Lina May, William Carey (Miss.): 2022 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year

Lina May found a new home and a national title as a graduate transfer in becoming the first women’s individual winner from William Carey (Miss.) at the 2022 NAIA Cross Country Championships. May, who hails from Vancleave, Mississippi, captured the 5k crown in 16:50.9, winning by 8.0 seconds. The Mississippi native transferred from Southern Miss to William Carey – two universities that are less than four miles apart in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Earlier this season, May won individual titles at the SSAC Cross Country Championships in 16:48.8 and NAIA Appalachian Challenge in 17:08.3.