June 4, 2017
Full Release from the USTFCCCA (link)
CINCINNATI - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) annual regional honors have been released with University of Cincinnati standout Macklin Tudor being named the Great Lakes Region’s Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, the Association announced Sunday. Tudor, who has been ranked among the Top 5 in both the NCAA and the United States in the men’s discus for much of the 2017 outdoor season, will now be eligible for national athlete of the year accolades later this month.
A senior from Mt. Orab, Ohio, Tudor heads to Eugene, Ore., this week for the NCAA Final where he holds the third-best mark in the nation at 63.54m (208-05), a mark that also stands as both the UC and American Athletic Conference record. Undefeated in eight discus competitions this year, including winning the prestigious Penn Relays Championship, Tudor enters the national meet with the second-best qualifying mark from the preliminary rounds. Just the second Bearcat to win the shot put-discus double at a conference meet, Tudor ended his conference career in Houston (May 12-14) with not only the two championship crowns but also the Conference’s all-time and championship meet records in both events. Following the NCAA meet, Tudor will turn his sights on the U.S. Senior National Championships in Sacramento, Calif., after his winning mark at Penn (63.54m) qualified him for the national meet.
The honor, which is selected through a vote of each of the nine regions’ head and assistant coaches, is the first field honor earned in program history and just the second overall since the awards began in 2007 with Terrence Somerville being tabbed the Great Lakes Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year in 2013.
Tudor will be one of a program-record eight Bearcats that will compete in Eugene, Ore., this week when the NCAA Finals are held at Hayward Field June 7-10. Tudor (discus) and Adrian Valles (pole vault) will represent the UC men while the women will be represented by Loretta Blaut (high jump), Annette Echikunwoke (shot put) and the quartet of Haisha Bisiolu, Tiona Lattimore, Deanna Gesicki and Bryana Robinson in the 4x400m relay.
2017 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Male Field Athlete of the Year - Macklin Tudor
Bearcats Honored (since 2007)
2017 - Macklin Tudor - Men’s Field Athlete of the Year
2013 - Terrence Somerville - Men’s Track Athlete of the Year