Hamilton’s Kosgei, North Central’s Carius Top Men’s Division III List of Region Winners
NEW ORLEANS – Hamilton’s Peter Kosgei and North Central’s Al Carius are two of the 16 men’s Division III Cross Country Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Headllining the eight regional athletes of the year is Kosgei, the reigning men’s NCAA cross country champion. Kosgei earned his third-straight USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year honor after a successful ’09 season in which the junior won four of the five races he competed in this fall. He won his third-straight individual title at the NCAA Atlantic regional championships with a course-record time of 24:40.6 on November 14, and his third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference championship title on November 1.
Leading the way for the coaches was North Central’s Al Carius. Carius, in his 44th year at the helm of the North Central program guided the Cardinals to eight invitational wins this season, attaining a perfect score of 15 in three of those competitions. His Cardinals will be making their 37th appearance at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships after dominating the Midwest Regional, running to a meet record-low of 21 points. Earlier this season, Carius guided North Central to its 36th-straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin cross country title.
The 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Men’s Cross Country Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year
MEN’S REGIONAL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC – Peter Kosgei – Hamilton
Kosgei won his third straight individual title at the NCAA Atlantic regional championships with a course-record time of 24:40.6. Kosgei has won four of the five races he has competed in this season, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference championships. He recorded his best time at Hamilton in Lehigh University’s Brooks Paul Short Run on Oct. 2, when he finished fourth overall and first among non-Division I athletes with a time of 23:42.
CENTRAL – Dan Greeno – Bethel (Minnesota)
Dan Greeno won his first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men’s cross country individual championship, as well as first Central regional championship in 2009. Greeno, a senior, earned his fourth all-conference honor after winning the conference title by more than 30 seconds over the nearest competitor. He has been honored as an all-region runner the last two years and will be making his third consecutive national meet appearance.
GREAT LAKES – Nick Kramer – Calvin
Calvin College sophomore Kramer became the ninth individual in Calvin men’s cross country history to claim a Great Lakes Regional title running 25:45, nine seconds better than the next fastest runner. Kramer took first place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association Jamboree and MIAA Championships this fall, garnering MIAA Most Valuable Runner honors.
MIDEAST – Chris Marker – Allegheny
Marker became Allegheny’s first-ever individual regional champion, leading the Gators to the Mideast Regional Championship. Marker finished the eight-kilometer race in 24:54.3. Marker has been the top Allegheny runner in all but one meet this season, finishing as the runner-up at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship to his teammate as Allegheny won its sixth-straight NCAC title.
MIDWEST – Michael Spain – North Central College
Spain finished no worse than seventh in all seven races he competed in this season, winning top individual honors at the Elmhurst Early-Bird Invitational and the Midwest Regional. The junior claimed two College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Runner of the Week awards during the season and was named CCIW All-Conference after finishing second at the conference meet. He is the first Cardinal runner since 2000 to win the Midwest Regional.
NEW ENGLAND – Edgar Kosgey – Williams
Kosgey won his third consecutive NCAA New England Regional title in leading the Ephs to their second consecutive New England Regional team championship and a berth in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships. Kosgey is the only male to win the New England Region individual title three times in a row since the race began in 1978. Kosgey also took top honors in the Ephs’ Purple Valley Classic where he topped a field that included Division I, Division II, and Division III teams. He also posted an impressive third at the All-New England meet (Divisions I, II, & III).
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST – Ricky Flynn – Lynchburg
Flynn won the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet after claiming his third-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship. Earlier this season, Flynn also participated in the Gold division, largely comprised of Division I runners, of the Blue Ridge Invitational and took third place.
WEST – Jackson Brainerd – Colorado College
Brainerd became just the third Colorado College Tiger to win the West Region individual title, but the first to do it as a sophomore, and the school’s first regional winner since 2006. Brainerd won three events this fall, including the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference individual title with a time of 24:29.6. He also finished in the top three in six of the seven meets he competed in this fall.
MEN’S REGIONAL COACHES OF THE YEAR
ATLANTIC – Steve Patrick – Cortland State
Patrick led the defending national champion Red Dragons to their second straight NCAA Division III Atlantic Region title in 2009. Cortland placed second in the SUNYAC Championships and was the top Division III team (12th overall) at the 42-team Lehigh Paul Short Run.
CENTRAL – Peter Wareham – St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Wareham guided the Tommies to their first NCAA team qualifying birth since 2002 in a close finish at the Central Regional. Just four points separated the top four teams at the Central Regional. The Tommies took third in the MIAC championship race behind Hamline and St. Olaf two weeks earlier. Wareham is taking his eighth team to nationals.
GREAT LAKES – Brian Diemer – Calvin
Despite losing five of its top seven runners from a year ago, Diemer led the Calvin men’s cross country team to its 23rd consecutive MIAA title and its 14th consecutive Great Lakes Regional title. At the Great Lakes Regional meet, Diemer’s team placed five runners in the top 25 led by sophomore Nick Kramer who took first place individually. At the MIAA Championships, Calvin posted a perfect score of 15 points.
MIDEAST – Bill Ross – Allegheny
Ross earned his ninth Regional Coach of the Year honor in 14 years with the Gators and guided Chris Marker to Allegheny’s first-ever individual regional championship. Ross led the Gators to their sixth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Championship and seventh overall.
MIDWEST – Al Carius – North Central College
Carius guided the Cardinals to eight invitational wins this season, attaining a perfect score of 15 in three races this fall. The Cardinals, ranked number one all season by the USTFCCCA, won their first Illinois Intercollegiate Championship this season, edging out the University of Illinois by 16 points while winning the Midwest Regional by an 84-point margin. Carius guided the team to their 36th consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin crown this season and his staff was honored as the CCIW Coaching Staff of the Year.
NEW ENGLAND – Pete Farwell – Williams
Farwell, in his 30th year at the helm of the Ephs program, led Williams to its second-straight New England Regional title. The Ephs placed six runners on the USTFCCCA New England All-Region team at the regional meet, easily outdistancing the runner-up team by 51 points. Farwell’s Ephs also competed well in several other meets this season winning their 22nd consecutive Little Three title, a fourth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, and a fifth-straight ECAC title. Williams will be making their fourth-straight appearance to the national meet, and 15th in the last 16 years.
SOUTH/SOUTHEAST – John Curtin – Emory
The Emory men’s cross country team enjoyed a standout 2009 season and is coming off a first-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships. The regional title was the program’s eighth regional title in the last 11 seasons. Ranked 13th nationally, the squad also captured first-place efforts at the Foothills Invitational and the Quaker Invitational and came through with a second-place finish at the University Athletic Association Championships.
WEST – John Goldhammer – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
CMS finished first at the West Region meet and first at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships. This was the team’s fourth West Region title and 10th SCIAC title overall. The Stags were 7-0 at the SCIAC Multi-Dual, won the Redlands Invitational and were the top Division III team at both the Stanford and UC Riverside Invitational meets.