2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 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 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 III Cross Country Championships, which are set to take place this weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin at the Lake Breeze Golf Course.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Athletes of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Grant O’Connor — RPI

O’Connor, a senior from West Hartford, Connecticut, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships in 26:00.8, despite stopping to assist a fallen teammate around the 5K mark. This was O’Connor’s second regional title in a row. He also finished second at the Liberty League Championships two weeks earlier.

CENTRAL REGION — Tris Dodge — Carleton

Dodge, a senior from Oakland, California, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships in 24:51.3. He also finished second at the MIAC Championships two weeks earlier. Dodge is the first male athlete from Carleton to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Ian McVey — Ohio Northern

McVey, a senior from Stow, Ohio, won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 24:52.5. This was McVey’s second regional title in a row. McVey also won the individual title at the OAC Championships and finished fourth at the All-Ohio Championships. McVey was also named National Athlete of the Week during the regular season.

MIDEAST REGION — Harley Moyer — Washington & Jefferson

Moyer, a senior from Akron, Ohio, won the individual title at the Mideast Region Championships in 25:55.0. He is undefeated on the season with an additional victory coming at the PAC Championships, among others. Moyer is the first Washington & Jefferson athlete (male or female) to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

MIDWEST REGION — Brad Hodkinson — Washington (Mo.)

Hodkinson, a senior from Snohomish, Washington, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 24:31.8. He also won individual titles at the UAA Championships and at the Wheaton Gil Dodds Invitational. Hodkinson is the first male athlete from WashU to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since 2014 (Andrew Padgett).

NEW ENGLAND REGION — Sam Brunnette — Plymouth State

Brunnette, a senior from Newport, Vermont, won the individual title at the New England Region Championships in 24:56.0. He also won individual titles in three other meets, including the Little East Championships. This is the second year in a row that Brunnette has been named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — Logan McKenzie — Berea (Ky.)

McKenzie, a junior from Athens, Tennessee, won the individual title at the South/Southeast Region Championships in 25:31.1. He won individual titles at three other meets during the regular season and finished runner-up at the USA South Championships. McKenzie is the first Berea (Ky.) athlete (male of female) to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

WEST REGION — Andy Reischling — Pomona-Pitzer

Reischling, a senior from Seattle, Washington, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 24:49.2. He also won an individual title at the SCIAC Championships for the second year in a row. This is the second year in a row that Reischling has been named Regional Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Athletes of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Elise Ramirez — SUNY Geneseo

Ramirez, a senior from Nesconset, New York, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships in 21:50.5. She also won individual titles at the SUNYAC Championships and at the 38th annual Mike Woods Invitational earlier in the season. Ramirez is the first female athlete from SUNY Geneseo to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since 2007 (Liz Montgomery).

CENTRAL REGION — Carina Collet — Wartburg

Collet, a sophomore from Verona, Illinois, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships in 21:45.9. She also won three other individual titles during the regular season, including one at the American Rivers Conference Championships. Collet is the first Wartburg female athlete to be named Regional Athlete of the Year since 2010 (Lori Tlach).

GREAT LAKES REGION — Claire Lamb — Otterbein

Lamb, a senior from Granville, Ohio, won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 20:58.7. She also posted three individual wins during the season, including one at the OAC Championships, which was her third in a row. Lamb was also named National Athlete of the Week during the regular season. Lamb is the first Otterbein athlete (male or female) to be named Regional Athlete of the Year.

MIDEAST REGION — Felicia Koerner — Johns Hopkins

Koerner, a senior from Munich, Germany, won the individual title at the Mideast Region Championships in 22:31.5. She also won an individual title at the Shannon Henretty Invitational and finished fifth at the Centennial Conference Championships. This is the second time in the past three years that Koerner has been named Regional Athlete of the Year.

MIDWEST REGION — Hannah Roeske — Wheaton (Ill.)

Roeske, a sophomore from Eleva, Wisconsin, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 21:21.8. She also won an individual title at the CCIW Championships, among other strong performances this season. This is the first time that an athlete from Wheaton (Ill.) has been named Regional Athlete of the Year.

NEW ENGLAND REGION — Kaitlyn Mooney — Coast Guard

Mooney, a sophomore from Manahawkin, New Jersey, won the individual title at the New England Region Championships in 20:43.8. She ran well throughout the season, but especially at the NEWMAC Championships, where she won by 21 seconds. This is the second year in a row that Mooney has been named Regional Athlete of the Year.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — Annie Rodenfels — Centre

Rodenfels, a junior from Centerville, Ohio, won the individual title at the South/Southeast Region Championships in 21:44.8. She also won several other individual titles this season, including at the SAA Championships. Rodenfels is the second female athlete from Centre to be named Regional Athlete of the Year (Serena Gale-Butto, 2016).

WEST REGION — Helen Guo — Pomona-Pitzer

Guo, a junior from San Ramon, California, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 21:48.5. She also won an individual title at the SCIAC Championships in 22:59.3, among other strong efforts this season. Guo is the second female athlete from Pomona-Pitzer to be named Regional Athlete of the Year in the past five years (Maya Weigel won in 2014, 2015 and 2016).

Men’s Coaches of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — John Lynch — RPI

Lynch, in his eighth year with the program, led the Engineers to the Atlantic Region title as they scored 26 points. RPI also won the team title at the Liberty League Championships. This is the first time in his career that Lynch has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION — Ryan Chapman — Wartburg

Chapman, in his third season with the program, led the Knights to the Central Region title as they scored 52 points. Wartburg also won the team title at the American Rivers Championships. This is the first time in his career that Chapman has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the Central Region.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Brian Diemer — Calvin

Diemer, in his 33rd year with the program, led the Knights to the Great Lakes Region title as they scored 56 points. Calvin also won the MIAA title earlier in the postseason. This is the 13th time that Diemer has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region.

MIDEAST REGION — Tim Connelly — Carnegie Mellon

Connelly, in his fifth year with the program, led the Tartans to the Mideast Region title as they scored 76 points. Carnegie Mellon also finished runner-up at the UAA Championships. This is the first year that Connelly has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the Mideast Region.

MIDWEST REGION — Al Carius — North Central (Ill.)

Carius, in his 53rd year with the program, led the Cardinals to the Midwest Region title as they scored 30 points. North Central (Ill.) also won team titles at the CCIW Championships as well as at the Louisville Cross Country Classic, among other strong performances. This is the 14th time since 1993 that Carius has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region.

NEW ENGLAND REGION — Cassie Funke-Harris — Amherst

Funke-Harris, in her first year as head coach, led the Mammoths to the New England Region title as they scored 65 points. Amherst also won the team title at the NESCAC Championships earlier in the postseason. This is the first time that Funke-Harris has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the New England Region.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — Robert Shankman — Rhodes

Shankman, in his 28th year with the program, led the Lynx to the South/Southeast Region title as they scored 71 points. Rhodes also won the team title at the SAA Championships. This is the second year in a row that Shankman has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in South/Southeast Region.

WEST REGION — Jordan Carpenter — Pomona-Pitzer

Carpenter, in his third year with the program, led the Sagehens to a thrilling victory at the West Region Championships. Pomona-Pitzer won a tie-breaker over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens also won the team title at the SCIAC Championships. This is the second year in a row that Carpenter has been named Men’s Coach of the Year in the West Region.

Women’s Coaches of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Dan Moore — SUNY Geneseo

Moore, in his fourth year with the program, led the Knights to the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships with 28 points. SUNY Geneseo also won its eighth consecutive team title at the SUNAC Championships earlier in the postseason. This marks the fourth year in a row that Moore has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Atlantic Region.

CENTRAL REGION — Donna Ricks — Carleton

Ricks, in her 25th year with the program, led the Knights to the team title in the Central Region with 64 points. Carleton also won the team title at the MIAC Championships earlier in the postseason. This marks the third time in the past five years that Ricks has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Central Region.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Joe Eby — Baldwin Wallace

Eby, in his first year with the program, led the Yellow Jackets to a surprising team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships. Baldwin Wallace, which finished second at the OAC Championships, scored 114 points to upend a number of nationally-ranked programs. This is the first time that Eby has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region.

MIDEAST REGION — Bobby Van Allen — Johns Hopkins

Van Allen, in his 19th season with the program, led the Blue Jays to the team title at the Mideast Region Championships with 36 points. Johns Hopkins also won the team title at the Centennial Conference Championships earlier in the postseason. The Blue Jays have been ranked No. 1 in the National Coaches’ Poll throughout the season. This marks the 10th time in the past 11 years that Van Allen has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Atlantic Region.

MIDWEST REGION — Jeff Stiles — Washington (Mo.)

Stiles, in his 13th year with the program, led the Bears to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 58 points. WashU also won the team title at the UAA Championships earlier in the postseason. This marks the fourth time in the past five years (seventh overall) that Stiles has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region.

NEW ENGLAND REGION — Halston Taylor — MIT

Taylor, in his 12th year with the program, led the Engineers to the team title at the New England Region Championships with 87 points. MIT also won the team title at the NEWMAC Championships earlier in the postseason. This marks the fifth time that Taylor has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the New England Region.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION — Lisa Owens — Centre

Owens, in her 20th year with the program, led the Colonels to a runner-up finish at the South/Southeast Region Championships. Just a few weeks earlier, Centre won the team title at the SAA Championships and Owens was named SAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. This marks the first time that Owens has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the South/Southeast Region.

WEST REGION — John Goldhammer — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Goldhammer, in his 34th year with the program, led the Athenas to the team title at the West Region Championships with 39 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps also won the team title at the SCIAC Championships earlier in the postseason for the ninth year in a row. This marks the second year in a row (ninth time since 1993) that Goldhammer has been named Women’s Coach of the Year in the West Region.