Award History
NCAA DII XC Regional Awards

2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country season were announced on Wednesday 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 will end their season next Friday at the 2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in University Place, Washington.

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

Men’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Isaac Prather — Concord

Prather, who hails from Summersville, West Virginia, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships in 29:25.0. He never finished outside of the top-2 this season with six victories – including top honors at the Mountain East Cross Country Championships – and a runner-up effort at the Paul Short Run, where he finished second.

CENTRAL REGION — Gidieon Kimutai — Missouri Southern

Kimutai, who hails from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships in 29:09.3. He is undefeated against NCAA DII competition this season, also taking top individual honors at the MIAA Cross Country Championships and the Missouri Southern Stampede, among others.

EAST REGION — Wondu Summa — Franklin Pierce

Summa, who hails from Burlington, Vermont, won the individual title at the East Region Championships in 31:27.7. He never finished outside of the top-2 this season – which included victories at four other meets – and a runner-up effort at the Northeast-10 Cross Country Championships.

MIDWEST REGION — Zach Kreft — Walsh

Kreft, who hails from Sanbury, Ohio, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 30:45.3. Earlier in the season, Kreft took top individual honors at both the G-MAC Cross Country Championships and the Lock Haven Go Fast River Run.

SOUTH REGION — Jan Lukas Becker — Mississippi College

Becker, who hails from Saarbruecken, Germany, won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 30:40.3. Earlier in the season, Becker took top individual honors at the Gulf South Cross Country Championships and was runner-up at the UAB Blazer Classic.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Dillon Powell — Colo. School of Mines

Powell, who hails from Golden, Colorado, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 29:43.1. He is undefeated this season with victories at the RMAC Cross Country Championships and the NCAA DII Pre-National Invitational, among others.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Joshua Chepkesir — UNC Pembroke

Chepkesir, who hails from Eldoret, Kenya, won the individual title at the Southeast Region Championships in 31:04.9. He also was crowned individual champion at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships.

WEST REGION — Charlie Dannatt — Simon Fraser

Dannatt, who hails from North Vancouver, British Columbia, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 30:07.5. Earlier in the season, Dannatt took top individual honors at the SF State Invitational and was runner-up at the GNAC Cross Country Championships.

Men’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Nick Bias — Charleston (W.Va.)

Bias, in his ninth year as head coach at Charleston (W.Va.), led the Golden Eagles to the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships with 33 points. Charleston also won the team title at the Mountain East Cross Country Championships with 29 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Jamie Burnham — Missouri Southern

Burnham, in his seventh year as head coach at Missouri Southern, led the Lions to the team title at the Central Region Championships with 70 points. Missouri Southern also won the team title at the MIAA Cross Country Championships with 41 points, DBU Old Glory Gallup with 36 points and Missouri Southern Stampede with 48 points.

EAST REGION — John Wallin — Southern Connecticut

Wallin, in his 13th year as head coach at Southern Connecticut, led the Fighting Owls to the team at the East Region Championships with 53 points. Southern Connecticut also won the team title at the Northeast-10 Cross Country Championships with 43 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Jerry Baltes — Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 24th year as head coach at Grand Valley State, led the Lakers to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 58 points. Grand Valley State also won the team title at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships with 28 points, Bradley Pink Classic with 22 points, Live in Lou Classic with 104 points and Spartan Invitational with 45 points.

SOUTH REGION — Caleb Morgan — Lee (Tenn.)

Morgan, in his ninth year as head coach at Lee (Tenn.), led the Flames to the team title at the South Region Championships with 41 points. Lee also won the team title at the Gulf South Cross Country Championships with 38 points.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Chris Siemers — Colo. School of Mines

Siemers, in his 11th year as head coach of Colorado School of Mines, led the Orediggers to the team title at the South Central Region Championships with 25 points. CSM also won the team title at the RMAC Cross Country Championships with 26 points, Pre-National Invitational with 19 points and MSU Denver Roadrunners Invitational with 28 points.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Pol Domenech — Wingate

Domenech, in his third year as head coach at Wingate, led the Bulldogs to the team title at the Southeast Region Championships with 26 points. Wingate also won the team title at the SAC Cross Country Championships with 23 points, UAH DII Festival Year Showcase with 53 points and Catawba Fleet Feet Invitational with 39 points.

WEST REGION — Gary Towne — Chico State

Towne, in his 27th year as head coach at Chico State, led the Wildcats to the team title at the West Region Championships with 48 points. Chico State also won the team title at the CCAA Cross Country Championships with 20, Bronco Invitational with 54 points and Cougar Challenge with 32 points.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Kylie Anicic — Edinboro

Anicic, who hails from Mickleton, New Jersey, won the individual title at the Atlantic Region Championships in 21:07.5. She never finished outside of the top-2 this season and took top individual honors at four other meets, including the PSAC Cross Country Championships.

CENTRAL REGION — Lindsay Cunningham — Winona State

Cunningham, who hails from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, won the individual title at the Central Region Championships in 19:34.8. She is undefeated this season with victories at the NSIC Cross Country Championships and the Roy Griak Invitational, among others.

EAST REGION — Ashley Corcoran — Southern New Hampshire

Corcoran, who hails from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, won the individual title at the East Region Championships in 21:55.4. She is undefeated this season, including victories at the Northeast-10 Championships as well as the UMass Dartmouth Invitational, among others.

MIDWEST REGION — Klaudia O’Malley — Grand Valley State

O’Malley, who hails from McBain, Michigan, won the individual title at the Midwest Region Championships in 21:19.2. Earlier in the season, O’Malley finished third at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships.

SOUTH REGION — Johanna Wistokat — Christian Brothers

Wistokat, who hails from Wennigsen, Germany, won the individual title at the South Region Championships in 21:21.7. She never finished outside of the top-2 this season and took top individual honors at the Gulf South Cross Country Championships and UAH DII Festival Year Showcase, among others.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Florance Uwajeneza — West Texas A&M

Uwajaneza, who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, won the individual title at the South Central Region Championships in 21:08.6. She never finished outside of the top-2 this season and was crowned champion at the Lone Star Cross Country Championships as well.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Madison Clay — Catawba

Clay, who hails from Morgantown, North Carolina, won the individual title at the Southeast Region Championships in 21:35.7. Earlier in the season, Clay took top individual honors at the SAC Cross Country Championships and the Converse Kick-Off.

WEST REGION — Naomi Bailey — Alaska

Bailey, who hails from Fairbanks, Alaska, won the individual title at the West Region Championships in 20:53.1. Earlier in the season, Bailey took top individual honors at the NCAA DII Pre-National Invitational and finished runner-up at the GNAC Cross Country Championships.

Women’s Coach of the Year

ATLANTIC REGION — Nick Bias — Charleston (W.Va.)

Bias, in his ninth year as head coach at Charleston (W.Va.), led the Golden Eagles to the team title at the Atlantic Region Championships with 52 points. Charleston also won the team title at the Mountain East Cross Country Championships with18 points.

CENTRAL REGION — Tracy Hellman — Augustana (S.D.)

Hellman, in his 22nd year as head coach at Augustana (S.D.), led the Vikings to the team title at the Central Region Championships with 62 points. Augustana also won the team title at the NSIC Cross Country Championships with 56 points and Wayne State Wildcat Classic with 15 points.

EAST REGION — Richard Marcello — Southern New Hampshire

Marcello, in his first year as head coach at Southern New Hampshire, led the Penmen to the team title at the East Region Championships with 52 points. SNHU also won the team title at the Northeast-10 Cross Country Championships with 39 points, Adelphi Festival Year Short Course Invite with 28 points and Shacklette Invitational with 17 points.

MIDWEST REGION — Jerry Baltes — Grand Valley State

Baltes, in his 24th year as head coach at Grand Valley State, led the Lakers to the team title at the Midwest Region Championships with 31 points. Grand Valley State also won the team title at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships with 15 points and Bradley Pink Classic with 24 points.

SOUTH REGION — Caleb Morgan — Lee (Tenn.)

Morgan, in his ninth year as head coach at Lee (Tenn.), led the Flames to the team title at the South Region Championships with 61 points. Lee also won the team title at the Gulf South Cross Country Championships with 30 points.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Damon Martin — Adams State

Martin, in his 35th year as head coach at Adams State, led the Grizzlies to the team title at the South Central Region Championships with 67 points. Adams State also won the team title at the RMAC Cross Country Championships with 17 points, Highlander Invitational with 30 points, Ted Castaneda Classic with 44 points and Joe I. Vigil Open with 15 points.

SOUTHEAST REGION — Kevin Eagle — Anderson (S.C.)

Eagle, in his sixth year as head coach at Anderson (S.C.), led the Trojans to a runner-up finish at the Southeast Region Championships with 88 points. Anderson was also team runner-up at the SAC Cross Country Championships with 53 points and won the team title at the Converse Kick-Off with 35 points.

WEST REGION — Darren Holman — Cal State Stanislaus

Holman, in his seventh year as head coach at Cal State Stanislaus, led the Warriors to the team title at the West Region Championships with 91 points. Cal State Stanislaus also won the team title at the CCAA Cross Country Championships with 39 points, Cougar Challenge with 28 points and Kim Duyst Invitational with 18 points.