NEW ORLEANS – Tony Tenisci, Thomas Awad, and Sam Mattis have each been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as 2016 Outdoor Track and Field Mid-Atlantic Region honorees, as announced on Monday. The trio have been named the Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Track Athlete of the Year, and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively.
Monday’s announcement comes prior to the start of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships set to take place June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches and will be honored prior to the start of competition this week.
Tenisci, in his 30th season coaching throws at Penn, guided Sam Mattis to the American College Record in the discus at 67.45m. He threw beyond the Olympic A Standard again winning the Virginia Quad in 65.12m. Mattis and teammate Noah Kennedy-White finished first and second at both the Heps & IC4As in the discus while Kennedy-White had a season best of 57.71m at the meet. Additionally, Tenisci helped send Kelsey Hay and Lisa Sesink-Clee to the 2016 NCAA East Regional in javelin while Hay earned her third-straight Ivy League title in the javelin earlier this spring.
Awad, a senior from East Norwich, N.Y., anchored the 4 x Mile Relay in a dramatic come from behind win at the Penn Relays – the school’s first Championship of America Relay win since 1974. Awad also ran a strong 13:41.77 in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invite and bettered the USA Olympic Trials Standard with a personal best of 3:37.75 in the 1,500. He will compete at NCAAs in the 5,000 meters and will compete this July at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500.
Mattis, a senior from East Brunswick, N.J., set the American College Record this spring with a throw of 67.45m in the discus, which stands as the best throw in the U.S. this year. He also threw beyond the Olympic A Standard at the Virginia Quad with a throw of 65.12m which set a Lannigan Field record. Additionally, Mattis won his fourth consecutive Ivy League title in the discus with a meet record of 62.45m. He will also compete for a spot on Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Trials this July.