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Remontay McClain was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Athlete of the Week.

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April 1, 2013
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- Remontay McClain's performance in sweeping the 100 and 200 meter events at last weekend's Cal-Nevada Championships in San Diego was honored Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association with the Division II National Athlete of the Week award. He is the first Cougar to earn the national award at the Division II level.

McClain’s 100-meter time was the fourth-fastest in Division II so far this season, and his 200-meter performance was the best in Division II outdoor season by a margin of 25-hundredths of a second. He also anchored the Cougars' 4x100 meter relay which clocked a 41.47 to finish third behind Division I entries from UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State. McClain's efforts helped lead Azusa Pacific to fourth place overall at the meet, which was the top performance among the 12 non-Division I programs.

The USTFCCCA release stated:

McClain obliterated the field in the 200 meters at the Cal-Nevada State Championships this past weekend, running a collegiate-best 20.71 (0.7 m/s) to defeat the nearest competitor by more than three-quarters of a second. His time ties him atop the collegiate leaderboard with DI National Athlete of the Week and two-time NCAA indoor 200 champ Ameer Webb of Texas A&M. His time is tied with Webb at No. 5 on the IAAF performance list for 2013 among wind-legal marks.

This week's USTFCCCA award winners were:
NCAA Division I (men): Ameer Webb (Texas A&M)
NCAA Division I (women): Betsy Saina (Iowa State) & Brianna Rollins (Clemson)
NCAA Division II (men): Remontay McClain (Azusa Pacific)
NCAA Division II (women): Alicia Nelson (Adams State)
NCAA Division III (men): John Crain (North Central)
NCAA Division III (women): Annie Monagle (Johns Hopkins)

Awarded to six collegiate track and field and cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) each Monday by the USTFCCCA office, the National Athlete of the Week Award spotlights exceptional performances by student-athletes from around the nation. The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings.