NEW ORLEANS – Alabama cross country’s Dan Waters has been voted Women’s NCAA South Region Head Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.
The honor marks the third year in a row that Waters, in his 12th year with the Crimson Tide, has earned the regional cross country accolade.
Alabama Head Coach Dan Waters Said
“This award is all about the success our women’s program earned this season. Our student-athletes and coaches worked very hard for a long time to get us to this point. Coaches Will Palmer, Samantha Palmer and Ethan Meydrich have put so much into this team and the results were remarkable. I am very proud of what our ladies were able to accomplish this fall and the way they represented Alabama from the first meet all the way through to a podium finish at the NCAA Championships.”
The Crimson Tide Women in 2022
- As a team, Alabama finished third at the 2022 NCAA Championships with 166 points, the Crimson Tide’s best finish in program history and first trip to the podium for the women’s team
- It also marked Alabama’s third top-10 finish after taking sixth in 1987 and eighth during the 2020 season
- The NCAA Championships capped an extraordinary season for the Crimson Tide women, who took home their first NCAA trophy (top-four teams make the podium and earn a trophy) after winning their first Southeastern Conference title since 1987 and first NCAA South Regional Championships since 1986
- A program-best four Alabama women earned a place on the 2022 Cross Country All-America list
- Mercy Chelangat tallied her third All-America honor for cross country while Flomena Asekol and Amaris Tyynismaa both took home the honor for the second time and Hilda Olemomoi earned the accolade for the first time
- Alabama’s previous best total in a single season was three during the 2020 season when Chelangat, who won the national title that season, Tyynismaa, who was third, and Esther Gitahi, who was 36th, all earned All-America recognition
- The Alabama women were the only team, men or women, at the 2022 NCAA Championships to put four runners among the individual top-20
- Olemomoi finished sixth (19:45.6), Tyynismaa (19:48.2) ninth, Asekol (19:56.5) 14th and Chelangat (19:58.4) crossed the line in 16th at the national championships in Stillwater, Okla.
- It was the women’s third-consecutive, top-15 finish after taking eighth in 2020 and 15th in 2021
- All five members of UA’s scoring five throughout the postseason earned NCAA All-South Region honors, including Asekol, Chelangat, Machan, Olemomoi and Tyynismaa
- Alabama had four earn First Team All-SEC recognition, including Chelangat, Olemomoi, Tyynismaa and Asekol
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