Monroe Indoor Track and Field Claims Numerous Atlantic Region Awards
PITTSBURG, Kan., March 1, 2019 – A number of United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor Track & Field Awards were announced Thursday evening at a banquet ahead of the 2019 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The USTFCCCA awarded the Monroe College indoor track and field teams with four Atlantic Region awards at the ceremony. Monroe head coach Lesleigh Hogg was selected as the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for both the men and women, while associate head coach Shirvon Greene was picked as the Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year, also for both the men and women. Both Hogg and Greene take home their respective awards for the fifth straight season. The Mustangs' highly decorated coaches have steered the women's team to a No. 3 national ranking heading into the national championship meet, while the men's team enters at No. 9. Both teams set program records during the season with high ranks of No. 2 and No. 5, respectively. Faten Laribi was selected as the Atlantic Region Female Track Athlete of the Year. Laribi impressively owns a pair of No. 1-ranked performances on the season. She is first in the 800-meter run with a top time of 2:12.97, and ranks first in the NJCAA in the 1,000-meter run at 2:52.54. In addition, she ran the anchor leg of the Mustangs' 4x800 relay team that ran a time of 9:19.96 to set the fastest time in the NJCAA this season in the event. McCurdy was picked as the Atlantic Region Male Field Athlete of the Year. The freshman landed himself in the Top 10 of a pair of field events this season. McCurdy is No. 2 in the nation in the triple jump with a distance of 15.61 meters. He ranks sixth in the NJCAA in the long jump with a top performance of 7.26 meters.