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NCAA DII XC National Awards

2022 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Awards

NEW ORLEANS — National Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2022 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 season.

HISTORYNational Athletes of the Year | National Coaches of the Year

Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships in University Place, Washington, and during the regular season.

National Men's Athlete of the Year
The Doug Watts Award

Dillon Powell capped a dominant, undefeated season with a commanding victory at the 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships. Powell, who hails from Golden, Colorado, covered the 10k course at Chambers Bay Regional Park in 29:28.0 to win by 19.1 seconds. That was Powell’s fourth and final victory of the season and in each triumph, he won by more than 14 seconds. His ultimate low stick also led Colorado School of Mines to its third team title in program history. Earlier this season, Powell earned top individual honors at the South Central Region Championships, the RMAC Cross Country Championships and the NCAA DII Pre-National Invitational.

National Women's Athlete of the Year
The Doris Brown Heritage Award

Stephanie Cotter reminded everybody just how strong she is with a record-setting victory at the 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships in University Place, Washington. Cotter, who hails from Cork, Ireland, posted the largest margin of victory in meet history when she covered the 6k course at Chambers Bay Regional Park in 19:45.2 to win by 42 seconds. With Cotter at the front, the rest of Adams State’s athletes followed suit as they won their third consecutive NCAA team title. Earlier in the season, Cotter took top individual honors at the RMAC Cross Country Championships and finished ninth at the South Central Region Championships.

National Men's Coach of the Year
The Joe Vigil Award

Chris Siemers directed Colorado School of Mines to the most dominant display at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships ever. Siemers, in his 11th year as head coach of the Orediggers, led the program to a record-breaking, 143-point margin of victory in University Place, Washington, topping the previous best of 140 set by Emporia State in 1963. All seven of Colorado School of Mines’ scoring athletes earned All-America honors by finishing among the top-40 individuals. Earlier in the season, the Orediggers topped the podium at the South Central Region Championships, the RMAC Cross Country Championships, the NCAA DII Pre-National Invitational, as well as the MSU Denver Roadrunners Invitational.

National Women's Coach of the Year
The Duane Vandenbusche Award

Damon Martin guided Adams State to a familiar place in 2022 – the top of the podium at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships. Martin, in his 35th year as head coach of the Grizzlies, led them to the team title in University Place, Washington, as they scored 75 points thanks to a quintet of All-America performances, headlined by Stephanie Cotter’s dominant individual title. This crown was Martin’s 20th of his career in women’s cross country, making him just the third coach in NCAA history with 20 or more titles a single sport, regardless of division. Earlier in the season, Martin led Adams State to top honors at the South Central Region Championships, the RMAC Cross Country Championships, the Highlander Invitational, the Ted Castaneda Classic, as well as the Joe I. Vigil Open.