Stephanie Cotter, Adams State: 2022 NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year (Doris Brown Heritage Award)

Stephanie Cotter reminded everybody just how strong she is with a record-setting victory at the 2022 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships in University Place, Washington. Cotter, who hails from Cork, Ireland, posted the largest margin of victory in meet history when she covered the 6k course at Chambers Bay Regional Park in 19:45.2 to win by 42 seconds. With Cotter at the front, the rest of Adams State’s athletes followed suit as they won their third consecutive NCAA team title. Earlier in the season, Cotter took top individual honors at the RMAC Cross Country Championships and finished ninth at the South Central Region Championships.