2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Awards
NEW ORLEANS — National Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country season were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the season.
Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and during the regular season.
National Men's Athlete of the Year
Charles Hicks was a model of consistency this season and that steadfast effort resulted in a national title – and being named NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year. Hicks, who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, won the individual title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships after he traversed the 10k tract in 28:43.6 and set a Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course record in the process. He never finished outside of the top-3 this season and topped the podium at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships just a few weeks earlier. Hicks, who finished third at both the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the West Region Championships, is the first Stanford athlete, regardless of gender, to be named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Year.
Lance Harter Award - National Women's Athlete of the Year
Katelyn Tuohy never met a race she didn’t want to win and a course record she didn’t want to break. Tuohy, the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year and recipient of the Lance Harter Award, did both at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Stony Point, New York, native traversed the challenging 6k course in 19:27.6, taking nearly 33 seconds off the previous best. Tuohy capped an undefeated season with her victory at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course, as she also topped the podium at four other major meets this fall: the Southeast Region Championships, the ACC Cross Country Championships, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Joe Piane Invitational.
Bill Dellinger Award - National Men's Coach of the Year
Michael Smith made sure his athletes would peak at the right time and Northern Arizona delivered yet again. Smith, in his sixth year as head coach of the Lumberjacks, led them to the team title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships and was named the Men’s Cross Country National Coach of the Year. NAU captured its sixth NCAA title in the past seven years and needed a tiebreaker to win at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Lumberjacks also won team title at the Mountain Region Championships as well as the Big Sky Cross Country Championships. Smith has now received the Bill Dellinger Award three consecutive times, which matches a feat first achieved by legendary Arkansas coach and USTFCCCA Hall of Fame member John McDonnell from 1998 to 2000.
Peter Tegen Award - National Women's Coach of the Year
Laurie Henes showed NC State the way and her team turned away every challenger all season long. Henes, in her 17th year as head coach of the Wolfpack, led them to the team title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships and was named the Women’s Cross Country National Coach of the Year. NC State, which became the first women’s program to go back-to-back at the NCAA Championships since Villanova in 2009 and 2010, went undefeated in 2022: the Wolfpack captured team titles at the Southeast Region Championships, ACC Cross Country Championships, Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Joe Piane Invitational and the adidas Wolfpack Invitational. Henes is the first coach to earn this honor in consecutive years since Gina Procaccio of Villanova in 2009 and 2010.