Harding's Guymon, Phillips, Kirwa receive South Region honors

From Harding University

Harding Track and Field recently received four honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Head coach Steve Guymon was named Men's and Women's South Region Coach of the Year. Bryan Phillips was named Men's South Region Assistant Coach of the Year, and senior Daniel Kirwa was named South Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year.

Guymon's men's team won the South Region Championship for the first time, scoring over 200 points. The Bisons will compete in four events at the NCAA Championship meet. Guymon's Lady Bisons won the 2011 South Regional Invitational scoring 220 points with 18 women. The team is ranked fourth in the final rankings of the South Region.

Phillips, who served as Harding's head track coach prior to Guymon, has worked as a volunteer assistant with Guymon since 2001. He oversees the throws, jumps, hurdlers, and sprinters for Harding. The Bisons' 4x400-meter relay team is currently ranked third in Division II.

Kirwa conducted a middle-distance clinic at the South Regional Invitational, winning the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, and 5,000-meter races. The senior from Eldoret, Kenya, ranks third in the 5,000 meters heading into this weekend's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with a season-best time of 14:02.73.