The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently announced its inaugural NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2015 season.
MVCC's Stephanie Boucher was named Female Track Athlete of the Year. Boucher, a sophomore from New Hartford, N.Y., finished the season undefeated in the 800 and 1500 meters, adding national titles in those events to wrap the season. She won the 800 title by nearly four seconds and the 1500-meter crown by nearly second seconds. Those 20 points were part of the 32 total points scored by Boucher at the national meet as she added a second-place showing in the steeplechase. Also, she led the squad to a title in the 4×800 relay by nearly seven seconds as its anchor and also anchored the third-place 4×400 team.
Coach Gary Parker was named Women's Coach of the Year. Coach Parker, leading Mohawk Valley in his 36th year, led his program to the national crown, the team's second crown in four years and third in the past seven years. His team scored 151 points to top runner-up SUNY Delhi by 14 points.
Based on a vote of NJCAA coaches, the USTFCCCA bestowed awards upon the Track Athletes and Field Athletes of the Year for both men and women, as well as Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches of the Year for men's and women's teams.
The awards were determined based on performances at the NJCAA Division III Championships and throughout the 2015 regular season.