University of Mount Olive freshman Chelsea van Dijk has been named the 2014 USTFCCCA Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Southeast Region Athlete of the Year, it was announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In addition to van Dijk's award, Matt van Lierop was named Women's Indoor Track and Field Southeast Region Head Coach of the Year and Rich Briggs was named Women's Indoor Track and Field Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A sprinter from Maastricht, Netherlands, Van Dijk won the 200 meters and the 400 meters at the 2014 Conference Carolinas Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship, and was the only runner to break one minute in the 400 meters. During the regular season, van Dijk recorded an NCAA II provisional qualifying time in the 400 meters.
Van Dijk was also part of the Trojans' 4x400 meter relay team that finished first at the conference championship. In addition to her performance in the running events, van Dijk earned points for the Trojans in the high jump with a third-place finish.
Now in his sixth year at Mount Olive, van Lierop guided Mount Olive to a conference championship in the school's third year officially competing in indoor track and field. The regional award is the third for van Lierop, who also won for women's outdoor track and field in 2011 and for men's cross country this past fall.
Briggs is in his first year at Mount Olive. He works primarily with sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
Mount Olive is ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Southeast Region Top 10.