Goodwin and Sategna pick up USTFCCCA South Central Region awards
June 6, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - University of Texas sophomore Marquise Goodwin and men's track and field associate head coach Mario Sategna were named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Central field athlete and assistant coach of the year, respectively, the organization announced Monday.
This outdoor season, Goodwin claimed his second-straight Big 12 outdoor long jump crown with a collegiate personal-best of 26-9.75 (8.17m), which ranked as the fourth-best leap in Texas history. In winning the Big 12 title, Goodwin completed a sweep of the league's indoor/outdoor championships as he won the indoor title in February.
At the NCAA West region meet, Goodwin was the top qualifier to earn a spot in the finals in Des Moines, Iowa. He will enter this week's national meet as the defending champion in the event after winning last year's crown with a jump of 26-9. Goodwin also runs the third leg of Texas' 4x100m relay that will be competing this week.
Sategna, in his eighth season with Texas, is charged with overseeing the field and combined events athletes for the Longhorns. During the 2011 season, Texas earned 11 All-Big 12 honors in the field events en route to helping the team finish second overall. The Horns advanced seven field athletes to the finals at the NCAA Championships, including two in the decathlon.
Sategna is no stranger to this award as he earned it in 2006 before being named the USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year following the NCAA Championships that year.
Goodwin and Sategna join sophomore Keiron Stewart in being honored by the USTFCCCA this season. During the indoor campaign, Stewart was named the 2011 South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year.
The 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships get started on Wednesday, June 8 and run through Saturday, June 11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.