Huber, Rains, Belling and Dilling Get Regional Track & Field Honors
South Dakota's Lucky Huber has been named the region Women's Track Coach of the Year while Katelin Rains of Minnesota State has been named the Women's Field Athlete of the Year, Nebraska-Omaha's Molly Belling picked up the Women's Track Athlete of the Year and Jim Dilling of Minnesota State grabbed the Men's Field Athlete of the Year award. All awards were handed out by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and represent the North Central Region.
Women's Coach of the Year: Lucky Huber, University of
In his 11th season as the women's coach at South Dakota, Huber guided the Coyotes to their fourth straight North Central Conference championship. South Dakota is sending four women to the NCAA Championships. Huber has won 11 NCC titles during his tenure at South Dakota.
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Molly Belling, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Belling was named the North Central Conference's outstanding track performer after winning the 100 and 200 meters at the NCC meet. Belling has the nation's fastest time in the 100 (11.49) and the second-fastest clocking in the 200 (23.64). The sophomore from Omaha placed third in the 200 at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Jim Dilling, Minnesota State University
Dilling won the high jump and long jump at the North Central Conference Championships. A three-time national champion (indoors and outdoors) in the high jump, Dilling leads all Division II performers this spring with a best of 7-6½. He is a senior from Fond du Lac, Wisc.
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Katelin Rains, Minnesota State University
Rains won the pole vault, long jump and triple jump at the North Central Conference Championships. The sophomore from Spring Lake Park won the NCAA indoor title in the pole vault earlier this year and leads the national outdoor list at 13-3¾ heading into this week's NCAA Outdoor Championships.