2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans For NCAA Division III Cross Country
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday the 70 student-athletes who earned All-America honors by finishing among the top-35 in the men’s and women’s races at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this past weekend.
There were four teams that each had three All-Americans. It should come as no surprise that two of those teams won a national championship — the UW-Eau Claire men and the Williams women.
The Johns Hopkins women and St. Olaf men were the other teams with three honorees apiece.
This past weekend at Lake Breeze Golf Club, the Blugolds showcased their depth and edged Williams 135-144. UW-Eau Claire put three runners in the top-15 — Josh Thorson (second), Ryan Mugan (11th) and Darin Lau (14th) — with another (Christian Leitner) finishing right outside of All-America consideration.
It was a banner day for the Ephs, however, as the women captured their third national title in program history. Williams put in an incredible surge — seventh at 2K, tied for first at 5K and alone in first at the finish — to upend the top-ranked Blue Jays. The Ephs were led by Hannah Cole (fourth), Victoria Kingham (11th) and Lacey Serletti (22nd).
Johns Hopkins faded from first to fourth, but still had three All-Americans. Sophia Meehan (sixth) paced the Blue Jays, while Caroline Smith (12th) and Tess Meehan (35th) also ran well. Johns Hopkins had won the three previous national championships.
And thanks to two men in the top-7 — Jake Campbell (fifth) and Paul Escher (sixth) — the Oles were able to find their way to the podium. Calvin Lehn (34th) also lent his hand in helping St. Olaf to a fourth-place finish.
Four men’s teams brought home two All-America honors — Allegheny (Pa.), Amherst, St. Lawrence and Williams — while three women’s teams nabbed two as well — Cornell College (led by individual champion Abrah Masterson), SUNY Oneonta and Willamette.
At the conference level, the NESCAC had the most honorees with 11, while the MIAC had nine. The WIAC had eight honorees, namely men’s individual champion Ian LaMere.
National Athletes and Coaches of the Year will be announced Tuesday.
2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans: NCAA Division III Cross Country