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June 7, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State track & field and cross country head coach Shelia Burrell was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s West Region Coach of the Year, the organization recently announced.

This is Burrell’s first outdoor honor Region Coach of the Year honor in her eight-year tenure atop Montezuma Mesa. She was named the USTFCCCA West Region Indoor Coach of the Year in 2013.

This season, SDSU has had a banner year with Burrell at the helm. She captured her third Mountain West Coach of the Year honor (outdoor, 2014; indoor and outdoor, 2013) after leading the Aztecs to its third MW Outdoor title in five years and its fourth overall. After a successful showing at the NCAA West Prelims, San Diego State secured 10 qualifying spots in the NCAA Championships, the program’s most since 2004. Additionally, her student-athletes have set seven school records this year (60, indoor 200, 60 hurdles, indoor 4x400, 100, 4x100, shuttle hurdles) and took home the school’s first Penn Relays titles: in shuttle hurdles relay and javelin.

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