Pro Form Sports Presents Naia Athletes And Coaches Of The Year Awards

Pro Form Sports in partnership with USTFCCCA present the NAIA Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards for 2018. Pro Form Sports is proud to present NAIA Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards for 2018 in partnership with the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The awards were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as voted on by member coaches from that division.

 

MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION — Colin De Young — Cornerstone (Mich.)

De Young, a junior from St, John, Indiana, won the individual title at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships in 24:47.3. He also won individual titles at the Bethel Invitational and at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Invitational earlier this year

 

MIDWEST REGION — Omar Paramo — St. Francis (Ill.)

Paramo, a freshman from Plainfield, Illinois, won the individual title at the Chicagoland Championships in 25:12.2. He also ran well at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Invitational and the Louisville Cross Country Classic earlier this year.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Philip Lagemann — Saint Mary (Kan.)

Lagemann, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, won the individual title at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in 24:47.3. He also won three more individual titles over the course of the season at the Bearcat Open, the Muthama-Rogers Invitational and the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede.

 

WEST REGION — Marcos Cervantes — College of Idaho

Cervantes, a junior from Boise, Idaho, won the individual title at the Cascade Conference Championships in 24:59.9. He also had a favorable result at the College of Idaho Classic, where he finished seventh overall.

 

 

WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION — Anna Shields — Point Park (Pa.)

Shields, a senior from Torrington, Connecticut, won the individual title at the River States Conference Championships in 17:42.0. That was Shields’ fifth win of the season, as she also captured individual glory at the Trailblazer Invitational, the Tommy Evans Classic, the LHU Invitational and the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Invitational.  

 

MIDWEST REGION — Annechiena Knevelbaard — Dordt (Iowa)

Knevelbaard, a senior from Visalia, California, won the individual title at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships in 18:25.3. That was her third individual title of the season as she also won at the Dordt College Invitational and the Mount Marty Invitational.      

 

SOUTH REGION — Emily Kearney — SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)

Kearney, a junior from Wirral, England, won the individual title at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships in 17:17.7. She also won an individual title at the 12th annual Sand Shark Invitational earlier this year and placed 10th at the Louisville Cross Country Classic.  

 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Lydia Mato — Oklahoma City

Mato, a senior from Duadaso, Guyana, won the individual title at the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships in 18:33. She also won individual titles at the Western Oklahoma Showcase and Oklahoma Baptist University Cross Country Invitational.

 

WEST REGION — Cindy Reed — Oregon Tech

Reed, a senior from Klamath, Oregon, won the individual title at the Cascade Conference Championships in 17:38.5. She also posted strong runner-up finishes at the William Jessup Cross Country Invitational and the Humboldt Invitational.

 

 

 

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION — John Foss — Indiana Wesleyan

Foss, in his 31st year as head coach, led the Wildcats to the team title at the Crossroads League Championships. Indiana Wesleyan scored just 18 points as it put five runners in the top-6 (1-2-4-5-6) and narrowly missed the 15-point sweep.

 

MIDWEST REGION — Jeff Barker — St. Francis (Ill.)

Barker, in his seventh year as head coach, led the Saints to the team title at the Chicagoland Conference Championships. St. Francis (Ill.) dominated the meet as it scored 21 points and put six runners in the top-8 (1-2-5-6-7-8).

 

SOUTH REGION — Jason Lewkowicz — Montreat (N.C.)

Lewkowicz, in his fourth season as head coach, led the Cavaliers to the team title at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships. Montreat (N.C.) beat the runner-up by eight points as it put three runners in the top-10 and – remarkably for a title-winning team – none in the top-3.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Alstin Benton — Saint Mary (Kan.)

Benton, in his sixth season as head coach, led the Spires to the team title at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Saint Mary (Kan.) scored just 19 points as it put five runners in the top-6 and all seven of its runners in the top-15.

 

WEST REGION — Austin Basterrechea — College of Idaho

Basterrechea, in his eighth season as head coach, led the Yotes to the team title at the Cascade Conference Championships. College of Idaho scored 26 points as it put five of its runners in the top-10 and two more in the top-17.

 

 

 

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

GREAT LAKES REGION — Quinn White — Taylor (Ind.)

White, in his ninth year as head coach, led the Trojans to the team title at the Crossroads League Championships. The Trojans scored just 17 points as they nearly missed the 15-point sweep as their top-5 runners finished first, second, third, fifth and sixth.

 

MIDWEST REGION — Nate Wolf — Dordt (Iowa)

Wolf, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Defenders to the team title at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships. Dordt (Iowa) held off Hastings (Neb.) by a score of 45-68 and were able to do so with a spread of 1:16 between their first and fifth runners.

 

SOUTH REGION — Mike Caldwell — SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)

Caldwell, in his fifth year as head coach, led the Lady Bees to the team title at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships. SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) dominated the race as they put its top-5 runners in the top-9 spots and finished with 23 points.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION — Matt Aguero — Oklahoma City

Aguero, in his third year as head coach, led the Stars to the team title at the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships. Oklahoma City had its entire scoring lineup finish in the top-15.

 

WEST REGION — Jack Kregg — Oregon Tech

Kregg, in his eighth year as head coach, led the Owls to the team title at the Cascade Conference Championships. Oregon Tech scored 29 points and swept the top-3 finishing spots with the individual title going to Cindy Reed.