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2013 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Major Award Winners Released

2013 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Major Award Winners Released

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State College junior Ryan Widzgowski (Camden, Maine) was named the Little East Track Athlete of the Year, while University of Massachusetts Boston sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) was chosen as the Field Athlete of the Year this afternoon when the conference office announced its 2013 men's outdoor track and field awards program. Widzgowski and Joseph mark the second straight season and third time in the past six years two All-Americans have headlined the annual awards program.

Rhode Island College freshman Jarell James (Providence, R.I.) was selected as the Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, while classmate Ed Cummins (Lincoln, R.I.) was voted as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. Kevin Jackson was elected by his five colleagues as the Coach of the Year to complete the sixth edition of the men's outdoor track and field awards program.

Widzgowski is the second Owl to be named as the top track athlete in the conference and first since Peter Najem won the award in consecutive years. The junior from Camden, Maine was one of the top middle distance runners in Division III this past spring, posting the fourth fastest time in the 1,500-meter run and the 17th in the 800-meter run. Widzowski made his debut at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, competing in the 1,500-meter run. Widzgowski became the 32nd Keene State men's track athlete to earn All-America honors, when he was the third runner to cross the finish line at the Roger Harring Stadium with a time of three minutes, 48.59 seconds. Widzgowski qualified for the national championship meet with his performance at the prestigious Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University (3:48.75). He captured the 800-meter title at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships, boasting the second fastest time in Owl history (1:51.83). Widgowski was selected as the Little East Track Athlete of the Week six out of the nine times the citation was awarded this season.

Joseph is the first Beacon to be elected by the coaches as the top field athlete in the conference circuit. The sophomore from Brockton, Mass. is making his second appearance on the outdoor track and field major awards program after receiving the Little East Rookie Field Athlete of the Year Award in 2012. The high jump specialist is just the third UMass Boston student-athlete in program history to become a two All-American. Joseph cleared 2.03 meters (6-08.00) to place seventh overall in the national championship field. He booked his ticket the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the best mark in nation, clearing 2.16 meters (7-01.00) to capture the individual title at the Charlotte 49er Classic on March 14. Joseph also won the individual title at the New England Division III Championships and the New England Alliance Championships. He established a new standard at the New England Alliance/Little East Championships this past spring (2.11 meters), shattering his previous mark that he set in 2012. Joseph was named the Little East Field Athlete of the Week twice this season.

James is the second Anchorman to be voted as the top rookie athlete in the Little East, joining current teammate George N'Tow (2010). The freshman sprinter from Providence, R.I. combined with his teammates to establish two new program relay records, setting the standard in the 4x100 (43.25) and 4x400-meter (3:15.94). James helped Rhode Island College capture the program's first Little East Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship this past spring. He turned in a pair of personal best performances to win the 200-meter dash (22.07) and the 400-meter dash (48.93), while placing third in the 100-meter dash (11.07). James also garnered All-New England Division III honors in the 200-meter dash with a third place finish (22.09). He was cited as the Little East Rookie Track Athlete of the Week five times on the campaign.

Cummins is the second Rhode Island College student-athlete in the past three years to be chosen as the top rookie field athlete, joining current teammate Craig Amado. The freshman from Lincoln, R.I. primarily competed in the discus throw and hammer throw events in 2013. Cummins ranked 44th in the nation in the hammer throw with a season-best toss of 52.56 meters (172-05) at the New England Division III Championships. His personal best throw and sixth place finished garnered Cummins All-New England accolades. Earlier in the spring, Cummins captured the Little East championship in the hammer throw, uncorking a heave of 50.40 meters (165-04). He also placed sixth in the discus with a season-high toss of 38.55 meters (126-08). Cummins was named the Little East Rookie Field Athlete of the Week five times this season.

Jackson became the first Little East boss to sweep the men's and women's outdoor track and field top coach award in the same season since the conference began sponsoring the honor in 2008. He guided Rhode Island College to the program's first Little East Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in April. The Anchormen captured on team relay, three field events, and five races to raise the coveted team championship trophy. Jackson also led his charges to the program's best finish at the New England Division III Championships, placing seventh among 26 teams. He mentored two individual qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Jarell Forbes (Providence, R.I.) competed in the 400-meter hurdles, while senior Shawn Stadnick (Wakefield, R.I.) raced in the 800-meter run.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship