ELMHURST, Ill. – NCAA Champions Cameron Levins and Jack Whitt garnered the 2012 Summit League Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year awards, while South Dakota’s Alexa Duling and Bethany Buell swept the women’s honors, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Whitt, a two-time outdoor first team All-American, earned his second consecutive Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award after being crowned the 2012 NCAA pole vault champion. The junior won the national title with a school-record height of 18’6.5″ (5.65m), four inches higher than the second place competitor, and garnered his second-straight first team All-America honor. Whitt tied for a league-best two Athlete of the Week awards this season and won his third consecutive league pole vault title.
Levins, the two-time national champion, captured his second-straight Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honor after earning multiple first team All-America honors (5,000 meters, 10,000 meters) at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During the NCAA meet, Levins became the first Summit League student-athlete to win two national titles at one championship. The senior won the 5,000 meters in 13:40.05 and the 10,000 meters in a stadium-record time of 28:07.14. The lone competitor earned Southern Utah a league-best finish in a tie for 11th place. He also became SUU’s first national champion, the first athlete to win the 5k/10k double since 2009 and the third two-time national champion in league history. He was named the USTFCCCA Men’s Mountain Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and is a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award. The native of Canada was a three-time champion (1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters) at The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships and the Track Championship MVP. Levins finished the season ranked first in the nation in 5,000 and 10,000 meters and was undefeated on the season in both events. His 10k time ranked first in the world during the season.
Dulling was named the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after earning second team All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (57.70) at her first NCAA Championships. At The Summit League Championships, she swept the 100- and 400-meter hurdles with times of 13.90 and 1:00.24.
Buell collected the Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award after earning first team All-America honors and a Summit League best third-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships. The St. Louis, Mo., native cleared a school record height of 14’5.25″ (4.40m) and became the first Coyote to place in the top three at the Division I national meet. Buell captured a league-best two Athlete of the Week selections and won the league pole vault title with a league-record height of 14’0.5″ (4.28m).