USTFCCCA Announces Division I Cross Country All-America Honorees

USTFCCCA Announces Division I Cross Country All-America Honorees

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is pleased to announce eighty student-athletes from NCAA’s Division I 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 I Cross Country Championships held Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Liberty University’s Sam Chelanga took charge early in the ten-kilometer men’s race, leading by 28 seconds at the halfway mark to cruise to the national title. The junior won the race in 28:41.3 to become the second student-athlete from Liberty to win the NCAA crown in the past three years. Northern Arizona senior David McNeil was second at 29:06.5 while Stanford sophomore Chris Derrick took third at 29:06.5.

Senior Ryan Vail and sophomore Colby Lowe led Oklahoma State to the men’s team title by placing ninth and tenth overall, respectively. The Cowboys tallied 127 points, topping Oregon’s 143, for their first NCAA cross country crown since 1954.

Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri won the women’s six-kilometer race in 19:46.8. Bizzarri, the first female from her school to win a national cross country title, was down 13 seconds from the lead entering the final 2000 meters of the race before surging to win the individual crown.  Washington sophomore Kendra Schaaf was second at 19:51.6 while Florida State senior Susan Kuijken placed third at 19:57.7.

Winning their eighth overall NCAA team title, Villanova’s women extended their own NCAA Division I cross country record for team titles. Led by junior Amanda Marino, the Wildcats scored 86 points to better Florida State’s 133 for the school’s first crown since 1998.

Awards for the USTFCCCA Division I 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.

View the complete list of All-American honorees here: