Kassie Parker, Loras: 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Kassie Parker made quick work of the individual race at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Parker, who hails from Guttenberg, Iowa, gapped the field by nearly eight seconds by the 1-mile mark and continued pushing it from there. She covered the snow-laden 6k course in 21:06.5, more than 43 seconds faster than the runner-up. Parker became the first female athlete to defend her NCAA title since Wendy Palvus of St. Lawrence in 2009 and 2010. Earlier in the season, Parker won the individual crown at the Midwest Region Championships in 21:13.9. Parker also took top individual honors at the American Rivers Cross Country Championships, the Augustana Interregional Invitational, the NCAA DIII Pre-National Invitational and at the National Catholic Championships.