Kassie Parker, Loras: 2021 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Kassie Parker left no doubt this past weekend and staked her claim as one of the top women in NCAA DIII Cross Country in recent memory by winning the individual title at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in an NCAA DIII course-record 20:11.1. Not only that, but Parker won by more than 17 seconds. That was Parker’s sixth individual title of the season, as she also placed first five other times: the Midwest Region Championships in 20:50.6; the American Rivers Championships in 20:43.0; the Lewis & Clark Invite in 20:10.9; the Augustana (Ill.) Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in 20:26.1; and the All-American Invitational in 17:42.0.