NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Washington and Lee sophomore Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) has been named the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Tallman also earned 2012 ODAC Athlete of the Meet honors for the second year in a row as W&L captured second place at the ODAC Indoor Championships. He defended his 2011 title in both the 200 meters and the 400 meters, taking the 200 meters in 22.40 and the 400 meters in 49.55.
In his second indoor season, he set new school standards in both events, posting times of 22.31 in the 200 meters and 49.06 in the 400 meters. Tallman's time of 49.06 in the 400 meters qualified him to run at the Div. III National Championships, hosted by Grinnell College on Friday, March 9, where he is seeded ninth out of 13 runners. This marks the first time since 1990 that the W&L men's track & field team has had a competitor take part in the indoor championships.
Tallman is slated to run in the preliminary race Friday evening at 6:05 pm CST, with the finals to follow on Saturday at 4:15 pm CST. Live video of the championships can be seen here.