Ashland University junior Drew Windle has been named the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Men's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. This is the second consecutive year Windle has won the award. He is the first AU student-athlete to win the award in consecutive years.
At last weekend's NCAA Division II Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., Windle won his second straight national championship in the 800 meters. His time was 1:49.73 and he sprinted downed the homestretch to finish less than a quarter second ahead of GLIAC rival Dillon Webster of Findlay.
Windle also ran a leg on AU's national championship distance medley and he was part of the fifth place 4X400 relay.
Earlier this season, Windle ran the year's second fastest 800 meters among all collegians and the fastest in Division II indoor history in 1:46.52. He posted that time at Grand Valley State's Big Meet. Windle won GLIAC championships at 800 meters and in the 4X400 and distance medley relays.
Windle helped the AU men finish third at the NCAA Championships. A year ago, the Eagles were second at the NCAA Championships indoors and outdoors.
The Eagles are coached by Jud Logan. AU assistant coach Trent Mack, who works closely with Windle, is the 2014 USTFCCCA men's assistant indoor track and field coach of the year.
Windle is from New Albany, Ohio.