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