Abraham Chelangam, Oklahoma City: 2022 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Abraham Chelangam rocketed to an early lead and maintained it for a 22.0-second victory at the 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida. Chelangam, who hails from Kampala, Uganda, won the men’s individual title over 8k in 23:41.9, giving Oklahoma City five of the last six individual champions. Earlier this season, he won the NAIA Mid-States Classic in 24:30.1 and was runner-up in the Sooner Conference Cross Country Championships.