Dominique Torres Named USTFCCCA S/SE Region Field Athlete of the Year; Tyler Wingard Men's Coach of the Year
3/6/2013 3:27:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS – Freshman standout Dominique Torres has been named the South / Southeast Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while Tyler Wingard has been named the region's Head Coach of the Year on the men's side after guiding the Christopher Newport indoor track & field team to an outstanding 2012-13 campaign.
Torres, who will be representing CNU at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, has been sensational during his first season with the Captains. Currently, he ranks 13th in the nation in the triple jump after notching a leap of 14.53 meters during the George Mason Final Qualifier on February 24.
Equally successful throughout the year, he eclipsed the 14-meter mark in the triple jump on four occasions, highlighted by his strong showing at George Mason. With his effort at GMU, he etched his name into Christopher Newport's record book, placing him sixth in the event in program history.
During the year, Torres also secured a pair of conference titles in his first-ever appearance at the Mason-Dixon Indoor Championships. The Chesapeake native won the triple jump crown with a distance of 14.25m before taking the long jump title with a leap of 6.47 meters.
Wingard was also honored by the USTFCCCA as the Men's Head Coach of the Year in the region after leading the Captains to another successful season. Under his guidance, the men and women swept the Mason-Dixon indoor titles for the second straight year after cruising to the crowns at the Freeman Center in February.
Earning respect throughout the year, Wingard helped guide both squads to the No. 2 spot in the USTFCCCA South / Southeast regional rankings. The Captains also stand atop the South Region in the final D3 Dual Meet Rankings of the year, while the women sit 23rd and the men 27th on the national level.
In addition to his regional honor, Wingard was also named the Mason-Dixon men's and women's Coach of the Year. Overall, his athletes went on to set over 200 personal bests during the season while claiming 14 conference event titles.