U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country : Knol earns sixth coaching honor

Knol earns
Doug Knol

Shippensburg University’sDoug Knol has earned his sixth coaching honor, named the 2021 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Voting is conducted by the region’s head coaches.

The Raiders won the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship with 131 points, acquiring their latest blue trophy after winning nine straight from 2010-18. Knol coached the SU sprints, hurdles, and relay event groups that contributed 57 percent of the team’s scoring (75 points).

Spanning seven events, Shippensburg scored:

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  • 17 points in the 400 hurdles (1-3-8)
  • 12 points in the 200 (2-5)
  • 12 points in the 100-meter hurdles (2-5)
  • 11 points in the 400 (3-4)
  • 10 points in the 4×4 relay (1st)
  • eight in the 100 (2nd) and
  • four points in the 4×1 relay (5th).

The Raiders won the 4×400-meter relay (3:55.12) and Lieke Black was the champion in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.10). Of the 12 different women that contributed to those 75 points, only two had ever scored at a PSAC Outdoor Championship meet prior to this season.

Shippensburg finished as the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region per the USTFCCCA rankings; and Leah Graybill ran the Atlantic Region’s top times in the 200 (24.63) and 400 (56.82) while ranking third in the 100 (11.95). Graybill also set school records in the 100 meters and 200 meters this season. SU’s 4×4 relay was also the top-ranked relay in the Atlantic Region.

The award is the first Atlantic Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year honor for Knol, who is in his 29th season on the Raider staff. Knol is a five-time USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year award winner (2020 indoors, 2019 outdoors, 2016 indoors, 2014 outdoors, 2014 indoors).

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