NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee senior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the South/Southeast Region.
Tallman won two individual titles at the ODAC Championship to lead the team to a third-place finish. He was also a member of two ODAC-winning relays. He won the 400m in an ODAC-meet record time of 47.66, and claimed the 800m title in 1:55.84.
For the 4x100m and the 4x400m relays, Tallman served as the anchor leg and helped lead both to individual ODAC championships. The 4x100m relay finished with a time of 42.13, and consisted of seniors Agustin Kim (La Habra, Calif./Troy) and Cole Glasgow (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), junior Aaron Jeong (Federal Way, Wash./Thomas Jefferson) and Tallman. The 4x400m relay crossed the finish line in 3:20.66, and first-years Isidro Camacho (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) and Jack Jones (Lookout Mountain, Ga./McCallie School), sophomore Charlie Zachariades (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Tallman made up the quartet.
Over the course of the outdoor season, Tallman also broke the W&L record in the 400m and 800m, as well as being part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays that set new program bests. Tallman registered a time of 47.35 in the 400m at the Dr. Keeler Invitational on May 8, which is the second-fastest time in Division III this year. He set the 800m record at the Hopkins-Loyola Invitational on April 12 with a time of 1:52.68.
The 4x100m relay broke the W&L record multiple times this season, with its best (41.47) coming at the Dr. Keeler Invitational on May 8. The 4x400m relay, which was comprised of senior Dillon Myers (Foxborough, Mass./Foxborough), Jones, Camacho and Tallman, set the program record in 3:15.00 at the Liberty Twilight on May 1.
Tallman will compete in the 400m and 4x100m relay at the NCAA Division III Championship, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan, on May 22-24.
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