2019 NAIA Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NAIA Cross Country season were announced on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Honors were voted on by member coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.

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

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Tony Floyd — Madonna (Mich.)

Floyd, a senior from Westland, Michigan, won the individual title at the WHAC Cross Country Championships in 24:50.0. He also posted victories at the Ray Bullock Invitational as well as the Running Fit Detroit Titan Invitational.

MIDWEST REGION — Wesley Meyer — Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Meyer, a senior from Rochester, Indiana, won the individual title at the CCAC Cross Country Championships in 25:09.0. He also posted a victory at the Bethel (Ind.) Invitational earlier this season and finished runner-up at the Saints Twilight Meet.

SOUTH REGION — Nathan Baker — Milligan (Tenn.)

Baker, a junior from Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, won the individual title at the AAC Cross Country Championships in 25:01.0. He also posted victories at The Dual at the Tweetsie as well as the Dual at Buffalo Creek.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Oscar KipKoros — Oklahoma City

KipKoros, a senior from Iten, Kenya, won the individual title at the Sooner Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships in 24:47.2. He also ran well at the NAIA Mid-States Classic and the Missouri Southern Stampede, where he finished runner-up both times.

WEST REGION — Riley Sine — Northwest (Wash.)

Sine, a senior from Spokane Valley, Washington, won the individual title at the Cascade Conference Cross Country Championships in 25:15.5. He also posted a victory at the Cascade Conference Cross Country Preview and finished runner-up at the Warrior Invitational and the Willamette Invitational earlier in the season.

Men’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — John Foss — Indiana Wesleyan

Foss, in his 32nd year as head coach, led the Wildcats to the team title at the Crossroads League Championships with 34 points. Indiana Wesleyan also won the team title at the Cougar Classic.

MIDWEST REGION — Nate Wolf — Dordt (Iowa)

Wolf, in his fifth year as head coach, led the Defenders to the team title at the Great Plains Conference Championships with 28 points. Dordt also won the team title at the Dean White Invitational and Herb Blakely Invitational.

SOUTH REGION — Chris Layne — Milligan (Tenn.)

Layne, in his 21st year as head coach, led the Buffaloes to the team title at the Appalachian Conference Championships with 30 points. Milligan was also won the team title at The Dual at the Tweetsie, the Dual at Buffalo Creek, and Zaxby’s Open.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Matt Aguero — Oklahoma City

Aguero, in his fourth year as head coach, led the top-ranked Stars to the team title at the Sooner Conference Championships with 22 points. Oklahoma City also won the team title at the NAIA Mid-States Classic and finished sixth against all divisions at the Chile Pepper Festival.

WEST REGION — Austin Basterrechea — College of Idaho

Basterrechea, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Coyotes to the team title at the Cascade Conference Championships with 43 points. College of Idaho also won the team title at the Warrior Invitational and Eastern Oregon Open.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Hannah Stoffel — Huntington (Ind.)

Stoffel, a junior from Huntington, Indiana, won the individual title at the Crossroads League Cross Country Championships in 17:04.5. She also posted victories at the Bethel (Ind.) Invitational, the Rumble in the Fort and the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Classic earlier this season.

MIDWEST REGION — Vanessa Cortes — Mount Mercy (Iowa)

Cortes, a senior from Bakersfield, California, won the individual title at the Heart of America Cross Country Championships in 19:25.4. She also posted victories at the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede and at the Fighting Bee Invitational earlier this season.

SOUTH REGION — Emily Kearney — SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)

Kearney, a senior from Wirral, England, won the individual title at the AAC Cross Country Championships in 16:52.0. She also posted victories at the Sand Shark Invitational as well as the North Georgia Invitational earlier this season.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Sarah Olamide — Oklahoma City

Olamide, a freshman from Lagos, Nigeria, won the individual title at the Sooner Athletic Cross Country Championships in 18:27.4. She also posted a victory at the NAIA Mid-States Classic earlier this season.

WEST REGION — Amelia Pullen — Warner Pacific (Ore.)

Pullen, a freshman from Washougal, Washington, won the individual title at the Cascade Conference Cross Country Championships in 17:35.7. She also posted victories at the Warner Pacific Classic and at the Cascade Conference Cross Country Preview earlier this season.

Women’s Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Patrick Daugherty — Madonna (Mich.)

Daugherty, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Crusaders to the team title at the Wolverine-Hoosier Conferences Championships with 21 points. Madonna also won the team title at the Ray Bullock Invitational.

MIDWEST REGION — Jeff Barker — St. Francis (Ill.)

Barker, in his eighth year as head coach, led the Fighting Saints to the team title at the Chicagoland Conference Championships with 24 points. St. Francis also was team runner-up at the Live in Lou Classic Blue race.

SOUTH REGION — Chris Ummer — SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)

Ummer, in his first year as head coach, led the top-ranked Bees to the team title at the Appalachian Conference Championships with 43 points. SCAD Atlanta also won the team title at the Sand Shark Invitational.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Matt Aguero — Oklahoma City

Aguero, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Stars to the team title at the Sooner Conference Championships with 25 points. Oklahoma City also won the team title at the NAIA Mid-States Classic.

WEST REGION — Austin Basterrechea — College of Idaho

Basterrechea, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Coyotes to the team title at the Cascade Conference Championships with 55 points. College of Idaho also won the team title at the Warrior Invitational, Warner Pacific Classic, and Eastern Oregon Open.