NEW ORLEANS - Oregon senior middle distance runner, Laura Roesler and assistant coach, Curtis Taylor were honored as the regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor track and field season were announced, Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Roesler was named the West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Taylor was voted the West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Roesler, a senior from Fargo, N.D., leads all collegians at 800 meters in 2:01.32, a school record and the second-fastest all-conditions time in collegiate history. She also ran legs on the Ducks’ third-ranked distance medley relay (10:56.77) and school-record 4×400 team that posted the second-fastest time collegiate of the season (3:30.08). The Bowerman Watch List member will compete at 800 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, along with the 4×400 and distance medley relay.
Taylor, who is in his first year at Oregon as coach of sprints, hurdles, and relays, had six sprinters finish the regular season ranked in the top 15 nationally. Jasmine Todd ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in the 60 meters (7.18 seconds) and long jump (21-4/6.50m). Jenna Prandini ranks third nationally in the 60 meters with a 7.24 performance. Sasha Wallace posted an American junior record and school record, 8.10, in the 60-meter hurdles and has toppled the triple jump school record (42-5½/12.94m).