Former NCAA DII Track & Field All-American Omar Lane joins the Davis & Elkins College cross country/track & field staff for his third season in 2020-21. Lane was elevated to the Senator’s assistant cross country/track & field coach as part of the NCAA DII Coaching Enhancement Grant.
Lane helped continue pushing the D&E track & field program in 2019-20 despite a shortened campaign. D&E posted several school records during the indoor season on both the men’s and women’s side, while the program competed in the inaugural MEC Indoor Track Championships from February 21-22 in Huntington.
Daniel Jarrell and Dalton Irvine were among two that continued to show improvement as sprinters, which is the group Lane is primarily responsible for. Irvine set an indoor school record in the 60H, while the 4×400 relay set a new indoor school mark at the league’s indoor track championships in 3:25.92. For the women, Roxine Chambers raced her way to indoor school records in the 200m and 400m at the conference championships, later joining the 4×400 relay team on their way to a new school record in 3:54.76.
Between the 2018-2019 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, Lane mentored three runners to Division II provisional times, four Great Midwest Athletic Conference champions, the G-MAC Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year, and two USTFCCA all-regional selections.
Lane comes to Elkins from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., where he spent one season as the assistant track & field Coach. While at Tusculum, Lane guided five runners to qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships and mentored freshman Widchard Guervil to first-team All-American status in the 100-meter dash and 60-meter dash events.
Prior to Tusculum, Lane spent two seasons as a graduate assistant track & field coach at Division I institution the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. While with the Coyotes, Lane was responsible for video analysis, strength and conditioning, and recruiting.
Omar Lane ran his way to a decorated career at Tiffin University, where Lane was a two-time NCAA Qualifier in the 4x100m relay, earning first-team All-American honors in 2015. Lane was also a two-time GLIAC Champion, winning the 100m and 200m dash titles in 2014. While at Tiffin, Lane also was head track & field Coach at Faith and Dreams Academy in Columbus, Ohio from 2011 to 2014.
Lane earned his bachelor’s degree in sports and recreation management from Tiffin University in 2014, and his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Dakota in 2017.