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The Texas Track and Field Coaches Association (TTFCA) has released it's awards and acknowledgements for the 2019 outdoor track and field season.
The awards and acknowledgements include the coaches of the year, top track athletes, top field athletes, and top private school athletes of the year.
Related: TTFCA Press Release on awards
Girls Coach of the Year
Coach June Villers is the leader of the machine known as the girls DeSoto track and field program. Villers effectively led DeSoto through an interesting DFW track season and ultimately to the 2019 UIL 6A state championship.
In a season, that had the worst track and field weather conducive for running fast, vaulting and jumping high, and throwing far in some time. The Lady Eagles were able to have a fairly healthy season that produced incredible marks from day one until the last day of the year.
Villers' squad stayed nationally ranked in both individual and relay events the entire season. In the end, she led them to a couple of Texas Relays championships, a state record, national record, and a team title.
The 4x100 relay was able to run those two records as well as the top two times ever for a high school team, which eventually led to the fourth consecutive UIL 6A team title.
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Boys Coach of the Year
Coach Lloyd Banks also effectively led his team to another state title. Banks' Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos wrecked havoc on both the Texas and national sprint rankings all season long. Not only have they left their mark on 2019, but they also have etched themselves among the All-Time list as well with their 39.99 in the 4x100 relay (No. 6 All-Time) and their 1:23.38 in the 4x200 relay (No. 2 All-time) and a UIL 5A state record.
Marshall was also able to win the 2019 UIL 5A Boys team title, which was it's second consecutive and fourth in the last five years. The Marshall staff has only been in place since the 2011 season, yet continues to rack up several team, coach, and individual awards.
Girls Athlete of the Year - Private
Badal won TAPPS state titles in both the 100H and the 300H events and helped her 4x100 to a TAPPS 6Arecord in 478.32. Badal will continue her student-athlete career at the University of Colorado.
Boys Athlete of the Year - Private
Fort Worth Christian senior Carter Cheeseman won two individual state titles last year and decided to up the ante this year by going for three. Cheeseman won the 800m (1:57.81), 1500m (4:19.38), and 3200m (9:16.07).
Cheeseman also ran at a high level on the national and the international stage this year. During the indoor season, he finished 5th in the one mile (4:12.85) at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and 7th (4:11.27) at the New Balance Nationals Indoor and also won a national title in the 5,000m (14:40.01) at the New Balance Nationals Indoor championships.
He also competed and qualified for the IAAF U20 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, back in March. Cheeseman finished 31st overall and second for Team USA with a 26:25 for the 8K distance. Cheeseman will continue his student-athlete career at The University of Notre Dame.
Girls Athlete of the Year - Field
She has never lost a UIL competition and hasn't earned anything less than a gold medal in individual competition.
She helped her Lake Ridge team to a third place team finish in 2016, second in 2017, and a UIL 5A girls team title in 2018.
Moore overcame the weather conditions to claim those gold medals and doing so in the triple jump with a bomb of a 44-10 jump for a UIL state meet record and the No. 3 All-Time jump in US history. Moore will continue her student-athlete career at the University of Georgia.