Zouhair Talbi, Oklahoma City: 2021 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Zouhair Talbi repeated as men’s individual champion at the NAIA Cross Country Championships, earning the 2021 title in 24:43.1 with a comfortable 13.5-second margin of victory. Talbi became the meet’s first back-to-back winner since 2010-11. He was undefeated in four races this season, also winning individual titles at the Sooner Conference Championships, NAIA Mid-States Classic and Chile Pepper Festival races.