Iowa Central has a finalist for both the men's and women's top ICCAC athletes of the year.
Courtney Lindsey, a member of the Triton track and field team, was named one of three finalists along with Ellsworth's Cardeionte Wilson and Justin Brookens from Iowa Lakes.
Winrose Chesang, who competed for both the Iowa Central cross country and track teams, is one of three finalists for the women's award with Emily Murphy of Indian Hills and Autam Mendez of NIACC.
Prior to the cancelation of all NJCAA spring sports, Lindsey was voted as the ICCAC Male Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Lindsey, cited as the most decorated sprint in Iowa Central's history, helped lead the Tritons to their second consecutive NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Individually, Lindsey was the Regional Champion in the 60m and the 200m. He broke his own record this season in the 60m with a time of 6.64 seconds. At the NJCAA National Championships, Lindsey finished in second place in both events, earning him Second Team All-American honors.
It's likely his list of accolades would have increased if he would have been able to compete in an Outdoor season. As a freshman, Lindsey was an NJCAA All-American in both the 100m and 200m after second and third place finishes.
Lindsey stood out for his leadership and being a great teammate. He was known by his teammates and coaches to lead by example through discipline, work ethic and humbleness. He worked hard in the classroom and was a part of Iowa Central's Share What You Wear Project which coordinates the donation of gifts to less-fortunate families at Christmas.
Iowa Central won the 2019 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championship along with the 2019 NJCAA Half Marathon Championship. Both of those team awards would have been much more difficult without standout Chesang.
In the fall of 2019, Chesang finished fourth at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships to earn herself All-American recognition. But what she needed to truly excel was a longer distance. In the Half Marathon, Chesang raced to a first-place finish, becoming the NJCAA Half Marathon individual champion with a time of 1:20:03.6.
Chesang was a Second Team Academic All-Region performer in the fall before transferring at semester to Iowa State University for the Indoor Track & Field season. Had she not graduated, she was poised for an outstanding track & field season. In the spring of 2019, she was the runner up in the 5k at the NJCAA Indoor Championships and finished in third place in both the 10k and 5k at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships.
Chesang acclimated to the Fort Dodge Community upon her arrival in January of 2018. She arrived in the winter straight from her home country of Kenya. She adapted to her new school and an unfamiliar language immediately. She helped organize the Share What You Wear Project, Iowa Central's largest community service event, to provide gifts for less-fortunate families for Christmas.
The ICCAC will announce the award winners on Wednesday.
Nominations were received by the ICCAC Awards Committee, composed of four athletic directors from across the conference. Those nominations were then narrowed to a select three student-athletes that embodied the best characteristics that the ICCAC offers not just on the court or field, but also for what they accomplish in the classroom and contribute back to their school and community.