2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following Regional Championships Saturday.

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Regional Award History

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

Many of these winners will end their seasons at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, set for Saturday, November 23, in Sacramento, California.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Jack Mastandrea — Charleston (W.Va.)

Mastandrea, a senior from Mooresville, North Carolina, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 31:06.6. Earlier in the postseason, he was also crowned the individual champion at the Mountain East Championships.

CENTRAL REGION — Gidieon Kimutai — Missouri Southern

Kimutai, a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 29:14.5. He is undefeated this season with victories at the MIAA Cross Country Championships, the Lewis Conference Cross-Over, the Missouri Southern Stampede and the Southwest Baptist Invitational.

EAST REGION — Ezra Mutai — American International

Mutai, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the East Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 30:58.4. He is undefeated this season with victories coming at the NE-10 Championships, the NEICAAA Championships and at the Ted Owen Invitational.

MIDWEST REGION — Titus Winders — Southern Indiana

Winders, a sophomore from Mansfield, Tennessee, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 31:05.8. Earlier this season he also posted a win at the GLVC Cross Country Championships when he covered the 8K tract in 25:04.0.

SOUTH REGION — Mathew Chesum — Benedict

Chesum, a freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the South Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 31:48.9. He also won individual titles at the SIAC Championships, the Great American Cross Country Festival, the Queens City Invitational and the Carolina Challenge.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Ezekiel Kipchirchir — West Texas A&M

Kipchirchir, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 30:39.1. Earlier in the postseason, he notched a win at the Lone Star Cross Country Championships in 24:56.0.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Joshua Chepkesir — UNC Pembroke

Chepkesir, a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the Southeast Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 30:30.7. He is undefeated this season with victories coming at the Peach Belt Cross Country Championships, the Royals Cross Country Challenge as well as the Trevecca Nazarene Showcase.

WEST REGION — Josh Litwiller — Cal State San Marcos

Litwiller, a senior from Carlsbad, California, won the individual title at the West Region Championships when he covered the 10K tract in 29:54.4. Earlier in the postseason, he also posted a victory at the CCAA Cross Country Championships in 24:40.3.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Stefanie Parsons — Edinboro

Parsons, a junior from Acton, Ontario, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships in 21:02.0. Earlier this season, she also posted victories at the PSAC Cross Country Championships and at the Doug Watts Open.

CENTRAL REGION — Ida Narbuvoll — U-Mary

Narbuvoll, a senior from Narbuvoll, Norway, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships in 20:08.2. She is undefeated this season with victories coming at the NSIC Cross Country Championships, Ron Pynn Invitational, Roy Griak Invitational and the Dragon Twilight.

EAST REGION — Samantha Curtin — Stonehill

Curtin, a junior from Plymouth, Massachusetts, won the individual title at the East Region Championships in 22:19.1. Earlier this season she ran well at the Northeast-10 Cross Country Championships, where she finished third.

MIDWEST REGION — Allie Ludge — Grand Valley State

Ludge, a senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 20:34.7. Earlier this season she also posted victories at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships and at the Lewis Conference Cross-Over.

SOUTH REGION — Celine Ritter — Lee (Tenn.)

Ritter, a junior Roesrath, Germany, won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 21:41.9. Earlier this season she also posted victories at the Gulf South Cross Country Championships as well as the Trevecca Nazarene Showcase.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Stephanie Cotter — Adams State

Cotter, a sophomore from Cork, Ireland, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 20:53.6. Earlier this postseason, she also claimed victory at the RMAC Cross Country Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Leah Hanle — Mount Olive

Hanle, a senior from Lichtenstein, Germany, won her fourth consecutive individual title at the Southeast Region Championships in 20:53.0. Earlier this season she also posted victories at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships and the Bulldog Stampede.

WEST REGION — Emmanuelah Chelimo — Alaska Anchorage

Chelimo, a senior from Iten, Kenya, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 20:22.4. Earlier this season she also posted victories at the GNAC Cross Country Championships and at the Alaska Blue & Gold Race.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Nick Bias — Charleston (W.Va.)

Bias, in his sixth year as head coach, led the Golden Eagles to the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships with 66 points. Charleston also won the team title at the Mountain East Conference Championships with 20 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Jamie Burnham — Missouri Southern

Burnham, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Lions to the team title at the Central Region Championships with 52 points. Missouri Southern also won team titles at the M Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships, Missouri Southern Stampede, Southwest Baptist Invitational.

EAST REGION — Andrew Dorr — Roberts Wesleyan

Dorr, in his ninth year as head coach, led the Redhawks to the team title at the East Region Championships with 55 points. Roberts Wesleyan also won team titles at the East Coast Conference Championships, Harry Anderson Invitational, and Hamilton Short Course Invitational.

MIDWEST REGION — Jake Isaacson — Michigan Tech

Isaacson, in his third year as head coach, led the Huskies to a runner-up team finish at the Midwest Regional, improving on the program’s best-ever finish of seventh last year. Michigan Tech also won the team title at the Upper Peninsula Championships with a perfect 15 points.

SOUTH REGION — David Cain — Alabama-Huntsville

Cain, in his 22nd year as head coach, led the Chargers to the team title at the South Region Championships with 52 points. Alabama-Huntsville also won team titles at the Gulf South Conference Championships, UAH Chargers Open, and Montevallo Falcon Classic.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Chris Siemers — Colo. School of Mines

Siemers, in his eighth year as head coach, led the Orediggers to the team title at the South Central Region Championships with 41 points. Colorado School of Mines also won team titles at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, Maverick Open, Fort Hays State Tiger Open, and Rust Buster Invitational.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Adam Ward — Augusta

Ward, in his ninth year as head coach, led the Jaguars to a runner-up team finish in the Southeast Region Championships with 47 points, its best finish in program history. Augusta also won the Peach Belt Championships, Queen City Invitational, and Pfeiffer Dual.

WEST REGION — Gary Towne — Chico State

Towne, in his 24th year as head coach, led the Wildcats to the team title at the West Region Championships with 43 points. Chico State also won team titles at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, Western Washington Classic, Capital Cross Challenge, and Stump Invitational.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Clayton Foster — Edinboro

Foster, in his second year as head coach, led the Fighting Scots to the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships with 60 points. Edinboro also won the team title at the Pennsylvania State Conference Championships with 60 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Tracy Hellman — Augustana (S.D.)

Hellman, in his 19th year as head coach, led the Vikings to the team title at the Central Region Championships with 41 points. Augustana also won team titles at the Northern Sun Conference Championships and Roy Griak Invitational.

EAST REGION — Karen Boen — Stonehill

Boen, in her 22nd year as head coach, led the Skyhawks to the team title at the East Region Championship with 26 points. Stonehill also won the team title at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships with 36 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Jerry Baltes — Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 21st year as head coach, led the Lakers to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 40 points. Grand Valley State also won team titles GLIAC Championships and Lewis Conference Cross-Over.

SOUTH REGION — Caleb Morgan — Lee (Tenn.)

Morgan, in his sixth year as head coach, led the Flames to the team title at the South Region Championships with 41 points. Lee also won team titles at the Gulf South Conference Championships, Royals Cross Country Challenge, Trevecca Nazarene Showcase, and UTC Twilight Meet.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Damon Martin — Adams State

Martin, in his 32nd year as head coach, led the Grizzlies to the team title at the South Central Region Championships with 24 points. Adams State also won team titles at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and Joe Vigil Open.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Tom Scott — Queens (N.C.)

Scott, in his second year as head coach, led the Royals to the team title at the Southeast Region Championships with 64 points. Queens also won the team title at the South Atlantic Conference Championships with 48 points.

WEST REGION — Gary Towne — Chico State

Towne, in his 24th year as head coach, led the Wildcats to the team title at the West Region Championships with 75 points. Chico State also won team titles at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships and Western Washington Classic.