The U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the recipients of the 2021 All-West Region honors late Friday, with 15 members of the University of Redlands track & field teams accounting for 29 awards. The All-Region selections include the top five individuals in each event and the top three relays in outdoor track & field from member institutions among each region.
Redlands' women hauled in 20 honors, with senior Hannah Albrecht (Cottage Grove, OR) gaining four of them to bring her career total to six outdoor awards. She becomes an All-Region selection in the Heptathlon as the second-ranked competitor in the West with a career-best total of 4,569 points. She also represents Redlands in the Long Jump as an All-Region honoree with the fifth-best leap at 16' 11 ½".
Furthermore, Albrecht joins sophomore Alexandra Ackerman (Lake Elsinore, CA), senior Andrea Lyon (Danville, CA), and junior Courtney O'Neal (Las Vegas, NV) among the Bulldog All-Region 4x100 Relay. The quartet ranks second in the West Region with a time of 47.63, which came at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships. With this year's award, O'Neal gains her second All-Region selection as part of the 4x100 Relay.
Albrecht, Ackerman, Lyon, and first-year Ella Bachmeier (Rancho Capistrano, CA) receive All-Region distinction in the 4x400 Relay as well, ranking third in the region with their SCIAC Championship time of 4:08.65.
Ackerman becomes a repeat honoree with an All-Region nod for her time of 12.32 in the 100 Meters, which ranks fifth in the West. Lyon garners another award for firing off the fastest time in the region in the 400 (57.12) during the SCIAC Multi-Dual on April 17. She also posted the third-fastest time in the 200 at 24.88 during the recent Redlands Final Qualifier to collect her third All-Region award of the season. Bachmeier enhances the list of recipients with her All-Region selection in the 100 Hurdles with the fifth-fastest time of 15.42.
In addition, junior Isabella Glenn (Seattle, WA) becomes an All-Region selection for her region-leading time in the 3000 Steeplechase of 11:29.91.
Senior Brenna Dolen (Redlands, CA) and sophomore Ciara Aw (Seattle, WA) represent Redlands among the All-Region long jumpers. Dolen owns the best mark in the West at 18' 1 ½", which came at the Redlands Final Qualifier, while Aw sits third with a leap of 17' 3 ¼" from the SCIAC Championships. Dolen also ranks second in the Triple Jump with a Redlands Final Qualifier mark of 37' 11 ¼" to collect another All-Region award.
First-year Noelle Chavez (Yucaipa, CA) hauls in an All-Region nod for her 134' 0" toss in the Discus Throw for fifth in the West, as graduate student Katie Gonzalez (San Gabriel, CA) becomes a two-time regional honoree in the Hammer Throw. This year, Gonzalez unleashed a mark of 150' 3" at the SCIAC Championships to rank fourth in the region.
Sophomore Christian Megas (Palmdale, CA) leads the Bulldog men's team with three All-Region nods this season. He ranks first in the 100 Meters with a time of 10.81 and sits third in the 200 with a time of 22.04. Megas also contributed to the All-Region 4x100 Relay of junior Jamir Jones (Fairfield, CA), senior Anthony Bonini (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and senior Cooper Malerstein (Huntington Beach, CA) that completed the loop in 42.66 to rank third. Finally, Malerstein and Bonini collect the regional awards for the 100, ranking third (10.92) and fourth (10.94) in the West, respectively, which adds to Malerstein's 2019 honor for a total of three.
In addition, senior Tucker Cargile (Denver, CO) ranks third in the 800 with his winning time of 1:54.05 from the Redlands Final Qualifier, which results in his third All-Region award in this event.
For a complete list of the All-Region recipients for outdoor track & field, please visit the USTFCCCA website.
The Bulldogs look forward to cheering on Albrecht, Lyon, O'Neal, Ackerman, and first-year Sydney Harness (Henderson, NV), who will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday, May 27, through Saturday, May 29, in Greensboro, North Carolina.