Willamettes Own Earn Top Athletic Honors

Matt McGuirk Named 2004 NCAA Men's National Track and Field Coach of the Year
Jake Stout Named Men's National Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Decatur, IL - As 15 Willamette athletes prepare for the Men's and Women's National Track and Field Championships, two Bearcats are already receiving national attention. Head Coach Matt McGuirk was honored three times on Wednesday night. After initially being named the West Region Men's and Women's Coach of the Year at the NCAA Division III Championship Banquet in Decatur, Illinois, McGuirk capped off the evening with the grand prize; 2004 NCAA Men's National Track and Field Coach of the Year.

The national top honor comes in addition to previously being named the Northwest Conference and West Region Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year this past fall and both Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year for the Northwest Conference this spring.

Senior Jake Stout, competing in the 5000m and Steeplechase, was honored twice last night. After initially being recognized as the West Region Male Athlete of the Year, Stout bagged the nation's the top honor and was named the 2004 NCAA Track and Field Male Athlete of the year.

The Division III Track and Field Championships, in Decatur, IL, begin today, May 27 and will close on May 29th.