Hancock, Cain and Coleman Garner USTFCCCA Awards

HUNTSVILLE | The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its 2021 outdoor season regional award winners, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville was represented by Zach Hancock as South Region Field Athlete of the Year, David Cain as South Region Men’s Head Coach of the Year and Colton Coleman as South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
The USTFCCCA additionally announced its all-region honorees, with UAH combining for a total of 19 awardees on the men’s side and nine honorees for the women’s squad.
A native of Madison, Alabama, Hancock was the GSC individual champion in the shot put, discus and hammer throw at the conference meet as he was named the 2021 GSC Championships Most Outstanding Field Performer. He is currently in the top five nationally in both the shot put (18.56m) and discus (57.41m), while also leading the GSC in the hammer throw (55.24).
This is his second career South Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, as he’s set to compete at Nationals next week in both the shot put and discus.
Cain garners his fifth career South Region Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year, after leading the Chargers to the program’s third Gulf South Conference Championship in the 2021 campaign while the team held down a national ranking for the duration of the season.
Coleman – who was named associate head coach earlier this academic year – guided the top-ranked runner in the South Region in both the 400 meter and 800 meter in Serenity Andrus. He additionally has helped the Chargers achieve the region’s fastest 100 meter relay squad this season.
UAH’s All-South Region honorees on the men’s side include Dorian Austin (100 meter relay), Justin Bensinger (hammer), Jacob Bishop (3000 meter steeplechase), Cameron Clark (high jump), Ryan Collins (pole vault), Miguel Cortes (javelin), Tyrique Davis-Giles (100 meter, 200 meter, 100 meter relay), Jay Day (3000 meter steeplechase, 5000 meter), Zach Hancock (discus, hammer, shot put), Garrison Hill (pole vault), Alex Howard (discus), Harold Lacroix (10,000 meter), Wilson McClain (110 meter hurdles, 100 meter relay), Trey McFarland (decathlon, javelin), Hunter Nails (1500 meter), Timothy Patterson (decathlon), Stephen Tanner (hammer, shot put), Dantavious Thomas (100 meter relay), and Jared Tittle (javelin).
The Chargers women’s All-South Region awardees include Serenity Andrus (400 meter, 800 meter, 100 meter relay), Emee Baldwin (pole vault), Chelsie Burnett (100 meter relay), Ann Hampton (pole vault), Zakiria Holifield (100 meter, 200 meter, 100 meter relay), Marlee Mason (3000 meter steeplechase), Nikki Mata (400 meter hurdles), Krystalynn Oatman (100 meter, 100 meter relay), and Kaylee Stewart (5000 meter, 10,000 meter).
UAH now looks ahead to the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 27-29 in Allendale, Michigan, on the campus of Grand Valley State, where Andrus, Hancock and Wilson McClain will each be competing.

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