Excellence In Communications Award For 2018 Cross Country Season

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the three recipients of the Excellence in Communications Award for the 2018 cross country season on Wednesday.

Here are those deserving individuals: Linda Sprouse of the University of Colorado (NCAA Division I), Mark Moschetti of Seattle Pacific University (NCAA Division II) and Emily Zadny of North Central (Ill.) (NCAA Division III).

The Excellence in Communications Award recognizes those athletics communications representatives at conferences and/or schools who have committed to outstanding coverage and support of collegiate cross country. Winners were selected by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff after a nomination period.

NCAA DIVISION I – Linda Sprouse, Colorado

Linda Sprouse has been the consummate athletics communications representative covering cross country ever since she started at Colorado back in September of 2005.

Nothing changed over the course of 13 years and 2018 might have been her best season yet.

Sprouse writes diligently on both the men’s and women’s cross country teams and provides insightful, expert commentary through the Buffs social media feeds, like Instagram and Twitter. She is quick to stay on trends of what is happening on those social media feeds because her finger is to the pulse of it.

Her coverage from the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships solidified her winning this award. Sprouse left no medium untouched as she canvassed the grounds of the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course to provide coverage of what would soon be a national-championship winning performance for both Dani Jones and the women’s team.

NCAA DIVISION II – Mark Moschetti, Seattle Pacific

When a nomination begins like this, “Mark has consistently exhibited the exact phrase of this award: Excellence in Communications,” you take notice.

Then it continues like this, “He is unlike any SID I have ever worked with.”

And finally, “His understanding of the sport of cross country transcends the always-existent gap between those in the sport and the casual public observer. He cares for the student-athletes and coaches, and he emphasizes both quality and quantity of information.”

Moschetti has done wonders covering the cross country programs at Seattle Pacific. Not only does he produce informative media guides filled with information about each student-athlete that alumni and parents love to read, but he also will let those same readers know where to park at a meet, what to wear at a meet and the program history on the course that they will run. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coverage provided by Moschetti.

This is the second time Moschetti has been honored with Excellence in Communications. He was also bestowed with the Excellence in Communications Award for Track & Field in 2015.

NCAA DIVISION III – Emily Zadny, North Central (Ill.)

Championship programs deserve championship coverage.

That’s exactly what North Central (Ill.) got from Emily Zadny throughout the 2018 season.

Zadny, in her second full year as a sports information graduate assistant, went above and beyond in spreading the word about the Cardinals’ nationally-ranked cross country teams.

Throughout the season, Zadny wrote in-depth race recaps and included video interviews with star athletes from those meets. Zadny used the Adobe Spark platform to truly bring her words – and North Central (Ill.)’s programs – to life and collaborated well with graphic designers in the athletic department to stand out on social media. She also provided on-site coverage of the Cardinals’ entire postseason run from the CCIW Championships to the NCAA Championships in Winneconne, Wisconsin, which ended with them capturing yet another NCAA team title.

“Emily was a pleasure to work with throughout the fall term,” North Central (Ill.) coach and USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Al Carius wrote in the nomination. “Her professionalism and skill in the field of sports information makes her an excellent candidate for the Excellence in Communications Award. I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Emily.”