2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Awards
NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the national championship meet.
Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Saint Leo, Florida, and during the regular season.
Scroll below to find out more about each of our winners.
The Doug Watts Award - National Men's Athlete of the Year
Isaac Harding capped a superb season by winning the men’s individual title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. He covered the 10k course in 29:58.3 to win by more than eight seconds in Saint Leo, Florida. Harding also captured two other victories this season, winning the GLIAC Cross Country Championships in 24:35.7 and Live in Lou Gold Race in 23:16.7. He also placed third at the MSU Spartan Invitational in 24:23.0.
The Doris Brown Heritage Award - National Women's Athlete of the Year
Hannah Becker ended a breakout season at the top of the podium by capturing the women’s individual title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. Becker completed the Abbey Golf Course’s 6k circuit in 20:22.0, topping the field by nearly five seconds. Earlier this year, Becker won the GLIAC Championships in 22:04.4 before placing third at the Midwest Region Championships (20:47.6).
The Joe Vigil Award Award - National Men's Coach of the Year
Jerry Baltes led Grand Valley State to its second national title in program history. The Lakers romped to the team title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Saint Leo, Florida, as they earned five All-America honors and won by 41 points. Earlier this season, GVSU also won team titles at the Midwest Region Championships, the GLIAC Championships and the MSU Spartan Invitational and finished second in the Gold Race at the Live in Lou.
The Duane Vandenbusche Award - National Women's Coach of the Year
Damon Martin guided Adams State to its second-straight national title, and 19th overall in program history, as the Grizzlies won the team title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Saint Leo, Florida. The Grizzlies snagged a meet-high six All-America honors and won by 20 points. Earlier this season, Adams State also won the South Central Region Championships and RMAC Championships and finished fifth at the Paul Short Run.