Award History
NAIA XC All-America

2021 NAIA Cross Country All-America

NEW ORLEANS – All-America honors for the 2021 NAIA Cross Country season were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Athletes from member institutions earned All-America recognition by finishing among the top-40 athletes in their gender’s respective races this past weekend at the 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Washington.

Milligan (Tenn.) swept the team titles, becoming just the third institution in 42 years to accomplish the feat. Unlike the other sweeps, however, the Buffaloes enjoyed first-time moments at the top of both podiums.

Fittingly, double-champion Milligan led the parade of All-America honors with a combined total of seven – a gender-high four on the men’s side along with three women as the Buffaloes were the only program with three top-20 finishers in either race – and they did it twice.

The Buff men were led by Aaron Jones (11th), Nathan Baker (14th) and Eli Cramer (20th), with Will Stockley (27th) not far behind to also claim All-American distinction. Individual champion Alyssa Bearzi led Milligan’s women with Lemi Wutz (fifth) and Avery DeWolf (11th) nearly making it three in the top-10.

St. Francis (Ill.) earned the most women’s All-America honors with four as Sabrina Baftiri (17th), Daly Galloway (21st), Katherine Bakken (28th) and Laisha Corona (30th) provided the Fighting Saints with the race’s only such collection of top-30 finishers.

Three additional programs earned three All-America honors, with Taylor (Ind.) achieving the distinction in both the men’s and women’s races after finishing 11th and fourth, respectively. The Saint Mary (Kan.) men, runner-up to Milligan, also collected three All-American honors.

Twenty-five different men’s programs had at least one All-America athlete, compared to 24 women’s programs.  

NAIA Cross Country
2021 USTFCCCA All-Americans

GenderStudent-AthleteYearInstitutionRegionConference
MENDaniel Butler College of IdahoWestCascadeE
MENLogan Hunt College of IdahoWestCascadeE
MENLuke Pohl Cornerstone (Mich.)Great LakesWHACE
MENEric Steiger Dordt (Iowa)MidwestGPACE
MENTravis Running Eastern OregonWestCascadeE
MENNicholas Hernandez Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)WestCal PacE
MENGrady Kerst Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)WestCal PacE
MENEmad Bashir-Mohammed Friends (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
MENNelson Kemboi Goshen (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENBryan Hernandez-Rios Grace (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENElijah Chesterman Huntington (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENKent Yoder Huntington (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENSteven Ott Indiana WesleyanGreat LakesCrossroadsE
MENLandon Wakeman Indiana WesleyanGreat LakesCrossroadsE
MENCole Olsen Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)WestCascadeE
MENNathan Baker Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
MENEli Cramer Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
MENAaron Jones Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
MENWill Stockley Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
MENEthan Stamey Montreat (N.C.)SouthAACE
MENShimales Abebe Oklahoma CitySouth CentralSACE
MENZouhair Talbi  Oklahoma CitySouth CentralSACE
MENTaylor Vallangeon Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
MENMark French Oregon TechWestCascadeE
MENJonas Hartline Oregon TechWestCascadeE
MENCody Booth Rio Grande (Ohio)Great LakesKCACE
MENJohnathan Bowen Saint Mary (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
MENBrig Merritt Saint Mary (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
MENLuke Skinner Saint Mary (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
MENAiden Kammler Shawnee State (Ohio)Great LakesMid-SouthE
MENIsaac Fernandez Southern OregonWestCascadeE
MENMichael Reif St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
MENOscar Tejeda St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
MENDaniel Gerber Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENAlex Helmuth Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENDerek Van Prooyen Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
MENWesley Methum The Master's (Calif.)WestGSACE
MENDennis Kiptoo  Wayland Baptist (Texas)South CentralSACE
MENSenzo Sokhela Westmont (Calif.)WestGSACE
WOMENReghan Worley Carroll (Mont.)WestFrontierE
WOMENSage Martin College of IdahoWestCascadeE
WOMENEllyse Tingelstad College of IdahoWestCascadeE
WOMENAnna Martin  Cornerstone (Mich.)Great LakesWHACE
WOMENNygia Pollard Cornerstone (Mich.)Great LakesWHACE
WOMENJessica Kampman Dordt (Iowa)MidwestGPACE
WOMENAriana Anderson Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)WestCal PacE
WOMENAubry Donley Friends (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
WOMENKylie Sauder Grace (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENMorgan Lawson Grand View (Iowa)MidwestThe HeartE
WOMENShelby Christman Huntington (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENLisa Voyles Indiana TechGreat LakesWHACE
WOMENJenna Couwenhoven Indiana WesleyanGreat LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENAllika Pearson John Brown (Ark.)South CentralSACE
WOMENAlyssa Bearzi Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
WOMENAvery DeWolf Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
WOMENLemi Wutz Milligan (Tenn.)SouthAACE
WOMENBecca Richtman Montana TechWestFrontierE
WOMENShiloh Najjar Multnomah (Ore.)WestCascadeE
WOMENFaith Widman Oregon TechWestCascadeE
WOMENMackenzie McCarthy Rio Grande (Ohio)Great LakesKCACE
WOMENSydney Little Light Rocky Mountain (Mont.)WestFrontierE
WOMENAlex Ebetino Saint Francis (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENAlyssa Armendariz Saint Mary (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
WOMENRiley Hiebert Saint Mary (Kan.)South CentralKCACE
WOMENSabrina Baftiri St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
WOMENKatherine Bakken St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
WOMENLaisha Corona St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
WOMENDaly Galloway St. Francis (Ill.)MidwestChicagolandE
WOMENAbbey Brennan Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENGiovanna Domene Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENAhna Vanderwall Taylor (Ind.)Great LakesCrossroadsE
WOMENHannah Fredericks The Master's (Calif.)WestGSACE
WOMENArianna Ghiorso The Master's (Calif.)WestGSACE
WOMENEllen Palmgren The Master's (Calif.)WestGSACE
WOMENAnneline Breytenbach Westmont (Calif.)WestGSACE