NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Christian Coleman was named USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year on Tuesday. The coaches' association rewarded the Tennessee junior after a dominant performance at the NCAA Indoor track & field championships this past weekend.
Winners were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches following the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in College Station, Texas.
Coleman won both the 60m and 200m national titles in record-setting fashion as he joined Justin Gatlin (2002) and Kim Collins (2001) as the only athletes to win the double in the last 30 years. He joined the elite company in dominant fashion as he became the first person to rank in the top 10 all-time in both the 60m and 200m races, ranking second in the 200m and tied for first in the 60m.
The Atlanta native won the NCAA Championship in the 60m dash by tying a collegiate record with a time of 6.45 seconds. The junior had a .09 second margin of victory, the largest margin of victory in NCAA Championship history. He also set a NCAA Indoor National Championship meet record, facility record and school record while tying for the top mark posted in the world during the 2017 season.
Coleman did not lose a 60m race all season, posting marks under 6.56 seconds on seven occasions while the rest of the student-athletes in NCAA Division I have done it only three times. He won the 60m SEC Championship for the second consecutive season and posted three of the top five times in the world in the 60m this year.
In the 200m, Coleman recorded second-fastest collegiate time in history as he finished in 20.11. Coleman's mark is the fastest in the world this year and only trailed Wallace Spearmon's 2005 mark of 20.10. He won his heat by more than half a second as he won his second consecutive NCAA Indoor 200m championship. He is the eighth person to win two 200m national titles and the seventh to do it in back-to-back years. Coleman lost only one race in the 200m all season, but holds three of the top 10 times in the world this year.
Coleman was named the NCAA South Region Indoor Runner of the year prior to the NCAA Championship.