NEW ORLEANS, LA - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has announced that Jonathan Arthur has been named the Southeast Region Male Field Athlete of the Year, Ley Fletcher has been named the Southeast Region Men's Head Coach of the Year, and Jason Davis has been named the Southeast Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Arthur, a junior from Pine Level, North Carolina, qualified for this weekend's national championships with an automatic mark in the pole vault of 16' 8", 5.05m, tied for ninth-best in Division II. Arthur reset the Bobcat school record in the pole vault this season, and he won both Conference Carolinas and Division II Southeast Region titles in the pole vault.
First-year head coach Fletcher brought immediate success to the Bobcat program. Fletcher earned Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year honors in leading Lees-McRae to the team title by a margin of over 100 points. Six Bobcats earned individual titles at the Conference Carolinas meet. The Bobcats also set four school records this season and qualified two student-athletes for the national championships.
Davis, in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Lees-McRae, coaches the Bobcats' field events. Davis coached two student-athletes to qualifying marks in the pole vault during the outdoor season, and he coached the Conference Carolinas champions in the hammer, discus, and pole vault. His student-athletes also earned six All-Conference Honors and broke two school records.
The three will be presented with their awards at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships which will take place May 21 through May 23, 2009 in San Angelo, Texas at Angelo State University.
Pictured: Coach Ley Fletcher