2018 NJCAA DI Cross Country Postseason Awards

2018 NJCAA DI Cross Country Postseason Awards

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA November 13, 2018   

http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/11/featured/2018-njcaa-di-cross-country-postseason-awards

 

NEW ORLEANS – Postseason awards for the 2018 NJCAA Division I Cross Country season were released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), following the conclusion of the 2018 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, which were held this past weekend in Garden City, Kansas.

AWARD QUICK LINKS

National Athletes of the Year

Men's

Women's

National Coaches of the Year

Men's

Women's

USTFCCCA All-Americans

Men's

Women's

Regional Athletes of the Year

Men's

Women's

Regional Coaches of the Year

Men's

Women's

Central Arizona's men and Iowa Central's women stood on top of the podium once the dust settled. Andrew Kibet of Hutchinson (Kan.) won the men's individual title, while Everlyn Kemboi of El Paso CC won the women's individual title.

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NATIONAL AWARDS

These awards are based on finish at the NJCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

NATIONAL WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

Dee Brown – Iowa Central CC

Brown, in his 15th year as head coach, led the Tritons to the team title at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Iowa Central cruised to victory as it scored just 45 points and put three runners in the top-6 and five in the top-20. The Tritons fared well against a tough schedule throughout the season as they also competed at the Chile Pepper Festival, the Roy Griak Invitational and the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational, among others.

USTFCCCA ALL-AMERICA

The top 15 finishers at the NJCAA Division I Championships were named USTFCCCA All-America for the 2018 cross country season.

MEN

Ezekiel Kipchirchir

Iowa Central CC

Innocent Murwanashyaka

Iowa Central CC

WOMEN

Marion Bartilol

Iowa Central CC

Lilian Busienei

Iowa Central CC

Abeba Sullivan

Iowa Central CC

Florance Uwajeneza

Iowa Central CC

REGIONAL AWARDS

These awards were voted on by member coaches before the NJCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST REGION — Ezekiel Kipchirchir — Iowa Central CC

Kipchirchir, a sophomore from Kenya, won the Region XI individual title in a record time of 24:16.1. This was Kipchirchir's second individual title of the season, as he also won at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in mid-October.

WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST REGION — Abeba Sullivan — Iowa Central CC

Sullivan, a sophomore from Saukville, Iowa, won the Region XI title in 18:38.1. That was Sullivan's third individual title of the season as she also captured top honors at the Region XI Time Trial in late August and the All-American Invitational in early September.

MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST REGION — Dee Brown — Iowa Central CC

Brown, in his 15th year as head coach, led the Tritons to the team title at the Region XI Championships. Iowa Central scored 20 points as the team put all seven runners in the top-15, led by five in the top-10.