Division II Caps off 2008 Cross Country Season with National Honors

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

November 25, 2008   

NEW ORLEANS – Adams State’s Damon Martin, Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler, and Chico State’s Scott Bauhs picked up Division II cross country’s national honors on Tuesday as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the Division II Cross Country National Athletes and Coaches of the Year honors.

Adam State’s Martin picked up both the men’s and women’s National Coach of the Year honors after leading the Grizzlies to a sweep of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. The awards are Martin’s 23rd and 24th overall National Coach of the Year honors. Martin led his women Grizzlies to their sixth-straight NCAA title and 14th total in Division II.

Martin’s Grizzlies also won the Central Region title for the sixth consecutive time, also winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title for a seventh year-in-a-row. The Grizzly men also won both the Central Region title and RMAC titles this season to go along with their third NCAA national title under Martin. The last time the Grizzlies won the men’s national title was in 2003. That year Martin’s teams also swept the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Adams State has won six dual national championships (men and women titles in same year). The Grizzlies also combined to have ten USTFCCCA All-Americans in the national meet (5 in each gender).

Martin was the women’s Division II Coach of the Year in 2007.

Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler was named the women’s Division II Athlete of the Year after her impressive performance in Slippery Rock, Pa. The junior from Sammamish, Wash. completed the course in less than 21 minutes to win the individual national title, breaking the previous course record which stood for only two weeks prior to the championships in the process.

Pixler was also the West Region individual champion for the second-straight season and was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion. Pixler’s cross country season was almost a near-miss as she battled back from a serious injury suffered during the track season. She is joined on the USTFCCCA All-American team by her SPU teammate, Jane Larson.

Pixler’s West Region counterpart, Scott Bauhs of Chico State, was named the men’s Division II Athlete of the Year following his remarkable senior season. The Danville, Calif. native became the first Chico State cross country athlete to win the individual national title. His win helped lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the team standings, matching the school’s highest finish ever at the Cross Country National Championships (1969, 2005).

In what was quite a year for Bauhs, the senior won his first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) individual title on October 25th, and followed that up with his first West Region individual title on November 8th.

In addition to the National Athlete and Coach of the Year Awards, the USTFCCCA also released the Division II cross country USTFCCCA All-American teams. There were 40 men chosen on the men’s side led by Adams State which had five runners on the team. Western State and Chico State each had four on the men’s side. Western Washington placed three.

On the women’s side, 33 made the list with Adams State leading the way with five selections. Grand Valley State placed four on the team.

The 2008 USTFCCCA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country All-Americans:

Men’s USTFCCCA All-Americans Women’s USTFCCCA All-Americans
Name Team Name Team
Julius Nyango Abilene Christian Winrose Karunde Abilene Christian
Daniel Maina Abilene Christian Heather Wood Adams State
Charles White Abilene Christian Lavenna Mullenbach Adams State
Aaron Braun Adams State JJ Lende Adams State
Brian Medigovich Adams State Janette McCarroll Adams State
Ryan McNiff Adams State Sofia Monroe Adams State
Luke Cragg Adams State Elizabeth Chepkosgei Alaska Anchorage
Babey Wagnew Adams State Amanda Whitford BYU-Hawaii
Marko Cheseto Alaska Anchorage Vivien Wadeck California State Los Angeles
Jacob Parisien Alaska Anchorage Tori Tyler Chico State
Chris Clark California (Pennsylvania) Christina Muir Ferris State
Scott Bauhs Chico State Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State
Angel Marquez Chico State Katherine McCarthy Grand Valley State
Beau Rogers Chico State Kelly Gibbons Grand Valley State
Michael Wickman Chico State

Lynsey Ardingo

Grand Valley State

Ben Zywicki Colorado School of Mines

Alexis Skarda

Mesa State

Jaime Villa Zapatero Drury

Katie Stepp

Midwestern State

Ben Hahn Edinboro

Morgan Place

Minnesota-Duluth

Tyler Emmorey Grand Valley State

Kimi Shank

Missouri Southern State

Ryan Toth Grand Valley State

Jessica Pixler

Seattle Pacific

Daniel Kirwa Harding

Jane Larson

Seattle Pacific

Artek Kern Harding

Neely Spence

Shippensburg

Tim Jagielski Hillsdale

Mary Dell

Shippensburg

Todd Tolentino Metropolitan State

Jaime Wright

Slippery Rock

James Krajsa Minnesota State

Mary Ballinger

Southern Indiana

Laurent Ngirakamaro New Mexico Highlands

Jessica Forrester

Tampa

Michael Crouch Queens (North Carolina)

Danna Kelly

Truman

Jeff Weiss Slippery Rock

Bre Schofield

UC San Diego

Pat Reagan Slippery Rock

Shannon Payne

UC-Colorado Springs

Bryan Phillips Southern Indiana

Rachelle Malette

Wayne State (Michigan )

David Fuentes St. Edward’s

Julianne Payton

Western State

Abdullah Saleh Wayne State (Michigan )

Sarah Porter

Western Washington

Nate Preston Wayne State (Nebraska )

Jessica Monson

Wisconsin-Parkside

Iain Donnan Western State    
Loren Ahonen Western State
Tyler Pennel Western State
Sean Brown Western State
Jordan Welling Western Washington
Blake Medhaug Western Washington
Bennett Grimes Western Washington