"Boston Strong" was the motto of Huntsville runners at the 2014 marathon. (Source: Associated Press)
NEW ORLEANS | The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the 2015 Division-II Regional Awards, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville women's track program was represented by Katelin Barber as South Region Female Track Athlete of the Year and Soyini Thompson as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Barber is an automatic NCAA qualifier for the upcoming Outdoor Nationals in Allendale, Michigan this weekend, after recording a time of 11.49 in the 100-meter at the Tiger Track Classic. She has recorded a NCAA provisional mark in each of the past two competitions and has earned Peach Belt Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week on two occasions. Thompson now has a total of 14 USTFCCCA South Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year awards since joining the program in 2003. This season, she has guided the women's team to compete in three events at Outdoor Nationals, which include Barber in the 100-meter, Ackiesha Burnett in 100-meter hurdles and the relay team consisting of Barber, Khadijah Jannah, Mariah Tolbert and Eden Williams in the 4x100-meter relay. The NCAA Division-II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan