2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans For NCAA Division I Cross Country

2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans For NCAA Division I Cross Country

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday the 80 student-athletes who earned All-America honors by finishing among the top-40 in the men’s and women’s races at the 2015 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships this past weekend.

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There were only two teams with five All-Americans — the Colorado men and the New Mexico women.

It should come as no surprise that the Lady Lobos had the most All-Americans out of any women’s team, since they ran away with their first national title in program history. New Mexico scored the fewest points ever recorded in the modern era (49) and posted the fifth largest margin of victory in meet history (80 points). Those All-Americans for the Lady Lobos were Courtney Frerichs (fourth place), Alice Wright (fifth place), Rhona Auckland (13th place), Calli Thackery (15th place) and Molly Renfer (24th).

While the Buffaloes didn’t win the title — No. 2 Syracuse ruined Colorado’s bid at winning three consecutive crowns — they had the most finishers in the top-40. Pierce Murphy (third) was the lone Buffalo in the top-10, while Morgan Pearson (25th), John Dressel (26th), Ben Saarel (31st) and Connor Winter (33rd) all packed up behind him.

The Orange was the only DI team with four All-Americans and each of them helped lead the program to its first national title since 1951. Justyn Knight, Colin Bennie and Martin Hehir all finished in the top-10, while Philo Germano slipped inside All-America status with a 39th-place showing.

Each third-place team — the Oregon women and the Stanford men — fittingly had three All-Americans. The Ducks flew together as Waverly Neer (27th), Alli Cash (31st) and Molly Grabill (33rd) all crossed the finish line around the same time. The Cardinal were paced by the usual suspects (Jim Rosa and Sean McGorty), while freshman Grant Fisher shined in his first 10K race (17th place).

There were six men’s teams with two All-Americans.

  • ArkansasJack Bruce (23rd), Frankline Tonui (40th)
  • Colorado StateJefferson Abbey (13th), Jerrell Mock (19th)
  • South Dakota StateTrent Lusignan (24th), Joel Reichow (36th)
  • TulsaMarc Scott (10th), Luke Traynor (34th)
  • UTEPJonah Koech (11th), Anthony Rotich (15th)
  • WashingtonIzaic Yorks (30th), Colby Gilbert (32nd)

And there were four women’s teams with two All-Americans.

  • Boise StateAllie Ostrander (2nd), Brenna Peloquin (9th)
  • ColoradoErin Clark (11th), Kaitlyn Benner (16th)
  • Notre DameMolly Seidel (champion), Anna Rohrer (sixth)
  • ProvidenceSarah Collins (20th), Catarina Rocha (39th)

Of note, Ostrander, Peloquin and Rohrer were three of seven freshmen to earn All-American honors in the women’s race. Sharon Lokedi of Kansas, Ednah Kurgat of Liberty, Caroline Pietrzyk of Vanderbilt and Tessa Barrett of Penn State were the others.

At the conference level, the Pac-12 dominated with 19 All-Americans (12 men, seven women), while the Mountain West had 11 (eight women, three men) for the second most. The ACC brought home 10 honors (seven men, three women), while the SEC nabbed seven (five women, two men).

National Athletes and Coaches of the Year will be announced Tuesday.

2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans: NCAA Division I Cross Country

Student-Athlete Year Institution
Kyle Eller JR Air Force
Jack Bruce SO Arkansas
Frankline Tonui JR Arkansas
Erik Peterson SR Butler
John Dressel FR Colorado
Pierce Murphy SR Colorado
Morgan Pearson SR Colorado
Ben Saarel JR Colorado
Connor Winter SR Colorado
Jefferson Abbey JR Colorado State
Jerrell Mock SO Colorado State
Jaime Perales JR Eastern Kentucky
Jonathan Green SO Georgetown
Dylan Lafond JR Illinois
Gilbert Kirui SO Iona
Ernest Kibet SR Louisville
Michael Clevenger SR Notre Dame
Jacob Burcham JR Oklahoma
Edward Cheserek JR Oregon
Thomas Awad SR Penn
Trent Lusignan SR South Dakota State
Joel Reichow JR South Dakota State
Hayden Hawks SR Southern Utah
Grant Fisher FR Stanford
Sean McGorty JR Stanford
Jim Rosa SR Stanford
Colin Bennie SO Syracuse
Philo Germano SO Syracuse
Martin Hehir SR Syracuse
Justyn Knight SO Syracuse
Marc Scott SO Tulsa
Luke Traynor JR Tulsa
Lane Werley SR UCLA
Hassan Omar SR UMBC
Jonah Koech FR UTEP
Anthony Rotich SR UTEP
Patrick Tiernan JR Villanova
Thomas Curtin SR Virginia Tech
Colby Gilbert SO Washington
Izaic Yorks SR Washington
Student-Athlete Year Institution
Hannah Everson SR Air Force
Dominique Scott SR Arkansas
Allie Ostrander FR Boise State
Brenna Peloquin FR Boise State
Natalie Schudrowitz SO Brown
Olivia Pratt SR Butler
Letitia Saayman SR Coastal Carolina
Kaitlyn Benner SO Colorado
Erin Clark JR Colorado
Allie Buchalski JR Furman
Alyssa Schneider SR Illinois
Sharon Lokedi FR Kansas
Ednah Kurgat FR Liberty
Erin Finn JR Michigan
Alexis Wiersma JR Michigan State
Marta Freitas SR Mississippi State
Laura Rose Donegan SR New Hampshire
Rhona Auckland JR New Mexico
Courtney Frerichs SR New Mexico
Molly Renfer SR New Mexico
Calli Thackery SR New Mexico
Alice Wright SO New Mexico
Erin Teschuk JR North Dakota State
Anna Rohrer FR Notre Dame
Molly Seidel SR Notre Dame
Ingeborg Loevnes JR Oklahoma State
Alli Cash SO Oregon
Molly Grabill SR Oregon
Waverly Neer SR Oregon
Tessa Barrett FR Penn State
Sarah Collins JR Providence
Catarina Rocha JR Providence
Vanessa Fraser SO Stanford
Blanca Fernandez SR Temple
Chelsea Blaase SR Tennessee
Karis Jochen JR Texas A&M
Caroline Pietrzyk FR Vanderbilt
Samantha Jones SR Wake Forest
Maddie Meyers SR Washington
Regan Rome SO William and Mary