2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Awards
NEW ORLEANS – National 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 the conclusion of the national championship meet.
Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, and during the regular season.
Scroll below to find out more about each of our winners.
National Men's Athlete of the Year
Alex Phillip capped a dream season by winning the men’s individual title at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. He covered the 8k course in 23:27.6 and won by nearly three seconds in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier in the season, Phillip also placed first at several other meets, including the Great Lakes Region Championships in 24:27.4 the OAC Championships in 24:07.8, the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in 24:49.5, and the All-Ohio Championships in 24:52.1, where he became just the fourth NCAA DIII athlete to capture the overall individual crown in meet history.
National Women's Athlete of the Year
Kassie Parker left no doubt this past weekend and staked her claim as one of the top women in NCAA DIII Cross Country in recent memory by winning the individual title at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in an NCAA DIII course-record 20:11.1. Not only that, but Parker won by more than 17 seconds. That was Parker’s sixth individual title of the season, as she also placed first five other times: the Midwest Region Championships in 20:50.6; 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.
National Men's Coach of the Year
Kyle Flores couldn’t have asked for a better first year at Pomona-Pitzer. He led the Sagehens to the team title at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, as they snagged a meet-high six All-America honors and won by 32 points. Earlier in the season, Pomona-Pitzer also won team titles at the West Region Championships, the SCIAC Championships and finished second at the highly-competitive Augustana Interregional Invitational.
Dr. Jack Daniels Award - National Women's Coach of the Year
Bobby Van Allen led the Blue Jays to a record-tying seventh team title at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, as they beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by just two points in a thrilling competition that came down to the fifth runners. Johns Hopkins matched SUNY Cortland for the most team titles by a women’s program in NCAA DIII history, so it’s only fitting that Van Allen received the newly-named Dr. Jack Daniels Award. Earlier in the season, the Blue Jays also placed first at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships, the Centennial Conference Championships and the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle, among others.