June 9, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The USTFCCCA announced its regional awards on Monday morning and two Boilermakers were honored. Head coach Lonnie Greene was named the men’s Head Coach of the Great Lakes Region, while Raheem Mostert picked up the men’s Track Athlete of the Great Lakes Region. The awards are voted on by all the coaches in the Great Lakes Region.
The award is the first for Greene as a head coach. The second-year leader of the Boilermakers was twice named a regional assistant coach of the year, in 2011 and 2012, while serving as the top assistant at Arkansas.
“It’s always an honor when your peers deem you worthy of one of the highest honors in our profession,” Coach Greene said after earning the award. “I’m honored and humbled and very grateful to the Lord for the honor.”
Greene led the men to a fifth-place finish at the outdoor Big Ten Championships, a four-place increase from a year ago. The men’s program broke six outdoor school records this season and qualified 12 individuals and two relay teams for the NCAA East Preliminary Round a week and a half ago. Of the regional qualifiers, Greene led seven to an NCAA Championships berth, which takes place this weekend in Eugene, Ore.
The Purdue men scored 79 points at the Big Ten Championships, 23 points more than in 2013. The men’s four-spot improvement from a year ago was the biggest improvement in the conference. Coach Greene led the men to three gold medals at the conference meet. He also helped them to two silvers and two bronzes, including a silver medal finish by the men’s 4x100m relay team. He also led the Big Ten Men’s Track Athlete of the Championships, Mostert, who won the 100m and 200m Big Ten Championships.
Mostert picked up the prestigious award after going three-for-three in regional events competed in and events he qualified for the NCAA Championships. Mostert ran a wind-aided 10.15-seconds time in the 100m dash to take second in the entire region. The junior two-sport star then automatically qualified for the 200m dash after running a pair of 20.66-seconds times in the prelims and semi-finals. Mostert is also part of the school-record 4x100m dash team that auto-qualified for this weekend’s national championship.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” said Mostert. “I couldn’t be more thankful to be honored by the coaches in the region.”
Mostert, a native of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., cruised to Big Ten Championships in the 100m and 200m dash. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m team that took second at the conference meet, just 0.02 of a second behind the top finisher. He is the Purdue men’s first Big Ten Outdoor Track champion since 2011. Mostert’s top wind-legal 100m dash time on the year was 10.28 seconds. His best 200m time was 20.66 seconds. Both are in the top five in program history.
The junior sprinter was also named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships despite only competing in roughly half the season because of spring football practice. He was part of 33 of the team’s 79 points from the conference championships.
Greene, Mostert and the Boilermakers wrap up the season this weekend with the NCAA Championships.