2018 NJCAA DI Cross Country Postseason Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Postseason awards for the 2018 NJCAA Division I Cross Country season were released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), following the conclusion of the 2018 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which were held this past weekend in Garden City, Kansas.

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National Athletes of the Year
National Coaches of the Year
USTFCCCA All-Americans
Regional Athletes of the Year
Regional Coaches of the Year

Central Arizona’s men and Iowa Central’s women stood on top of the podium once the dust settled. Andrew Kibet of Hutchinson (Kan.) won the men’s individual title, while Everlyn Kemboi of El Paso CC won the women’s individual title.

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National Awards

These awards are based on finish at the NJCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

National Men’s Athlete of the Year

Andrew Kibet – Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Kibet, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, had a season to remember. He capped his freshman campaign this past weekend at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, where he won the individual title by nearly seven seconds. Kibet crossed the finish line in 25:25.4. Kibet won four more individuals titles during the 2018 season, including victories at the Region VI Championships and the highly-touted Missouri Southern Stampede.

National Women’s Athlete of the Year

Everlyn Kemboi – El Paso CC

Kemboi, a freshman from Iten, Kenya, capped a sensational 2018 season with an individual title at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. She crossed the finish line in 18:17.1, nearly 26 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Kemboi also won individual titles this season at the Region V Championships and the NMJC Cross Country Invitational.

National Men’s Coach of the Year

Paul Tavares – Central Arizona

Tavares, in his 18th year as head coach, led the Vaqueros to the team title at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Central Arizona scored 100 points, 18 less than runner-up Iowa Central CC to take home the crown. The Vaqueros didn’t have a runner finish in the top-10, but put four in the top-25. During the regular season, Central Arizona won the Region I title with 21 points (three runners in the top-4 finishers).

National Women’s Coach of the Year

Dee Brown – Iowa Central CC

Brown, in his 15th year as head coach, led the Tritons to the team title at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Iowa Central cruised to victory as it scored just 45 points and put three runners in the top-6 and five in the top-20. The Tritons fared well against a tough schedule throughout the season as they also competed at the Chile Pepper Festival, the Roy Griak Invitational and the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational, among others.

USTFCCCA All-America

The top 15 finishers at the NJCAA Divison I Championships were named USTFCCCA All-America for the 2018 cross country season.

MEN

Ikageng Gaorekwe Central Arizona
Dennis Kiptoo Cloud County CC
Emmanuel Kipngetich Colby CC
Nehemiah Too Colby CC
Gideon Cheplak El Paso CC
Dennis Kiptoo El Paso CC
Elias Loriposia El Paso CC
Andrew Kibet Hutchinson CC
Ezekiel Kipchirchir Iowa Central CC
Innocent Murwanashyaka Iowa Central CC
Kyle Hinson Louisburg College
Jason Ortega Paradise Valley
Filmon Beyene South Plains
Andrew Bosquez South Plains
Chase Barrow Southern Idaho

WOMEN

Lesego Mpshe Central Arizona
Ieshia Dickerson Cowley College
Francisca Jebor El Paso CC
Everlyn Kemboi El Paso CC
Feliciana Kiptoo El Paso CC
Marion Bartilol Iowa Central CC
Lilian Busienei Iowa Central CC
Abeba Sullivan Iowa Central CC
Florance Uwajeneza Iowa Central CC
Katherine Bruno Pima CC
Aminata Kenyawani Pratt CC
Gladys Jemaiyo South Plains
Bailey Wall Southern Idaho
Kami Withers Southern Idaho
Benadine Chelimo Trinidad State JC

Regional Awards

These awards were voted on by member coaches before the NJCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Athletes of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Kyle Hinson — Louisburg (N.C.)

Hinson, a sophomore from Weddington, North Carolina, won the Region X individual title in 26:10.8, nearly nine seconds ahead of the runner-up. He also ran well at the High Point Vertcross Invitational (ninth place) and Queens City Invitational (15th place) this season.

CENTRAL REGION — Andrew Kibet — Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Kibet, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, won the Region VI individual title in 24:01.8, nearly 16 seconds ahead of Dennis Kiptoo, who was named National Athlete of the Week several times during the regular season. That was Kibet’s fourth victory of the season, as he also captured individual titles at the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic, the Missouri Southern Stampede and the ESU Invitational.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Dillan Haviland — Lansing (Mich.) CC

Haviland, a freshman from St. John’s, Minnesota, won the Region XII individual title in 25:32.5, nearly 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. He also ran well at the Olivet College Comet Opener (second place) and at the Lansing Invitational (fifth place) earlier this season.

MIDWEST REGION — Ezekiel Kipchirchir — Iowa Central CC

Kipchirchir, a sophomore from Kenya, won the Region XI individual title in a record time of 24:16.1. This was Kipchirchir’s second individual title of the season, as he also won at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in mid-October.

WEST REGION — Ikageng Gaorekwe — Central Arizona

Gaorekwe, a sophomore from South Africa, won the Region I individual title in 25:19.7 to lead the Vaqueros to their ninth regional title in a row. He also ran well this season at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University, where he finished seventh overall.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Claudrice McKoy — Monroe (N.Y.)

McKoy, a sophomore from Georgetown, Guyana, ran well all season long for the Mustangs. She recently won the JUCO Northeast Challenge individual title and posted a season-best time of 18:56.9 at the Louisville Cross Country Classic earlier this season.

CENTRAL REGION — Anna Keller — Cowley (Kan.)

Keller, a sophomore from Towanda, Kansas, captured the individual title at the Region VI Championships in 18:16.7. She also won an individual title at the Tiger/Builder Invitational back in early September.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Anastasia Bragg — Kirtland (Mich.) CC

Bragg, a sophomore from Gaylord, Michigan, won the Region XII individual title in 19:20.2. She also ran well at the Lansing Invitational earlier this season, where she finished eighth overall.

MIDWEST REGION — Abeba Sullivan — Iowa Central CC

Sullivan, a sophomore from Saukville, Iowa, won the Region XI title in 18:38.1. That was Sullivan’s third individual title of the season as she also captured top honors at the Region XI Time Trial in late August and the All-American Invitational in early September.

WEST REGION — Lesego Mpshe — Central Arizona

Mpshe, a freshman, earned the Region I individual title in 17:43.1. She also ran well at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University, where she finished third overall.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Josh Hayman — Louisburg (N.C.)

Hayman, in his first year as head coach, led the Hurricanes to the team title at the Region X Championships. Louisburg (N.C.) also competed this season at the Covered Bridge Open and the High Point Vertcross Invitational, among others.

CENTRAL REGION — Justin Riggs — Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Riggs, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Blue Dragons to the team title at the Region VI Championships. Hutchinson (Kan.) narrowly beat out Colby (Kan.) for the team title by a score of 48-52 after it put four runners in the top-10.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Mike Smith — Muskegon (Mich.) CC

Smith, in his ninth year as head coach, led the Jayhawks to a runner-up finish at the Region XII Championships. Muskegon (Mich.) scored 54 points and put three runners in the top-10. The Jayhawks finished well at several meets this season hosted by NCAA Division I programs.

MIDWEST REGION — Dee Brown — Iowa Central CC

Brown, in his 15th year as head coach, led the Tritons to the team title at the Region XI Championships. Iowa Central scored 20 points as the team put all seven runners in the top-15, led by five in the top-10.

WEST REGION — Paul Tavares — Central Arizona

Tavares, in his 18th year as head coach, led the Vaqueros to the team title at the Region I Championships. Central Arizona scored just 21 points as it put its entire scoring lineup in the top-7, including three of the top-4 runners.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Shirvon Greene — Monroe (N.Y.)

Greene, in his ninth year as head coach, led the Mustangs to a slew of success during the 2018 season. Monroe (N.Y.) won the JUCO Northeast Championships in addition to finishing third at the Queensborough Invitational and a 23rd-place finish at the Louisville Cross Country Classic.

CENTRAL REGION — Dan Adler — Cowley (Kan.)

Alder, in his third year as head coach, led the Tigers to the team title at the Region VI Championships. Cowley (Kan.) scored 34 points to easily dispatch the rest of the talented field. The Tigers claimed the individual championship and placed their six other runners in the top-15.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Jim Robinson — Lansing (Mich.) CC

Robinson, in his 10th year as head coach, led the Stars to the team title at the Region XII Championships. Lansing (Mich.) put three athletes in the top-10 as it held off a game challenge from Muskegon (Mich.) to win by a score of 33-46.

MIDWEST REGION — Nicholas Hartz — Sauk Valley (Ill.) CC

Hartz, in his first season as head coach, led the Skyhawks to the team title at the Region IV Championships. Sauk Valley (Ill.) scored 41 points to topple runner-up Carl Sandburg by 15 points.

WEST REGION — Paul Tavares — Central Arizona

Tavares, in his 18th year as head coach, led the Vaqueras to the team title at the Region I Championships. Central Arizona scored just 27 points as it put all seven of its runners in the top-10, including finishers 5-6-7-8-9-10.