USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Regional Award Winners for 2011 Released

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 16, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the winners of USTFCCCA Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year honors for the 2011 cross country season in Division I as voted by the division’s coaches.

Indiana State will host the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday, November 21, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

The men’s race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 12:58 p.m. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, December 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET on CBS HD.

USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year

Men’s Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Callum Hawkins, Butler
A sophomore from Glasgow, Scotland, won the Great Lakes title by seven seconds with a 30:01 clocking ahead of Cincinnati’s Eric Finan, becoming Butler’s first region champion since 1998. He also won the Horizon League title this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Eric Finan, Cincinnati
2009: Jeff See, Ohio State
2008: Patrick Smyth, Notre Dame
2007: Patrick Smyth, Notre Dame

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Donn Cabral, Princeton
Cabral, a senior from Glastonbury, Conn., took the Mid-Atlantic region crown in 30:30, securing an eight-second victory over Villanova’s Ryan Sheridan. Cabral was in 33rd place and 25 seconds behind the leader at the 5k split in the race. Also, Cabral led Princeton to the Ivy League team title through a barrage of wind, sleet, and snow.

Recent Winners:
2010: Ayalew Taye, Georgetown
2009: Andrew Bumbalough, Georgetwon
2008: Andrew Bumbalough, Georgetown
2007: Bobby Curtis, Villanova

MIDWEST REGION – Hassan Mead, Minnesota
A senior from Minneapolis, Minn., Mead won the Midwest race by just over five seconds ahead of Oklahoma’s Kevin Schwab for his second career regional title. Mead was fourth at the Big Ten Championships this season as well.

Recent Winners:
2010: Colby Lowe, Oklahoma State
2009: Hassan Mead, Minnesota
2008: Hassan Mead, Minnesota
2007: Trent Hoerr, Illinois

MOUNTAIN REGION – Miles Batty, BYU
Batty, a senior from Sandy, Utah, won the Mountain region race in 30:09, two seconds ahead of Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins. Batty pulled ahead late in the race for the crown. Batty also won the West Coast Conference title in leading the Cougars.

Recent Winners:
2010: David McNeill, Northern Arizona
2009: David McNeill, Northern Arizona
2008: David McNeill, Northern Arizona
2007: Lopez Lomong, Northern Arizona

NORTHEAST REGION – Leonard Korir, Iona
Korir, a senior from Iten, Kenya, won the Northeast region by three seconds ahead of Providence’s David McCarthy for his second-straight region win. Korir also won his second-straight MAAC title this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Leonard Korir, Iona
2009: Ryan Sheridan, Iona
2008: Mohamed Khadraoui, Iona
2007: Max Smith, Providence

SOUTH REGION – David Forrester, Florida State
A junior from Billinge, England, won the South region over teammate Michael Fout by nearly three seconds. Forester was fifth at the ACC Championships this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Ciaran O’Lionaird, Florida State
2009: Felix Kibioywo, Auburn
2008: Felix Kiboiywo, Auburn
2007: Felix Kiboiywo, Auburn

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Henry Lelei, Texas A&M
Lelei, a junior from Kapasbet, Kenya, won the South Central by nearly nine seconds over Arkansas’ Eric Fernandez. Lelei was third at Big 12 Conference meet and was named the league’s newcomer of the year.

Recent Winners:
2010: Festus Kigen, TCU
2009: Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas
2008: Shadrack Songok, Texas A&M
2007: Shadrack Songok, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

SOUTHEAST REGION – Ryan Hill, NC State
A senior from Hickory, N.C., Hill won the Southeast by nearly four seconds with a 29:48 run over UNCG’s Paul Chelimo. Hill was this season’s ACC Champion as well.

Recent Winners:
2010: Sam Chelanga, Liberty
2009: Sam Chelanga, Liberty
2008: Sam Chelanga, Liberty
2007: Josh McDougal, Liberty

WEST REGION – Lawi Lalang, Arizona
Lalang, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya won the West in a blazing 10k time of 28:34, 16 seconds ahead of Stanford’s Chris Derrick. Lalang is the winner of five races this season, which includes wins at the Wisconsin adidas meet and Roy Griak Invitational where he set course records. Lalang also was the Pac-12 Champion this season where he set another course record with an eight-second victory.

Recent Winners:
2010: Trevor Dunbar, Portland
2009: Chris Derrick, Stanford
2008: Galen Rupp, Oregon
2007: Galen Rupp, Oregon

Women’s Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Danielle Tauro, Michigan
A senior from Manahawkin, N.J., Tauro won the Great Lakes by five seconds with a 20:27.9 clocking. Tauro was also third this year at the Big Ten Championships.

Recent Winners:
2010: Emily MacLeod, Michigan State
2009: Emily MacLeod, Michigan State
2008: Nicole Bush, Michigan State
2007: Nicole Edwards, Michigan

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Sheila Reid, Villanova
Reid, a senior from Newmarket, Ontario, won the Mid-Atlantic title for the third-straight time this season with a 21:32.7 run to outdistance Georgetown’s Emily Infield by just over a second. Reid won the Big East crown for the third-straight time in leading the Wildcats a fourth-straight league championship.

Recent Winners:
2010: Sheila Reid, Villanova
2009: Sheila Reid, Villanova
2008: Francis Koons, Villanova
2007: Melissa Grelli, Georgetown

MIDWEST REGION – Aliphine Tuliamuk, Wichita State
A junior from Kapenguria, Kenya, Tuliamuk was the Midwest champion, taking the region’s race in 20:40 – 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Betsy Saina of Iowa State. She was also the Missouri Valley Conference champion this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Stephanie Price, Minnesota
2009: Angela Bizzarri, Illinois
2008: Racheal Marchand, Iowa
2007: Diane Nukuri, Iowa

MOUNTAIN REGION – Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP
Kimaiyo, a junior from Iten, Kenya, is the Mountain Region’s champion for the second-straight time after registering this year’s victory in 20:35, placing 18 seconds ahead of BYU’s Morgan Haws. She was the Conference USA runner-up this season.

Recent Winners:
2010: Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP
2009: Jenny Barringer, Colorado
2008: Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech
2007: Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech

NORTHEAST REGION – Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth
A sophomore from Topsfield, Mass., D’Agostino took the Northeast region in 20:25, 14 seconds ahead of Syracuse’s Lauren Penney. She also won the Ivy League title, becoming the first from Dartmouth to win the league crown since 1997.

Recent Winners:
2010: Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook
2009: Katie Hursey, Syracuse
2008: Danette Doetzel, Providence
2007: Danette Doetzel, Providence

SOUTH REGION – Amanda Winslow, Florida State
Winslow, a junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., won the South in 20:33 after being clocked in 28th place after the 3k, halfway—point split. She finished one second ahead of teammate Hannah Brooks as part of a 1-2-3 Seminole sweep at the regional meet. Winslow was the runner-up of the ACC Championships.

Recent Winners:
2010: Kristie Krueger, Georgia
2009: Rebecca Lowe, Florida
2008: Hollie Knight, Auburn
2007: Susan Kuijken, Florida State

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Silje Fjortoft, SMU
A senior from Orsta, Norway, Fjortoft took the South Central region crown in 19:59.1 in a wire-to-wire victory. The Mustang won the region’s race by more than 26 seconds on the field as part of a six-win, undefeated season. She also led SMU to the Conference USA title with an individual league crown and conference record time.

Recent Winners:
2010: Nicole Mericle, Rice
2009: Silje Fjortoft, SMU
2008: Nicole Mericle, Rice
2007: Silje Fjortoft, SMU

SOUTHEAST REGION – Kendra Schaaf, North Carolina
A senior from Craven, Saskatchewan, won the Southeast region crown with a time of 19:52.9, more than 14 seconds ahead of the field. Schaaf also won the ACC title by 25 seconds this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Laura Hoer, NC State
2009: Catherine White, Virginia
2008: Tasmin Fanning, Virginia Tech
2007: Brianna Felnagle, North Carolina

WEST REGION – Jordan Hasay, Oregon
Hasay, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., won the West region crown in 19:44, seven seconds ahead of Cal’s Deborah Maier for her second-straight region title. Hasay was third in the Pac-12 race this fall.

Recent Winners:
2010: Jordan Hasay, Oregon
2009: Kendra Schaaf, Washington
2008: Alex Kosinski, Oregon
2007: Teresa McWalters, Stanford

 

Men’s Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mick Byrne, Wisconsin
Byrne’s Badgers won the Great Lakes title for the tenth-straight year this season. Wisconsin won with 50 points, placing their five scorers in an 8-9-10-11-12 bunch to nearest challenger Indiana’s 70. Wisconsin also won their 13th-straight Big Ten title this fall and is the No. 1 team in the country heading into the NCAA Championships. Byrne is in his fourth year at the helm at Wisconsin.

Recent Winners:
2010: Mick Byrne, Wisconsin
2009: John McNichols, Indiana State
2008: Mick Byrne, Wisconsin
2007: Ron Warhurst, Michigan

Harry Groves Award
MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Patrick Henner, Georgetown

The Hoyas won the Mid-Atlantic region, 47-63, over runner-up Villanova by placing four runners in the race’s top eight. For Henner’s squad, it’s the seventh region crown in the last eight years. Georgetown placed second in the Big East this fall for Henner in his 13th year at the school.

Recent Winners:
2010: Steve Dolan, Princeton
2009: Patrick Henner, Georgetown
2008: Patrick Henner, Georgetown
2007: Patrick Henner, Georgetown

Roy Griak Award
MIDWEST REGION – Dave Smith, Oklahoma State

Smith’s Cowboys have had an undefeated season to this point, taking the region title with a 42-45 victory over Oklahoma in placing runners in slots 3-4-5-6. The second-ranked team in the country also won the Big 12 title for the fourth-straight year for Smith in his sixth year at OSU.

Recent Winners:
2010: Martin Smith, Oklahoma
2009: Dave Smith, Oklahoma State
2008: Dave Smith, Oklahoma State
2007: Dave Smith, Oklahoma State

Chick Hislop Award
MOUNTAIN REGION – Ed Eyestone, BYU

The Cougars won the Mountain region by placing their top three runners in the race’s top ten and five in top 16 for a 49-55 victory over runner-up Colorado. BYU also won their first West Coast Conference title this fall. Eyestone is in his 12th year at the helm at BYU.

Recent Winners:
2010: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
2009: Ed Eyestone, BYU
2008: Mark Wetmore, Colorado
2007: Mark Wetmore, Colorado

NORTHEAST REGION – Chris Fox, Syracuse
Fox’s squad won the Northeast region crown for the third-year in a row with a 54-72 victory over Iona. The Orange placed their five runners in the top 16. Syracuse was fourth at the Big East Championships for Fox in his seventh year with the group.

Recent Winners:
2010: Chris Fox, Syracuse
2009: Chris Fox, Syracuse
2008: Ricardo Santos, Iona
2007: Mick Byrne, Iona

Dave Walker Award
SOUTH REGION – Bob Braman, Florida State

Braman’s Seminoles won the South region crown by placing their top three runners in the race’s top four for a 40-68 victory over runner-up Florida. The team finished second at the ACC Championships this fall for Braman in his 12th year at FSU.
Recent Winners:
2010: Joe Walker, Alabama
2009: Joe Walker, Alabama
2008: Joe Walker, Alabama
2007: Joe Walker, Alabama

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – John Hayes, Texas
Texas won the South Central region by placing their top five runners in the top 15 for a 40-56 decision over runner-up Texas A&M. The Longhorns placed third at the Big 12 meet this season. Hayes is in this fifth year as distance coach for Texas’ men’s cross country team.

Recent Winners:
2010: Chris Buchnam, Arkansas
2009: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas
2008: Dan Waters, Texas A&M
2007: John McDonnell, Arkansas

SOUTHEAST REGION – Rollie Geiger, NC State
Geiger’s guys won the Southeast region by 71 points in placing their top three in the race’s top 15 and all five in the top 25. The team will be making their sixth-straight appearance as a team at the NCAA Championships. NC State also won their 14th ACC title in 21 years this fall for Geiger in this 34th year.

Recent Winners:
2010: Stephen Walsh, William and Mary
2009: Alex Gibby, William and Mary
2008: Alex Gibby, William and Mary
2007: Rollie Geiger, NC State

WEST REGION – Mark Conover, Cal Poly
Cal Poly placed third in the West region this fall with two runners placing in the race’s top 20, improving from a 12th-place finish a year ago. The Mustangs also won the Big West title this fall for the 11th time in 14 seasons for Conover in his 15th year with the squad.

Women’s Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION – Mike McGuire, Michigan
McGuire’s team won the Great Lakes region with a 45-77 win over nearest challenger Michigan State with the top two finishers in the race. The Wolverines were second in the Big Ten this fall for McGuire in his 22nd season.

Recent Winners:
2010: Walt Drenth, Michigan State
2009: Tim Connelly, Notre Dame
2008: Mike McGuire, Michigan
2007: Rita Arndt-Molis, Michigan State

MID-ATLANTIC REGION – Gina Procaccio, Villanova
The Wildcats of Villanova tied Georgetown for the Mid-Atlantic region title this fall to hold claim to a region title in each of the last three years. Villanova won the Big East title this fall for the fourth straight time. Procaccio is in her 12th year with the school.

Recent Winners:
2010: Gina Procaccio, Villanova
2009: Gina Procaccio, Villanova
2008: Sean Cleary, West Virginia
2007: Sean Cleary, West Virginia

MIDWEST REGION – Corey Ihmels, Iowa State
The Cyclones of Iowa State won the Midwest region title for the second-straight time by placing their top four in the top 10 of this year’s race. ISU also won their first-ever Big 12 title this fall for Ihmels in his fifth year at the helm.

Recent Winners:
2010: Corey Ihmels, Iowa State
2009: Gary Wilson, Minnesota
2008: Gary Wilson, Minnesota
2007: Gary Wilson, Minnesota

MOUNTAIN REGION – Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Franklin’s team tied for the Mountain region title with Colorado this fall, placing their top three runners in the race’s top 20. The Lobos also won the Mountain West title for the fourth-straight year.

Recent Winners:
2010: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
2009: Mark Wetmore, Colorado
2008: Jon Murray, Texas Tech
2007: Bryan Berryhill, Colorado State

NORTHEAST REGION – Chris Fox, Syracuse
Syracuse won the Northeast region title for the third-straight year by placing their top two in the region’s top ten. The Orange tied for fourth at the Big East Championships for Fox in his seventh year.

Recent Winners:
2010: Andy Ronan, Stony Brook
2009: Chris Fox, Syracuse
2008: Ray Tracey, Providence
2007: Andy Ronan, Stony Brook

SOUTH REGION – Steve Keith, Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt crew placed second in the South region to earn their first-ever berth as a team to the NCAA Championships. In addition, the Commodores won their first-ever SEC title this fall for Keith in his sixth year at the school.

Recent Winners:
2010: Karen Harvey, Florida State
2009: Todd Morgan, Florida
2008: Karen Harvey, Florida State
2007: Karen Harvey, Florida State

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Lance Harter, Arkansas
Harter’s crew won the South Central region title for the first time since 2008 by placing their five scorers in the race’s top 16 for a 49-69 victory over runner-up Texas. Arkansas was second at this year’s SEC Championships for Harter in his 22nd year at the school.

Recent Winners:
2010: Steve Sisson, Texas
2009: Cathy Casey, SMU
2008: Lance Harter, Arkansas
2007: Jim Bevan, Rice

SOUTHEAST REGION – Jason Vigilante, Virginia
Virginia won the Southeast region for the second-straight year by placing their top three runners in the race’s top 20 for a 107-113 triumph over nearest challenger NC State. UVa placed third at the ACC Championships this fall. Vigilante is in his fourth year at Virginia.

Recent Winners:
2010: Jason Vigilante, Virginia
2009: Kevin Jermyn, Duke
2008: Jason Vigilante, Virginia
2007: Laurie Henes, NC State

WEST REGION – Greg Metcalf, Washington
Metcalf’s squad won the West region for the fourth-straight year with a 50-98 victory over Arizona. The Huskies placed their top three runners in the top ten and five scorers in the top 15. UW was second at the Pac-12 Championships this fall and Katie Flood won the individual crown. Metcalf is in his tenth year at Washington.

Recent Winners:
2010: Greg Metcalf, Washington
2009: Greg Metcalf, Washington
2008: Greg Metcalf, Washington
2007: Peter Tegen, Stanford