NEW ORLEANS – Wesley College head track & field coach Stephen Kimes and 10 Wesley men's track & field athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on their All-Mideast Region team.
Kimes, who is in his sixth year at Wesley, was named the Mideast Men's Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Kimes led the Wolverines to their first-ever team title at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a runner-up finish at the Captial Athletic Conference (CAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships and qualified six men to the upcoming NCAA Division III National Championships.
Thomas Kalieta Jr. collected three All-Region awards. Kalieta holds the top time in the region in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.01 seconds from the Swarthmore Final Qualifier. Kalieta along with John Heriot, Dominic McAnulty and TySean Cousar had the fastest time in the region in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 3:13.30 at the ECAC Championships. Kalieta ranked second in the region in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 21.60 seconds at the Chester Quarry Classic at Widener.
Cousar and McAnulty earned individual All-Region honors in the 200- and 400-meter dashes respectively. McAnulty had the second-fastest time in the 400 when he finished in 48.20 seconds while Cousar tied for fourth in the region in the 200 with a time of 21.77 seconds, both times achieved at the CAC Championships.
Heriot, Christian Saulsbury, John Castro and Greg Taylor notched the top time in the Mideast Region in the 4x100-meter relay when they finished in 41.61 seconds at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier. Saulsbury and Taylor earned All-Region honors in the 100-meter dash. Saulsbury placed second in the region when he finished in 10.72 seconds in the 100 at the 2018 Navy Men's Invitational while Taylor was fourth in the region in the 100 when he clocked in at 10.81 seconds at the ECAC Championships.
Roland Attoh-Okine and Javonte' Freeman received All-Region accolades in the 110-meter hurdles. Attoh-Okine held the fastest time in the 110 hurdles when he finished in 14.50 seconds at the CAC Championships while Freeman recorded the fourth-best time with a time of 14.82 seconds at the Delaware Open.
Tre' Johnson ranked fourth in the Mideast Region in the triple jump with a mark of 14.63 meters (48-0) at the CAC Championships.
Kalieta, Johnson, Attoh-Okine and 4x400-meter relay team will look to win the national championship and achieve All-American status at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, starting on Thursday. The 4x400-meter relay will run in the preliminaries at 6:30 p.m. EST on Thursday. Attoh-Okine will compete in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles at 4:10 p.m. EST Kalieta will run in the prelims of the 400 on Friday at 5 p.m. EST. Johnson will compete in the triple jump on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.