Alyssa Bearzi, Milligan (Tenn.): 2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Alyssa Bearzi saved her best races for the end of the season. Just a few weeks after winning the individual title at the AAC Championships, she took home top honors at the NAIA Cross Country Championships with a time of 18:14.9. Bearzi’s low sticks propelled the Buffs to a pair of team titles, most importantly at the NAIA Cross Country Championships, where Milligan won its first national team title in program history.