Region Award Winners for Division III Cross Country Revealed

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

November 19, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2013 NCAA Division III cross country season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as voted on by the Division’s coaches.

More information on each of the winners can be found below.

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Award History

The NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships will be contested November 23 in Hanover, Ind., hosted by Hanover at the L.S. Ayres Complex. The meet will be broadcast live online on NCAA.com.

Men’s Regional Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Nick Marcantonio, SUNY Cortland

Marcantonio, a junior from Glens Falls, N.Y., won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships by edging NYU’s Dylan Karten by less than a second. The team race went much the same way as Marcantonio’s SUNY Cortland squad upset NYU for the team crown, 37-62. His season also includes a SUNYAC individual title and a win at the Ronald C. Hoffman Invitational.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Alex Brimstein, SUNY Geneseo
2011
Lee Berube, SUNY Geneseo
2010
Lee Berube, SUNY Geneseo
2009
Peter Kosgei, Hamilton 
2008
Peter Kosgei, Hamilton

Central Region

Eli Horton, Central (Iowa)

Horton, a junior from Runnells, Iowa, claimed the Central Region’s individual title in a time of 24:35.97, completing the 8K course nearly four seconds faster than runner-up Grant Wintheiser of St. Olaf. With the win, Horton paced his team to a runner-up finish and an automatic NCAA championships bid. The win was his first of the season after finishing runner-up to teammate Austin O’Brien at the IIAC Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Grant Wintheiser, St. Olaf
2011
Ben Sathre, St. Thomas (Minn.)
2010
Ben Sathre, St. Thomas (Minn.)
2009
Dan Greeno, Bethel (Minnesota)
2008
David McKay, Luther

Great Lakes Region

Paul Lewis, Albion

A senior from Albion, Mich., Lewis earned the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships after crossing the line on Calvin’s 8K course in 25:10.09. With the win, he finished nearly five seconds faster than runner-up Dalton Boyer of Wabash. In addition to the regional title, Lewis also won the MIAA individual crown.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
William Jones, Franciscan
2011
Kevin McCarthy, Wabash
2010
Nick Kramer, Calvin
2009
Nick Kramer, Calvin
2008
Jed Christiansen, Calvin

Mideast Region

Bobby Over, Allegheny (Pa.)

For the third consecutive year, Over crossed the line at the Mideast Region Championships as the individual winner, this time in 24:28.10 over the 8K course at Muhlenberg. The senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, edged Haverford’s Chris Stadler by just over a second to earn the win — his fourth of the season including a NCAC Championships title.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Bobby Over, Allegheny
2011
Bobby Over, Allegheny
2010
Anders Hulleberg, Haverford
2009
Chris Marker, Allegheny
2008
Brian Harvey, Carnegie Mellon

Midwest Region

John Crain, North Central (Ill.)

Crain, a senior from Dunlap, Ill., was the individual winner at the Midwest Region Championships, completing the 8K course at Augustana (Ill.) in 24:17.15. He finished nearly seven seconds faster than runner-up Wylie Mangelsdorf of Principia to lead his Cardinals to the team title over Washington (Mo.), 56-101. The win was his fifth of the season, including titles at the CCIW Championships, UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational (gold race).

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Tim Nelson, UW-Stout  
2011
Matthew Perez, North Central (Ill.)
2010
Michael Spain, North Central (Ill.)
2009
Michael Spain, North Central (Ill.)
2008
Brandon Mull, Wheaton (Ill.)

New England Region

Mike LeDuc, Connecticut College

A senior from Canton, Conn., LeDuc emerged from a very deep New England Region as the individual champion with a 24:21.03 performance on the 8K course at Southern Maine. He finished three seconds ahead of runner-up Colin Cotton of Williams and 20 seconds clear of the rest of the field. The win was his fourth in a row, including titles at the Pre-National Invitational and the NESCAC Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Coby Horowitz, Bowdoin
2011
Michael Schmidt, Middlebury
2010
Michael Schmidt, Middlebury
2009
Edgar Kosgey, Williams
2008
Edgar Kosgey, Williams

South/Southeast

John Kieffer, Centre

A senior from Dublin, Ohio, Kieffer has claimed the South/Southeast Region individual title in each of the past three seasons, this time with a 24:32.82 showing on Christopher Newport’s 8K course. The three-time champ was nine seconds faster than runner-up Chad Norton of Guilford. The win was his third of the season, along with an individual title at the SAA Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
John Kieffer, Centre
2011
John Kieffer, Centre
2010
Sean Whitson, Virginia Wesleyan
2009
Ricky Flynn, Lynchburg
2008
Chase Wilson, Centre

West Region

John Guzman Aguilar, Occidental

Guzman Aguilar, a junior from Upland, Calif., crossed the line in 24:40.27 on Pomona-Pitzer’s 8K course to win the West Region individual title. He finished 12 seconds ahead of the nearest finisher, runner0up Parker Bennett of Willamette to earn his second win of the season. He also claimed the title at the SCIAC Championships and finished runner-up at the Roy Griak Invitational.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Zorg Loustalet, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
2011
Jackson Brainerd, Colorado College
2010
Jackson Brainerd, Colorado College
2009
Jackson Brainerd, Colorado College
2008
Nick Gallagher, Whitworth

Women’s Regional Athletes of the Year

Atlantic Region

Grace Tilton, RPI

Tilton, a senior from Concord, N.H., won the Atlantic Region Individual title with a 21:07.0 clocking on the 6K course at SUNY Geneseo. Her time was more than eight seconds faster than that of runner-up Amy Regan of the Stevens Institute. The win was her fourth of the season, including titles at the Liberty League Championships and the Geneseo Invitational, along with a runner-up finish at the NYSCTC Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Amy Cymerman, St. Lawrence
2011
Stefanie Braun, Plattsburgh State
2010
Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence
2009
Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence
2008
Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence

Central Region

Chelsea Johnson, St. Scholastica

A senior from North Branch, Minn., Johnson dominated the field at the Central Region Championships to win her sixth individual title of the season. She completed the 6K course at St. Olaf in 21:10.99 to defeat runner-up Noelle Olson of St. Olaf by nearly 20 seconds. The regional title was added to a list of 2013 accomplishments for Johnson that includes titles at the UMAC Championships, Pre-Nationals and the Roy Griak Invitational.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Linda Keller, Minnesota Morris
2011
Linda Keller, Minnesota Morris
2010
Lori Tlach, Wartburg
2009
Marie Borner, Bethel (Minnesota)
2008
Marie Borner, Bethel (Minnesota)

Great Lakes Region

Cassie Vince, Calvin

Just a freshman from Amherst, Ohio, Vince ran away with the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional finishing her home 6K course at Calvin more than 14 seconds faster than the nearest runner. Her time of 21:27.82 was well clear of runner-up Emma Lehmann of Oberlin, leading the Knights to the team title. The win was her third of the season, including a title at the MIAA Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Alison Steinbrunner, Ohio Northern
2011
Alison Steinbrunner, Ohio Northern
2010
Joanna Johnson, Oberlin
2009
Katie Navarre, Denison
2008
Joanna Johnson, Oberlin

Mideast Region

Kelsey Patrick, Lebanon Valley

Patrick, a sophomore from Tamaqua, Pa., claimed the individual title at the Mideast Region Championships over 2012 Hannah Oneda of Johns Hopkins. She crossed the line of the 6K course at Muhlenberg in 20:59.90, more than 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Oneda.  The win was Patrick’s third of the season, including a MAC individual title.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Hannah Oneda, Johns Hopkins
2011
Taylor Ludman, Dickinson
2010
Cecillia Furlong, Johns Hopkins
2009
Jenn Cronin, Lebanon Valley
2008
Christa Johnson, Ursinus

Midwest Region

Lucy Cheadle, Washington (Mo.)

A junior from Seattle, Wash., Cheadle completed the 6K course at Augustana (Ill.) in 21:31.31 to claim the Midwest Region title. She won by more than six seconds over runner-up Emma Gilbertson of Wheaton (Ill.) to notch her third individual victory of the season. Cheadle also claimed the UAA Championships title and was runner-up at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Christy Cazzola, UW-Oshkosh
2011
Christy Cazzola, UW-Oshkosh
2010
Liz Lawton, Chicago
2009
Ayla Mitchell, UW Oshkosh
2008
Ayla Mitchell, UW-Oshkosh

New England Region

Kaleigh Kenny, Williams

Kenny, a senior from Glen Rock, N.J., led her Williams squad to the team title at the New England Region Championships with an individual title of her own. She completed Southern Maine’s 6K course in 21:02.18 to defeat runner-up Hannah Zydanowicz of Roger Williams by more than eight seconds. The win was her fourth of the season, including a title at the NESCAC Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Keri Lambert, Amherst
2011
Chiara Del Piccolo, Williams
2010
Jennifer Gossels, Williams
2009
Jacqui Wentz, MIT
2008
Elise Tropiano, Amherst

South/Southeast Region

Maddie Murphy, Trinity (Texas)

A senior from Friendswood, Texas, Murphy was the resounding winner in the South/Southeast Region with a 25 second victory over teammate Vanessa Moreno. She navigated the 6K course at Christopher Newport in 21:33.89 to win by nearly half a minute over her teammate and by nearly 45 seconds over the next-fastest runner. The win was her second of the season, along with a title at the SCAC Championships.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin
2011
Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin
2010
Tess Gallegos, Emory
2009
Caitlin Masse, Trinity (Texas)
2008
Taylor Stephens, Rhodes

West Region

Michaela Freeby, Willamette

Freeby, a junior from Milwaukie, Ore., claimed the West Region individual title with an 11-second victory over Cal Lutheran’s Melissa Skiba. She crossed the line on Pomona-Pizter’s 6K course in 21:37.66 for her fourth win of the season. In addition to her regional title, Freeby also won the NWC meet and finished third at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational.

Year
Recent Winners
2012
Lenore Moreno, La Verne
2011
Annie Lydens, Pomona-Pitzer
2010
Annie Lydens, Pomona-Pitzer
2009
Alicia Freese, Pomona-Pitzer
2008
Maddie Coffman, Willamette

Men’s Regional Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

Steve Patrick, SUNY Cortland

Patrick, in his sixth season at the helm of SUNY Cortland’s program, led the Red Dragons to an upset of top-10 rival NYU for the Atlantic Region title, 37-62. Behind individual winner Nick Marcantonio, Cortland put all five scorers across the line among the top 15 individual finishers. Patrick’s squad won the SUNYAC Championships with seven of the top 11 finishers.

Year
Men
2012
Nick McDonough, NYU
2011
John Newman, St. Lawrence
2010
Mike Woods, SUNY Geneseo
2009
Steve Patrick, Cortland State
2008
Steve Patrick – Cortland State

Central Region

Phil Lundin, St. Olaf

Now in his sixth season guiding the St. Olaf program, Lundin led the Oles to a team title at the Central Region Championships over Central (Iowa), 51-61. Individual runner-up Grant Wintheiser led three finishers in the top six and seven total top-25 runners en route to the win. The region title added to a list of 2013 accomplishments for Lundin’s squad that includes a MIAC Championship and a win at the UW-La Crosse Jim Drews Invitational.

Year
Men
2012
Phil Lundin, St. Olaf
2011
Ted Bulling, Nebraska Wesleyan
2010
Will Freeman, Grinnell
2009
Peter Wareham, St. Thomas (Minnesota)
2008
Ted Bulling, Nebrask Wesleyan

Great Lakes Region

Roger Busch, Wabash

Busch, the coach of Wabash for the past eight seasons, guided his Little Giants to the Great Lakes Region team title over Calvin, 60-79, to snap the longest active region championship streak in NCAA cross country. Individual runner-up Dalton Boyer led all five Wabash scorers to top-20 finishes to bring Calvin’s streak to an end. His team also claimed the title at the NCAC Championships.

Year
Men
2012
Brian Diemer, Calvin
2011
Brian Cashdollar, Manchester
2010
Roger Busch, Wabash
2009
Brian Diemer, Calvin 
2008
Brian Diemer, Calvin

Mideast Region

Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins

In his 15th year in charge of the Johns Hopkins program, Van Allen led the Blue Jays to the Mideast Region title over Dickinson, 62-88. His squad was the lone team in the field with three top-10 finishers, led by seventh-place Max Robinson. The region title for Van Allen’s unit came on the heels of a Centennial Conference title two weeks earlier.

Year
Men
2012
Tom Donnelly, Haverford
2011
Tom Donnelly, Haverford
2010
Tom Donnelly, Haverford
2009
Bill Ross, Allegheny
2008
Dario Donatelli, Carnegie Mellon

Midwest Region

Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)

Carius, who has been the head coach for North Central (Ill.) for 48 years, added another Midwest Region title to his resume as his Cardinals defeated Washington (Mo.), 56-101. Individual champion John Crain led five top-20 finishers, while no other team had more than two. Among the many other team titles his Cardinals — ranked No. 1 nationally all season — won this year were wins at the CCIW Championships and the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, along with a runner-up finish in the gold race at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Year
Men
2012
Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
2011
Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
2010
Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
2009
Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
2008
Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)

New England Region

Peter Farwell, Williams

Now in his 35th year in charge of the Williams program, Farwell and his Ephs emerged victorious in a narrow, 77-78, team victory over NESCAC rival Middlebury. Williams earned two of the top three individual positions with runner-up Colin Cotton and third-place Chris Lee. Farwell’s team also claimed the NESCAC Championships title and was the highest-finishing DIII team at the Lehigh Paul Short Run.

Year
Men
2012
Nicole Wilkerson, Middlebury
2011
Nicole Wilkerson, Middlebury
2010
Halston Taylor, MIT
2009
Pete Farwell, Williams
2008
Peter Farwell, Williams

South/Southeast Region

Brian Flynn, Bridgewater (Va.)

Flynn, in his fourth season at the helm at Bridgewater (Va.), led the Eagles to the South/Southeast Region Championships team title over Emory, 74-91. Fourth-place Luke Sohl was the top finisher among a scoring five for Flynn’s Eagles who all recorded top-25 places. Flynn and the Eagles were team champions in the ODAC two weeks earlier.

Year
Men
2012
Doug Thomasey, Lynchburg
2011
Doug Thomasey, Lynchburg
2010
Doug Thomasey, Lynchburg
2009
John Curtin, Emory
2008
Lisa Owens, Centre

West Region

Tony Boston, Pomona-Pitzer

Now in his sixth season guiding the Pomona-Pitzer men, Boston led them to the team title at the West Region Championships over in-city rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 71-78. Fourth-place Benjamin Girodias and fifth-place John Fowler led the way for Boston’s squad, which was the only one in the field with three top-15 finishers. The regional result was the reverse of the SCIAC Championships two weeks prior, where Pomona-Pitzer was runner-up by just six points.

Year
Men
2012
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2011
Robert Bartlett, Occidental
2010
Matt McGuirk, Willamette
2009
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2008
Toby Schwarz, Whitworth

Women’s Regional Coaches of the Year

Atlantic Region

Nick McDonough, NYU

McDonough, in his seventh season as the coach at NYU, guided his team to a 97-103 victory over St. Lawrence to win the Atlantic Region team title. His squad was the sole team in the field with four top-20 finishers, led by ninth-place Emily Cousens. The team also finished runner-up at the UAA Championships.

Year
Women
2012
Mike Howard, St. Lawrence
2011
Mike Howard, St. Lawrence
2010
Mike Howard, St. Lawrence
2009
Mike Howard, St. Lawrence
2008
Mike Howard, St. Lawrence

Central Region

Steve Johnson, Wartburg

Now in his 25th season guiding the Wartburg cross country program, Johnson led his Knights squad to a Central Region team title over Carleton, 86-104. Led by sixth-place Sammi Bruett and seventh-place Haddie Vawter, all five scorers for Wartburg finished in the top 35. In addition to the region crown, the Knights also won their races at the Roy Griak Invitational, the UW-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational and the IIAC Championships.

Year
Women
2012
Steve Johnson, Wartburg
2011
Steve Johnson, Wartburg
2010
Yarrow Pasche, Luther
2009
Donna Ricks, Carleton
2008
Steve Johnson, Wartburg

Great Lakes Region

Brian Diemer, Calvin

In his eighth season leading the Calvin Knights, Diemer guided his team to a decisive team title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships over Oberlin and Hope, 54-104-105. Freshman Cassie Vince paced the Knights to the title with the individual win, while three others raced to top-15 finishes. Two weeks prior, Diemer’s Knights also claimed the MIAA Championships title.

Year
Women
2012
Mark Northuis, Hope
2011
Brian Diemer, Calvin
2010
Brian Diemer, Calvin
2009
Brian Diemer, Calvin
2008
Brian Diemer, Calvin

Mideast Region

Kevin Borrelli, Marywood

Borrelli, now in his sixth season in charge of the Marywood program, will be the coach of the program’s first-ever NCAA Cross Country Championships team after the Pacers earned an at-large bid with its third-place showing at the Mideast Region Championships. Seventh-place Diana D’Achille led three Pacers in the top 25. The NCAA at-large bid came on the heels of his squad posting a perfect score of 15 to win the CSAC Championships title.

Year
Women
2012
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins
2011
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins
2010
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins
2009
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins
2008
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins

Midwest Region

Chris Hall, Chicago

Hall, who is in his 13th season as the coach at Chicago, guided the Maroons to the Midwest Region team title in convincing fashion over UW-La Crosse, 60-101. All five Chicago scoring runners finished in the top 20, led by third-place finisher Catherine Young. Hall’s Maroons squad won the UAA Championships two weeks prior to its Midwest Region title.

Year
Women
2012
Dan Schwamberger, UW-Eau Claire
2011
Jeff Stiles, Washington (Mo.)
2010
Dan Schwamberger, UW Eau Claire
2009
Dan Schwamberger, UW Eau Claire
2008
Scott Bradley, Wheaton (Ill.)

New England Region

Peter Farwell, Williams

In his 14th year of coaching the women’s squad at Williams, Farwell led the Ephs to a team victory in the New England Region over Middlebury, 44-57. Individual winner Kaleigh Kenny led four Williams runners in the top 10. Two weeks earlier, Farwell’s Williams women finished runner-up at the NESCAC Championships.

Year
Women
2012
Halston Taylor, MIT
2011
Nicole Wilkerson, Middlebury
2010
Terry Aldrich, Middlebury
2009
Halston Taylor, MIT
2008
Terry Aldrich, Middlebury

South/Southeast Region

Derick Lawrence, Trinity (Texas)

In dominant fashion, the South/Southeast Region Championship team title went to Derick Lawrence and his Trinity (Texas) women, 36-76, over runner-up Emory. Lawrence, in his second season coaching the Trinity women, guided Maddie Murphy to the individual win and two others to top-four finishes. All five scorers finished among the top 15 for the Lawrence and the Tigers, who won the SCAC Championship and the Pre-National Invitational earlier this season.

Year
Women
2012
Derick Lawrence, Trinity (Texas)
2011
John Curtin, Emory
2010
Robert Shankman, Rhodes
2009
Robert Shankman, Rhodes
2008
Jenny Breuer, Trinity (Texas)

West Region

John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Goldhammer, who has coached the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women for 30 years, led the Athenas to the West Region Championships team title over Willamette, 62-81. Third-place Sara Mostatabi led three top-10 finishers and five in the top 25 for the Athenas. Two weeks prior, Goldhammer and his CMS squad claimed the SCIAC Championships title.

Year
Women
2012
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2011
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2010
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2009
Toby Schwarz, Whitworth
2008
John Goldhammer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps