2020 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Postseason Awards

USTFCCCA National Award Winners

National Men's Athlete of the Year

Melvin Kipkemboi won the men’s individual title at the 2020 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The freshman from Rift Valley, Kenya, outkicked three other men for the victory in the last 800 meters and crossed the finish line in 24:58.77. Kipkemboi ran well all season long and captured top NJCAA DII individual honors at the Region XI Championships in early November.

National Women's Athlete of the Year

Lubna Suied won the women’s individual title at the 2020 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The sophomore from Tomball, Texas, overcame her toughest challenge of the season and pulled away over the final 800 meters to win by three seconds in 18:30.42. Suied won five of the six races in which she competed this fall, which included an overall title at the Region VI Championships in early November.

National Men's Coach of the Year

Curtis Vais, in his 17th year with the program, led North Iowa Area CC to the men’s team title at the 2020 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Trojans, led by individual champion Melvin Kipkemboi, put four runners in the top-12 and totaled 57 points, 11 fewer than the runner-up. NIACC was locked in a three-way tie at the final split, but its runners dug deep for the win. The Trojans also earned top NJCAA DII team honors at the Region XI Championships in early November.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Ty Wolf, in his first year with the program, led Heartland (Ill.) CC’s women to a runner-up finish at the 2020 NJCAA Division II Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Hawks, who are in their first year in existence as a program, put three runners in the top-15 and had the smallest spread out of any team in the field at 37 seconds. Heartland CC won five of the six meets that it entered during the regular season, which included top NJCAA DII team honors at the Region XXIV Championships in early November.

See Also