2019 NCAA DIII Cross Country National Awards
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the national championship meet.
Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the postseason and during the regular season.
Scroll below to find out more about each of our winners.
USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
Men’s National Athlete of the Year
Patrick Watson, Stevenson
Watson, a senior from Edgewater, Maryland, capped a near-undefeated season with a victory at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships this past weekend. It was in Louisville, Kentucky, where Watson took the lead at the 4K split and never looked back on his way to winning by 5.8 seconds in 24:13.9. Watson also won individual titles this year at the Mideast Region Championships, the Middle Atlantic Conference Cross Country Championships, the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle, the 31st annual Don Cathcart Invitational, the ECXC’s Short Course Invitational and the Shannon Henretty Invitational. His only non-victory came at the season-opening Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals when he finished fourth overall.
Women’s National Athlete of the Year
Parley Hannan, Ithaca
Hannan, a sophomore from Orlean, Virgina, turned on the jets in the latter part of the season and capped her sophomore campaign with a victory at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships this past weekend. She surged into the lead at the 3K split and eventually won by 18 seconds in 20:53.8, which was the largest margin of victory in the past 12 years. Hannan also won individual titles at the Atlantic Region Championships, the Liberty League Cross Country Championships, the Connecticut College Cross Country Invitational and the 28th annual Ronald C. Hoffman Invitational.
Men’s National Coach of the Year
Jordan Carpenter, Pomona-Pitzer
Carpenter, in his third year as head coach, led the Sagehens to the program’s first-ever team title at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships with 164 points, 18 points ahead of North Central (Ill.). Pomona-Pitzer also won the team title at the West Region Championships, was runner-up at the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference Championships in a dead heat, and was the top NCAA DIII team at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, Pomona-Pitzer Invite and Capital Cross Challenge.
This is the first time since the award’s inception in 1993 that it has gone to a coach from the West Coast.
Women’s National Coach of the Year
Bobby Van Allen, Johns Hopkins
Van Allen, in his 19th year as head coach, led the Blue Jays to the team title at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships with 125 points, 13 points ahead of Washington (Mo.). Johns Hopkins also won the team title at the Mideast Region Championships, Centennial Conference Championships, Centennial Open, Rowan Inter-regional Border Battle and Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals, and was the top NCAA DIII team at the Louisville Classic and Iona Brother Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions.
This is the sixth time in his career that Van Allen has been named Women’s National Coach of the Year, tying the most out of any women’s cross country coach in NCAA DIII history.