(NEW ORLEANS, La.) – Graduate student Bram Miller (Colgate, Wis. / Kettle Moraine Lutheran) of the Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team along with head coach Gary Aldrich and associate head coach Tim Connelly were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with outstanding regional recognition.
Miller was named Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year while Aldrich garnered his seventh Coach of the Year honor, four times as indoor and now his third for the outdoor season, including second straight. This marks Connelly's first honor for track and field.
Miller becomes the program's second men's track and field athlete to garner a regional award and third overall. Justin Kiefel earned the honor a year ago while Jacqueline Guevel was the other Carnegie Mellon track and field athlete to garner the regional award since the USTFCCCA started recognizing Regional Athletes of the Year winners in 2006. Guevel received the honor in 2011.
The graduate student will continue his record setting season at this weekend's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Miller will compete in the shot put and discus throw for the second consecutive year. He currently ranks third in the shot put and 11th in the discus throw. At last year's meet, Miller placed second in the shot put and seventh in the discus to earn All-America recognition. The graduate student also competed in the 2022 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships where he placed second in the shot put.
Aldrich, who is in his eight-year at the helm, coached the Tartans to a runner-up finish at the All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference Outdoor Championships last week for the second consecutive season. Under Aldrich, the Tartans set five school records this season and are currently ranked 11th in the latest USTFCCCA Division III Track & Field Rating Index.
Aldrich also received the same accolade in 2019 and 2021, with indoor honors coming in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2022. He was previously a five-time USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year winner for the Tartans.
Connelly. in his eighth year as associate coach, coached the Tartans' distance runners to No. 1 Mid-Atlantic Region rankings in four events with four different athletes.
The Tartans will have 12 athletes in 15 events this weekend at the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.