Dillon Powell, Colo. School of Mines: 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year (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.