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2020 USTFCCCA NAIA Cross Country National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2020 NAIA Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as throughout the regular season.

Scroll below to find out more about each of the winners.

National Men's Athlete of the Year

Talbi, a sophomore from Tighassaline, Khenifra, Morocco, completed an undefeated season with an individual title at the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships. He was never challenged in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, winning by 20.3 seconds in a course-record 23:45.2. Earlier in the season, Talbi also won at the Sonner Athletic Conference Championships, the Oklahoma City Invitational as well as the Wichita State J.K. Gold Classic.

National Women's Athlete of the Year

Wilson, a sophomore from Greencastle, Indiana, completed an undefeated season with an individual title at the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships. She ran away from the pack and won by nearly 36 seconds in 17:02.9. Earlier in the season, Wilson also won at the Crossroads League Championships, the Taylor (Ind.) Midwest Challenge, the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede as well as at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Classic.

National Men's Coach of the Year

White, in his 11th year at Taylor (Ind.), led the Trojans to their first team title in program history at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. Taylor (Ind.) had five All-Americans and won by 41 points. It was a fitting rise for the Trojans, who finished runner-up in 2019. Earlier in the season, Taylor (Ind.) won team titles at the Taylor (Ind.) Midwest Challenge and the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Classic and posted runner-up efforts at the Crossroads League Championships and the Louisville Cross Country Classic.

National Women's Coach of the Year

Barker, in his ninth year at St. Francis (Ill.), led the Saints to their first team title in program history at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. It was a true team effort for St. Francis (Ill.), as the program didn’t have a finisher in the top-10, but put three in the top-20 and had another All-American effort for a 35-point win. Earlier in the season, the Saints won the Bethel (Ind.) Invitational, while finishing second at the Taylor (Ind.) Midwest Challenge and the Midwest Intercollegiate Meet.