13.67 meters to improve to 14.41 in the metric system and 47 feet, three and a half inches. The new seasonal record also beat Linse's all-time high school mark of 47 feet, one inch.
Javan Lanier, of Aurora, Colorado, placed fourth in the 60 meters in 6.92 seconds to earn Second Team recognition.
The other RMAC Athletes of the Year selected were Thomas Staines of CSU-Pueblo for men's track, Skylyn Webb of UCCS for women's track and Kaija Crowe of UCCS for women's field.
The men's Freshman of the Year award was split between Western Colorado's Charlie Sweeney and MSU Denver's Nick Nowlen. Stephanie Cotter of Adams State was the top rookie for the women.
The RMAC Coaches of the Year were conference champions Damon Martin of the Adams State women's team and Lindsey Grasmick for the Western Colorado men.
Following the RMAC indoor track and field postseason release on Thursday, the preseason outdoor release named Grimes the 2019 RMAC Preseason Athlete of the Year.
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