Pixler Makes History, Eighty USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country All-Americans Honored

Courtesy: Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 23, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is pleased to announce eighty student-athletes from NCAA’s Division II as recipients of the 2009 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American award.

Award winners finished among the top 40 in either the men’s or women’s races at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Evansville, Ind.

Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler made NCAA history in becoming the first female Division II athlete to win three individual cross country championships, doing so with a seven-plus-second victory in the women’s six-kilometer race (20:22.6). Western Washington junior Sarah Porter took second (20:30.1) while Missouri Southern’s Ashley Siler (20:43.6) and Kimi Shank (20:44.5) placed third and fourth, respectively.

The women’s team race was claimed by Adams State for the seventh-consecutive year as freshman Alicia Nelson led a group of five Grizzly All-Americans to the title with a seventh-place overall finish. Grand Valley State, who also had five earn All-American honors, was second in the team competition followed by Missouri Southern. 

Adams State senior Reuben Mwei clocked 30:27.8 in the men’s 10-kilometer race to claim the NCAA Individual Championship in leading Adams State to their second-straight NCAA Division II men’s team title. Mwei finished just four tenths of a second ahead of Harding’s Daniel Kirwa for the crown in becoming Adams State’s first individual title holder since 2003. All seven Grizzly runners earned All-America status and placed in the top 25. Western State, who took second in the team race, had five runners garner All-America honors.

Awards for the USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country National Athletes and Coaches of the Year will be announced later in the week as they are pending selection by a national vote.

2009 USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country All-Americans

Athlete School
Amos Sang Abilene Christian
Aaron Braun Adams State
Anthony Gauthier Adams State
Brian Medigovich Adams State
Luke Cragg Adams State
Nathaniel Sellers Adams State
Reuben Mwei Adams State
Ryan McNiff Adams State
Micah Chelimo Alaska Anchorage
Glarius Rop American International
Julius Korir Cameron
Laban Sialo Central Missouri
Jimmy Elam Chico State
Aaron Swift Colorado Mines
Ben Zywicki Colorado Mines
Meshack Koyiaki Columbus State
Nicholas Kering Columbus State
Ross Faasse Grand Valley State
Tyler Emmorey Grand Valley State
Daniel Kirwa Harding
Philip Biwott Harding
Hillary Mugun Indiana (Pennsylvania)
Nick Hilton Lock Haven
Brennan Benkert Missouri Southern
Nicaise Kazingo New Mexico Highlands
Drew Harris Northern Kentucky
Barak Watson Northwest Nazarene
Oscar Ogwaro Queens (North Carolina)
Brendan Devine Southern Indiana
Dustin Emerick Southern Indiana
Jared McNeil Tarleton State
Angus MacDonald UMass Lowell
Pardon Ndhlovu UNC-Pembroke
Chris Reed Western Oregon
David Flynn Western State
Iain Donnan Western State
Loren Ahonen Western State
Sean Brown Western State
Tyler Pennel Western State
Jordan Welling Western Washington


Athlete School
Janette Cary Adams State
Kristen McGlynn Adams State
Alicia Nelson Adams State
Ashley Quintana Adams State
Vanessa Roy Adams State
Ruth Keino Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kipng’eno Alaska Anchorage
Whitney Bishoff Anderson (South Carolina)
Vivien Wadeck Cal State LA
Tori Tyler Chico State
Alia Gray Chico State
Kara Lubieniecki Chico State
Sydney Laws Colorado Mines
Christina Muir Ferris State
Sara Trane Florida Tech
Lynsey Ardingo Grand Valley State
Eileen Creutz Grand Valley State
Amy Kolin Grand Valley State
Katherine McCarthy Grand Valley State
Jessie Vickers Grand Valley State
Ashley Quick Hillsdale
Kate Griewisch Lenoir-Rhyne
Kathryn Hague Lewis
Christie Turak Mercyhurst
Priscilla Jennings Millersville
Ali Paul Minnesota State-Mankato
Morgan Place Minnesota-Duluth
Ashley Bunch Missouri Southern
Kimi Shank Missouri Southern
Ashley Siler Missouri Southern
Courtney Waltbillig Missouri Southern
Jeptui Cherutich NYIT
Jessica Pixler Seattle Pacific
Mary Dell Shippensburg
Jennifer Harpp Slippery Rock
Mary Ballinger Southern Indiana
Erin Carmone Stonehill
Hillory Davis Western State
Lauren Breihof Western Washington
Sarah Porter Western Washington