NEW ORLEANS – The Stevenson University men's indoor track and field team earned a total of eight USTFCCCA All-Region selections, it was announced recently. In addition, Stevenson head coach Erick Camodeca was named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
Sophomore Kendall Belser and freshman Ritchie Case each earned a pair of All-Region nods as they along with juniors Matt Riggins and Vladhimir Theophile were honored for their efforts in the 4x400 relay. Belser also earned All-Region in the 200-meter dash, while Case was honored in the heptathlon. Freshman Dereck Davis earned All-Region in the 60-meter dash, while freshman Dimeon Wright was honored in long jump.
The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region's top-3 relays teams.
Camodeca, in his fourth season overall, was also named the Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, as he and his staff guided the Mustangs to their first-ever MAC title, edging Widener by two points. The following week, Stevenson captured its first-ever ECAC indoor crown. Stevenson also has its second-ever qualifier for indoor nationals this season in Wright in the long jump, and the first male field athlete.
The 4x400 relay team of Belser, Case, Riggins and Theophile laid down a time of 3:23:33 (adjusted to 3:20.14 for track size) at the MAC Championship to take first place in the event. That time is tops in the region and represents a program record.
Belser finished with a time of 22.28 seconds (adjusted to 21.89) at the MAC Championship to finish second in the event. Case racked up a school-record 4414 points (adjusted to 4438) in the heptathlon at the Bison Open hosted by Bucknell in January for the fourth-best effort in the event in the region.
Davis tied for fifth place in the region and placed second in the MAC Championship in the 60 with a time of 6.99 seconds. Wright, who owns the country's 17th-best effort in the long jump to qualify for this weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship, is third in the region with a leap of 7.13 meters at the MAC meet. He finished second overall.