The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Friday (March 20) that Jamaicans Ryan Brown, Renee Medley and Victor Thomas, all members of the Lincoln indoor track & field program are finalists for the USTFCCCA’s National Athlete and Coach of the Year awards.

Junior Ryan Brown is one of three finalists for the Division II Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Award, and senior Rene Medley is one of three finalists for the Division II Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Award.

Head coach Victor Thomas, meanwhile, is one of the finalists for the Division II Indoor Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year Award and the Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year Award, making him the only coach in the country to be a finalist for both national coach of the year honours.

Brown ended the 2019-20 season leading NCAA Division II in both the long jump and the triple jump, posting automatic qualifying distances in each event. Brown’s distance of 7.77m, set at the Hoosier Open, leads the nation in the long jump. In the triple jump, his distance of 15.87m, also set at the Hoosier Open, tops the country. At the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Brown won the triple jump while taking third in the long jump.

Medley finished 2019-20 with the top times in NCAA Division II in both the 60m and the 200m after winning both events at the MIAA Championships. Medley took the 60m in 7.37, and won the 200m in 23.57, with both times being automatic qualifiers.

Thomas coached Lincoln’s track & field teams to one of the most successful indoor seasons in program history. In the final USTFCCCA Division II rankings of the season, the Blue Tiger men’s track & field team was ranked No. 1 in the country, while the LU women were ranked No. 2. The two teams combined to produce 28 USTFCCCA All-Region Awards, with 14 Blue Tigers qualifying to compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.


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Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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  1. Mi boss Victor Thomas aka Poppy
    Holy Trinity 1979-1984
    Proud of you you’ve come a long way and you are doing what you love coaching always.
    Love you always sir and hats off to you.

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