NEW ORLEANS - Junior Dereck Davis and senior Patrick Watson of the Stevenson University men's track and field team were honored as USTFCCCA indoor track and field All-Americans for the 2019-20 season on Tuesday. Davis was honored in the 60-meter dash, while Watson received the honor in the 5,000-meter run.
Normal USTFCCCA policies dictate that All-America honors are awarded to student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top-eight in the final of an individual event or as a member of a top-eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships.
In lieu of conduction of the national championship this season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization's NCAA Division III Executive Committee adopted the following criteria:
- Based on the selected participants for the national championships initially announced by the NCAA on Sunday, March 8, the following will be recognized as All-America for the 2020 Indoor Track & Field season:
- Individual events: ALL student-athletes declared and initially accepted into their event.
- Relay events: Members of ALL relays who produced the performance that was declared and initially accepted into their event.
A total of 675 athletes from 161 different institutions were honored on Tuesday.
Davis was the No. 3 seed in the 60-meter dash, qualifying for nationals with a 6.81 second effort. A three-time nationals qualifier, Davis earns his first All-America accolade.
Watson was the No. 2 qualifier in the 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 14:25.40. Watson was honored as an All-American for the fourth time in his career. He earned All-American status in the steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA outdoor championship, and is a two-time All-American in cross country, including the 2019 NCAA Division III individual national championship.