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NCAA DI XC Regional Awards

2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the season.

Regional Award HistoryAthletes of the Year | Coaches of the Year

Many of these athletes and coaches ended their season this past weekend at the 2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Men’s Athletes of the Year

The Dan McClimon Award

GREAT LAKES REGION — Barry Keane — Butler

Keane, who hails from Waterford, Ireland, captured the individual title at the Great Lakes Regional Championships in 29:38.1. Eight days later, Keane finished 17th at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 29:18.0. Earlier in the season, Keane took top individual honors at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and finished second at the NCAA DI Pre-National/Weis-Crockett Invitational, among other accomplishments.

The Charles Werner Award

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Liam Murphy — Villanova

Murphy, who hails from Millstone, New Jersey, won the individual title at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships in 29:52.5. Earlier in the season, Murphy finished third at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and took fourth place at the Paul Short Run, among other feats.

The Bill Bergan Award

MIDWEST REGION — Alex Maier — Oklahoma State

Maier, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, was the Midwest Region’s top finisher at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships with a fifth-place finish in 28:58.1. Earlier in the season, Maier took top individual honors at both the Big 12 Cross Country Championships as well as the Cowboy Jamboree.

MOUNTAIN REGION — Nico Young — Northern Arizona

Young, who hails from Camarillo, California, finished runner-up at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 28:44.5. He never finished outside the top-5 this season, earning top individual honors at the Mountain Region Championships and the Big Sky Cross Country Championships, along with a runner-up finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

The Fred Tootell Award

NORTHEAST REGION — Graham Blanks — Harvard

Blanks, who hails from Athens, Georgia, finished sixth at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 28:58.4. Eight days earlier, Blanks won the individual title at the Northeast Region Championships. Blanks took top individual honors at the HYP meet and earned runner-up honors at the Ivy League Heptagonal XC Championships.

SOUTH REGION — Dylan Jacobs — Tennessee

Jacobs, who hails from Orland Park, Illinois, finished fourth at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 28:57.9 and was the top male athlete from the South Region in the meet. Earlier in the season, Jacobs took runner-up honors at the SEC Cross Country Championships and placed third at the South Region Championships.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Patrick Kiprop — Arkansas

Kiprop, who hails from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 30:04.9. Eight days later, Kiprop finished 24th at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 29:27.0. Earlier in the season, Kiprop took runner-up honors at the Chile Pepper Festival and placed fifth at the SEC Cross Country Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Parker Wolfe — North Carolina

Wolfe, who hails from Denver, Colorado, finished as the Southeast Region’s top male athlete at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships with a ninth-place showing in 29:00.4. Eight days earlier, Wolfe took runner-up honors at the Southeast Region Championships – the same place he finished at the ACC Cross Country Championships. Back in September, Wolfe won the individual title at the Paul Short Run in one of the fastest times in meet history.

The John Chaplin Award

WEST REGION — Charles Hicks — Stanford

Hicks, who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, won the individual title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 28:43.6 and set a course record in the process. He also topped the podium at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in late October and eight days before the NCAA meet, finished third at the West Region Championships. Hicks was also third at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

Men’s Coaches of the Year

The Billy Hayes Award

GREAT LAKES REGION — Mick Byrne — Wisconsin

Byrne, in his 15th year as head coach at Wisconsin, led the Badgers to a sixth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Wisconsin also won the team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships, Big Ten Cross Country Championships and Roy Griak Invitational.

The Harry Groves Award

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Marcus O’Sullivan — Villanova

O’Sullivan, in his 23rd year as head coach at Villanova, led the Wildcats to the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships as Villanova was the top-finishing team from the region at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Villanova also won the Big East Cross Country Championships and Main Line Invitational.

The Roy Griak Award

MIDWEST REGION — Dave Smith — Oklahoma State

Smith, in his 17th year as head coach at Oklahoma State, led the Cowboys to a runner-up finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Oklahoma State also won the Big 12 Cross Country Championships and was runner-up at the Midwest Region Championships.

The Chick Hislop Award

MOUNTAIN REGION — Michael Smith — Northern Arizona

Smith, in his sixth year as head coach at Northern Arizona, led the Lumberjacks to the team title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Northern Arizona also won team titles at the Mountain Region Championships, Big Sky Cross Country Championships and George Kyte Invitational.

The Robert Grieve Award

NORTHEAST REGION — Brien Bell — Syracuse

Bell, in his fifth year as head coach at Syracuse, led the Orange to the team title at the Northeast Region Championships. Syracuse was also the top-finishing team from the region at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Orange took runner-ups at the ACC Cross Country Championships and won the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational and Harry Lang Invitational.

The Dave Walker Award

SOUTH REGION — Sean Carlson — Tennessee

Carlson, in his first year as head coach at Tennessee, led the Volunteers to the team title at the South Region Championships. Tennessee was also the top-finishing team from the region at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Volunteers took runner-up honors at the SEC Cross Country Championships, Joe Piane Invitational and The Firetower Project.

The Johnny Morriss Award

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Chris Bucknam — Arkansas

Bucknam, in his 15th year as head coach at Arkansas, led the Razorbacks to the team title at the South Central Region Championships with 49 points. Arkansas also won the Chile Pepper Festival and finished third at the SEC Cross Country Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION — John Hayes — Wake Forest

Hayes, in his seventh year as head coach at Wake Forest, led the Demon Deacons to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Wake Forest also won the team title at the ACC Cross Country Championships and XC23 Invitational in addition to finishing third at the Southeast Region Championships.

The Dean Miller Award

WEST REGION — Ricardo Santos — Stanford

Santos, in his second year as head coach at Stanford, led the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Stanford also won team titles at the West Region Championships, Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and San Francisco Invitational.

Women’s Athletes of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Olivia Markezich — Notre Dame

Markezich, who hails from Woodinville, Washington, won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 19:54.0. Eight days later, Markezich finished eighth at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 19:46.3. Earlier in the season, Markezich took third at the ACC Cross Country Championships and was runner-up at the National Catholic Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Ceili McCabe — West Virginia

McCabe, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, entered the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships undefeated with victories at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships, the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, the Penn State National as well as the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic. She finished among the top-25 athletes at the NCAA meet in 24th place.

MIDWEST REGION — Natalie Cook — Oklahoma State

Cook, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, finished seventh at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 19:46.3. Eight days earlier, Cook took runner-up honors at the Midwest Region Championships. Not long before that, Cook was fourth at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships and was individual champion at the Cowboy Jamboree.

MOUNTAIN REGION — Elise Stearns — Northern Arizona

Stearns, who hails from Missoula, Montana, never finished outside the top-5 during the 2022 cross country season. She capped the year with a fourth-place effort at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 19:43.9, which came eight days after a runner-up finish at the Mountain Region Championships. Earlier in the season, Stearns won the individual title at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships and was third at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

NORTHEAST REGION — Maia Ramsden — Harvard

Ramsden, who hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, won individual titles at the Northeast Region Championships, the Ivy League Heptagonal XC Championships, as well as the HYP meet. She was the Northeast Region’s top finisher at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships when she crossed the finish line in 11th place.

SOUTH REGION — Parker Valby — Florida

Valby, who hails from Tampa, Florida, finished runner-up at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in 19:30.9. Earlier in the season, Valby won individual titles at the South Region Championships, the SEC Cross Country Championships as well as the Arturo Barrios Invitational, where she blistered the 6k course in 18:25.9.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Isabel Van Camp — Arkansas

Van Camp, who hails from Keller, Texas, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 20:01.9. Not long before that, Van Camp finished fourth at the SEC Cross Country Championships and earlier took top individual honors at the Chile Pepper Festival. Van Camp also finished in the top-50 at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Katelyn Tuohy — NC State

Tuohy, who hails from Stony Point, New York, capped an undefeated season by winning the individual title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in a course-record 19:27.6. She also took top individual honors at the Southeast Region Championships, the ACC Cross Country Championships, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Joe Piane Invitational.

WEST REGION — Kaylee Mitchell — Oregon State

Mitchell, who hails from Salem, Oregon, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 19:19.2. Earlier in the season, Mitchell took fourth at both the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational as well as the Joe Piane Invitational. Mitchell also finished among the top-20 athletes at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships.

Women’s Coaches of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION — Matt Sparks — Notre Dame

Sparks, in his fifth year as head coach at Notre Dame, led the Fighting Irish to a seventh-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Notre Dame also won the team title at the Great Lakes Region Championships and National Catholic Championships and finished runner-up at the ACC Cross Country Championships.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION — Mitchell Baker — Georgetown

Baker, in his third year as head coach at Georgetown, led the Hoyas to a 10th-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Georgetown also won team titles at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships and Big East Cross Country Championships.

MIDWEST REGION — Dave Smith — Oklahoma State

Smith, in his 14th year as head coach at Oklahoma State, led the Cowgirls to a fourth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Oklahoma State won team titles at the Midwest Region Championships, Big 12 Cross Country Championships and Cowboy Jamboree during the regular season.

The Patrick Shane Award

MOUNTAIN REGION — Joe Franklin — New Mexico

Franklin, in his 16th year as head coach at New Mexico, led the Lobos to the runner-up finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. New Mexico also won team titles at the Mountain Region Championships, Mountain West Cross Country Championships and Joe Piane Invitational.

The Ray Treacy Award

NORTHEAST REGION — Ray Treacy — Providence

Treacy, in his 39th year as head coach at Providence, led the Friars to the team title at the Northeast Region Championships. Providence was also the top-finishing team at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Friars took top honors at the Friar Invitational and was runner-up at the Big East Cross Country Championships.

SOUTH REGION — Dan Waters — Alabama

Waters, in his 12th year as head coach at Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to a third-place finish at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. Alabama earlier won team titles at the South Region Championships, SEC Cross Country Championships, Crimson Classic and North Alabama Showcase.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Lance Harter — Arkansas

Harter, in his 33rd year as head coach at Arkansas, led the Razorbacks to the team title at the South Central Championships. Arkansas was also the top-finishing team from the region at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Razorbacks won team titles at the Chile Pepper Festival and Missouri Southern Stampede and was runner-up in the SEC Cross Country Championships.

The Rollie Geiger Award

SOUTHEAST REGION — Laurie Henes — NC State

Henes, in her 17th year as head coach at NC State, led the Wolfpack to the team title at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. NC State was undefeated, also winning team titles at the Southeast Region Championships, ACC Cross Country Championships, Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Joe Piane Invitational and adidas Wolfpack Invitational.

The Tom Heinonen Award

WEST REGION — J.J. Clark — Stanford

Clark, in his fourth year as head coach at Stanford, led the Cardinal to the team title at the West Region Championships. Stanford was also the top-finishing team from the region at the 2022 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. The Cardinal were champions at the San Francisco Invitational, too.