Boen brings total to 63 Coach of the Year awards
EASTON, Mass. (May 21, 2019) – The Stonehill College cross country and track & field head coach Karen Boen has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) East Region Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, as announce by the league last week.
Boen, who is in her 22nd season in charge of the Skyhawks, has totaled 63 Coach of the Year awards, five of them being the East Region Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. She led the women's team to their fourth-straight NE10 outdoor title in early May and 20 All-Conference nods in the two-day meet. The Skyhawks came from behind after being second on day one and combined for 185 points, while Assumption College wasn't far behind with 169 points taking home second place, and Southern Connecticut totaled 83 points for third place.
With the women's fourth-straight NE10 Outdoor Championship under their belt, the Skyhawks have won 12-straight Championships including cross country, indoor, and outdoor track & field. Over the past 18 NE10 Championships, Stonehill women have won 17.
On the women's side, Stonehill saw two individuals provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, including senior Olivia Dexter in the 100-meter run and junior Madison Ward in the high jump. Ward sits 22nd on the performance list and will represent the women Skyhawks at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week at Pepsi Field at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas, hosted by Texas A & M University, Kingsville.
During the indoor season, Boen earned her fifth-straight U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) East Region Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in early March and her fifth-straight NE10 Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year award after taking home the program's sixth-straight NE10 Indoor title.
Boen celebrates with some of the women Skyhawks after the 5000-meter run at the NE10 Outdoor Championships, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University
During cross country season, Boen was tabbed USTFCCCA Men's and Women's Cross Country East Region Coach of the Year and NE10 Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. She led the men to their fifth NCAA Division II East Region title and the women to their 17th NE10 title and 10th-straight crown this fall, including the program's fourth-straight individual title with junior Anna Lastra. This was the third time in Conference history that a program saw four-straight individual titles, with Springfield College leading the way with six-straight from 1987-92.
In 2017, Boen saw the fifth year that she tallied both the men's and women's NE10 Coach of the Year Award in cross country, the other years include: 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2004. Boen's success extends beyond the conference level, however, she has also collected East Region Coach of the Year Honors for all six teams. Overall, her resume includes 62 NE10 and East Region Coach of the Year Awards, 36 NE10 Championships, and 18 East Region Championships across the six teams she is in charge of. Boen, who was inducted into the Stonehill Hall of Fame in 2014, has overseen the development of 72 All-Americans and four fellow Hall of Fame inductees.
Stonehill will conclude the 2019 season, as Ward and seniors Stephen Vercollone and Lucas Taxter will represent the Purple & White at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Pepsi Field at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas, hosted by Texas A & M University, Kingsville from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25.
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