2021 NCAA DIII Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following Regional Championships Saturday.

Regional Awards History – Athletes of the Year | Coaches of the Year

All of these winners will end their seasons at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, set for Saturday, November 20, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

Men’s Athlete of the Year

EAST REGION — Tyler Morris — Colby

Morris capped an undefeated regular season with a victory at the East Region Championships in 25:00.6. Earlier in the season, Morris also placed first in three other meets: the NESCAC Championships in 24:28.7; the Suffolk Invitational in 24:38.0; and the Maine State Meet in 24:48.6.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Alex Phillip — John Carroll

Phillip won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 24:27.4. Earlier in the season, Phillip placed first at several other meets: the OAC Championships in 24:07.8; the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in 24:49.5; the All-Ohio Championships in 24:52.1, where he became just the fourth NCAA DIII athlete to capture the overall individual crown.

METRO REGION — Chris Andersen — Ramapo

Andersen won the individual title at the Metro Region Championships in 25:03.2. Earlier in the season, Andersen placed first at the NJAC Championships in 24:57.3 and finished fifth at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in 25:19.1.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Christopher Scharf — Dickinson

Scharf won the individual title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships in 25:51.6. Earlier in the season, Scharf placed first at the Centennial Conference Championships and finished 21st at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in 25:53.5.

MIDEAST REGION — Aidan Ryan — Williams

Ryan won the individual title at the Mideast Region Championships in 24:35.8. Earlier in the season, Ryan placed first at the Connecticut College Invitational in 23:52.9 and finished fourth at the Purple Valley Classic in 26:20.1.

MIDWEST REGION — Joe Freiburger — Wartburg

Freiburger won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 24:19.5. That capped a streak of four consecutive wins for Freiburger, who also topped the podium at the American Rivers Championships in 25:04.2, the Augustana (Ill.) Interregional Invitational in 24:16.8 and the Dan Huston Invitational in 24:27.1.

NIAGARA REGION — Ryan Cory — SUNY Cortland

Cory won the individual title at the Niagara Region Championships in 25:27.7. Earlier in the season, Cory finished fifth at the SUNYAC Championships in 27:05.1 and took 18th overall at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in 25:49.3.

NORTH REGION — David Fassbender — UW-Whitewater

Fassbender won the individual title at the North Region Championships in 24:34.0. Earlier in the season, Fassbender also placed first at three other meets: the WIAC Championships in 24:351; the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational in 24:59.9; the Tom Hoffman Invitational in 25:30.4; and the Pioneer Gender Equity Invitational in 25:22.1.

SOUTH REGION — Maximillian Sparks — Lynchburg

Sparks won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 25:17.7. Earlier in the season, Sparks also placed first at the ODAC Championships in 26:29.3 and placed fourth at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic and the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle.

WEST REGION — Stevie Steinberg — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Steinberg won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 24:47.2. Earlier in the season, Steinberg also placed third at the SCIAC Championships and the Pomona-Pitzer Invite.

Men’s Coach of the Year

EAST REGION — Halston Taylor — MIT

Taylor, in his 40th year as head coach at MIT, led the Engineers to the team title at East Region Championships with 23 points. MIT also won the team title at the NEWMAC Championships with 15 points as well as the Connecticut College Invitational with 15 points.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Kyle Basista — John Carroll

Basista, in his eighth year as head coach at John Carroll, led the Blue Streaks to the team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships with 62 points. John Carroll also won the team title at the OAC Championships with 25 points as well as the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble with 60 points.

METRO REGION — Tom Donnelly — Haverford

Donnelly, in his 47th year as head coach at Haverford, led the Fords to the team title at the Metro Region Championships with 50 points. Haverford also won the team title at the Centennial Championships with 37 points and finished second at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle with 57 points.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Tim Connelly — Carnegie Mellon

Connelly, in his seventh year as head coach at Carnegie Mellon, led the Tartans to the team title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships with 30 points. Carnegie Mellon also won the team title at the UAA Championships with 47 points and finished third at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble with 103 points.

MIDEAST REGION — Pete Farwell — Williams

Farwell, in his 43rd year as head coach at Williams, led the Ephs to the team title at the Mideast Region Championships with 54 points. Williams also won the team title at the NESCAC Championships with 51 points as well as the Connecticut College Invitational with 37 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Ryan Chapman — Wartburg

Chapman, in his sixth year as head coach at Wartburg, led the Knights to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 38 points. Wartburg also won the team title at the American Rivers Conference Championships with 20 points as well as the Augustana Interregional Invitational with 39 points, among others.

NIAGARA REGION — Dan Moore — SUNY Geneseo

Moore, in his seventh year as head coach at SUNY Geneseo, led the Knights to the team title at the Niagara Region Championships with 28 points. SUNY Geneseo also won the team title at the SUNYAC Championships with 19 points as well as the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle with 39 points.

NORTH REGION — Jeff Miller — UW-Whitewater

Miller, in his 40th year as head coach at UW-Whitewater, led the Warhawks to the team title at the North Region Championships with 58 points. UW-Whitewater also finished second at the WIAC Championships with 35 points and finished second at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble with 67 points.

SOUTH REGION — Linh Nguyen — Emory

Nguyen, in his third year as head coach at Emory, led the Eagles to the team title at the South Region Championships with 47 points. Emory also finished fourth at the UAA Championships with 94 points and finished sixth at the UAB Blazer Classic with 151 points.

WEST REGION — Kyle Flores — Pomona-Pitzer

Flores, in his first year as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer, led the Sagehens to the team title at the West Region Championships with 35 points. Pomona-Pitzer also won the team title at the SCIAC Championships with 34 points and finished second at the Augustana Interregional Invitational with 46 points.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

EAST REGION — Ari Marks — Wellesley

Marks capped an undefeated season with a victory at the East Region Championships in 21:16.5. Earlier in the season, Marks also placed first at four other meets: the NEWMAC Championships in 21:48.9; the Suffolk Invitational in 21:58.9; the KSC Invitational in 18:06.3; and the UMass Dartmouth Invitational in 17:38.9.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Evie Bultemeyer — Trine

Bultemeyer won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 21:16.2. Earlier in the season, Butlemeyer also placed first at three other meets: the MIAA Championships in 21:10.1; the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in 21:14.5; the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic in 21:32.3.

METRO REGION — Isabella Miller — Haverford

Miller won the individual title at the Metro Region Championships in 21:24.0. Earlier in the season, Miller also placed first at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in 21:33.8 and the Main Line Invitational in 17:26.6, as well as a runner-up finish at the Centennial Conference Championships in 21:57.5.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Isabel Cardi — Dickinson

Cardi capped an undefeated regular season with a victory at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships in 22:13.0. Earlier in the season, Cardi also posted wins at the Centennial Conference Championships in 21:48.5, the Lehigh Paul Short Run in 20:54.6, the Dickinson Alumni 5k in 19:23.1 and the Galen Piper XC Challenge in 14:38.6.

MIDEAST REGION — Genna Girard — Williams

Girard won the individual title at the Mideast Region Championships in 21:36.0. Earlier in the season, Girard also placed well at the NESCAC Championships (third, 23:06.8) as well as the Connecticut College Invitational (second, 21:31.0) and the Purple Valley Classic (second, 22:45.2).

MIDWEST REGION — Kassie Parker — Loras

Parker won her fifth individual title of the season at the Midwest Region Championships in 20:50.6. Earlier in the season, Parker also placed first at four other meets: the American Rivers Championships in 20:43.0; the Lewis & Clark Invite in 20:10.9; the Augustana (Ill.) Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in 20:26.1; and the All-American Invitational in 17:42.0.

NIAGARA REGION — Windsor Ardner — SUNY Geneseo

Ardner won the individual title at the Niagara Region Championships in 22:10.7. Earlier in the season, Ardner finished second at the SUNYAC Championships in 23:58.9 and took fifth at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in 21:51.8.

NORTH REGION — Fiona Smith — Saint Benedict

Smith won her fifth individual title of the season at the North Region Championships in 20:57.2. Earlier in the season, Smith also placed first at four others meets: the MIAC Championships in 21:28.6; the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational in 21:37.3; the Carleton Running of the Cows in 21:27.4; and the CSB-SJU Invitational in 22:03.3.

SOUTH REGION — Annika Urban — Emory

Urban won the individual title at the South Regional Championships in 21:43.1. Earlier in the season, Urban also placed first at the Emory-Oglethorpe Duel in 21:30.0 and took runner-up honors at both the UAA Championships in 22:35.0 and the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic in 21:49.1, among others.

WEST REGION — Genevieve DiBari — Pomona-Pitzer

DiBari won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 21:48.5. Earlier in the season, DiBari also placed first at the Pomona-Pitzer/Oxy Dual Meet in 14:52.0 and took third at three other meets, most notably the SCIAC Championships in 21:34.6.

Women’s Coach of the Year

EAST REGION — Kristen Morwick — Tufts

Morwick, in her 22nd year as head coach at Tufts, led the Jumbos to the team title at the East Region Championships with 59 points. Tufts also finished second at the NESCAC Championships with 78 points and finished third at the Connecticut College Invitational with 120 points.

GREAT LAKES REGION — Mark Northuis — Hope

Northuis, in his 34th year as head coach at Hope, led the Flying Dutch to the team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships with 98 points. Hope also won the team title at the MIAA Championships with 36 points and finished fifth at Augustana Interregional Invitational with 100 points.

METRO REGION — Fran Rizzo — Haverford

Rizzo, in his 31st year as head coach at Haverford, led the Fords to the team title at the Metro Region Championships with 88 points. Haverford also finished third at the Centennial Championships with 97 points and finished fourth at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle with 192 points.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Bobby Van Allen — Johns Hopkins

Van Allen, in his 22nd year as head coach at Johns Hopkins, led the Blue Jays to the team title at the Mid-Atlantic Region with 20 points. Johns Hopkins also won the team title at the Centennial Championships with 26 points as well as the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle with 20 points.

MIDEAST REGION — Pete Farwell — Williams

Farwell, in his 22nd year as head coach at Williams, led the Ephs to the team title at the Mideast Region Championships with 90 points. Williams also won the team title at the NESCAC Championships with 65 points as well as the Connecticut College Invitational with 74 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Ryan Chapman — Wartburg

Chapman, in his sixth year as head coach at Wartburg, led the Knights to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 34 points. Wartburg also won the team title at the American Rivers Conference Championships with 20 points and finished second at the Augustana Interregional Invitational with 75 points.

NIAGARA REGION — Dan Moore — SUNY Geneseo

Moore, in his seventh year as head coach at SUNY Geneseo, led the Knights to the team title at the Niagara Region Championships with 19 points. SUNY Geneseo also won the team title at the SUNYAC Championships with 17 points and finished second at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle with 55 points.

NORTH REGION — Derek Stanley — UW-La Crosse

Stanley, in his 10th year as head coach at UW-La Crosse, led the Eagles to the team title at the North Region Championships with 50 points. UW-La Crosse also won the team title at the WIAC Championships with 33 points and the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational with 19 points.

SOUTH REGION — Linh Nguyen — Emory

Nguyen, in his third year as head coach at Emory, led the Eagles to the team title at the South Region Championships with 31 points. Emory also finished fourth at the UAA Championships with 119 points and finished eighth at the UAB Blazer Classic with 209 points.

WEST REGION — Marina Muncan — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Muncan, in her second year as head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, led the Athenas to the team title at West Region Championships with 27 points. CMS also won the team title at the SCIAC Championships with 18 points and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational with 18 points.