May 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Senior Sam Lockhart and assistant coach Blaine Maag have been honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently, with Lockhart being named the Division II Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and Maag being named the Division II Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Lockhart, a senior from Lansing, Mich., established herself among the best throwers in both Division II history and the 2013 collegiate landscape with a season that culminated in NCAA Division II titles in the discus and the shot put, and a third-place finish in the hammer throw. Her first title came in the discus, which she won with a championships-record mark of 190-7 (58.08m) by nearly 20 feet. She also won the shot put with a mark of 54-11½ (16.75m) to win by more than four feet. She started her weekend with a third-place finish in the hammer throw at 194-7 (59.30m).
Lockhart went undefeated in 12 shot put and discus events, and earned USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors three times this outdoor season after breaking the all-time discus record two times and moving to No. 2 all-time in the shot put and No. 8 in the hammer throw. She first set the discus record at 192-9 (58.75m), before two weeks later breaking it at 193-2 (58.87m) at the GLIAC Championships. That same week she moved to No. 2 all-time in the shot put with a GLIAC-winning mark of 55-1½ (16.80m) and No. 7 in the hammer at 201-8 (61.48m).
Lockhart is the first GVSU athlete to win the women's field athlete of the year award in the outdoor season. Click here to view the full USTFCCCA release.
Maag, in his second season with the Lakers, helped to guide Sam Lockhart to one of the best seasons by a thrower in Division II history. Under his tutelage, Lockhart won NCAA titles in the discus throw — with a championships-record 190-6 (58.08m) — and shot put and finished third in the hammer throw. During the regular season Lockhart set the Division II discus record at 193-2 (58.87m) and moved to No. 2 all-time in the shot put and No. 8 on the hammer throw list. In total his student-athletes scored 29 points at the NCAA Championships en route to a third-place team finish and 38 points at the GLIAC Championships in the Lakers’ conference title performance.
Maag is the third different Laker women's assistant coach to win the award in the last three years. In 2011, Cory Young won the honor, while Lou Andreadis won the award in 2012. Click here to view the full USTFCCCA release.