The U.S. Track
& Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on
Thursday that Eric Flores of Cal Lutheran and Ellie Sitek of UW Oshkosh were
named the National Field Athletes of the Year for Outdoor Track & Field in
Division III as voted by the nation's coaches.
Cal Lutheran track and field team members Eric Flores and
Christa Youngern became United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association (USTFCCCA) All-Americans with their finishes at the National
Championship meet this past weekend. Flores won the hammer throw title while
Youngern earned runner-up in the hammer and eighth in the discus.
Christa Youngern wrapped up competition for Cal
Lutheran participants at the three-day 2010 NCAA Division III
Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday with an eighth place
finish in the discus for her second All-American finish of the meet. On Friday
Youngern and Eric Flores both took part in the shot put event and posted
qualifying marks that kept them out of the finals.
On the first day of the 2010 NCAA Division III
Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Cal Lutheran junior Eric Flores
claimed the national title in the men's hammer throw in dominant fashion with
an NCAA DIII championship record throw of 217 feet, 8 inches (66.25 meters) on
Thursday. In the women's hammer throw, senior Christa Youngern used a mark of
186 feet, 11 inches (56.99 meters) to finish as the national runner-up, less
than two feet shy of the first place throw.
CLU track and field team member Eric Flores and Assistant
Coach Lucais MacKay were selected as U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III West Region Male Field Athlete and
Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, announced earlier this week.
The CLU athletics department will be honoring its finest athletes over the past 10 years by releasing Cal Lutheran All-Decade Teams throughout the upcoming summer. The reigning SCIAC Champion football team will be the first of 19 programs to have its all-decade team announced, schedule to be released on Monday, May 24.
Throwing specialists Eric Flores and Christa Youngern
have now each been designated the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (SCIAC) Male and Female Athlete of the Week on three separate
occasions during this past spring, respectively. Each was named SCIAC Track
Athlete of the Year following their outstanding performances at the
Championship meet Apr. 30-May 1.
After Eric Flores broke the NCAA Division III
record in the hammer on day one of the Cal State Los Angeles Last Chance
Qualifier, javelin throwers Britlyn Garrett and Chris Brouillette of the men's
and women's Cal Lutheran track and field teams took their last shots at
automatic qualifying spots for the national championships on Saturday.