OGDEN, Utah — Sacramento State's Kenny McDaniel was named the Big Sky Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year it was announced today. The honor comes less than a week after the Hornet women claimed the Big Sky Outdoor title in Missoula, Mont.
Sacramento State earned its eighth women's Big Sky outdoor title in school history after scoring 144 points. The Hornets were followed by Weber State (116) and Southern Utah (115) in the top three. Sacramento State student-athletes finished first in seven events over the four days with wins from Shilah Bedingfield in the 200 and 400, Brittany Patterson in the triple jump, Jelaia Jones in the shot put, Shantel Nnaji in the discus as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
"I am honored to be named the Big Sky Coach of the Year," McDaniel said. "I would like to acknowledge our entire staff because without them this wouldn't have been possible. Their day to day commitment to this team has been a positive influence on our student-athletes. This is a team award not just my award. My involvement is a small percentage in this overall success. The student-athletes deserve a lot of credit for being such solid ambassadors for our program."
The conference title was the second for the Hornets this season as Sacramento State also won the Big Sky Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship in February. McDaniel also earned the conference Coach of the Year award following the indoor season.
Selected members of the team will continue their season at the NCAA West Preliminary on May 23-25 at Hornet Stadium.