2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Awards ::: USTFCCCA

By USTFCCCA Communications, USTFCCCA
November 22, 2022  &nbsp

Award History

NCAA DIII XC National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the national championship meet.

USTFCCCA National Award History: Athletes of the Year | Coaches of the Year

Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan, and during the regular season.

Scroll below to find out more about each of our winners.

National Men’s Athlete of the Year

Alex Phillip dashed through the snow on his way to history at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Phillip, who hails from Akron, Ohio, defended his individual title, covering the 8k course in 24:37.6. That made Phillip just the third man in the past 22 years to go back-to-back at the NCAA Championships: Josh Moen of Wartburg in 2003-2004 and Ian LaMere of UW-Platteville in 2015-2016 are the others. Earlier in the season, Phillip won the individual title at the Great Lakes Region Championships in 23:56.7. He also earned top individual honors at the OAC Cross Country Championships, finished second at the Spartan Invitational and clocked one of the fastest times by an NCAA DIII runner ever at the Paul Short Run at 23:14.7.

National Women’s 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.

National Men’s Coach of the Year

Riley Macon guided MIT to a dream season, capped by a team title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Michigan. Macon, in his first year as head coach of the Engineers, watched his athletes total 82 points – thanks to five All-America efforts – as they rolled to their first national title in program history by a 47-point margin. Earlier in the season, Macon ushered MIT to team titles at the East Region Championships, as well as the NEWMAC Cross Country Championships, among others.

National Women’s Coach of the Year

Bobby Van Allen directed Johns Hopkins to the team title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and now his Blue Jays are alone at the top of the division’s record book. Johns Hopkins edged UChicago by three points in the Wolverine State and captured its eighth national title in program history, which broke a tie with SUNY Cortland for the most titles won by an NCAA DIII women’s program on the grass circuit. Earlier in the season, Van Allen led the Blue Jays to team titles at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championships and the Centennial Conference Cross Country Championships, among others.

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