Portions courtesy USTFCCCA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cornell track & field men's head coach Nathan Taylor, Princeton men's head coach Fred Samara and assistant coach Steve Dolan were all honored by the Unites States Track & Field and Cross Country Association Monday, being honored as the top coaches in their respective regions.
Taylor's Big Red squad was the top ranked team in the Northeast Region all season with 44 individuals, in 20 of 21 events, qualified for the IC4A meet. The Big Red scored 187 points at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, finishing second by 11 points. Ten athletes qualified for the NCAA’s first round and four qualified for the championship’s finals, including Adrien Dannemiller in the steeple, Nick Huber in the decathlon, Gary Jones in the triple jump and Nate Edelman in the 10k. Taylor coaches the jumps and combined events.
Samara led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a record score of 198. At the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, their 4×400 team set an all time league record of 3:05.86. In addition, they have NCAA final qualifiers in the hammer, pole vault, 800 meters, steeplechase, and 5000 meters. Princeton ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Dolan’s Princeton distance runners won four events and finished runner-up in the 800m to help the team set an all time high score at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. After sending eight entries to the East Prelims, four advanced to the NCAA Championships – 800m, 5K and steeplechase. Princeton’s 4xMile team won a Penn Relays title for the seven-year Tiger coach.