NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - It has been a year of firsts for the Wilmington University track & field programs as the Wildcats add more accolades to both the men's and women's side in the end-of-the-season awards announced by the conference office Thursday.
Freshmen Freja Olofsson becomes the first athlete out of the men's or women's teams to win a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Major Award in program history. Olofsson was announced as the CACC Field Rookie of the Year. She became the first freshman for the Wildcats in program history to win an event at CACC Championships, winning the discus throw with a program record 39.15-meter toss. Olofsson also placed fifth in the hammer throw, bringing her points total to 14 points. Her 14 points helped the women's program finish fourth overall, the best team to finish since their inaugural season in 2019. Her season's best shotput came at the Towson Spring Open, going for 10.38 meters while her best hammer throw came in Myrtle Beach, with a toss of 41.54 meters, placing second.
Head Coach Christian Stamm wins back-to-back CACC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year honors. Last year, Stamm earned the award by helping the men's team finish second overall, which at the time was the highest finish for the program. Stamm and the Wildcats were able to top that performance just a year later by breaking through to win their first-ever CACC title on the men's side. Coach Stamm pioneered a core group of men that scored the most points at a conference championship in Wildcats' history with 184 points.
Not only did the men's team win the title, but they also did so by being good sports. On the men's side, they also earned the 2023 CACC Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by the coaches. The team was cited for demonstrating outstanding character and class throughout the 2023 season.