2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as voted on by member coaches from that division.

Information on each of those winners can be found below.

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Regional Athletes of the Year
Regional Coaches of the Year
Regional Award History

Many of these athletes and coaches will be at the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which are set to take place this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Athletes of the Year

The Dan McClimon Award
GREAT LAKES REGION — Jaret Carpenter — Purdue

Carpenter, a sophomore from Wayzata, Minnesota, won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 31:09.6. He also had strong performances this season at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (16th), Wisconsin Pre-Nationals (9th) and the Big Ten Championships (5th). Carpenter is the first Purdue male athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

The Charles Werner Award
MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Casey Comber — Villanova

Comber, a junior from Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, won the individual title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships in 31:04.5. He also captured individual crowns at the Main Line Invitational and BIG EAST Championships. Comber is the second Villanova male athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year in the past six years (Patrick Tiernan).

The Bill Bergan Award
MIDWEST REGION — Edwin Kurgat — Iowa State

Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 30:41.6. He also captured an individual crown at the Big 12 Championships and finished runner-up at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. Kurgat is the first male athlete from Iowa State to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Daniel Kinyua in 2000.

MOUNTAIN REGION — Joe Klecker — Colorado

Klecker, a junior from Minnetonka, Minnesota, won the individual title at the Mountain Region Championships in 29:16.6. He also had strong performances at both the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals (5th) and the Pac-12 Championships (5th). Klecker was also named Regional Athlete of the Year last year after winning the individual title at the same meet.

The Fred Tootell Award
NORTHEAST REGION — Paul Hogan — UMass Lowell

Hogan, a graduate student from Burlington, Massachusetts, won the individual title at the Northeast Region Championships in 32:30.9. He also captured an individual crown at the America East Championships and finished 12th in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run. Hogan is the first male athlete from UMass Lowell to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH REGION — Alfred Chelanga — Alabama

Chelanga, a senior from Nairobi, Kenya, won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 30:59.2. He also had strong performances at both the SEC Championships (2nd place) and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (10th place). Chelanga is the third Alabama male athlete in the past four years to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Jamie Crowe — Lamar

Crowe, a senior from Glasgow, Scotland, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 31:36.3. He also captured an individual crown at the Southland Conference Championships and finished third at the Texas A&M Invitational. Crowe is the first Lamar male athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTHEAST REGION — James Sugira — Eastern Kentucky

Sugira, a freshman from Kigali, Rwanda, won the individual title at the Southeast Region Championships in 29:26.9. He also captured individual titles at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic, the Penn State National Open and at the OVC Championships. Sugira is the first male athlete from Eastern Kentucky to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Soufiane Bouchikhi in 2012.

The John Chaplin Award
WEST REGION — Nick Hauger — Portland

Hauger, a senior from Spokane, Washington, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 29:42.4. He also captured an individual crown at the West Coast Conference Championships and finished sixth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. Hauger is the second Portland male athlete in a row to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Alicia Monson — Wisconsin

Monson, a junior from Amery, Wisconsin, won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 20:13.4. She also captured individual crowns at the Badger Classic, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Big Ten Championships. Monson is the first Wisconsin female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Bethany Brewster in 2001.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Rachel McArthur — Villanova

McArthur, a sophomore from Bristol, Virginia, won the individual title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships in 21:02.2. She also had strong performances at the BIG EAST Championships (2nd place) and at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (29th). McArthur is the second Villanova female athlete in a row to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

MIDWEST REGION — Cailie Logue — Iowa State

Logue, a sophomore from Erie, Kansas, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 20:13.5. She also captured individual crowns at the Bradley Pink Classic and the Big 12 Championships. Logue is the first Iowa State female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Crystal Nelson in 2013.

MOUNTAIN REGION — Weini Kelati — New Mexico

Kelati, a sophomore from Leesburg, Virginia, won the individual title at the Mountain Region Championships in 19:15.0. She also captured individual crowns at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals and the Mountain West Championships, while finishing second at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. Kelati is the fifth New Mexico female runner to be named Regional Athlete of the Year in the past six years.

NORTHEAST REGION — Shannon Malone — Syracuse

Malone, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, won the individual title at the Northeast Region Championships in 21:28.7. She also had a strong performance at the ACC Championships, where she finished fifth overall. Malone is the first Syracuse female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Katie Hursey in 2009.

SOUTH REGION — Militsa Mircheva — Florida State

Mircheva, a senior from Dorbich, Bulgaria, won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 20:17.0. She also captured individual crowns at the Covered Bridge Open and the Boston University vs Florida State Dual Meet. Mircheva is the first Florida State female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since Colleen Quigley in 2014.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Katrina Robinson — Arkansas

Robinson, a freshman from Brisbane, Australia, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 20:20.3. She also captured an individual crown at the Chile Pepper Festival and had strong performances at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (8th), the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals (2nd) and the SEC Championships (2nd). Robinson is the fifth Arkansas female athlete in a row to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Dorcas Wasike — Louisville

Wasike, a junior from Kitale, Kenya, won the individual title at the Southeast Region Championships in 19:42.1. She also captured individual crowns at the Tennessee Dual, the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic and the ACC Championships. Wasike is the first Louisville female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

WEST REGION — Allie Ostrander — Boise State

Ostrander, a redshirt junior from Kenai, Alaska, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 19:09.0. She also captured an individual crown at the Sundodger Invitational, finished fifth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and fourth at the Mountain West Championships. This is the second time that Ostrander has been named Regional Athlete of the Year in cross country (Her first honor came in 2015).

Men’s Coaches of the Year

The Earle Hayes Award
GREAT LAKES REGION — Mick Byrne — Wisconsin

Byrne, in his sixth year with the program, led the Badgers to the Great Lakes Region title with 49 points. Wisconsin won the Big Ten title two weeks earlier with 38 points. This is the seventh time that Byrne has taken home The Earle Hayes Award.

The Harry Groves Award
MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Jason Vigilante — Princeton

Vigilante, in his seventh year with the program, led the Tigers to the Mid-Atlantic Region title with 61 points. Princeton also won the Ivy League title two weeks earlier with 30 points. This is the second year in a row that Vigilante has taken home The Harry Groves Award.

The Roy Griak Award
MIDWEST REGION — Darren Gauson — Bradley

Gauson, in his fourth year with the program, led the Braves to a runner-up finish in the Midwest Region with 102 points after entering the meet ranked fourth in the final Regional Rankings. Bradley also won the Missouri Valley title two weeks earlier with 40 points. This is the first time that Gauson has won The Roy Griak Award.

The Chick Hislop Award
MOUNTAIN REGION — Michael Smith — Northern Arizona

Smith, in his second year with the program, led the Lumberjacks to the Mountain Region title with 42 points. Northern Arizona won the Big Sky title two weeks earlier with 21 points. This is the second year in a row that Smith has won The Chick Hislop Award.

The Robert Grieve Award
NORTHEAST REGION — Brien Bell — Syracuse

Bell, in his first year as head coach of the Orange, led the team to the Northeast Region title with 79 points. Syracuse finished runner-up at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier with 61 points. This is the first time that Bell has won The Robert Grieve Award.

The Dave Walker Award
SOUTH REGION — Ryan Vanhoy — Ole Miss

Vanhoy, in his sixth year with the program, led the Rebels to the South Region title with 45 points. Ole Miss also won its first-ever SEC title two weeks earlier with 36 points. This is the second time in the past three years that Vanhoy has won The Dave Walker Award.

The Johnny Morriss Award
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Chris Bucknam — Arkansas

Bucknam, in his 11th year with the program, led the Razorbacks to the South Central Region title with 59 points. Arkansas finished runner-up in the SEC two weeks earlier with 44 points. This is the sixth year in a row that Bucknam has won The Johnny Morriss Award and the eighth time in his career.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Rollie Geiger — NC State

Geiger, in his 37th year with the program, led the Wolfpack to the Southeast Region title with 83 points. NC State finished third at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier with 85 points. This is the seventh time that Geiger has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in Southeast Region.

The Dean Miller Award
WEST REGION — Rob Conner — Portland

Conner, in his 29th year with the program, led the Pilots to the West Region title with 77 points. Portland finished runner-up in the West Coast Conference Championships and scored 52 points at that meet. This is the second year in a row that Conner won The Dean Miller Award and the sixth time in his career.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Mike McGuire — Michigan

McGuire, in his 27th year with the program, led the Wolverines to the Great Lakes Region title with 46 points. Michigan won the Big Ten title two weeks earlier with 57 points. This is the fourth year in a row that McGuire has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region and the 10th time in his career.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Gina Procaccio — Villanova

Procaccio, in her 19th year with the program, led the Wildcats to the Mid-Atlantic Region title with 33 points. Villanova won the BIG EAST title two weeks earlier with 21 points. This is the fifth time that Procaccio has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

MIDWEST REGION — Amy Rudolph — Iowa State

Rudolph, in her first year with the program, led the Cyclones to the Midwest Region title with 78 points. Iowa State won the Big 12 title two weeks earlier with 35 points. This is the first time that Rudolph has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region.

The Patrick Shane Award
MOUNTAIN REGION — Joe Franklin — New Mexico

Franklin, in his ninth year with the program, led the Lady Lobos to the Mountain Region title with 41 points. New Mexico won the Mountain West title two weeks earlier with 33 points. This is the second time in the past four years that Franklin has won The Patrick Shane Award and the fourth time in his career.

The Ray Treacy Award
NORTHEAST REGION — Dan Ireland — Columbia

Ireland, in his fifth year with the program, led the Lions to the Northeast Region title with 41 points. Columbia also won the Ivy League title two weeks earlier with 52 points. This is the first time in his career that Ireland has won The Ray Treacy Award.

SOUTH REGION — Kelly Phillips — Florida State

Phillips, in her fourth year with the program, led the Seminoles to the South Region title with 60 points. Florida State finished fourth at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier with 128 points. This is the third time that Phillips has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the South Region (She was also honored in 1999 and 2000 when she coached at South Florida).

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Lance Harter — Arkansas

Harter, in his 29th year with the program, led the Razorbacks to the South Central Region title with 21 points. Arkansas won the SEC title two weeks earlier with 24 points. This is the eighth year in a row that Harter has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the South Central Region and the 14th time in his career.

The Rollie Geiger Award
SOUTHEAST REGION — Laurie Henes — NC State

Henes, in her 13th year with the program, led the Wolfpack to the Southeast Region title with 70 points. NC State won the ACC title two weeks earlier with 67 points. This is the third year in a row that Henes has won The Rollie Geiger Award.

The Tom Heinonen Award
WEST REGION — Helen Lehman-Winters — Oregon

Lehman-Winters, in her first year with the program, led the Ducks to the West Region title with 44 points. Oregon also won the Pac-12 title two weeks earlier with 32 points. This is the second year in a row that Lehman-Winters won The Tom Heinonen Award.