2021 NJCAA DI Cross Country Postseason Awards

NEW ORLEANS — Postseason awards for the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country season were handed out on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which were held this past weekend at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.

SEE MORE: National Awards | All-America | Regional Awards

Scroll below to find out who earned some hardware from the USTFCCCA in 2021!

National Awards

These awards were voted on by member coaches following the NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships.

National Men’s Athlete of the Year

Vincent Ngochu, Northwest Kansas Tech

Nchogu won the men’s individual title at the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in 24:04.8. He won his final four races of the year after earlier winning the Region VI Championships in 24:03.9, Fort Hays State Tiger Open in 23:35.9 and Colby Region VI Preview in 24:07.6.

National Women’s Athlete of the Year

Faith Nyathi, El Paso CC

Nyathi won the women’s individual title at the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in 17:08.8. She won her final four races of the year after earlier winning the Region V Championships in 18:20.4, NMJC Invitational II in 18:04.5 and New Mexico Highlands Jam in 18:50.2.

National Men’s Coach of the Year

Dee Brown, Iowa Central CC

Brown led Iowa Central CC to the men’s team title at the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with 67 points. The Tritons were bolstered by a 2-3 finish by Aspel Kiprob and Kelvin Bungei and placed two other runners in the top-15. Iowa Central also won the team title at the Region XI Championships with 25 points and finished second at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational with 67 points.

National Women’s Coach of the Year

Lindsey Anderson, College of Southern Idaho

Anderson led College of Southern Idaho to the women’s team title at the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with 60 points. The Golden Eagles had two top-10 finishers in Anna Camp and Natalya Babcock and placed all five scores in the top-25. CSI also won the team title at the Region IX Championships with 15 points and finished fourth at the Inland Empire Championships with 157 points.

USTFCCCA All-America

Here is a list of athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-America honors in NJCAA DI Cross Country.

For an athlete to earn All-America status, they must have finished among the top-15 athletes at the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Richmond, Virginia, and belong to a USTFCCCA member program.

2021 NJCAA DI Cross Country – USTFCCCA All-America

Men’s All-Americans
Women’s All-Americans
Awet Beraki Cloud County (Kan.) CC Ludjenie Mondesir Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Ricardo Barbosa Colby (Kan.) CC Lucy Ndungu Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Sanele Masondo Colby (Kan.) CC Regan Hodsden Colby (Kan.) CC
Adams Biwott El Paso (Texas) CC Edith Valdez Dodge City (Kan.) CC
Kelvin Cheriuyot Garden City (Kan.) CC Faith Nyathi El Paso (Texas) CC
Dennis Mutai Garden City (Kan.) CC Valentine Lagat Garden City (Kan.) CC
Kelvin Bungei Iowa Central CC Chloe Garcia Grafing Iowa Central CC
Zander Cobb Iowa Central CC Mercy Biwott Iowa Western CC
Yared Kidane Iowa Central CC Aaliyah Moore Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)
Aspel Kiprob Iowa Central CC Daisy Jerop New Mexico JC
Nicholas Kiprotich Iowa Western CC Natalya Babcock Southern Idaho
Enock Kimutai Northwest Kansas Tech Taya Brewer Southern Idaho
Oliver Kiptoo Northwest Kansas Tech Audrey Camp Southern Idaho
Vincent Nchogu Northwest Kansas Tech Lydia Felix Southern Idaho
Brian Rotich Trinidad State (Colo.) JC Sharon Jesang Trinidad State (Colo.) JC

Regional Awards

These awards were voted on by member coaches before the NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships.

Men’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Mohlouwa Molutsi — Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Molutsi has won four of his last five meets and finished runner-up in the other. His most recent victory came at the Monroe Mustang Invitational, where he covered 8k in 26:12.6. Molutsi also placed first at the MSMC Cross Country Invitational, the St. Joseph’s College Cross Country Invitational and the JWU Wildcat XC Classic, where he ran his PR of 24:50.4.

CENTRAL REGION — Vincent Nchogu — Northwest Kansas Tech

Nchogu has won each of his past three races, including a recent victory at the NJCAA DI Region VI Championships, where he covered the 8k course in 24:03.9. He also won individual titles at the Colby Region VI Preview and the Fort Hays State Tiger Open.

MIDWEST REGION — Aspel Kiprob — Iowa Central CC

Kiprob set a NJCAA DI Region XI Championships record of 23:53.4 to win by three seconds over teammate and 2020 NJCAA DI individual champion Kelvin Bungei. Earlier in the season, Kiprob also won the individual title at the Jim Drews Invitational and finished top-10 at the Chile Pepper Festival, among other strong efforts.

WEST REGION — Adams Biwott — El Paso (Texas) CC

Biwott has placed no worse than third in any of his four races this season, which includes individual titles at the NJCAA DI Region VI Championships in 24:52.4 and the NMJC Invitational II in 24:23.6. He also took runner-up honors at the Highland University Cross-Country Jam.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Lionel Leach — Essex County (N.J.)

Leach led Essex County (N.J.) to the team title at the Region XIX Championships with 19 points.The Wolverines also finished fifth at the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic with 97 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Evans Kiptoo — Northwest Kansas Tech

Kiptoo led Northwest Kansas Tech to a runner-up finish at the Region VI Championships with 73 points. The Mavericks also finished second at the Region VI Preview Meet with 49 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Dee Brown — Iowa Central CC

Brown led Iowa Central CC to the team title at the Region XI Championships with 25 points. The Tritons also finished second at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational with 67 points.

WEST REGION — Jeff Becker — New Mexico JC

Becker led New Mexico JC to the team title at the Region V Championships with 30 points. The Thunderbirds also won the South Plains Invitational with 23 points.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Aaliyah Moore — Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Moore is undefeated against NJCAA competition this season and won individual titles at five consecutive meets. She most recently placed first at the Monroe Mustang Invitational in 19:02.0, but set a PR over the 5k distance of 18:02.0 at the NJIT Highlander XC Challenge on October 2.

CENTRAL REGION — Louise Cocking — Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

Cocking won the individual title at the NJCAA DI Region VI Championships in 19:09.4. Earlier this season, Cocking finished top-5 at three other meets, including fourth-place efforts at both the Missouri Southern Stampede and the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic.

MIDWEST REGION — Mercy Biwott — Iowa Western CC

Biwott has captured individual titles at three of the four meets in which she competed this season, including a recent victory at the NJCAA DI Region XI Championships in 17:19.4, where she won by more than 40 seconds. She also scored impressive wins at the Indian Hills XC Invitational (56.9 seconds) and the Greeno Dirksen Invitational (10.3 seconds).

WEST REGION — Faith Nyathi — El Paso (Texas) CC

Nyathi has won three consecutive meets to end the regular season, which included a triumph at the NJCAA DI Region V Championships, where she covered the 5k course in 18:20.4. She also placed first at the NMJC Invitational II and the Highland University Cross-Country Jam.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Shirvon Greene — Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Greene led Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.) to the team title at the Mustang Invitational with 20 points. The Mustangs also finished second at the JWU Wildcat Classic with 64 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Drew Mahin — Cloud County (Kan.) CC

Mahin led Cloud County (Kan.) CC to the team title at the Region VI Championships with 42 points. The Thunderbirds also won the Fort Hays State Tiger Open with 68 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Marc Bierbaum — Iowa Western CC

Bierbaum led Iowa Western CC to a runner-up finish in the Region XI Championships with 34 points. The Reivers also finished 10th at the Woody Greeno/Jay Dirksen Invitational.

WEST REGION — Lindsey Anderson — College of Southern Idaho

Anderson led College of Southern Idaho to the team title at the Region IX Championships with 15 points. The Golden Eagles also finished fourth at the Inland Empire Championships with 157 points.