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  • 2024 NAIA Outdoor Track End of Season Awards

    Written by Marissa Kuik & Nolan Ryan Additional edits & commentary by Garrett Zatlin Welcome back to a trimestrial classic, our End of Season Awards!   Below, we listed our five seasonal awards for the men and five seasonal awards for the women, all for the NAIA level. These awards are a way to highlight the accomplishments of certain individuals from the entirety of the outdoor track season. You'll also find our criteria for each of these awards as we list our nominees. In the  second half of this article , you'll find the votes from our TSR contributors (click that link if you want to skip all of the summary parts). Let's begin... Best Freshman Award (Men) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Michael Long (Ave Maria) This Ava Maria rookie made his presence known fairly quickly this season across the NAIA scene. Coming from a program in Ave Maria that doesn’t participate at the national level during the indoor track season, this freshman took the NAIA by storm in the spring. Being a 1:50 (800) runner out of high school, he was destined to eventually be recognized and that didn’t take long after running two 1:48 (800) races. He followed those performances up with a national title over the half-mile distance, holding off Santorum with the 1:49 (800) effort. If he stays in the NAIA, then he will be a name we mention frequently moving forward. Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Luca Santorum found his name on the top of our TSR rankings all spring long. That, of course, was for a great reason, especially with his double champion performance at the indoor national meet. He ran a tremendous 1500-meter PR of 3:41 at Raleigh Relays this spring to make a statement. Then, the freshman had an outstanding showing at the NAIA Outdoor Championships, winning the 1500-meter title while earning a runner-up finish over 800 meters in 1:49 (getting edged out by fellow nominee, Michael Long). The NAIA scene won’t be upset with Santorum as he prepares to make a move to Texas A&M later coming year. Tristan Trevino (Marian (IN)) After making his name known at the indoor national meet, Tristan Trevino showed that he is not just a racer, but can also put up fast times. After running a 1:50.28 PR over 800 meters and winning the Crossroads conference title, he showed us that he was a real All-American contender heading into the national meet. Sure enough, finishing 7th place in a stacked half-mile field definitely proved to us that he is one of the best freshman in the NAIA. Youssef Asslouj (Cumberlands (KY)) After running his first race of 2024 during the latter portions of the winter months, we didn’t totally know what to expect from this rookie on the outdoor oval. Over the last few months, Youssef Asslouj ran very impressive times of 3:43 (1500) and 13:53 95k), but most importantly, ran his PR 3:43 three separate times! After his showing at the outdoor national meet with two runner-up finishes between the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters, he is as good as any nominee for this category. Keyshawn Garcia (Wayland Baptist) The freshman from Wayland Baptist had a very strong resume from his days, coming into the NAIA scene with a head-turning 1:48 (800) PR. Admittedly, Keyshawn Garcia had somewhat of a slow start to his college campaign, although he got things going wrapping up his season with a 1:50.51 performance to garnish a 4th place finish at the NAIA Championships. Garcia started to find his bearings at the end of the spring which makes it very likely that he will be a true force in the NAIA as his career carries on. Dennis Kipkurui (Cumberlands (KY) Even though Dennis Kipkurui didn’t perform at the national meets as some might have thought, we couldn’t keep him off the list. The main reason to keep him in this category is because he ran 29:20 for 10k. We will not be surprised if he ends up being a serious contender later this fall on the grass.  Best Freshman Award (Women) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Alina Boshchuk (Cumberlands (KY)) Her regular season times may not have been as dazzling compared to other names on this list, but Alina Boshchuk showed her competitiveness at the national meet. There, she took home the 10k title over Ellyse Tingelstad, showing that her rookie inexperience was not a factor. To take down such a seasoned veteran, who has bested Boshchuk before, makes her look like the veteran even though she is only a freshman. She clearly learned a lot during the winter indoor track season, making her a great option for this award.  Katelyn Cotterell (British Columbia) While being a part of the powerhouse team of British Columbia, fast times are almost expected. However, as a freshman, Katelyn Cotterell put together a fantastic first season running personal bests of 2:11 (800), 4:25 (1500) and 17:04 (5k). On top of that, she competed like a veteran at the national meet, finishing 3rd place in the metric mile and helping her team out to a dominant title victory the 4x800-meter relay. She definitely demonstrated a lot of poise for someone so young.  Emeline Delaville (Life) Coming off of a national title over 800 meters during the indoor track season was definitely a tall order for Emeline Delaville to top. Though her outdoor track season was not as impressive as the individual title that she won on the indoor oval, she still competed like a veteran at the outdoor national meet. There is a good chance that many people forgot about her during the regular season since she had “only” run 2:13 for 800 meters. However, she moved through the rounds flawlessly at the national meet, running 2:08 in the preliminary round and coming away with a 5th place finish in a very competitive final.  Maria Tirado (William Carey) The national meet definitely did not go how Maria Tirado envisioned with a tough finish in the steeplechase which led her to not toeing the line for the 800 meters. However, the fact that she qualified in two very different events as a freshman makes her very worthy of this nomination. Her personal bests of 11:06 in the steeplechase and 2:13 for 800 meters made Tirado a force to be reckoned with this spring. It will be exciting to see what this still-young star decides to focus on over the next couple seasons.  Hasnae Goulamzi (Texas Wesleyan) Running one of the fastest times in the 5k in the NAIA this season is Hasnae Goulamzi. She almost broke 17 minutes at that distance, racing to a time of 17:05. The Texas Wesleyan product also has a personal best of 36:56 for 10,000 meters. Though her 10k time may not measure up to her 5k time, it is still an impressive mark in the event, especially for someone so young. Though she still has a lot to learn when it comes to racing through the rounds at the national meet, Goulamzi put together a great first year. Most Improved Award (Men) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this winter. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of indoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Hunter Nichols (Eastern Oregon) Hunter Nichols boasted solid times and was viewed as a "fringe" guy when it came to the more competitive NAIA scene. But then, this year, he transformed into a legitimate national title favorite in the steeplechase with a 9:07 PR. All of that justifies his nomination for our "Most Improved" award. The Eastern Oregon product found groove his spring, finishing 4th place over the barriers and water pits at the national meet. He then added a shiny new PR of 3:50 over 1500 meters during the same season. Dominick Beine (Saint Mary (KS)) After being at any national meet during the 2022-2023 academic year, the Spires' newest distance standout made sure to change that in 2024. After qualifying for his first national meet during the winter (where he admittedly struggled), Beine used that momentum with a 6th place finish in the 10k, chopping over 50 seconds off of his PR from the year prior. Javieer Tiwana (British Columbia) Not breaking the 14:30 barrier over 5000 meters the year before and now having a PR of 14:15 shows a big jump for this UBC harrier. That being said, the most impressive aspect of his spring campaign was him going from a 16th-place finish at the national meet last spring to a 4th-place finish this year. Returning next year, he may be one of the title favorites heading into the 2025 outdoor track season.  Isaiah Romeyn (Spring Arbor) Last year, Isaiah Romeyn competed sparingly, contesting the 800 meters once and producing a time of 1:55. However, in 2024, there was no denying that Romeyn got on a hot streak, bringing his half-mile PR down to 1:50 en route to silver at the Crossroads Conference Championships. We didn't get to him compete on the national stage individually, but that was only because he went all-in with his 4x800-meter team which earned 4th place All-American honors. Braden Vernot (Indiana Wesleyan) Sure, Braden Vernot was already a solid runner prior to this past spring, but he became a clear force in the NAIA distance scene of the last few months. With times of 14:27 (5k) and 9:01 (steeple), Vernot evolved into one of the higher value distance products in the country. In fact, that latter mark put him at NAIA #2 this spring. Sure, his national meet showing wasn't great, but he still brought his times down by a ton and proved to be on a different tier this season. John Perez-Dunn (Southeastern College) Three PRs in three different events and three Sun Conference titles. Tack on a 9:11 steeplechase PR from the national meet, which was a 12-second improvement and a substantial jump on his overall resume, and you can see why we have John Perez-Dunn nominated for this award. Most Improved Award (Women) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of outdoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Katie Woods (Marian (IN)) The progression that we saw from Katie Woods this year was fantastic -- and that may be selling her short. The Marian product dropped her 800-meter PR down from 2:27 to 2:11 and her 1500-meter PR down from 5:14 to 4:30. That kind of jump in fitness is completely unprecedented and it makes Woods a favorite to win this award, especially after seeing her earn a 6th place All-American finish over the half-mile distance on the national stage. Abby Ylipahkala (British Columbia) With no results from last year’s track season, Abby Ylipahkala made a huge jump from her first season to this season where she ran fast, but also came away with some impressive finishes at the national meet. Ylipahkala went from 2:15 for 800 meters down to 2:10 and moved her personal best from 1500 meters from 4:35 all the way down to 4:25. Her most impressive stat, however, was her runner-up finish over the half-mile distance at the outdoor national meet. Mercy Kibiwott (Cumberland (TN)) After being unable to compete at the national meet last year in the 10k, Mercy Kibiwott improved immensely to not only get herself back on the national stage, but to finish an impressive 6th place overall. She brought her time down from 37:26 down to 36:52. Sure, maybe on paper that drop in time does not look all that incredible, but it is her improvement in competing and her performance at the national meet that earned her this nomination.  Alyssa Lovett (The Masters) Running PRs of 4:49 (1500) and 17:58 (5k) this spring may not seem like anything special at first glance. But when you realize that Lovett had never run under 5:00 for the metric mile before and that her prior 5k PR in 2023 was 18:40, you begin to really appreciate the strides that she has made in her fitness this year. Aubrey Bahner (Tabor) Aubrey Bahner had never run under 5:25 for 1500 meters prior to this spring. Nowadays, the Tabor runner boasts a 4:52 PR in that event. With more a minor PR in the 5k (and a big 10k PR, albeit after contesting that event just once last spring), we felt like Bahner had done enough to earn a nomination for this award. Ali Ray (Montreat) Ali Ray had never qualified for two events at one national meet before and she had never been an All-American, either. Thankfully, she cleared both of those objectives this past spring, contesting both the 10k and 5k at the NAIA Outdoor Championships where she placed 7th overall in the latter event. Tack on respectable PRs and you get a woman who is clearly in a greater tier of fitness than she was in 2023. Brooke Wiebe (Tabor) Sure, she may not have been an individual All-American, but Brooke Wiebe still earned that honor in the 4x800-meter relay at the national meet. That effort, along with a substantial steeplechase PR where she cracked the 11-minute barrier as well as clear jumps in other events makes this Tabor athlete plenty worth a nomination. Best Performance Award (Men) *Must have run attached at least once this winter and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Luca Santorum Defeats Stacked 1500-Meter Field at NAIA Championships Luca Santorum put on a clinic this season with an incredible spring campaign. However, the performance that stands out the most is his national title over 1500 meters where he closed in 54.90 seconds over the last 400 meters to hold off a stacked field. He not only beat his teammate Youssef Asslouj (who ran 3:43 for 1500 meters this season), but he also beat the NAIA all-time leader in Evert Silva, further establishing himself as one of the best who we have seen in a while. Evert Silva Runs 3:39 (1500) at Arkansas Twilight, Breaks NAIA Record Evert Silva was a name that was talked about a lot this year in the NAIA. That, of course, is because he ran 13:29 for 5000 meters (before coming to OCU). The former Portland runner further added to his resume when he ran at the Arkansas Twilight meet, breaking the NAIA record with a time of 3:39 for 1500 meters. Silva had found his groove again this spring, but this performance takes the cake for his welcome back campaign. Michael Long Outleans Luca Santorum for 800-Meter NAIA Title We knew there were going to be fireworks over 800 meters at the outdoor national meet, but we didn’t know how loud. Well, the hype didn’t disappoint with Luca Santorum (the 1500-meter national champion) going head-to-head with the other freshman phenom, Michael Long. A race that came down to the final 100 meters was won with Long admirably holding off Santorum's ferocious kick. Evert Silva Outlasts 5k Field to Win NAIA Title With Evert Silva, nobody knew how he would look over 5000 meters at the outdoor national meet with that race being his seventh effort in three days. Well, he showed us that he was just that good this year, outlasting the field and closing his final 800 meters in 1:59. He put on a show and will be one of the biggest names in all of NAIA going into his final stretch of collegiate racing next year. Dylan Uhrich Produces the Only Sub-9:00 Steeple Mark in NAIA this Season Every event has a barrier that everyone tries to break in order to establish themselves in the upper-echelon of that event. The common time for 3000-meter steeplechase is the 9:00 barrier. Someone breaking that mark only happened one time this year and that was from the UBC senior, Dylan Uhrich. He ran 8:52 to finish in 2nd place in his heat and 17th place overall at the nationally acclaimed Bryan Clay Invitational. That performance established him as one of the very best in the NAIA to ever run that event.  Best Performance Award (Women) *Must have run attached at least once this winter and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Kiana Gibson Breaks NAIA Steeple Record in 9:51 at Bryan Clay Invite Simply making it into the "invite" section of the steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invite is impressive enough, but Kiana Gibson proved that she deserved that spot in the fast heat, running to a time of 9:51. That time was good enough for 8th place against top collegiate athletes and professional runners. But the most impressive point of this performance was the NAIA record she earned as well, making her one of the better runs by anyone in the division.  Alina Boshchuk Outlasts Ellyse Tingelstad for 10k National Title Going into the national meet, the seed times in the 10k definitely did not point to Alina Boshchuk or Ellyse Tingelstad battling it out for the national title in the 25-lap race. However, just like the indoor national meet, these two went head-to-head with Boshchuk coming out on top with a one-second victory over Tingelstad. What makes this performance worthy of this nomination is the experience that Tingelstad has over Boshchuk who has beaten her several times on the national stage. However, in this race, Boshchuk finally came out victorious in thrilling fashion.  Rachel Mortimer Convincingly Wins 800-Meter National Title By Five Seconds Though the 800-meter national title favorite, Lisa Voyles, did not end up contesting the final, Rachel Mortimer still put together a dominant win that deserves major respect. The UBC star ran an incredibly fast time of 2:05 for 800 meters, beating the next best runner by five seconds. Though an 800-meter final would have been fun to watch between Mortimer and Voyles, the former proved she was ready for any racing situation against anyone.  Hannah Fredericks Runs 34:09 (10k) at Stanford Invite  In an early-season attempt at the 10k during the end of March, Hannah Fredericks ran the only 10k time under 35 minutes in the NAIA this season. Her time stood as the top seed for the whole entire season from March to May. What was even better about this fast time was the way she competed at the Stanford Invite, placing 12th overall in a field of mostly Division One athletes. Running this fast early-on in the season is pretty impressive, making it hard to leave her out of the nominations for this award.  Holly MacGillivray Runs 4:16 (1500) at Portland Twilight Meet The Portland Twilight meet (which is not to be confused with the Portland Track Festival) doesn't get a ton of attention, but it is still a great meet with solid competition. That's why Holly MacGillivray's 4:16 effort in the 1500 meters of that race feels like a such a huge performance. She finished 4th overall behind some accomplished talents and was the top collegian in the field as well! Best Distance Coach Award (Men's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/23 are not considered.   Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) En route to Cumberland winning the NAIA Outdoor Championship, the Patriots scored a collective total of 64 points and 38 of those points came from Coach Bradley Sowder’s distance contingent. With multiple national-caliber superstars, a handful of whom are now amongst the all-time greats, this Cumberlands' team was the definition of distance running excellence this spring. Even though they lose Luca Santorum next year, it is expected that they will reload and have Youssef Asslouj coming back which will make them a force again yet again in 2025. Steve Weiler (British Columbia) UBC had a very deep crew this spring in the distance events. They had someone represented in every event possible other than the 4x800-meter relay. Not only that, but they had five All-Americans, one of which was steeplechase national champion, Dylan Ulrich! All in all, Coach Steve Weiler's squad tallied 29 points which solidified them as one of the biggest distance staples at the national meet. Chris Layne (Milligan) The team that usually wins the NAIA XC Championships is often a force to deal with during track seasons, especially on the outdoor oval where the 10k comes into play. Sure enough, Milligan was exactly that with the "Big Three," that they have in Will Stockley, Aaron Jones, and Bryn Woodall. And of course, those men did more than just make the meet. In fact, that trio was highlighted by Jones and Woodall finishing 4th place overall (top-half All-American spots) in their respective races! Heading into the fall, they will be promised to be in the fight again for their fourth national cross country title in three years. Frezer Legesse (Oklahoma City) The Stars' distance squad ended up scoring 38 points at this year's outdoor national meet which put them in a position to fight for a podium finish. Highlighted by Silva’s extrordinary 28-point weekend exhibit, Coach Frezer Legesse’s crew added 10 more points after winning the 4x800-meter relay. This roster is a piece or two from really mixing it up for a national title in all three championships for this upcoming year. Zach Schoeder (The Masters) Even though Coach Zach Schoeder’s distance crew probably didn’t have the week that they wanted, they were still well represented at the NAIA Outdoor Championships. Having individual national meet qualifiers in numerous distance races. They will be a consistent threat as they have been in the upcoming season. The Masters have developed and recruited well and we see no reason why that will slow down at all in the future. Best Distance Coach Award (Women's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Steve Weiler (British Columbia) When you have an athlete or a relay win almost every single distance event at the national meet, it is hard not to nominate that coach. Steve Weiler also led his team to a national team title off of mostly just distance performances. His athletes placed 1st and 2nd over 800 meters as well as 1st, 3rd and 4th over. 1500 meters. UBC also produced finishes of 1st and 2nd place for 5000 meters, 1st and 3rd place in the steeplechase and 1st place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. Plus, he had one runner break an NAIA record! What more could you possibly ask for? Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) With such dominance by British Columbia, it is easy to get overshadowed, but Coach Bradley Sowder also had a handful of impressive performances from his team. Among those performances was Alina Boshchuk’s strong weekend double at the national meet with a 1st place finish in the 10k and a 4th place finish in the 5k. We also saw improvements from Elke Wijkmans who placed 5th in the 10k at the national meet and also qualified for the 5k. Though Sowder does not have the same firepower as some of the other teams listed here, he does a great job with the athletes who he does have, coaching them to big improvements and big finishes on the national stage.  Dominic Bolin (College of Idaho) After winning the national title in cross country, Coach Dominic Bolin had big expectations placed upon him. Thankfully, he did very well with coaching his athletes including Ellyse Tingelstad and Abbey Shirts. Though Tingelstad did not come out with an individual title this season, she did place a strong 2nd and 3rd in the 10k and 5k, respectively. Abbey Shirts also placed 5th in the 1500-meter finals and showed strong improvements in the middle distance events overall. Though the lineup for the national meet was a little bit smaller for Coach Dominic Bolin, he still coached a large handful of athletes to some impressive finishes on the biggest stage.  Alstin Benton (Saint Mary (KS)) While Saint Mary did not have as high of placements as British Columbia at the outdoor national meet, they still had quite a few athletes qualify for the national meet in a variety of events. Those qualified racing distances include the 800 meters, the 5000 meters, the 10,000 meters, the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 4x800-meter relay. And of course, heir best performances came from the Hiebert sisters with Reagan running a seasonal best time of 16:52 (5k) and Riley running a seasonal best time of 10:38 in the steeplechase. Those pair of performance contributed to the Spires' placing 4th overall at the national meet. The depth of this team speaks volumes to Alstin Benton’s coaching and recruiting. Quinn White (Taylor) Taylor has always been a mainstay in NAIA distance running with Quinn White always producing talented athletes. This season was no different as White helped multiple athletes to All-American finishes in a variety of events at the national meet. Mollie Gamble put herself in the mix for the 10k title, finishing 3rd overall. Noel VanderWall placed nicely in the 1500-meter finals with a 6th place finish overall and Ahna Niedeck came away with a runner-up finish in the steeplechase. Top that off with a 5th place finish in the 4x800-meter relay and White ended up having a fantastic season full of great production, depth and excellence postseason peaking.   Most Valuable Runner Award (Men) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) A fter putting on an absolute clinic at the outdoor national meet, doubled with his record-breaking 3:39 performance for 1500 meters, Silva was easily one of the best runners in the NAIA this spring. Silva has had an interesting career up to this point, but was starting to put it together at the end of the spring. It will be exciting to see what he can do this upcoming year if all goes well for the distance stud. Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Luca Santorum took the NAIA by storm this year. Winning the 1500-meter national title and finishing runner-up over 800 meters at the national meet, which were arguably the most stacked distance events in the NAIA this spring, proves why he is more than qualified enough to win this award. Santorum also ran times of 3:41 (1500) and 1:49 (800) this spring, but the most outstanding thing about the Italian ace is him performing at his highest level at the national meet while being one of the best kickers who we have seen in recent memory. Michael Long (Ave Maria) This season had one of, if not the, best freshman classes that the NAIA has ever seen. Among this historic group of rookie elites, Michael Long stood out as a key player. The 800-meter national champion ran the only 1:48 (800) performance of the season in the NAIA realm. However, he didn’t only do it once, but twice. He will be a guy to follow to see if can emerge as one of the best-ever NAIA collegians in his respected event. Andrew Davies (British Columbia) One of the best guys in the NAIA this season was Andrew Davies. The UBC Thunderbird ran two of the more impressive times in the country with marks 14:04 (5k) and 29:03 (10k). Those times made him a clear national title favorite this spring. Finishing runner-up at the national meet over 10,000 meters followed with a bronze medal over 5000 meters solidified him as one of the top runners in the NAIA. Dylan Uhrich (British Columbia) The steeplechase national champion was the sole runner to break the nine-minute barrier this spring and a fast 3:50 effort for 1500 meters as highlights his resume. And frankly, he looked unbeatable at the national meet which makes him a solid contender to win this category. UBC always adds star power to the national meet every year and this year it was no different big reason because of Uhrich. Most Valuable Runner Award (Women) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/23 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) The value of Kiana Gibson definitely comes from the longer events, especially after running seasonal bests of 9:51 in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 16:23 for 5000 meters, winning both of those events at the national meet. On top of that, Gibson has also demonstrated some good turnover with a personal best time of 4:25 over 1500 meters, making her very valuable when it comes to almost any event.  Rachel Mortimer (British Columbia) Moving more to the middle distant side of things for British Columbia, Rachel Mortimer definitely takes the cake. With a PR of 2:05 in the 800 meters that she ran to earn the national title, Mortimer also anchored her 4x800-meter relay to a national title. On top of all that, she has a 4:18 personal best time for 1500 meters and if the team would have needed her for a third event, she could have easily raced in the metric mile and done quite well, making her irreplaceable when it comes to the shorter events.  Alina Boshchuk (Cumberlands (KY)) In some ways, it is hard to have a true distance athlete voted as "Most Valuable" at least for points scored. That's because placing high in the longest events on the track can be exhausting compared to the sprints or the jumps. However, Alina Boshchuk did just that, placing 1st in the 10k and running to a 4th place finish in the 5k just a few days later. Obviously, her best asset is her strength, but she proved that she can also compete with the best, earning her team a bunch of points through her efforts.  Holly MacGillivray (British Columbia) Just like her teammate, Rachel Mortimer, Holly MacGillivray finds her strength in the middle distance events, running a huge personal best of 4:16 in the 1500 meters this season (which technically doesn't count towards this award since it was run after 5/23). She also took down the likes of Lisa Voyles to earn the metric mile title. Her PR of 2:09 for 800 meters from last year also shows her speed in the shorter events. Though she did not compete much this season, she still played a massive role in helping British Columbia win the national title and showed her consistency in competing whenever she toes the line.  Ellyse Tingelstad (College of Idaho) Similar to Alina Boshchuk, Ellyse Tingelstad is a true distance runner who scored a nice chunk of points for her team even though she ran the two longest events. She just lost to Boshchuk in the 10k, placing 2nd overall, and then came back and placed an impressive 3rd in the 5k. To be able to place well in such long events once again shows a lot of strength which makes her incredibly valuable and reliable for her team. FINAL VOTES Best Freshman Award Men Marissa: Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Nolan: Michael Long (Ave Maria) Garrett:   Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Overall Winner:  Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Women Marissa: Katelyn Cotterell (British Columbia) Nolan: Alina Boshchuk (Cumberlands (KY)) Garrett:   Katelyn Cotterell (British Columbia) Overall Winner: Katelyn Cotterell (British Columbia) Most Improved Award Men Marissa: Javieer Tiwana (British Columbia) Nolan: Braden Vernot (Indiana Wesleyan) Garrett:   Braden Vernot (Indiana Wesleyan) Overall Winner:  Braden Vernot (Indiana Wesleyan) Women Marissa: Katie Woods (Marian (IN)) Nolan: Katie Woods (Marian (IN)) Garrett:  Katie Woods (Marian (IN)) Overall Winner:  Katie Woods (Marian (IN)) Best Performance Award Men Marissa: Luca Santorum Defeats Stacked 1500-Meter Field at NAIA Championships Nolan:  Luca Santorum Defeats Stacked 1500-Meter Field at NAIA Championships Garrett:   Evert Silva Runs 3:39 (1500) at Arkansas Twilight, Breaks NAIA Record Overall Winner:  Luca Santorum Defeats Stacked 1500-Meter Field at NAIA Championships Women Marissa: Kiana Gibson Breaks NAIA Steeple Record in 9:51 at Bryan Clay Invite Nolan: Kiana Gibson Breaks NAIA Steeple Record in 9:51 at Bryan Clay Invite Garrett:  Kiana Gibson Breaks NAIA Steeple Record in 9:51 at Bryan Clay Invite Overall Winner:  Kiana Gibson Breaks NAIA Steeple Record in 9:51 Best Distance Coach Award Men Marissa: Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) Nolan: Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) Garrett:  Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) Overall Winner:  Bradley Sowder (Cumberlands (KY)) Women Marissa: Laurier Primeau (British Columbia) Nolan:  Laurier Primeau (British Columbia) Garrett:   Laurier Primeau (British Columbia) Overall Winner:  Laurier Primeau (British Columbia) Most Valuable Runner Award Men Marissa: Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) Nolan: Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) Garrett:  Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) Overall Winner:  Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) Women Marissa: Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) Nolan: Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) Garrett:  Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) Overall Winner: Kiana Gibson (British Columbia)

  • 2024 D1 Outdoor Track End of Season Awards

    Written by Maura Beattie, Finn Birnie & Garrett Zatlin, votes via TSR D1 staff Additional edits & commentary by Garrett Zatlin Welcome back to a trimestrial classic, our End of Season Awards! Below, we listed our five seasonal awards for the men and five seasonal awards for the women, all for the Division One level. These awards are a way to highlight the accomplishments of certain individuals from the entirety of the outdoor track season. You'll also find our criteria for each of these awards as we list our nominees. In the second-half of this article , you'll find the votes from our TSR contributors (click that link if you want to skip all of the summary parts). Let's begin... NOTE: Max total of nine nominees per award Best Freshman Award (Men) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Let's just be blunt: Habtom Samuel is on a whole different level as far as freshmen in the NCAA are concerned. He ran the NCAA #2 all-time 10k mark of 26:53 back in March and won a 10k national title after falling. Oh, and he ran 13:13 (5k) at the Bryan Clay Invite (in a very narrow loss). We don't want to spoil our votes, but you can probably imagine who is going to win this award. Denis Kipngetich (Oklahoma State) It was a more-than-solid season for Denis Kipngetich. The Oklahoma State freshman only raced four times total this spring, but three sub-28:30 (10k) efforts and a bronze medal in that event on the national stage makes him one of the best names among all of these rookie candidates. Brian Musau (Oklahoma State) During most years, Brian Musau would be winning this award. That's because the Oklahoma State freshman dropped a fantastic 5k PR of 13:13 at the Bryan Clay Invite to defeat New Mexico superstar Habtom Samuel by the slimmest of margins. And after placing 4th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in that same event, which was VERY top-heavy, Musau has proven that he is among the best in the nation (and not just the freshman class). Andrew Casey (Wisconsin) It's rare that you find freshmen as talented as Andrew Casey also establish the consistency that he did this spring -- and then go on to find success in the postseason. Sure, the Badger rookie never cracked the 1:47 (800) barrier, but he did run that PR twice and didn't run slower than 1:48 over that distance until the national meet where he ran 1:49. Overall, the future looks very, very bright for this surprisingly reliable freshman. Kole Mathison (Colorado) After sitting out during the cross country season and racing only once during the indoor track season, Kole Mathison began to find some momentum on the outdoor oval. The Buffalo freshman ran 8:47 in the steeplechase at the West Regional Championships after earning bronze in that event at the PAC-12 Championships. Mathison would end his season in the steeplechase prelims on the national stage, but four efforts under nine minutes in that event (five if you include conversions) is fairly impressive for a true freshman. Parvej Khan (Florida) There was no denying that Parvej Khan was the best freshman in the country this past spring in the middle distance events. His kick was lethal, his 1500-meter prowess led to him running a 3:38 PR and he could drop down in distance where he ran 1:46 for 800 meters (twice). He'll still need to learn how to utilize his wicked speed on the national stage, but Khan looks like one of the most fearsome runners to toe the line next to. Rocky Hansen (Wake Forest) After a beyond-excellent cross country season that was ended too early because of an injury, Rocky Hansen spent the winter months getting back into top form. Sure enough, we saw that this past spring as the Wake Forest freshman ran 13:44 for 5000 meters. He later qualified for the outdoor national meet in that event where he placed 16th. On paper, this was *probably* not the best version of Hansen that we've seen this year, but it was still really darn good. And in our eyes, that's enough to put him as a candidate for this award. Adisu Guadia (Oklahoma State) All four races of Adisu Guadia's outdoor track season were 10k efforts. Some went well (like the Stanford Invite where he ran 28:10), others went "just okay" (like the BIG 12 Championships and the West Regional Championships) and others went poorly (like the national meet where he placed 22nd overall). Even so, running a time as fast as 28:10 and advancing to the national stage over 10,000 meters is a level of talent that makes someone one of the best rookies in the NCAA. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) The raw fitness of Ernest Cheruiyot was beyond impressive this season. Not only did he run 27:53 for 10,000 meters at the Bryan Clay Invite, but he also ran 13:38 for 5000 meters and placed 4th overall at the outdoor national meet in the 10k. There is no denying that this Texas Tech freshman was one of the absolute best freshman in the entire country this past spring. Best Freshman Award (Women) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Gladys Chepngetich (Clemson) Gladys Chepngetich made statement for Clemson over 800 meters this past spring following her 1:59 performance at the East Regional Championships. The Tiger freshman had a strong outdoor campaign, one highlighted by an 800-meter victory and a 1500-meter 2nd place finish at the ACC Championships, as well as an NCAA Outdoor Championship berth. Chepngetich has proven her range from the 800 meters up to the 6k on the cross country course and that versatility makes her a legitimate contender for our "Best Freshman" award. Judy Kosgei (South Carolina) From the 800 meters to the 5k, South Carolina’s Judy Kosgei can do it all! The Gamecock star ran PRs on the outdoor oval of 2:01 (800), 4:07 (1500) and 16:12 (5k) this spring. Kosgei’s first appearance at the outdoor national meet resulted in a 19th place finish in the prelims of the 1500 meters, but everyone has an "off" day here and there. The range, poise and maturity that this freshman displayed makes her a quality candidate for this award. Sophia Gorriaran (Harvard) Harvard’s Sophia Gorriaran entered college as one of the best prep 800-meter runners in the nation and that proved to be true in her rookie outdoor track season. The Crimson freshman ran just one 800-meter race prior to the postseason, recording a 2:01 mark in mid-April. After an upset loss at the Ivy League Championships, Gorriaran ran a shiny 2:00 (800) PR at the East regional meet, ran 2:00 again in the national meet prelims and was the only freshman to make the 800-meter finals where she placed 9th Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) At first, we thought Juliet Cherubet was going to be a 5k runner following her 15:25 showing at the Bryan Clay Invite. However, the Texas Tech freshman then ran 4:09 for 1500 meters and later qualified in both events for the outdoor national meet. After not qualifying for the 1500-meter finals, Cherubet got her revenge in the 5k and matched her PR en route to a 5th place All-American finish. The Red Raider newcomer was a shoo-in as a nominee for our "Best Freshman" award given her resume. Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Do we really have to go into much detail here? Doris Lemngole took the NCAA Division One steeplechase scene by storm this season, defeating 2023 NCAA champion Olivia Markezich and running the collegiate record of 9:15 en route to gold. The Alabama star is only a freshman and is already racing like a veteran. Paityn Noe (Arkansas) It’s hard to say which event Paityn Noe is better in following impressive runs of 15:34 (5k) and 32:57 (10k) this season. The Arkansas freshman, who hadn’t raced since the NCAA XC Championships, came out guns blazing in late March and carried that momentum all the way to a 9th place finish in the 10k at the outdoor national meet. Noe has proven that she’s on a different level than her freshman competitors when it comes to the longer distances. Sophia Kennedy (Stanford) This freshman talent never finished outside of the top-11 of any race during the outdoor track season. And with PRs of 4:20 (1500) and 15:33 (5k), her resume is already looking solid. Kennedy outran her seed position at the outdoor national meet in the 5k, finishing in 11th place, and was only three seconds shy of becoming an All-American, an honor that will surely come sooner rather than later. Karrie Baloga (Northern Arizona) After a mid-year transfer from Colorado to Northern Arizona, Karrie Baloga is already one of the best steeplechasers in the country. The Lumberjack freshman excelled in the steeplechase this past outdoor track season, running 9:42 to finish in 8th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Of course, Baloga also displayed some great strength as well by running 15:56 in her first collegiate 5k. Katie Clute (Oregon) Katie Clute began her season with a strong 16:01 (5k) PR and if you thought she was going to opt to focus on that event, then you were wrong as she went all-in on the steeplechase. That ended up being the right move for the Oregon Duck as she recorded a runner-up performance in the steeplechase at the PAC-12 Championships and made her way to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 9:56 (steeplechase) PR that she ran in the prelims came up a mere two seconds shy of qualifying her for the final. But c'mon, she’s only a freshman! Placing 13th in the nation is still very good! Most Improved Award (Men) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season ( not necessarily of outdoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Tyrese Reid (Mississippi State) After a promising winter campaign where he ran a pair of 1:47 marks for 800 meters, Tyrese Reid began his spring season with a bang. A monster 1:45 PR for the half-mile distance completely changed how we viewed this Mississippi State star. However, his postseason efforts left plenty to be desired. Rynard Swanepoel (Wake Forest) Few breakout seasons were less surprising than what we saw from Rynard Swanepoel. The Wake Forest star showed throughout last year that he was on the verge of a major breakthrough and he validated that theory by running 1:45 for 800 meters not once this season, but twice! After never previously running under 1:47 for that distance, the Demon Deacon talent comfortably surpassed that barrier, qualified for the national meet and even improved his 1500-meter PR to a strong time of 3:41. Shane Cohen (Virginia) Make no mistake, Shane Cohen was a talented Division Two half-miler who once placed 6th at the 2022 NCAA D2 Outdoor Championships and had run 1:48 (800) multiple times while with Tampa. But during his time with the Cavaliers, Cohen's rise was borderline unbelievable. He ran under his prior 1:48 PR six times in the spring months alone and won the NCAA title over 800 meters in a jaw-dropping time of 1:44-high. We've seen crazy-good hot streaks before, but Cohen's is among the all-time best. Damien Dilcher (Iona) The first-half of Damien Dilcher's outdoor track season was good, although it hardly caught our attention. But after running 3:39 for 1500 meters and producing an even faster 3:38 mark at the East Regional Championships, Dilcher was able to make it to the national meet. There, he advanced to the finals and put together a brilliant race to place 5th overall as well as earn All-American honors. The latter-half of Dilcher's season saw the Iona standout go from "good" to "great" -- and maybe even a bit more beyond that. Evan Jenkins (Washington) Admittedly, Evan Jenkins only competed once for Washington (in a Husky singlet) during his freshman year, making his "improvements" from his freshman year largely moot. Even so, running a jaw-dropping time of 28:04 to win the 10k title at the Stanford Invite as a redshirt freshman is beyond impressive. With a silver medal at the PAC-12 Championships and a 13:38 (5k) PR, it's clear that Jenkins truly reached a new nationally competitive tier that he was just beginning to hit during the winter months. Gable Sieperda (Iowa State) It's rare for veterans as established as Gable Siperda to find the success that he did this spring. After employing aggressive front-running strategies and running 8:26 in the steeplechase, the Iowa State standout was the more patient runner in the steeple finals on the national stage. That allowed him to place 3rd overall and run an 8:25 PR. Simply put, Sieperda looked like a different runner who was far more sure of his fitness than ever before. James Corrigan (BYU) There's no questioning that James Corrigan was a nationally competitive name prior to this past spring. He was a cross country All-American in the fall and ran 13:30 for 5000 meters to win the Husky Classic. And yet, there was something about Corrigan this spring where he simply looked better than he ever has before. He chipped away at his steeplechase PR and brought it all the way down to 8:28. In fact, Corrigan ran under 8:30 three times this season, made it to the steeplechase finals (where he placed 9th) and won the BIG 12 title. In our eyes, this was the most complete season that Corrigan has ever put together. Cael Grotenhuis (Northern Arizona) Arguably the most underrated distance runner in the NCAA this spring, Cael Grotenhuis found subtly great success this spring. He won his 5k heat at the Bryan Clay Invite in 13:38, he took down the Montana State duo of Ben Perrin and Matthew Ricthman at the BIG Sky Championships over 10,000 meters and he qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 10k and the 5k, running a PR of 28:31 in the former event. Overall, Grotenhuis clearly took a massive step up this spring and that timing couldn't have been any better given how many key names NAU will soon lose in the fall. Caden Norris (Texas A&M) Another highly underrated name, Caden Norris established himself as one of the more steady and reliable half-milers in the country this season. The Texas A&M product had never run under 1:48 (800) prior to this past spring, but then ran 1:47 a total of four different times. He rarely had a poor outing and he made it to the national meet where he more than held his own to place 13th overall. He may not have had the flashiest resume, but Norris' improvements were just as impactful as many of the men whom we have already listed. Most Improved Award (Women) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of outdoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Makayla Paige (North Carolina) Sure, Makayla Paige had already proven to us during the winter months that she was a "good" 800-meter runner who was capable of being competitive in the loaded ACC. Even so, the UNC star dropped her PR in that event all the way down from 2:03 to 2:00 (twice) this spring. She caught fire, established consistency and made it to the national meet. Paige may not have advanced to the finals while in Eugene, but there was no denying that she was a different (and better) runner this spring. Victoria Bossong (Harvard) Harvard’s Victoria Bossong was a solid 800-meter runner prior to the 2024 outdoor track season, but she quickly became so much more than that when she recorded back-to-back 800-meter PRs of 2:02 and 2:00 at the end of March. Prior to this spring, Bossong had never run faster than 2:04 (800) and wasn’t close to knocking on the door for the outdoor national meet. Nowadays, she's a real threat to go sub-2:00 over 800 meters in the spring of 2025. Smilla Kolbe (North Florida) Smilla Kolbe went from running 2:06 for 800 meters in 2023 to now being a real threat on the national stage in her marquee event following a 2:01 PR. The North Florida runner broke onto the scene late in the season when she dropped her 2:01 (800) mark to win her first ASUN Championship title. Kolbe, who transferred to North Florida from Southern Mississippi, competed at her first NCAA Outdoor Championship the other week. And although she didn’t qualify for the 800-meter finals, the gains made this season will set up the Osprey fairly well for what’s to come next. Lily Murphy (Penn) In her 10k debut at the Raleigh Relays, Penn’s Lily Murphy ran a fantastic mark of 32:40 for 3rd place and nearly matched that time en route to winning the 10k title at the Ivy League Championships as well. Murphy’s improvements didn’t just stop at the 10k as the sophomore also dug deep to run 15:51 for 5k. Murphy’s season may have ended on a sour note at her first outdoor national meet following a DNF in the 10k and later not toeing the line for the 5k. Of course, she’s still got two years in her collegiate career to show us what she’s made of. Ella Chesnut (LSU) LSU’s Ella Chesnut stole the show in the 10k for the Tigers, running a strong 32:46 mark in her event debut. The sophomore started hinting at some promising momentum after running a 16:08 (5k) PR on the indoor oval. And sure enough, when she toed the line for the 10k, she knocked that race out of the park en route to an 8th place finish, ahead of some 10k veterans, at the Raleigh Relays. Chesnut, a former steeplechaser, has found her calling in the 10k and could bring long distance success to the true sprint school that is LSU. Taylor Lovell (BYU) BYU sophomore Taylor Lovell began the outdoor track season without ever contesting the steeplechase. But by the time the NCAA Outdoor Championships ended, Lovell owned a 9:48 PR. The Cougar athlete made her event debut with a strong 10:04 (steeplechase) mark, a time that immediately put her in contention to qualify for the outdoor national meet. And once we saw her finish runner-up in the steeplechase at the BIG 12 Championships, we knew that she was primed to make a splash at the outdoor national meet (where she ultimately placed 9th in the finals). Lovell will be amongst the top returners next season in the steeplechase and after a year of experience under her belt, who’s to say that she’s not vying for a top-five finish in 2025? Eva Jess (Texas) Texas sophomore Eva Jess was impressive across the 10k distance this past outdoor track season, dropping her PR from 34:52 to 32:54. Just prior to that stellar 10k effort, Jess came oh-so-close to breaking 16:00 for 5k when she crossed the line in 16:04 at the Texas Relays. The Longhorn junior has obviously acclimated well to the training of new women’s distance coach Sarah Haveman Smith. And even though she just missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Jess made huge gains in her fitness this year. Chloe Thomas (UConn) From a 16:37 (5k) mark to a 15:34 (5k) PR, UConn’s Chloe Thomas enters the chat for our "Most Improved" award. Thomas jumped onto our radar this season after she finished 2nd place in the 5k at the Raleigh Relays, taking down big names like Amina Maatoug (Duke), Siona Chishom (Notre Dame) and Samantha Bush (NC State). The Husky junior did enough the remainder of the season to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5k. And thanks to a PR in Eugene, Thomas finished in 12th place ahead of a slew of established All-Americans. Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Aniya Mosley began the 2023-2024 academic year with a respectable 2:08 (800) personal best, but after a breakout season, the Ohio State sophomore is closing it out with a 2:00 (800) PR. The Buckeye middle distance ace came on strong in the postseason, finishing a remarkable 2nd place over 800 meters at the BIG 10 Championships and she carried that momentum forward to the East Regional Championships. At her first outdoor national meet, Mosley exceeded any expectations placed upon her en route to her head-turning PR and a 7th place All-American finish. Best Performance Award (Men) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining or the most surprising . Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Nico Young Runs NCAA 10k Record of 26:52 Northern Arizona's Nico Young left the NCAA in awe after running 12:57 for 5000 meters during the indoor track season. But just a matter of weeks later, he left us with that very same feeling, this time in the 10,000 meters. In a race littered with pros, Young handled himself well in his first-ever effort over 25 laps, making well-preserved moves to keep himself in contention for the victory. Not only that, but he still had enough strength to defeat Mo Ahmed on the final straightaway and place 2nd overall with a time of 26:52, a new NCAA 10k record. Parker Wolfe Upsets Nico Young for NCAA 5k Title In one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the NCAA Championships, North Carolina’s Parker Wolfe squared off against overwhelming 5k national title favorite Nico Young as well as defending outdoor 5k national champion, Ky Robinson. After a tantalizingly slow first 4000 meters, Harvard’s Graham Blanks made an aggressive move with two laps to go, completely splitting the field barring the main protagonists. In what was a frantic burn-up on the bell lap, it was Wolfe who prevailed as he surged around Young in the final 150 meters, closing out the final 800 meters in 1:52 and earning himself his first NCAA title. Colin Sahlman Runs 3:33-High for NCAA #2 All-Time 1500m Mark Prior to this performance, Colin Sahlman’s range and unprecedented speed were well documented. However, a 3:33 (1500) clocking carries him into the upper-echelon of NCAA milers. In the fast section at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Sahlman showed remarkable poise until, with 200 meters to go, he unleashed a monstrous kick to surge past the defending NCAA 1500-meter champion, Nathan Green, as well as a whole host of pros. His heroics over the final lap rewarded him with the NCAA #2 all-time 1500-meter mark, but it was also only the beginning of the sophomore's terrific season. Shane Cohen Upsets Field to Win NCAA 800m Title in 1:44-High Virginia’s Shane Cohen entered the men’s 800-meter race as just a one-time All-American at the Division Two level. However, after a miraculous change in pace on the final straightaway, he flew past the field, dipping under 1:45 for the first time en route to an NCAA crown. Not only did he successfully navigate the chaos of the final 100 meters, but he also beat the overwhelming favorite, Sam Whitmarsh. Cohen proved numerous times this season that he is a master at measuring his effort and despite his hopes of victory seeming unlikely, he still defied the odds. Habtom Samuel Wins NCAA 10k Title Despite Fall Habtom Samuel arrived at Hayward Field as the overwhelming favorite in the 10,000 meters after running 26:53, a mark good enough for NCAA #2 all-time. However, these title hopes were briefly put on hold as the New Mexico star was caught on the wrong side of a pile-up with just 900 meters to go. Despite hitting the deck, Samuel didn't seem fazed as he gradually made his way back to the front. And with just one lap to go, he was in full control once more. The Lobo’s ability to stay calm was greatly rewarded as he claimed his first-ever NCAA title. Liam Murphy Kicks Home to Give Villanova Penn Relays 4xMile Win After claiming the DMR victory the day prior, Liam Murphy returned to the track for another epic battle with Virginia’s Gary Martin and Georgetown's Abel Teffra on the final leg of the 4xMile relay. During the last leg, multiple moves were made to take Murphy's lead position from him, but the Villanova star fought off every challenge thrown his way. With another big-time kick over the final 200 meters, Murphy was able to keep his challengers at bay, securing gold and bringing another wheel home for the Wildcats. Sam Whitmarsh Runs 1:44 (800) for NCAA #7 All-Time Mark Sam Whitmarsh has been smiling from ear to ear all season long, primarily because he is running exceptionally fast after overcoming serious health challenges. In Baton Rouge, the Aggie star threw down a jaw-dropping 1:44.46 mark over 800 meters which was not only a two-second PR, but it also placed him at NCAA #7 all-time. This performance was the catalyst that kicked off Whitmarsh’s memorable spring which concluded with him earning a silver medal over the half-mile distance at the NCAA Championships. Joe Waskom Out-Kicks Field to Win NCAA 1500m Title It was Joe Waskom who upset the apple cart in one of the most hotly contested NCAA 1500-meter finals ever. Entering the championship meet, it was safe to say that the Husky senior wasn't in his finest form, but he didn't let that stop him. He produced his trademark last-ditch kick to capture the victory over the star-studded field. Waskom’s victory was the perfect way to cap-off his collegiate career, making it two golds and five in a row for the Washington men between the mile and 1500-meter distances. Parker Stokes Defeats Nathan Mountain for NCAA Steeple Title After earning a bronze medal at the NCAA Championships in 2022, it was clear that Parker Stokes had a future over the barriers. However, after a relatively disappointing few seasons, the Georgetown ace finally met those lofty expectations by securing his first national title. Stokes advanced through the race perfectly, challenging east coast rival Nathan Mountain over the final lap. With exactly 100 meters to go, the Hoya unleashed a huge close, flinging himself over the final barrier to victory. Best Performance Award (Women) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Michaela Rose Runs NCAA #2 All-Time 800m Mark of 1:58 LSU’s Michaela Rose completely obliterated the field at the Bryan Clay Invitational as she soloed to a jaw-dropping mark of 1:58.37 for 800 meters. Her gun-to-tape effort improved upon her prior NCAA #2 all-time mark (in-season) that she set last spring. She also became the second collegian ever to run under 1:59 for the half-mile distance in-season. Maia Ramsden Runs NCAA #2 All-Time 1500m Mark of 4:02 In a field full of professionals at the USATF LA Grand Prix, Maia Ramsden held her own and ran herself into the collegiate record book with an NCAA #2 all-time 1500-meter effort. The Harvard athlete took nearly four seconds off her personal best which had been set back at the World Indoor Championships. This performance was just the beginning for Ramsden as she went on to defend her NCAA 1500-meter title. Parker Valby Runs NCAA 10k Record of 30:50 In her first ever 10,000-meter race, Florida’s Parker Valby shattered every expectation that we had for her and then some. At the Bryan Clay Invitational the Gator was guided to the 5k mark in a brisk split of 15:30, but from then on, it was up to her. Of course, this was no problem for Valby as she powered to victory, running an extraordinarily fast 30:50 (10k) mark to demolish the NCAA record by 28 seconds and cement herself yet again as one of the best collegiate women in history. Parker Valby Runs NCAA 5k Record of 14:52 to Win NCAA Title After capturing the 10k title just two nights prior, Parker Valby did what she does best and went straight to the front in the 5000-meter finals. Her aggressive pace proved that she was gunning for more than just a national title, and this commitment was, of course, rewarded with both a title and an NCAA 5k record of 14:52. This result marked the Gators' fifth national title during this academic year. Doris Lemngole Runs NCAA Steeple Record of 9:15 to Win NCAA Title Alabama’s Doris Lemngole turned heads after comfortably defeating defending NCAA steeplechase champion Olivia Markezich during the regular season. In the hotly anticipated rematch, the duo battled going into the last lap, but the Crimson Tide star opened a gap around the penultimate curve which Markezich couldn't close. Lemngole crossed the line in a new collegiate record of 9:15, closing out her rookie year in style. Juliette Whittaker Upsets Michaela Rose to Win NCAA 800m Title in 1:59 Juliette Whittaker has proven that she performs best when the lights are brightest. Entering the indoor national meet, she wasn't the favorite, yet she prevailed. It was a very similar story at the outdoor national meet. Much like she did during March, Whittaker kept her powder dry until the final 50 meters where she powered past both Gabija Galvydyte and Michaela Rose to capture her second national title in 2024. Her winning time of 1:59.63 (800) was just shy of her PR she set at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Maia Ramsden Wins NCAA 1500m Title To nobody's surprise, Maia Ramsden successfully defended her crown over 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships. Prior to the national meet, Ramsden had set an NCAA #2 all-time mark of 4:02, establishing herself as a top contender. Arriving in Eugene, Oregon with a significant target on her back, she remained unfazed. Ramsden strategically let her competitors lead in the early stages before unleashing a blistering 2:05 final 800-meter split, pulling away from the field to win convincingly in 4:06 (time), nearly two seconds ahead of her rivals. Parker Valby Wins NCAA 10k Title After running 30:51 in her first ever 10,000 meters, Florida’s Parker Valby arrived at Hayward Field as the overwhelming favorite. As expected, she delivered on these expectations, battling Alabama’s Hilda Olemomoi until one mile to go, where she opened up a five-second gap. This victory looked exceptionally easy for the Gator and proved to only be the opening act for her epic 5k collegiate record she would set two days later. Maia Ramsden Splits 4:22 on Anchor Leg of Harvard's Penn Relays-Winning DMR Harvard’s Maia Ramsden has been running exceedingly fast all season, so seeing her perform just as impressively with a baton in her hand was no surprise. The Harvard star battled with Providence’s Kimberley May until the last lap, but Ramsden’s sensational 4:22 closing split proved all too much for her fellow Kiwi to contend with. Ramsden crossed the line in 10:37, a new NCAA #1 all-time DMR mark. Best Distance Coach Award (Men's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Mike Smith (Northern Arizona) When you have two of the top-five distance runners in the country (Nico Young and Colin Sahlman), you're naturally going to be nominated for this award. It also helped that Aaron Las Heras, Brodey Hasty, Kang Kyoak and Cael Grotenuis all had relatively strong seasons as well. Admittedly, this wasn't the best version of NAU's men's distance program that we've ever seen from them, but it was still very much one of the better overall distance groups in the NCAA this spring. Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) There is a very real argument to be made that Dave Smith should win this award. Brian Musau and Denis Kipngetich were fantastic this spring as top-tier All-Americans with excellent times. Fouad Messaoudi and Alex Stitt both ran 3:38 (1500) or faster while Adisu Guadia ran 28:10 for 10,000 meters. Alex Maier was a two-event national qualifier and Mehdi Yanouri also advanced to the national meet over 800 meters. With tons of depth across the board, the Cowboys stood out as a very formidable distance running power. Andy Powell (Washington) This wasn't necessarily the most dominant that we've ever seen Washington's "Big Three" (which features Luke Houser, Joe Waskom and Nathan Green) ever be. Even so, that trio still had moments of brilliance this year. Tack on a huge Stanford Invite 10k win for Evan Jenkins and you get more than enough distance running value for Andy Powell to be nominated. Mick Byrne (Wisconsin) Adam Spencer was a truly elite miler this spring. Jackson Sharp ran 13:17 for 5000 meters. Logan Measner looked like a fringe All-American threat at one point after winning the BIG 10 steeplechase title. Freshman Andrew Casey was super consistent over 800 meters and made it to the national meet. All of that happened with standout talents Bob Liking and Abdullahi Hassan redshirting this spring. When you factor in that last part, then Coach Mick Byrne may have an argument to win this award. Marcus O'Sullivan (Villanova) The three-headed monster of Liam Murphy, Sean Dolan and Marco Langon were arguably as good as they ever have been this past spring. The Wildcat trio gave their team nationally competitive firepower throughout most of the distance events in addition to two Penn Relays wheels. Charlie O'Donovan was a nationally competitive miler as well, Dan Watcke ran 1:47.00 for 800 meters and Devon Comber began to show very real signs of promise. Overall, this may have been the best Villanova distance group that we've seen in any season of the Murphy/Dolan/Langon era. Jeremy Sudbury (Iowa State) Across the board, Iowa State was simply really, really good. Finley McLear and Darius Kipyego each ran 1:45 marks for 800 meters and the former got bronze on the national stage. Sanele Masondo became a legitimate postseason threat after winning a BIG 12 title and earning All-American honors. Gable Siperda also earned bronze on the national stage with his discipline being the steeplechase. Peter Smith was quietly excellent over 1500 meters, Said Mechaal was still a top talent, Ezekiel Rop was an All-American and the Iowa State men went 1-2-3 in the 1500-meter finals at the BIG 12 Championships. What's not to like? Vin Lananna (Virginia) Wow, what a season for the Virginia men. Shane Cohen's evolution into an 800-meter star was one thing, but Gary Martin running 3:37 (1500) while Wes Porter earned All-American honors in that event showcased impressive middle distance depth. Will Anthony developed into a legitimate and nationally competitive long distance standout. Nathan Mountain and Yasin Sado were somewhat clearly the best steeplechase duo in the country. And the depth? Well, the overall depth of this distance group was just as good as many other distance programs highlighted in this section. Chris Miltenberg (North Carolina) Between Parker Wolfe, Ethan Strand and Alex Phillip, the level of firepower that Coach Chris Miltenberg recruited and developed has been amazing. We also began to see some encouraging spring campaigns from guys like Aiden Neal, Andrew Regnier, Kyle Reinheimer, Jake Gebhardt and Colton Sands. Seeing Will Coogan and Patrick Anderson return to decent form after a severe car crash from last year was also a very underrated part of the successes that the UNC men had this spring. Paul Ereng (Texas A&M) While he mainly works with middle distance runners, Paul Ereng still made the most out of his 800-meter group. The Texas A&M men were the only team to send three different individuals to the outdoor national meet this year over the half-mile distance. Sam Whitmarsh and Kimar Farquarson both became All-Americans in that event while Caden Norris was one of the better breakout names in the NCAA this season. With both Ondrej Gajdos (1:48) and Cooper Cawthra (1:49) cracking the 1:50 barrier and the Aggies winning the 4x800-meter title at the Penn Relays, it's hard to say that Paul Ereng wasn't one of the best middle distance coaches (if not the absolute best) in the nation this spring. Best Distance Coach Award (Women's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) Yet again and to no one's surprise, the Oklahoma State women were flat-out awesome this spring. Gabija Galvydyte peaked perfectly for the postseason, ultimately grabbing bronze over 800 meters at the national meet. Taylor Roe was a double All-American while Molly Born earned 4th place All-American honors of her own. Billah Jepkirui didn't even toe the line for the national meet, but she still ran 4:08 for 1500 meters and was clearly a national-caliber star. We also saw Gabby Hentemann win the BIG 12 title over 10k and advance to the national meet in that event. With great depth across the board, Dave Smith could absolutely be favored to win this award depending on who you ask. JJ Clark (Stanford) The revival of Roisin Willis as a truly elite 800-meter threat paired with Juliette Whittaker peaking for the postseason (again) was huge for the seasonal resume of JJ Clark. And even without Amy Bunnage in top form, we still saw huge strides being made from freshman Sophia Kennedy who ran 15:33 (5k) on the national stage. The success of this spring was mainly limited to those four women (and maybe Lucy Jenks as well), but there was still plenty to like about JJ Cark's team this spring. Diljeet Taylor (BYU) While this spring may not have been quite as fruitful as the winter was for the BYU women, this group still had tremendous success. Sadie Sargent and Jenna Hutchins both became All-Americans while Taylor Lovell had a huge breakout season and nearly earned All-American honors of her own. Riley Chamberlain wasn't quite in top form, but she still held her own on multiple occasions. And remember, the Cougars had that much production while Lexy Halladay-Lowry, Carmen Alder and Meghan Hunter were ALL redshirted. If anything, that makes this season that much more impressive for Coach Diljeet Taylor. Shalane Flanagan (Oregon) Believe it or not, the Oregon women only had one All-American at this year's outdoor national meet (Klaudia Kazimierska). Even so, when you pair her success with the fact that both Silan Ayyildiz and Maddie Elmore ran 15:15 for 5000 meters, it becomes difficult to leave Coach Shalane Flanagan out of this conversation. With freshman Kate Clute and Mia Barnett also advancing to the national meet, there was enough production and depth in our eyes to have the Oregon coach listed among this group. Will Palmer (Florida) If you're someone who values firepower over depth, then Coach Will Palmer has a very good argument as someone who can win this award. Simply keeping Parker Valby at a level as dominant as she was is one thing. But to also get Flomena Asekol to have the best track season she's ever had while Elise Thorner ran a sizable steeplechase PR after being stuck at her previous mark was huge. With all three of those women combining to produce four All-American honors, the Gators' newest distance coach may have done enough to give himself this win in our awards. Nick Stenuf (Alabama) It's admittedly tough for a coach to win this award based on the success of only two women. Even so, Coach Nick Stenuf developed arguably the best distance duo in the nation this spring, one that may have even rivaled Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker. The dominance of Hilda Olemomoi and Doris Lemngole, with each name thriving on the national stage and producing all-time marks in the longer distance events, makes it impossible to leave Stenuf out of this discussion. Chris Johnson (Arkansas) They may not be the first team that you think of, but the Arkansas women were certainly one of the more well-rounded distance groups in the country this spring. Sanu Jallow ran 1:59 (800), Paiytn Noe was one of the best overall freshman in the NCAA among distance runners, Sydney Thorvaldson seemed to fully translate her cross country success to the oval and Laura Taborda ran a huge steeplechase PR of 9:35 on the national stage. Of those four women, three of them earned All-American honors and the only one who didn't (Noe) still placed 9th on the national stage over 10,000 meters. Laurie Henes (NC State) This may not have been the best overall season for the NC State women compared to prior years, but it would be silly to say that Laurie Henes wasn't one of the nine-best distance coaches in the NCAA this spring. Grace Hartman solidified herself as a star while Sam Bush and Amaris Tyynismaa got back into/near top form. Angelina Napoleon began to find her groove, Kelsey Chmiel was healthy enough to be competitive, Leah Stephens earned a great win at the Penn Relays and their depth was still plenty solid as well. Matt Sparks (Notre Dame) The steeplechase duo of Olivia Markezich and Sophie Novak were excellent this spring, both earning All-American honors in that same event. However, what allows Coach Matt Sparks to be among these candidates is the fact that Siona Chisholm began to return to top form while Claire Sievern was able to run 2:03 for 800 meters. Andrea Markezich also looked as strong as she ever did, advancing to the national meet over 10,000 meters, while Arianne Olson may be the team's next future star. It also didn't hurt that Erin Strzelecki ran 32:44 (10k) as well. Most Valuable Runner Award (Men) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best distance runner or the most valuable distance runner this season. Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Nico Young has continued to do Nico Young things, and his remarkable 26:52 (10k) collegiate record is a testament to that. Not only did he shatter the NCAA record over the 25-lap distance, but he also flexed his muscles over the shorter distances. A 1:47 mark for 800 meters and a 3:34 effort for 1500 meters (NCAA #3 all-time) are truly remarkable times for someone who many consider to be more aerobically inclined. While he may not have come out on top at the NCAA Championships over 5000 meters, his season is still one to marvel at. Parker Wolfe (North Carolina) The wait is finally over: Parker Wolfe is an NCAA champion. The Tar Heel has been one of the most versatile and consistent runners this year and after capturing two silvers (5k/3k) at the indoor national meet, he finally bested Nico Young on the outdoor oval over the 5000-meter distance. A blistering 1:52 final 800 meters was enough to brush aside his rivals and earn his first crown. Wolfe concluded his spring campaign with one NCAA gold, two ACC golds, a 3:36 PR for 1500 meters and a solo 13:19 (5k) clocking. Colin Sahlman (Northern Arizona) Simply put, sophomore Colin Sahlman has been superb this spring. The youngster clocked an electric 3:33.96 mark for 1500 meters, setting a new NCAA #2 all-time mark. Then, just a few weeks later, he returned to the track to run 3:34. If that wasn't impressive enough, he also threw down a huge 1:45 PR over 800 meters to topple NCAA indoor 800-meter national champion, Rivaldo Marshall. While a 4th-place finish at the national meet in the 1500-meter finals may not have been what he wanted, it's still been an incredible season for someone with plenty of years ahead of him. Shane Cohen (Virginia) It's been a fairytale season for Virginia newcomer, Shane Cohen. The Cavalier entered the season as just a one-time All-American at the Division Two level and ended it as the NCAA Division One 800-meter champion. Cohen's ability to summon a kick from the dark depths of the final straightaway is unmatched and it’s a skill that was on display all season long. An NCAA title, an ACC bronze medal and a 1:44-high (800) PR isn't half bad for a guy who struggled to break 1:53 over 800 meters this time last year. Sam Whitmarsh (Texas A&M) Not many athletes have shown the perseverance that Texas A&M star Sam Whitmarsh has displayed this spring. After facing some tricky health challenges, Whitmarsh defied the odds, running a blistering 1:44.46 to move to NCAA #7 all-time in the 800 meters. He then capitalized on that momentum with a comfortable 1:45 (800) mark to win the SEC title. And, while he may not have come away with gold at Hayward Field, the Aggie can certainly continue smiling as it has been a season to remember. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Freshman sensation Habtom Samuel has been flawless all year and this spring might just be his most impressive NCAA campaign yet. The Lobo kicked off his season with a jaw-dropping 26:53 mark over 10,000 meters and followed that up with a fantastic 13:13 effort in the 5k. In Eugene, Oregon, he secured All-American finishes in both the 5k and 10k, but it was his performance in the 10k that truly stood out. Despite hitting the deck with just over two laps to go, Samuel showed remarkable composure and tenacity, surging back to claim his first NCAA crown.  Elliott Cook (Oregon) While it was Joe Waskom who won the 1500-meter national title, it was Elliott Cook who had the better overall season. The Oregon star ran 3:38 and 3:37 for 1500 meters, won double gold between the 1500 meters and 800 meters at the PAC-12 Championships (taking down Washington's "Big Three" in the former event) and secured silver on the national stage. With a 1:47 (800) mark being produced over 800 meters as well, you could argue that Cook was the most complete middle distance runner in the NCAA this spring (along with Sahlman). Parker Stokes (Georgetown) Georgetown’s Parker Stokes timed his postseason peak to perfection and was rewarded with the greatest honor a collegiate runner can obtain: an NCAA title. The steeple star was very solid during the regular season, but his 8:26 was a far cry from his 8:18 back in 2022. However, Stokes truly came into his own in Eugene, Oregon producing a devastating close to topple race favorite Nathan Mountain and earn what felt like a long-awaited title.  Nathan Mountain (Virginia) There aren’t many steeplechase talents as complete as Virginia’s Nathan Mountain. The Cavalier has been terrific this season, running exceptional marks of 8:20 in the steeplechase and 13:32 in the 5k. At the NCAA Championships, Mountain couldn’t quite respond to Parker Stokes' final surge, but a silver medal is a testament to his steady improvement over the last year and will certainly add more fuel to the fire as he searches for his first title next year. Most Valuable Runner Award (Women) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 6/5 that were NOT  at the NCAA Championships are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Parker Valby (Florida) Florida’s Parker Valby is in a class of her own and she just capped off an undefeated season. Aside from winning the 5k and 10k at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Gator standout ran NCAA records of 14:52 (5k) and 30:50 (10k) this spring! Valby’s going into the history book as one of the best in the game for not only her record-setting performances and accolades, but also for the dominating ways that she became victorious.  Maia Ramsden (Harvard) Maia Ramsden remained victorious on the national stage after repeating as the 1500-meter champion at the outdoor national meet. The Harvard junior ran the NCAA #2 all-time 1500-meter time with her 4:02 effort earlier in the season and set herself apart from her competitors as the postseason approached. Ramsden's success didn’t stop at the 1500 meters as the Crimson ace flexed impressive strength with her 15:29 (5k) PR. Range and brilliant tactics is what sets Ramsden apart from her competition.  Kimberley May (Providence) It’s been a breakout year for Providence’s Kimberley May and after running a massive 4:07 (1500) PR, the Friar junior is one you can’t count glance over. May was on fire during the outdoor track season, running not just her 1500-meter PR, but also recording a stellar 15:26 (5k) mark to win the BIG East Championship title in that event. The Providence athlete concluded her junior campaign with an All-American honor after finishing a strong 2nd place finish in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, out-kicking a strong field behind her. May’s consistency is unmatched by many in the NCAA right now.    Michaela Rose (LSU) LSU’s Michaela Rose was extremely consistent on the outdoor oval this spring, running multiple sub-2:00 (800) marks. One of those performances, a 1:58.37 (800) PR, gave the Tiger middle distance stud the NCAA #2 all-time mark. Rose nearly completed an undefeated season in her marquee event, but one little hiccup at the outdoor national meet left her finishing in 4th place. On top of what Rose did in the 800 meters, she also concludes her junior track season with the 600-meter NCAA record and will be back next season to reclaim the 800-meter title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Doris Lemngole took the NCAA by storm her freshman year and ended it standing atop the podium at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after winning the steeplechase title in an NCAA record-breaking time of 9:15. The Alabama Crimson Tide newcomer impressed in the steeplechase right off the bat by taking down reigning NCAA champion Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) in mid-April. Lemngole’s collegiate career is just getting started and her ceiling is still being determined.  Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) Olivia Markezich faced some serious competition this outdoor track season in the steeplechase from Doris Lemngole (Alabama). The Notre Dame senior opened her season in a modest 9:36 (steeple) mark and got a first look at what the Alabama runner could do over the barriers. Markezich ran on the heels of her fiercest competitor at the outdoor national meet and even though she ran out of gas the final few meters, the Fighting Irish star ran the NCAA #3 all-time steeplechase mark of 9:17 to finish runner-up. Her growth from the beginning of her collegiate career to the end is something to commend Markezich on.  Juliette Whittaker (Stanford) Juliette Whittaker was enjoying a respectable season leading up to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and after not qualifying for the 2023 outdoor national meet, Whittaker ensured she earned a spot on the line for the 800 meters this time around. The Stanford sophomore employed a slightly different race tactic than the one that led to her 2024 indoor 800-meter title, this time opting to make her move with 100 meters remaining rather than 50 meters (and not initially hanging directly on Rose's shoulder). That move paid off big time as Whittaker crossed the finish line in 1st place and earned the Cardinal’s third 800-meter victory in the past two years.  Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) What an end to the outdoor track season for Alabama’s Hilda Olemomoi! The Crimson Tide standout runner gave Florida’s Parker Valby a run for her money in the 5k and 10k at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and even though Olemomoi had to settle for 2nd place in both events, she added more fuel to the fire and will be searching for that elusive national title next season. Running times of 15:06 (5k) and 31:51 (10k) certainly didn't hurt her resume, either. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) Oklahoma State’s Taylor Roe may not have been able to go out with a bang and win a second NCAA title on the track, but she did finish her collegiate career as a 10-time All-American. The Cowgirl senior impressed in the 5k and 10k at the outdoor national meet, finishing 7th and 3rd, respectively, as well as running an impressive 32:17 (10k) PR in the process. You just can’t look past Roe’s gutsiness this outdoor track season and the legacy that she will leave at Oklahoma State both on the cross country course and track.  FINAL VOTES Best Freshman Award Men Garrett: Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Maura: Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Ben:  Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Finn:  Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Overall Winner: Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) Women Garrett: Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Maura: Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Ben:  Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Finn:  Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Overall Winner: Doris Lemngole (Alabama) Most Improved Award Men Garrett: Shane Cohen (Virginia) Maura: Shane Cohen (Virginia) Ben:  Shane Cohen (Virginia) Finn:  Shane Cohen (Virginia)  Overall Winner:  Shane Cohen (Virginia) Women Garrett: Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Maura: Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Ben:  Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Finn:  Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Overall Winner: Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) Best Performance Award Men Garrett: Nico Young Runs NCAA 10k Record of 26:52 Maura: Shane Cohen Upsets Field to Win NCAA 800m Title in 1:44-High Ben:  Nico Young Runs NCAA 10k Record of 26:52 Finn:  Nico Young Runs NCAA 10k Record of 26:52 Overall Winner:  Nico Young Runs NCAA 10k Record of 26:52 Women Garrett: Parker Valby Runs NCAA 10k Record of 30:50 Maura: Parker Valby Runs NCAA 10k Record of 30:50 Ben:  Parker Valby Runs NCAA 5k Record of 14:52 to Win NCAA Title Finn:  Parker Valby Runs NCAA 10k Record of 30:50 Overall Winner: Parker Valby Runs NCAA 10k Record of 30:50 Best Distance Coach Award Men Garrett: Vin Lananna (Virginia) Maura: Andy Powell (Washington) Ben:  Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) Finn:  Vin Lananna (Virginia) Overall Winner:  Vin Lananna (Virginia) Women Garrett: Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) Maura: Will Palmer (Florida) Ben:  Will Palmer (Florida) Finn:  Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) Overall Winner:  Will Palmer (Florida)* *Tie broken via TSR editor Gavin Struve Most Valuable Runner Award Men Garrett: Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Maura: Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Ben:  Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Finn:  Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Overall Winner: Nico Young (Northern Arizona) Women Garrett: Parker Valby (Florida) Maura: Parker Valby (Florida) Ben:  Parker Valby (Florida) Finn: Parker Valby (Florida) Overall Winner: Parker Valby (Florida)

  • 2024 D3 Outdoor Track End of Season Awards

    Written by Conor Daly, Kevin Fischer & Gavin Struve, votes via TSR D3 staff Additional edits & commentary by Gavin Struve & Garrett Zatlin Welcome back to a trimestrial classic, our End of Season Awards!   Below, we listed our five seasonal awards for the men and five seasonal awards for the women, all for the Division Three level. These awards are a way to highlight the accomplishments of certain individuals from the entirety of the outdoor track season. You'll also find our criteria for each of these awards as we list our nominees. In the  second half of this article , you'll find the votes from our TSR contributors (click that link if you want to skip all of the summary parts). Let's begin... Best Freshman Award (Men) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Julian Aske (NYU) It must be tough to exist as a D3 men’s half-miler at the same time as Julian Aske. The Violet rookie has frightening speed as evidenced by a sub-1:49 (800) PR at a last-chance meet (talk about performing under pressure) alongside a separate 1:50.35 result. Once he harnesses that raw talent, we expect Aske to rise towards the very top of the 800-meter ranks.  Parker Boyle (Amherst) Parker Boyle raced the half-mile often in an abbreviated first collegiate outdoor track campaign, contesting the distance three times in a two-week span. He started with a 1:50-low PR (before two 1:52 marks) and that was enough to earn him what will likely be the first of many national meet appearances.  Jack Brown (Central College) Not only did Jack Brown earn a bronze medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the American Rivers Conference Championships, finishing one spot ahead of multi-time All-American Caleb Silver, he produced the same finish one week later for a sub-9:00 PR that got him into the outdoor national meet. That was Brown’s third NCAA Championship appearance in three seasons during his debut academic year. That gives him a strong baseline of experience to pull from as he likely competes through 2027. William Frohling (Washington U.) A 1:51.0 (800) PR run in mid-May put William Frohling right on the outside of qualifying for the outdoor national meet in his rookie season. That came two weeks after he produced a 1:52.01 then-PR over the same distance. Knowing Washington U.’s developmental acumen, Frohling should make his NCAA Championship debut sooner rather than later. Stan Craig (Amherst) Stan Craig produced both fast times and strong finishes in championship settings during his first spring season on the collegiate scene. He was the runner-up finisher over 5000 meters at the NESCAC Championships, topping competitive names like Ned Farrington and Will Goddard. Then, once the calendar turned to May, he ran PRs over 1500 meters (3:55 at the New England D3 Championships) and 5000 meters (14:22). Best Freshman Award (Women) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Zoe Marcus (Amherst) Back-to-back PRs and high finishes in the postseason paved Zoe Marcus’ way into the outdoor national meet for the half-mile. She earned silver over 800 meters in a time of 2:11 at the NESCAC Championships and placed 3rd in the same event with a 2:10 effort at the New England D3 Championships. Had she run that fast on the national stage, Marcus would have had strong odds of reaching the final. She may well get there and lock down All-American status as soon as next year.  Dale Leonard (Ramapo) Dale Leonard announced herself to the NCAA D3 scene in the winter, finishing as a top-half All-American in the mile, and she carried her momentum onto the outdoor oval. Even if she didn’t reach the same heights in the spring, Leonard still broke 4:30 over 1500 meters, finished runner-up behind the eventual national champion over that distance at her conference meet and then qualified for the outdoor national meet.  Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) It was Haley Schoenegge who topped Dale Leonard at the AARTFC Outdoor Championships. That effort helped her continue her momentum to later in the postseason where she emerged as the surprise national champion in the metric mile. Schoenegge’s presence as a nominee for this award is almost unfair to her rookie peers.  Jules Bleskoski (RPI) While it wasn’t a surprise to see Jules Bleskoski advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after she reached the national meet in both the fall and the winter, she reached a new level in the spring. Double runner-up efforts between the 1500 meters and the 5k at the Liberty League Championships gave way to a 16:50 (5k) PR and then a 12th-place finish over that distance on the national stage.  Estelle Snider (U. of Chicago) Much of what was written about Jules Bleskoski can be reiterated for Estelle Snider, who competed at the NCAA XC Championships and the NCAA Indoor Championships, before posting her best postseason finish to date at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. That came in the form of a 10th-place result over 10,000 meters after she earned silver in that event at the UAA Outdoor Championships where she also nabbed bronze in the 5k.  Audrey Maclean (Middlebury) Audrey Maclean continued her early excellence this spring, winning conference titles between the 5000 meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase, producing a 16:52 (5k) PR a week after and then earning All-American status over the barriers and water pits. If not for the presence of Haley Schoenegge, Maclean would likely be the favorite to win this award.  Most Improved Award (Men) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of outdoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Mitchell Dailey (RPI) Previously overlooked due to his star teammates, Mitchell Dailey made sure that would no longer be the case this outdoor track season. The aerobic-centric runner leveled up to join the nationally competitive level that his teammates have been competing at, even beating them head-to-head in some cases such as in the Liberty League Championships 5k. Having never qualified for a track national meet, Dailey not only earned a spot on the line this year, but executed a fantastic race to place 4th over 10,000 meters. Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) This Wartburg sophomore has surprised us time and time again throughout this academic year. In the fall, Tyler Schermerhorn wasn’t even a part of Wartburg’s regional and national meet lineup. On the indoor oval, he barely qualified for the national meet. As for this spring, Schermerhorn was fantastic, putting up a pair of all-time Division Three marks. After running 29:24 (10k) in late March, the up-and-coming star became the first true sophomore in Division Three to break the 14:00 (5k) barrier. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Schermerhorn was only 200 meters away from winning an upset 10k national title before eventually settling for silver. Mason Brown (UW-La Crosse) Having just finished his second year at UW-La Crosse, Mason Brown is a bit tricky to evaluate. That’s because this spring was his first collegiate track season, indoor track or outdoor track, although it’s worth noting that he has competed in two cross country seasons. Still, neither of those fall campaigns showed any signs that Brown was ready to be a contributor for an impressive UW-La Crosse program. After all, he had never broken 26:00 over eight kilometers on the grass. However, none of that inexperience seemed to matter as Brown took to the 3000-meter steeplechase and quickly cracked an impressive 8:56 performance this spring. The youngster continued his success throughout the rest of the season and performed well on the national stage in spite of his youth, taking 8th in the steeplechase finals. Walter Moak (Oberlin) Walter Moak’s status of being far from a national-caliber talent ended abruptly this spring when he got the hang of the steeplechase, an event that he had been working toward perfecting for two years. Even though he wasn’t running personal bests in the flat events this season, that didn’t seem to matter as Moak peaked at the perfect time, running three sub-9:00 clockings over the barriers and water pits in May. His 8:57 mark in the outdoor national meet prelims earned him the fastest time on the day, punching his ticket to a final. While the final didn’t go as planned, it’s highly impressive that Moak even made it there. Aidan Arthur (George Fox) Entering the outdoor track season, Aidan Arthur hadn’t run under 4:00 (1500). Fast forward to now, and the George Fox junior holds a personal best leaps and bounds better than his 2023 self, although it wasn’t until the last month of the season that he saw these immense improvements. First, Arthur ripped seven seconds off of a new personal best at his conference meet with a 3:52 metric mile, but that turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg as he proceeded to match that mark before running 3:48 and 3:47 to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It’s this consistent progression that validates the idea that Arthur is in fact a nationally competitive name regardless of where he was three months ago. Gordon Doore (Colby) Like Aidan Arthur, Gordon Doore is a 1500-meter specialist who has seen extensive improvement lately. After bouncing around several events last year, Doore has now established himself in the metric mile thanks to the race of his life at the Farley Inter Regional Extravaganza. There, the Colby junior ran 3:46.99, good for a five-second personal best. He’ll surely be one to watch in the middle distances over the coming year. Most Improved Award (Women) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of outdoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Nominees: Faith Duncan (Wilmington (OH)), Ally Verbauwhede (Edgewood), Sophie Bull (Calvin), Ciara Gillen (Occidental), Teghan Booth (Simpson (IA)), Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Faith Duncan (Wilmington (OH)) If you follow Division Three running (which you probably do since you are reading this), then you probably know Faith Duncan as the woman who upset Fiona Smith for the 5k national title a few weeks ago. Honestly, there are no words that can accurately describe how surprising that effort was, so we’re not going to try. And while it’s obvious that her performance in and of itself was a massive breakthrough, Duncan's spring season as a whole was as well. The Wilmington ace began her outdoor track campaign with a huge run in her first-ever 5k on the oval, where she clocked a rapid 16:34. After dropping down in distance, Duncan took home double gold via the very challenging 10k/5k double at her conference meet before winning that aforementioned national title. Ally Verbauwhede (Edgewood) After her indoor conference meet, Ally Verbauwhede was in a position in which chasing a last-chance mark to qualify for the indoor national meet wasn't really an attainable goal. But when she returned to racing a month later, Verbauwhede instantly leveled up in a way that is truly inexplicable. At the Washington U. Distance Carnival, Verbauwhede saw a huge breakthrough when she ran 35:09 (10k) to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. To put that in perspective, Verbauwhede had only one 5k result faster than her average pace from that 10k race. The Edgewood veteran proceeded to run personal bests in every other event she contested the rest of the season as her campaign culminated in a highly impressive 4th place finish over 10,000 meters at the outdoor national meet. Sophie Bull (Calvin) This sophomore was on fire from the second she stepped on the outdoor oval. In her first race of the season, Sophie Bull took almost a minute off of her 3000-meter steeplechase personal best. That first race was a microcosm of the newfound success Bull experienced throughout the spring season. The steeplechaser continued to elevate her fitness and knock seconds off of her personal best throughout the coming months. In the end, Bull’s season culminated in a 5th-place steeplechase finish in one of the deepest fields ever assembled at the outdoor national meet. Ciara Gillen (Occidental) This Occidental junior is another story of someone who just needed to get used to the rhythm of the steeplechase, but once she did that this outdoor track season, Ciara Gillen was fantastic. This spring, Gillen was a consistent national-level competitor in her efforts over the barriers and water pits and pieced together some very nice 1500-meter performances in between racing her main event. Although she was a single second out from making the steeplechase finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she ran a personal best of 10:40 in that setting, which is nothing to hang her head about. Teghan Booth (Simpson (IA)) Teghan Booth is one of those athletes who had a season that took unthinkable margins off of her personal bests across multiple events. With a clear long distance tilt, she thrived in the 5k and 10k like she never had before, establishing new personal bests of 17:03 and 35:23, respectively. It’s even more impressive when you consider the challenges she faced by not starting her season until mid-April. Placing 3rd over 10k in a strong American Rivers Conference and making a national meet appearance is certainly enough to say that we saw a much-improved version of Booth this season. Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) There’s not an official list of women who ran 2:11 (800) after entering the season never having run under 2:20. But if there were, Hailey Shreffler would be on that very short list. That’s an impressive feat and an insane trajectory to follow in a matter of months. While the half-mile was Shreffler’s main focus, she did show promising developments in other events as well like winning her conference's 1500-meter title amidst a five-race weekend. Best Performance Award (Men) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Cael Schoemann Runs 1:48 (800) PR, Defends Indoor 800m Title & Helps UWL Win Team Title Even in his youth, sophomore Cael Schoemann hasn’t had any trouble executing his best races on the national stage. After winning the indoor NCAA half-mile title, there was nothing on Schoemann’s outdoor track resume to suggest that he was running better than ever, although there wasn’t anything suggesting the contrary, either. Therefore, Schoemann entered the 800-meter final as an outside title contender. But that didn’t stop him from finding a way to break the tape in a tactical even-split 1:48 race. It’s one thing to peak perfectly for a national meet, and it’s another to do it in PR fashion even when the conditions weren’t favorable to do so.  Sam Llaneza Wins Tactical 1500m Final to Earn First Individual NCAA Title This Lynchburg ace simply put on a tactical masterclass in the NCAA D3 1500-meter final. Sam Llaneza immediately jumped to the front of the race and slowed the pace so that when it inevitably came down to a kick in the final lap, he was in perfect position. Llaneza successfully led wire-to-wire, winning his first national title thanks to a 55-second final 400 meters. The middle distance specialist finished clear of the field by nearly a second, which makes sense considering his 3:43 (1500) PR from earlier in the season. Bennett Booth-Genthe Runs 1:48.08 to Comfortably Earn NCAA #1 Mark Over 800 Meters It’s no secret that this Pomona-Pitzer star has held a firm grasp over the middle distances this academic year. Bennett Booth-Genthe added to his already-loaded resume with a 1:48.08 half-mile heat win over very strong competition at the Bryan Clay Invitational in early April. This mark stands as the fifth fastest all-time performance in Division Three, a nice addition to complement his 4:00 mile from the 2024 indoor track season. Christian Patzka Posts 8:38 & D3-Leading Steeple Mark for Dominant WIAC Title Win It’s no secret that Christian Patzka is a wizard in the steeplechase. He only added to that legacy with a monster 8:38 run at the WIAC Championships in what was D3's best steeplechase field assembled prior to the national meet. Patzka's umpteenth conference title came over 8:44 man Adam Loenser in addition to five other national qualifiers. The mark also sits second all-time, less than 0.2 seconds off of a coveted national record. Spencer Moon Outlasts 10k Field to Go Out with His First NCAA Title Spencer Moon has long been one of the fittest guys in Division Three distance running, but he seemed to never quite be able to perform up to his potential on the national stage. He improved upon that history with an All-American effort at the 2024 indoor national meet and was ripping some fantastic times this outdoor track season. In retrospect, that momentum pointed toward him being in a position to win his first national title. And sure enough, Moon did just that thanks to a monstrous final 200 meters at the outdoor national meet. Competing against one of the best 10k fields ever assembled at the Division Three level, Moon deserves a tip of the cap for coming out on top. Christian Patzka Out-Runs Christopher Collet & Chasen Hunt to Defend NCAA Indoor 5k Title Fresh off of back-to-back races en route to his steeplechase national title, there were doubts as to whether Christian Patzka would be fresh enough to be a factor in the 5k. After all, he languished in the latter half of a distance double at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Yet by the end of the 12.5 laps this year, the UW-Whitewater star left no doubt that he was more than prepared. Patzka not only won the race but did so thanks to a red-hot 3:06 final 1200 meters that left the star-studded field a stunning seven seconds behind him. It was a dominant showing out of Patzka that reminded everyone that he’s not only a fierce competitor over the barriers and water pits. Best Performance Award (Women) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Emma Kelley Brings 800m PR Down to 2:02 to Defeat BIG 10 Competition We knew Emma Kelley had the potential for a performance like this. After all, she had almost snuck under 2:04 (800) at the indoor national meet in an effort that was almost completely solo. Still, it’s one thing to have the potential to run 2:02 and another to actually do it. This incredible show of star power was enough for the NCAA #3 mark all-time mark at the D3 level.  Grace Hadley Runs 15:56 (5k) at Sean Collier Invitational to Win by Nearly a Minute As the NCAA mile champion from the indoor national meet, it was no surprise when Grace Hadley ran the fastest 1500-meter mark in the nation this spring. But we didn't know if she was a truly elite 5000-meter talent as well. She put any uncertainty to bed quickly with an inspirational performance, posting a 15:56 (5k) mark at the Sean Collier Invitational. That was 43 seconds faster than her previous personal best and 51 seconds ahead of the 2nd-place finisher. It also changed our perception of what kind of talent Hadley is. Fiona Smith Runs Away from Star Peers for Her First NCAA 10k Title After biding her time for over 6000 meters, Fiona Smith moved into the lead and nobody had an answer for her as her advantage grew bigger and bigger, reaching nearly 30 seconds. She was the heavy favorite to win the 10k crown this spring, and she lived up to every bit of those expectations to come away with her sixth national title across all seasons (and what was surprisingly her first over this distance). Haley Schoenegge Blasts 1500m Field to Win NCAA Title as a Freshman After a scratch from Grace Hadley, it looked like the women’s 1500 meters would be a wide-open, tightly contested race. Alas, Haley Schoenegge made sure that was not the case, gapping the field during the third lap and still somehow closing hard off of that to win by a ridiculous nine-second margin. It’s already a pretty uncommon occurrence for a true freshman to win an event at a national meet, but to do so with that level of dominance is another thing entirely and a development we almost never see.  Faith Duncan Stuns 5k Field to Win NCAA D3 Title as a Sophomore The 5000-meter favorite, Fiona Smith, approached that event with the same tactics that she had successfully employed two days prior in the 10k. This time, however, someone stuck with her when she made her move, and it wasn’t who we thought it would be. Faith Duncan had "only" the 11th-fastest 5k mark in Division Three this spring, but she refused to be dropped by anybody at the national meet. When she finally moved into the lead with just over a lap to go, neither Smith nor Grace Hadley answered her challenge, and she pulled off the major upset victory.  Megan Johnson Concludes Undefeated Steeplechase Season with First NCAA Title  On paper, there were four serious title contenders in the steeplechase this spring. Megan Johnson was one of them, but she wasn’t necessarily considered the favorite. While it wasn’t shocking to see her take her first national title, the extent to which she ran away from the likes of Aubrie Fisher, Rachel Hirschkind, and teammate Caroline McMartin (winning by almost 10 seconds) was a little bit staggering. A time of 10:13 made her one of just two women in the field to PR on a day with conditions that weren’t necessarily perfect.  Best Distance Coach Award (Men's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Derek Stanley & Nathan Petesch (UW-La Crosse) Even with the various injuries that this group faced during the outdoor track season, the Eagles still make a strong case as D3's best men's distance team. While Cael Schoemann highlighted the middle distances thanks to his second 800-meter national title this year, coaches Derek Stanley and Nathan Petesch still led countless stars in the longer distance categories. After all, UW-La Crosse had seven men run 14:14 (5k) or faster. And what’s crazy is that this program might be even better at the steeplechase given that they were responsible for four of the top-nine men in that event at the national meet. But we mustn’t forget to give credit to Isaac Wegner and Corey Fairchild, who were both top-10 national meet finishers in the 10k. Oh, and the Eagles won the national team title thanks in part to their distance runners. Jake Reed (Lynchburg) Relative to the other teams on this list, Coach Jake Reed's is group admittedly a more top-heavy program. Lynchburg's season was highlighted by a pair of 3:43 (1500) marks from Sam Llaneza and Chasen Hunt in the same race. The former went on to win the national title in that event while the latter earned bronze in the 5k. The picture of this team would not be complete if we didn’t acknowledge the contributions of sub-14:00 (5k) man Frank Csorba before his unexpected passing in April. Emma DeLira (Pomona-Pitzer) The Sagehens stand out from many of the other teams who are nominated for this award due to the fact that they have immense talent in seemingly all of the distance events that we cover. It’s almost as if they specialize in every event. Names like Bennett Booth-Genthe, Oscar Roering and Colin Kirkpatrick hold down the middle distances (the latter is also one of two Sagehens to hold a sub-9:00 steeplechase mark this season). On the distance side, Derek Fearon and Lucas Florsheim are a pair of veterans who ran 14:07 and 13:59, respectively, for the 5k. Add in a plethora of depth, much of it from underclassmen, and it’s easy to see the case for Coach Emma DeLira's men as the top distance group this season. Ryan Chapman (Wartburg) At this year's outdoor national meet, the Knights held the honor of being the team that scored the most points in the men's distance races. Coach Ryan Chapman has developed the program to be a long distance and steeplechase powerhouse, sending two men to the national meet in the 5k, 10k and the steeplechase. It naturally follows that Wartburg is the only program that can say they had two men break the 14:00 (5k) barrier this spring. But it’s not just the top-end national-level athletes that make this Wartburg program so impressive, it’s also their depth. Their ninth-fastest 5k runner posted a 14:37 mark this spring -- that’s just bonkers. Matt Sinnott (North Central) While the North Central men didn't boast the same event diversity a few other programs this season, they still had great national-caliber success in the longer distances. The trio of Connor Riss, Braden Nicholson and Max Svienty qualified for the outdoor national meet over 5000 meters. And in that same race, the first two men earned top-six All-American finishes. No matter which way you spin it, Coach Matt Sinnott is plenty deserving of this nomination. John Lynch (RPI) The Engineers, much like the North Central men, thrived in the longer distances this spring (which was hardly a surprise). Cory Kennedy and Vince Simonetti both qualified for the national meet over 5000 meters while the latter and Mitchell Dailey also qualified for the 10,000 meters. Sure, Dailey was the only one of that group who earned All-American honors with a 4th place finish on the national stage, but we still felt that there was enough production from that group and 3:48 (1500) man, Davis Piercy, for Coach John Lynch to be nominated. Best Distance Coach Award (Women's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 outdoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Washington U. won the women’s national team title this spring thanks in part to their distance contingent. Emma Kelley and Danielle Schultz went 1-2 in the half-mile (the latter being a bit of a surprise runner-up finisher), Alessia Sarussi earned bronze over 1500 meters while also reaching the half-mile prelims on the national stage and the Bears had a few other women competing in the distance events who didn’t earn All-American finishes. Coach Jeff Stiles’ crew continues to come through.  Joe Dunham (Central College) Coach Joe Dunham’s 3000-meter steeplechase group carried the water for the Dutch as Megan Johnson and Caroline McMartin earned gold and silver, respectively, while teammate Addy Parrott secured a backend All-American finish. After McMartin also placed 6th in the 5k at the NCAA Championships, that trio literally scored all of Central College’s points en route to an 11th-place team finish. No D3 team crowded a women’s distance event final quite like Central College did in the steeplechase this spring.  Ryan Chapman (Wartburg) Having   a handful of women score points from the middle of their fields across the distance events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships helped Wartburg finish atop a closely packed cluster for 5th place in the team race. Lexi Brown produced a 5th-place finish in both the 1500 meters and the 5k while Shaelyn Hostager and Aubrie Fisher earned top-five finishes in the 10k and the steeplechase, respectively. They weren’t the only Wartburg women competing in the distance events on the national stage, either. The Knights have Coach Ryan Chapman’s athletes to thank for their strong finish.  Marina Muncan (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) Riley Capuano was the surprise headliner for the Athenas as the lone All-American over the distance events this spring, but she earned that distinction in impressive fashion by finishing 2nd over 1500 meters. Relative to expectations, that was one of the more impressive showings of anyone on the national stage. Coach Marina Muncan also deserves credit for qualifying several other distance runners for the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships, including star Natalie Bitetti who was one place away from a top-eight finish.  Chris Hall (U. of Chicago) Even if this wasn’t necessarily a banner season for U. of Chicago, the Maroons still boasted a level of distance depth that would overwhelm most of their peers. Elisabeth Camic topped her more heralded teammate for an All-American honor and the Windy City-based group would have likely had a couple more postseason top-eight performances had focal star Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel not recorded “DNF” results in both the 5k and the 10k. We think that Coach Chris Hall having five athletes listed between our “Just Missed” and “Honorable Mention” sections of our rankings  (along with Battleson-Gunkel in the top-20) is worthy of a nomination here.  Most Valuable Runner Award (Men) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Cael Schoemann (UW-La Crosse)  After winning the 800-meter national title this winter, Cael Schoemann was only the 10th-fastest Division Three runner in this event heading into the outdoor national meet. But he showed his class when it mattered most, taking down a star-studded field on the way to another national title this spring. A WIAC half-mile title adds to his case to win this award. Christopher Collet (Wartburg) He may not have won a national title this spring, but if we’re gauging value in terms of scoring, then Christopher Collet absolutely deserves to be in the conversation for this award. He finished 2nd behind Christian Patza in both the steeplechase and the 5000 meters at the outdoor national meet which was instrumental in Wartburg’s top-five team finish as he ultimately accounted for 16 of the Knights' 34 points. Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg)  With personal bests between the 800 meters (1:49.1), 1500 meters (3:43) and the 5000 meters (14:25) this season, Sam Llaneza was clearly in a great position to get over the hump at the outdoor national meet and win his first NCAA gold medal this spring. He did just that in the metric mile by closing hard off of a modest pace to outperform several other superstars.  Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater)  Christian Patzka was about as dominant as an individual can be on a postseason stage, running away from the competition in both the steeplechase and the 5000 meters. When he made his moves in both events, there wasn’t much of an answer from anybody. He has now won at least one individual title at each of the last four national meets on the track, cementing his legacy as one of the best to ever do it at this level.  Bennett Booth-Genthe (Pomona-Pitzer) The regular season saw Bennett Booth-Genthe post a Division Three-leading 800-meter mark by nearly dipping under 1:48, along with a 3:45 performance in the metric mile that put him at NCAA #5 in Division Three this spring. He ultimately fell to Cael Schoemann in the half-mile finals at the national meet after electing not to contest the 1500 meters, but his regular season was more than strong enough to earn him a nomination here.  Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) Prior to this season, Spencer Moon had not finished in the top-five at a national meet in any season, but an incredible regular season in which he posted marks of 13:51 (5k) and 29:18 (10k) this spring indicated that he had a good shot to change that. Moon's 10,000-meter performance at this past national meet was full of composure and toughness, earning him his first national title along with a "Most Valuable Runner" award nomination.  Most Valuable Runner Award (Women) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) As expected, Fiona Smith put down some incredible marks throughout the spring, topping the national leaderboard in both the 5k and the 10k. She dominated the latter at the outdoor national meet to take the title by almost 30 seconds. While she looked human in the 5k and fell to 3rd place, she still accounted for 16 points at the outdoor national meet and notched the 16th All-American finish of her storied D3 career.  Emma Kelley (Washington U.) The national champion in both the 800 meters and the 400 meters, Emma Kelley was far and away the best middle distance runner in the country this spring. It’s been that way for a few seasons now, and she just continues to get better both in terms of her primary event and also when she goes down to the 400 meters or up to the metric mile.  Grace Hadley (WPI) This was nothing short of a historic regular season for Grace Hadley as she posted PRs of 2:06 (800), 4:17 (1500), 15:53 (5k) and 34:06 (10k), all of which placed her among the top-three on the D3 national leaderboard. That kind of range at this level is something we don’t see all too often. After being a late scratch in the 1500 meters at the outdoor national meet due to illness, Hadley finished in 2nd place in the 5k. It’s a shame that her level of continued success did not lead to a national title, but that doesn’t diminish the scope of all of Hadley's accomplishments. Megan Johnson (Central College)  Megan Johnson was excellent in the flat events this year, running nationally competitive marks over the 1500 meters, the 5k and the 10k along with a solid 2:13 effort over the half-mile distance. But where she really shined was the 3000-meter steeplechase. She entered the outdoor national meet at NCAA #2 (seasonal) with a 10:19 performance from the Bryan Clay Invite before comfortably taking the national title in a PR of 10:13. Johnson came back from that triumph to contest the 5000 meters on the same day where she finished a respectable 10th place. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar)  This young star was already having a phenomenal season prior to the outdoor national meet, but it was her championship performance that truly solidified her place as a "Most Valuable Runner" nominee. Haley Schoenegge not only won a national title over the 1500 meters, but she did so in dominant fashion with a six-second lifetime best of 4:19. Then, in the 5000 meters, she held her own incredibly well for a 4th-place finish, entering the last lap in 7th place and overtaking three women with a 72-second final 400-meter split.  FINAL VOTES Best Freshman Award Men Kevin: Jack Brown (Central College) Conor: Julian Aske (NYU) Gavin:  Jack Brown (Central College) Garrett:   Julian Aske (NYU) Overall Winner:  Julian Aske (NYU)* *Tie broken via TSR contributor Maura Beattie Women Kevin: Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Conor: Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Gavin:  Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Garrett:  Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Overall Winner:  Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Most Improved Award Men Kevin: Aidan Arthur (George Fox) Conor: Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) Gavin:  Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) Garrett:   Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) Overall Winner:  Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) Women Kevin: Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Conor: Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Gavin:  Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Garrett:   Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Overall Winner:  Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Best Performance Award Men Kevin: Christian Patzka Out-Runs Christopher Collet & Chasen Hunt to Defend Indoor 5k Title Conor: Christian Patzka Posts 8:38 & D3-Leading Steeple Mark for Dominant WIAC Title Win Gavin:  Christian Patzka Posts 8:38 & D3-Leading Steeple Mark for Dominant WIAC Title Win Garrett:  Christian Patzka Posts 8:38 & D3-Leading Steeple Mark for Dominant WIAC Title Win Overall Winner:  Patzka Posts 8:38 (Steeple) to Win WIAC Title Women Kevin: Haley Schoenegge Blasts Metric Mile Field to Win NCAA Title as Freshman Conor: Emma Kelley Brings Her 800-Meter PR Down to 2:02 to Defeat BIG 10 Competition Gavin:  Haley Schoenegge Blasts Metric Mile Field to Win NCAA Title as Freshman Garrett:   Faith Duncan Stuns 5k Field to Win NCAA D3 Title as a Sophomore Overall Winner:  Schoenegge Wins D3 1500m NCAA Title as Freshman Best Distance Coach Award Men Kevin:  Derek Stanley & Nathan Petesch (UW-La Crosse) Conor: Derek Stanley & Nathan Petesch (UW-La Crosse) Gavin:  Ryan Chapman (Wartburg) Garrett:  Derek Stanley & Nathan Petesch (UW-La Crosse) Overall Winner:  Derek Stanley & Nathan Petesch (UW-La Crosse) Women Kevin:  Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Conor: Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Gavin:  Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Garrett:  Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Overall Winner:  Jeff Stiles (Washington U.) Most Valuable Runner Award Men Kevin: Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Conor: Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Gavin:  Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Garrett:  Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Overall Winner:  Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Women Kevin: Emma Kelley (Washington U.) Conor: Grace Hadley (WPI) Gavin:  Emma Kelley (Washington U.) Garrett:  Emma Kelley (Washington U.) Overall Winner:  Emma Kelley (Washington U.)

  • 2024 D2 Outdoor Track End of Season Awards

    Written by Ian Dickenson, Marissa Kuik & Gavin Struve, votes via TSR D2 staff Additional edits & commentary by Gavin Struve & Garrett Zatlin Welcome back to a trimestrial classic, our End of Season Awards!   Below, we listed our five seasonal awards for the men and five seasonal awards for the women, all for the Division Two level. These awards are a way to highlight the accomplishments of certain individuals from the entirety of the outdoor track season. You'll also find our criteria for each of these awards as we list our nominees. In the  second half of this article , you'll find the votes from our TSR contributors (click that link if you want to skip all of the summary parts). Let's begin... NOTE:  Max total of nine nominees per award Best Freshman Award (Men) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Nik Shilling (Davenport) Nik Shilling is the fastest among a freshman 800-meter class that has proven to be exceptionally talented this year. With a substantial step up from an already impressive indoor track season, he ran a mark that firmly slotted him into the outdoor national meet, clocking a 1:48.89 (800) PR at the Lee University Last Chance meet. While he’s put down some formidable times already, it’s likely that the best is yet to come for this Davenport youngster.  Samuel Idiens (Charleston (WV)) Another young star in the half-mile, Samuel Idiens showed huge maturity and skill to grab himself a bronze medal at the outdoor national meet. When you realize that finish came behind only Division Two legend Wes Ferguson and sophomore ace Harry Ross-Hughes, the accomplishment becomes even greater. Having not just shown huge promise, but already delivering on it, it's clear that Idiens has some of the best sharpness and tactical ability of any freshman around.  Isaiah Rodriguez (Western Oregon) As is the case with a lot of talented freshmen, it took some time for Isaiah Rodriguez to shine. But once he burst onto the scene with a sub-1:50 performance over 800 meters, we knew to look out for him. Rodriguez was a frequent competitor throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons and we love that kind of commitment to racing. He was rewarded with an NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance in his inaugural academic year. Josphat Meli (Harding) Younger runners are capable of putting down excellent times, but their ability to compete in postseason settings is often a different story. Josphat Meli, however, paid no heed to that precedent when he came through for a national runner-up result over 10,000 meters. He followed that national meet silver medal with a 6th place finish in the 5k. Meli has shown a level of ability and adaptability that is exceedingly rare for freshmen and it was not only a single bright flash that he provided, but a consistent display of quality all season long. Lukas Ehrle (Wingate) Embedded in one of the best distance programs in Division Two, Lukas Ehrle is in good company during his nascent NCAA career. That much was clear when he led four other Wingate men in the 10k at the national meet by placing 7th overall. We saw little of Ehrle up until April when he blossomed and showed the talent that he used to peak wonderfully toward the end of the season. Considering that Wingate won last year’s cross country national title, it’s scary imagining their team with Ehrle in the mix.  Kaleb Hollins (Flagler) It was a quietly great year for this Flagler rookie who posted some underrated times. Hollins ended his spring campaign with marks of 1:50 (800) and 3:45 (1500), putting him among the top-32 men (in D2) in both events this spring. Better yet, both of those marks came in the postseason and he won two Peach Belt Conference titles this season. Damian Garcia (Chico State) Few men in Division Two, regardless of age or eligibility, were better at being able to consistently double in the middle distance events than Damian Garcia was. The freshman from Chico State doubled up between the 800 meters and the 1500 meters for six-straight meets. Not only did he produce a pair of personal bests (1:51 and 3:47, respectively) at the same meet, but he also ended his season with a 4:03 mile PR. Best Freshman Award (Women) *Athletes who hold freshman status stemming from any type of eligibility extension (not including missions) are not considered for this award. International freshmen are  included amongst these nominees unless we have reason to believe that they do not meet our criteria. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) With two "Best Freshman" awards already under her belt after immediately showing out in cross country and continuing to do so throughout the indoor track season, Sarah Koomson is one of the few freshmen to achieve such a feat. While she faltered at the outdoor national meet, that doesn’t take away from the strong season she had leading up to it in qualifying for the postseason in two different and diverse events (the 1500 and the 5k). She was arguably the freshman with the highest peak this year and the only one of these four nominees to make it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hannah Gibson (Pittsburg State) As the fastest true freshman in the 10k this season (and NCAA #33 (D2), nationally), Hannah Gibson has real promise. She also nearly cracked the top-50 times over 5000 meters this season. Many of the women toward the top of the distance ranks have had multiple seasons to develop their strength, so Gibson has established herself fantastically to grow over the next few years. She’s a runner who we expect will be strong on the grass as well, so look out for her during the upcoming cross country season. Lesli Salas (Dallas Baptist) Lesli Salas accompanies Sarah Koomson as a runner who has been nominated for this award after each season this year -- and she more than deserves it. With a huge time of 16:34 over 5000 meters at the Bryan Clay Invite early in the season and then a solid performance to close it out with a competitive 1500/5k double at her conference meet, what Salas showed maybe more than anything was range. Linda Weigang (Fort Lewis) A burgeoning steeplechase star, Linda Weigang just barely missed out on the outdoor national meet when she took the win at the CSU-Pueblo Last Chance meet. With a proven ability on the grass and other events on the track, this isn’t all that surprising, but to be running a converted 10:35 mark in only her fourth collegiate steeplechase effort is quite impressive. It hardly took any time for this young gun to get things going this season. Annie Wild (Stanislaus State) It was yet another solid season for Annie Wild who put together some strong value in the middle distance events. Times of 2:10.99 (800) and 4:27 (1500) as well as a pair of CCAA titles gives this Stanislaus State talent a solid resume that is among the better distance running rookies in Division Two. Most Improved Award (Men) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of indoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Sam Wilhelm (Alabama-Huntsville) Sam Wilhelm’s presence as a nominee for this award speaks volumes about his continued ascendance. He was a major threat throughout the fall months before almost slipping out of the All-American spots entirely (finishing 40th) at the 2023 NCAA XC Championships. He then placed 10th over 5000 meters at the indoor national meet. And despite questions about his foot-speed measuring up to his competitors, he finished his outdoor track season with top-half All-American results in both the 5k and the 10k. Strong PRs in both events earlier this spring perhaps should have tipped us off that Wilhelm was becoming an evolved version of himself.  Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) At his first NCAA Championship appearance (the 2023 cross country national meet), Roberto Fajardo finished just outside of the top-200 spots. At his second postseason showing, Fajardo finished as the national runner-up over 1500 meters. What makes him an even stronger candidate here is how quick and consistent he was throughout this season as he ran PRs of 1:49 (800) and 3:40 (1500).  Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) Felix Perrier finished one spot outside of All-American honors over the barriers and water pits in 2023 and was a key scorer for Azusa Pacific’s cross country team this fall. But what he saw from him over the past few months — an 8:41 steeplechase mark, three other PRs and top-five national meet performances in both the steeplechase and the 5k — suggests that Perrier developed an entirely new level of fitness and control over it this season.  Grant Bradley (Fort Hays State) It took until his fourth year, but Grant Bradley really announced himself as a star-level talent in 2024. He gained his first national meet experience this winter, helping his DMR team finish 6th overall, and carried over that momentum into the spring months with head-turning PRs of 3:47 (1500) and 8:51 (steeple), the latter of which earned him an All-American accolade. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) Don’t get us wrong, Aziz Mohamed was very much on our national radar a few months ago. He was a cross country All-American for a podium squad, contributed to the indoor national meet runner-up DMR team and contested the half-mile at the 2024 indoor national meet. However, none of that could have prepared us to see him win gold over 1500 meters in late May. Clearly, Mohamed and his coaches knew something most didn’t: that his raw speed, further developed now than ever before, would give him the edge in a tactical metric mile race that was ripe for the taking.  Antonio Blair (Angelo State) Running 1:48-high for 800 meters to place runner-up at the Lone Star Conference Championships was a massive performance for Antonio Blair. The former JUCO talent had not run faster than 1:52 (800) all season long (or even in his career). That performance gave him a spot to the outdoor national meet where he ended his season in the prelims. Ero Doce (Stanislaus State) We'll admit, Ero Doce is one of the more interesting men among these nominees. The current Stanislaus State talent previously ran for Lindenwood back in 2019. However, he seemingly took time off from racing before coming back and competing for the Warriors on the west coast. Even so, the overall progression that Doce has made is impressive. Times of 3:43 (1500) and 14:07 (5k) are legitimate national-caliber marks in Division Two and they show great improvement for someone who was previously a non-factor on the grass years ago. Kaleb Beloy (CSU-Pueblo) Kaleb Beloy was a decent distance runner for CSU-Pueblo last year, although his steeplechase PR settled at "only" 9:14. Thankfully, this past spring, we saw Beloy run times of 8:59 and later 8:51. That latter mark allowed him to advance to the outdoor national meet for the first time in his career. Most Improved Award (Women) *Evaluates nationally competitive distance talents who were not expected to make the leaps in fitness that they did this spring. Prior seasons are used as a loose comparison tool when attempting to list nominees. Nominees for this award do not include true freshmen or athletes who were in their first season  ( not necessarily of indoor track) of collegiate competition. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Ines Macadam (Tiffin) Let’s be clear: It’s difficult to be nominated for our “Most Improved” award when you entered the past season as a multi-time national qualifier and an All-American. And yet, Ines Macadam still cleared that difficult proverbial barrier when she nabbed a surprise 800-meter national title and effectively put herself in contention for other awards. One could argue that the All-American-to-national champion leap is the hardest leap to make, especially for someone who had been a reliably “good, but not great” half-miler for several seasons.  Jessica Simon (Adams State) One could argue that the woman who Macadam defeated for NCAA gold by less than a tenth of a second, Jessica Simon, improved herself even more than her competitor this season given that she just earned a silver medal in her first-ever All-American finish. We’ve long known the talent was there for Simon seeing as she ran 2:08 (800) last year and raced the half-mile at four national meets before this spring. The difference now, however, is that Simon took that potential and solidified it into something tangible in a major way.  Katharina Goetschl (Academy of Art) You’d be forgiven for being surprised upon seeing Katharina Goetschl’s name among the top-half All-Americans in the steeplechase this spring. Nonetheless, there was Goetschl, producing a strong 10:13 PR and a 4th-place finish in her first NCAA Championship appearance. Not only that, but she nearly finished in the top-half of the 5k final on the same day. A full year of competition with her new program, after transferring from Washburn, seemed to pay dividends in 2023-24. Anna Igims (Slippery Rock) Slightly further back in the steeplechase field than Goetschl was Anna Igims. The Slippery Rock senior got a taste of postseason competition when she competed in the steeplechase at the 2023 outdoor national meet and when she narrowly cracked the top-100 at the 2023 NCAA XC Championships. Armed with the kind of confidence that can only be gained from experience, Igims produced a 15-second PR over the barriers and water pits this spring and snagged a back-half All-American result two weeks later.  Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) Some may be surprised to see Annika Esvelt listed as a nominee here given that she entered this spring having been a top-half All-American over 10,000 meters in 2022. However, Esvelt reached another level in terms of high-end reliability this season, finishing as the 10k national meet runner-up over better-known peers and snagging her first 5k All-American honor as well. A 10k PR and her first outdoor GNAC 5k title only add to her case. Megan Roxby (Simon Fraser) Like a few other nominees in this category, Megan Roxby was an established talent entering the 2024 outdoor track season, but many may have pegged her as a finished product. After all, she had contested five individual races on the national stage through nearly five years without any All-American finishes to show for it. Nonetheless, Roxby flashed laudable late-career evolution, contesting one of the harder doubles at the national meet and earning top-eight finishes between both the 1500 meters and the half-mile.   Sofia Camacho (Azusa Pacific) Make no mistake, Sofia Camacho was already a fairly solid talent prior to this past spring. She had, after all, placed 16th at the West Regional XC Championships during the fall. However, her last year at Hartnell College was hardly exciting. That, of course, has since changed after Camacha ran times of 2:07 (800), 4:26 (1500) and 17:00 (5k) this spring. Those are massive improvements and, quantitatively, maybe the biggest jump of any woman in this section time-wise this spring. Betty Bajika (West Texas A&M) A 16:47 (5k) mark from last spring was solid, but improving that time to 16:23 (5k) and ALSO running a big 1500-meter personal best of 4:28 makes Betty Bajika more than qualified enough to be nominated for this award. She was fairly consistent, had good range, qualified for the national meet and was flat-out better than she ever has been by a good margin. Best Performance Award (Men) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Wes Ferguson Tops All Other Collegians via 1:45 (800) Mark at Bryan Clay Invite Picking one of Wes Ferguson’s performances over 800 meters was difficult because of how flawless his season was. But his runner-up finish at the Bryan Clay Invite was easily his most impressive outing in our eyes as he took down professionals and several top Division One athletes upon crossing the line in a time of 1:45. Even though it wasn't a PR, that kind of time is mostly unheard of at the Division Two level. Ferguson definitely had a lock on the D2 800-meter scene and he shined the most with this performance.  Aziz Mohamed Upsets Field for NCAA D2 Gold in Tactical 1500-Meter Final In some ways, Aziz Mohamed finishing 1st in a tactical 1500-meter national final is not surprising considering that he did have the third-fastest 800-meter time in Division Two. What makes this win so impressive is that he had no experience racing the metric mile or the mile in an NCAA Championship setting. Plus, he had to take down some big names who had the metric mile experience that he lacked. However, the race definitely played to Mohamed's strengths and he was able to take home the individual title with a faster kick than the rest of the field.  Romain Legendre Runs D2 5k Record of 13:16 at Bryan Clay Invite After breaking the Division Two indoor 5k record with a 13:24 clocking, it really was not a surprise when Romain Legendre broke the outdoor 5k record as well. Nonetheless, that doesn't make his performance any less impressive. Legendre didn't simply finish in the middle of a loaded field during his record-setting run. Rather, he finished toward the front of one. The Frenchman lost only to two Division One runners during his 13:16 (5k) effort, meaning that he beat a handful of professional runners and other collegians alike. William Amponsah Wins NCAA D2 10k Title The first time we saw William Amponsah outrun the field for a 10k title was in the fall on the grass. That time, it was a surprise given it was Amponsah's first season in the NCAA, but this first title on the oval definitely did not come as a surprise for someone who held Division Two's fastest mark of the season (28:00) by nearly 30 seconds. Amponsah’s strength lies in the longer distances and he proved that once again by running away with the outdoor 10k national title by besting the runner-up by a whopping 24 seconds. Titouan Le Grix Defeats Teammates & Runs a PR for 3k Steeplechase NCAA D2 Title   It was clear entering the outdoor national meet that there was a very strong chance that a Wingate Bulldog was going to win the 3k steeplechase national title. However, we didn't know which one. Titouan Le Grix ended up pulling out the win over a pair of his teammates who finished 2nd and 3rd behind him. The group did a great job working together, alternating leading each lap, but what made Le Grix’s triumph so special was his ability to out-kick his teammates as he put his indoor mile All-American chops on full display. This was a race where any one of Wingate's stars could have won the title and Le Grix ended up prevailing in the end.  William Amponsah Runs NCAA #2 (D2) All-Time 10k Mark of 28:00 In what may go down as the most underrated D2 performance of the season, William Amponsah's 28:00 (10k) PR from the Bryan Clay Invite deserves more respect. The only issue is that Romain Lengendre broke the NCAA D2 5k record at that same meet with a huge time of 13:16. Even so, that shouldn't take away from a race where Amponsah was a legitimate challenger to two D1 All-American 10k contenders throughout most of their battle. Best Performance Award (Women) *Must have run attached at least once this spring and must have been attached during the race in question. Multiple races over the span of a certain timeframe do not count as a lone "performance". However, performances that are amplified by the results of other meets/individuals with appropriate context are included. TSR writers can vote for the performance that they believe is either the most impressive , the most impactful , the most entertaining  or the most surprising . Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Ines Macadam Narrowly Tops Wide-Open Half-Mile Field for NCAA Title Although national title favorite Alaysia Brooks’ fall at the end of the 800-meter final was unfortunate, it does not take away from Ines Macadam’s fantastic performance. In order for her to win the half-mile national title, Macadam had to put herself in a strong position which is exactly what she did. While Brooks took off with a massive lead, Macadam focused on the rest of the field, placing herself where she needed to be to cross the finish line in the lead in a close battle for her first national title.  Gracie Hyde Runs 1500-Meter D2 Record at Bryan Clay Invite This women's 1500 meters at the Bryan Clay Invite was definitely a stacked affair with tons of professional runners toeing the line. That surely helped pull Gracie Hyde to a time of 4:08 (1500) and another D2 record. What makes this performance even more impressive is not the names she raced alongside and held her own against, but the fact that she ran to the D2 record in the steeplechase at the same meet the night before! Hyde showcased her elite speed and strength with this metric mile performance and it proved to be a precursor to her winning the national title in what some may consider her best distance. Gracie Hyde Wins the Steeplechase NCAA Title by Over 30 Seconds Picking just one of Gracie Hyde’s stellar performances at the outdoor national meet was a challenge, but her dominant win in the steeplechase takes the cake for us. She went into this race with a massive advantage in her personal best compared to the rest of the field and it definitely showed in the way she raced over the barriers and water pits in the final. Hyde came close to her PR en route to a margin of victory that surpassed half a minute. Once the gun went off, Hyde simply never looked back on her way to another national title.  Florance Uwajeneza Earns Convincing Win Over NCAA Outdoor Championship 5k Field  Winning the outdoor 5k title always comes down to strength considering it is the last distance event of the national meet and almost every runner in the field has already contested another event. To be able to prevail over everyone else in the field (strength-based runners like Brianna Robles and more speed-centric adversaries like Kaylee Beyer), after she won the 10k two days prior, showed the strength of Florance Uwajeneza. This performance also backed up Uwajeneza's indoor 5k national title and served as the cherry on top for her final year in Division Two, one that saw her come away with her first three individual national titles. Gracie Hyde Sets NCAA D2 Steeplechase Record of 9:28 at Bryan Clay Invite When Eilish Flanagan ran a jaw-dropping time of 9:34 in the women's steeplechase, giving her the all-time best D2 mark in that event (although not the record since it was out of season), it felt like no one would be touching that mark for quite some time. But along came Gracie Hyde who not only broke that D2 record, but ultimately smashed it with a huge 9:28 steeplechase mark at the Bryan Clay Invite. That effort also allowed her to finish as the top attached collegian in the field. Best Distance Coach Award (Men's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 indoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Nominees: Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M), Pol Domenech (Wingate), Sean Smith (Azusa Pacific), Chris Siemers (Colorado Mines), Kyle Rutledge (Pittsburg State) Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M) Even when one of their top stars (Prince Mcabelo) didn’t match replicate his top-half All-American scoring value that he displayed at the 2024 indoor national meet, West Texas A&M had a banner season in the events that we cover (800 meters and up). After all, they won two of the five distance events at the 2024 outdoor national meet with a combination of middle distance (1500-meter champion, Aziz Mohamed) and long distance (10k champion ,William Amponsah) prowess. Amponsah was also the outdoor national meet runner-up finisher over 5000 meters. A runner-up team finish (scoring over half their points in the distance events without even counting another top-10 finisher) continued West Texas A&M’s constancy atop the NCAA D2 distance scene under Coach Zach Daniel in recent years.  Pol Domenech (Wingate) This was the year of the steeplechase for Wingate as the Bulldogs went 1-2-3 in that event on the national stage with a triumvirate of marks that were 8:40 or faster. They also put five men in both the 5k and the 10k fields at the NCAA Championships with arguably their most focal star, Hamza Chahid, earning bronze in the former. What an encore it was for Coach Pol Domenech’s squad after a national team title at the 2023 NCAA XC Championships and an individual title for Chahid at the 2024 indoor national meet.  Sean Smith (Azusa Pacific) Coming into this season, Oklahoma State transfer Juan Diego Castro was widely expected to be Azusa Pacific’s focal star. And given that he didn’t entirely fill that role (finishing a still-solid 6th in the 1500-meter final), it’s impressive that the Cougars managed to tie Wingate for 6th place in the team standings at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Their distance conglomerate played no small part in that as Felix Perrier earned two top-five finishes while Nixon Korir and Benjamin Sumner joined Castro as 6th-place All-Americans. Credit to Coach Sean Smith and his group for their versatility and adaptability. Chris Siemers (Colorado Mines) This wasn’t necessarily the Orediggers’ best season (outside of Duncan Fuehne’s 4th-place 10k finish at the outdoor national meet), but their athletes still populated  our rankings as well as our “Just Missed” and “Honorable Mentions” lists throughout the season.  That highlights the depth in Golden, Colorado and underscores the idea that there’s no such thing as a “down season” for Colorado Mines under Coach Chris Siemers.  Kyle Rutledge (Pittsburg State) Competing in their home state, the men of Pittsburg State won the 2024 outdoor track national team title. Their distance crew wasn’t the driving force in that achievement, but they still made a statement with Mason Strader and Dylan Sprecker finishing 4th and 5th, respectively, in the metric mile. That effort pushed them both into our final top-25 rankings and helped highlight Coach Kyle Rutledge’s program not only as national champions, but as one of the more underrated distance groups as well. Best Distance Coach Award (Women's Teams) *Considers performances throughout the entirety of the 2024 indoor track season. Success relative to seasonal expectations or success relative to historical accolades of the program are factored into account when listing nominees. Multiple coaches from the same team can be nominated together should they oversee & lead different areas of their distance roster (middle vs long). Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Nominees: Damon Martin (Adams State), Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M), Chris Siemers (Colorado Mines), Gary Towne (Chico State), Jerry Baltes (Grand Valley State) Damon Martin (Adams State) With almost half of the women in the top-15 of our final individual rankings , Adams State hoarded firepower in 2024...again. Coach Damon Martin’s Grizzlies produced nine top-half All-American finishes in the distance events alone, headlined by Gracie Hyde, who finished this spring as the national champion and D2 record holder over both the 1500 meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase. Adams State finished as the national team runner-up almost entirely on the strength of their middle distance and distance runners. Need we say more?  Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M) West Texas A&M’s women produced as many national titles over the distance events (two) as the Buffalo men, all on the back of one focal superstar. After earning her first national title over 5000 meters at the 2024 indoor national meet, Florance Uwajeneza produced four-second margins of victory in both the 5k and the 10k at this outdoor national meet. Of course, names like Betty Bajika and Sarah Koomson also helped round out one of the nation’s deeper distance groups under Coach Zach Daniel. Chris Siemers (Colorado Mines) Heading into the outdoor national meet, Colorado Mines had two strong All-American favorites contenders: Zoe Baker (10k) and Aryelle Wright (800 meters). Neither came away with gold, but both women were top-half All-Americans and scored valuable points. Coach Chris Siemers also shepherded three other athletes into the 5k final who didn’t earn All-American honors and three others into the 10k.  Gary Towne (Chico State)  Relative to expectations, the women of Chico State produced one of the better outdoor track seasons for distance groups -- and they were pretty close to it being even more impressive. Marissa D’Atri scored all of the Wildcats’ points on the national stage with a bronze medal in the steeplechase and a 5th-place result over 5000 meters. Beyond her, the Molina twins, Della and Iresh, placed 11th (5k) and 12th (10k), respectively. Jerry Baltes (Grand Valley State) Sure, this wasn't Grand Valley State's best season by any means. However, this was still a program that sent seven different women to the national meet in the distance events. Plus, Klaudia O'Malley had one of her best-ever showings as an individual with a bronze medal effort in the 1500-meter finals. Most Valuable Runner Award (Men) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Nominees:  Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney), Romain Legendre (Adams State), Titouan Le Grix (Wingate), William Amponsah (West Texas A&M), Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) We’ve written and spoken about Wes Ferguson more times than we can count, but we never get tired of it. He capped off a collegiate career that was so strong you could almost call it boring when he went on to win his fifth national title over 800 meters. In 2024, this Loper continued to dominate the way we’ve come to expect him to. Rarely has there been a Division Two runner who we can count on scoring 10 points at a national meet as easily as we could count on Wes Ferguson. Romain Legendre (Adams State) From his instant success back in the winter when he came in and broke the D2 5k record during his first collegiate track race, to even further back in cross country, we knew Romain Legendre would be hard to beat. Possessing the nation's leading times between both the 1500 meters and the 5k, as well as the NCAA #2 mark in the 10k this season, he is simply the best long distance runner here and, frankly, it’s not very close. Shattering the 5k record durint the winter AND spring is one thing, but to win the national title in the same event in a heavily tactical affair against some great kickers shows that Legendre is not just a guy who can put down fast times in fast races -- he’s also a bonafide champion. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate): With how many elite runners Wingate has, we knew we would see one of them nominated for our "Most Valuable Runner" award. But in all honesty, it wasn’t Titouan Le Grix who we most expected to be here as recently as last month. However, when he led two of his teammates to go 1-2-3 in a rapid steeplechase final at the national meet, it was clear that he had to be nominated. This was one of the most competitive D2 steeplechase fields we’ve ever seen and Le Grix bent it to his will as he ran a PR and nabbed gold. A 1500-meter conference title in a 3:47 PR and an 8:40-then PR for a steeplechase win over D1 foes perhaps should've tipped us off that he'd be the Bulldogs' best this spring. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M): Putting up huge times and competing with the best across all three seasons, William Amponsah embodies the title “most valuable”, especially after grabbing gold and silver in the 10k and 5k, respectively, at the outdoor national meet. Knowing how good he was in cross country and seeing him run so much faster than anybody else in the 10k, there was little doubt that he would do what he did. In his first year at West Texas A&M and in the NCAA, Amponsah has been superb. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M): William Amponsah’s teammate, Aziz Mohamed, really burst onto the scene this season. With incredible chops in the 800 meters and one of the fastest marks in the 1500 meters as well, Mohamed is a dynamic ace in the middle distances. In something of a stunner at the national meet, he took the win over 1500 meters to give West Texas A&M an extra 10 points, outkicking proven stars like Simon Kelati, and it was an incredible sight. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised after the stunner at his conference meet, where he won the 800 meters in a time of 1:48.46 and then won the 1500 meters by over four seconds.  Most Valuable Runner Award (Women) *Must have run attached this season. Performances past 5/25 are not considered. Voters can choose to vote for the best  distance runner or the most valuable  distance runner this season. Nominees: Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M), Brianna Robles (Adams State), Gracie Hyde (Adams State), Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) If Florance Uwajeneza’s indoor national title in the 5k earlier this year seemed like an upset or a surprise, she dispelled that sentiment entirely with a pair of gold medals at the 2024 outdoor national meet. That effort was worth 20 points…how’s that for value? In any normal year not featuring Gracie Hyde, Florance Uwajeneza would have finished the season at TSR #1. Since we’re measuring value here and both women contested “only” two races on the national stage (each winning both), perhaps Uwajeneza has a case to win this award. Brianna Robles (Adams State) Just as she did at the 2024 indoor national meet, Brianna Robles left the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a silver medal in the 5k and a bronze medal in another distance event (this time the 10k). Robles may be a few years removed from her title-winning peak, but very few women provide the same level of high-level consistency each race, each meet and each season.  Gracie Hyde (Adams State) In the moment, it’s difficult to provide historical context to what Gracie Hyde has achieved in the span of just five months at Adams State. After winning two individual events at the indoor national meet, she did the same on the outdoor oval. Even more impressively, she did so in events in which she broke the NCAA record this spring (the 1500 meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase), both of which also have preliminary heats on the national stage.  Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) A pair of top-half All-American finishes between the 1500 meters and the 5k felt like an adequate conclusion to an academic year in which Kaylee Beyer rose up another level from even proven All-American status. No, she didn’t quite win an individual national title, but Beyer earned silver in the metric mile behind Gracie Hyde and finished 4th over 5000 meters (behind two other women who are nominated for this award). She provided an incredible amount of value for a team that didn’t have its focal star, Lindsay Cunningham, for the indoor or outdoor track seasons. FINAL VOTES Best Freshman Award Men Marissa: Josphat Meli (Harding) Ian: Josphat Meli (Harding) Gavin:   Josphat Meli (Harding) Garrett:   Josphat Meli (Harding) Overall Winner:  Josphat Meli (Harding) Women Marissa: Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) Ian: Linda Weigang (Fort Lewis) Gavin:   Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) Garrett:   Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) Overall Winner:  Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) Most Improved Award Men Marissa: Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Ian: Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Gavin:  Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Garrett:  Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Overall Winner:  Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Women Marissa: Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) Ian: Ines Macadam (Tiffin) Gavin:  Katharina Goetschl (Academy of Art) Garrett:   Sofia Camacho (Azusa Pacific) Overall Winner:  Sofia Camacho (Azusa Pacific)* *Tie broken via TSR contributor, Maura Beattie Best Performance Award Men Marissa: Aziz Mohamed Upsets Field in Tactical 1500-Meter Final Ian: Titouan Le Grix Defeats Teammates and runs a PR for a 3000-Meter Steeplechase Title Gavin:   Romain Legendre Runs D2 5k Record of 13:16 at the Bryan Clay Invite Garrett:   Romain Legendre Runs D2 5k Record of 13:16 at the Bryan Clay Invite Overall Winner: Legendre Runs D2 5k Record of 13:16 at Bryan Clay Invite Women Marissa: Gracie Hyde Runs 1500-Meter D2 Record at the Bryan Clay Invite Ian: Gracie Hyde Runs 1500-Meter D2 Record at the Bryan Clay Invite Gavin:  Gracie Hyde Runs NCAA D2 Steeple Record of 9:28 Garrett:  Gracie Hyde Runs NCAA D2 Steeple Record of 9:28 Overall Winner:  Gracie Hyde Runs NCAA D2 Steeple Record of 9:28* *Tie broken via TSR contributor, Maura Beattie Best Distance Coach Award Men Marissa: Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M) Ian: Pol Domenech (Wingate) Gavin:  Zach Daniel (West Texas A&M) Garrett:  Pol Domenech (Wingate) Overall Winner:  Pol Domenech (Wingate)* *Tie broken via TSR contributor, Maura Beattie Women Marissa: Damon Martin (Adams State) Ian: Damon Martin (Adams State) Gavin:  Damon Martin (Adams State) Garrett:  Damon Martin (Adams State) Overall Winner:  Damon Martin (Adams State) Most Valuable Runner Award Men Marissa: William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) Ian: William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) Gavin:  Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) Garrett:  Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) Overall Winner:  Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney)* *Tie broken via TSR contributor, Maura Beattie Women Marissa: Gracie Hyde (Adams State) Ian: Gracie Hyde (Adams State) Gavin:   Gracie Hyde (Adams State) Garrett:   Gracie Hyde (Adams State) Overall Winner:  Gracie Hyde (Adams State)

  • BREAKING: Amina Maatoug Joins Washington as Grad Transfer

    Earlier today, the University of Washington announced that Amina Maatoug will be joining the Huskies as a graduate transfer. According to TFRRS, the future west coast runner is expected to hold one full year of eligibility across all three seasons of competition. The Stride Report first reported that Maatoug had entered the transfer portal back in April. To say that Amina Maatoug is a big signing win for the Washington women would be an understatement. Ever since her arrival to the NCAA in the fall of 2022, the Dutch distance star has been a consistently competitive national-caliber name. On the track, the former Blue Devil produced times of 2:03 (800), 4:29 (mile), 8:46 (3k) and 15:37 (5k). She has also earned a 9th place finish and a 28th place finish at the last two NCAA XC Championships. In total, Maatoug has made five appearances on the national stage and has earned four All-American honors across all three seasons of competition. She has not raced since the Raleigh Relays which took place earlier this spring. On paper, the Washington women make perfect sense for Maatoug. The Huskies are a team that thrive in the middle distance events (specifically the mile) which is arguably Maatoug's best event on the track. However, both parties have also found great success on the grass. Last fall, the Huskies earned a huge 8th place finish at the NCAA XC Championships after upsetting the Stanford women for the PAC-12 title a few weeks beforehand. With TFRRS suggesting that six of Washington's top-seven from last year's cross country team are set to return, (including their entire top-four), the introduction of a superstar low-stick like Maatoug gives this squad the much-needed scoring potency that they were missing last fall. And arguably more importantly, this recruiting win theoretically boosts the Washington women into podium contention for the coming fall. Not only that, but Maatoug's unreal versatility and dynamism will make her an excellent fit for Washington's objectives on the indoor oval, specifically for the DMR, an event that they often focus on. When paired with Sophie O'Sullivan and Chloe Foerster, the Huskies could end up having the best trio of milers in the country if all three women are able to stay healthy and develop greater consistency.

  • Transfer Market (Part 59): David Mullarkey, Izaiah Steury, Molly Hudson & Emily Covert Enter Transfer Portal

    The main headline news from earlier this week didn't have much to do with the recently completed NCAA Championships. Instead, it was about Alabama superstar Hilda Olemomoi shockingly entering the transfer portal . Of course, Olemomoi is hardly the only national-caliber name to enter the transfer portal. In fact, a handful of top collegiate distance stars have also decided to dip their toes into the portal as they look for new homes, either for graduate school or to find a new undergraduate program. Below, we found four key names who are on the move... NOTE: Graduate transfer scenarios can often be anticipated by certain schools/coaches. Those moves are not always a reflection of a program's ability to retain (or not retain) talent. David Mullarkey (Transfer Portal) The Stride Report has confirmed that Florida State standout David Mullarkey has entered the transfer portal as a regular transfer. According to TFRRS, the soon-to-be-former Seminole is expected to have one full year of eligibility remaining across all three seasons of competition. However, it is unclear to The Stride Report if any additional eligibility could be gained via a waiver process. The news of Mullarkey entering the transfer portal comes shortly after it was announced that Florida State coach Bob Braman was retiring at the conclusion of the most recent academic calendar. Mullarkey has been a strong low-stick for the Florida State men for the last few years. However, the 2023-2024 academic calendar year was when Mullarkey truly broke out in a major way. During the fall months, Mullarkey was brilliant. He placed 5th at the Joe Piane Invite, produced an even more impressive 14th place effort at the Nuttycombe Invite, secured bronze at the ACC XC Championships and was 40th at the NCAA XC Championships, earning the final All-American honor available. Naturally, expectations were high for the British distance ace during the winter months, but seeing Mullarkey record head-turning times of 7:42 (3k) and 13:28 (5k) boosted the FSU star into a different (and better) nationally competitive tier. The 'Nole ace would go on to run 13:28 for 5000 meters once more on the outdoor oval. He competed at both the indoor (3k) and outdoor (5k) national meets, placing 11th and 18th, respectively. Mullarkey is a game-changing name who has recently begun to realize his full potential. He is more than talented enough to eventually be an All-American on the track and his 2023 cross country resume (minus his national meet performance) suggests that he is (or at least can be) one of the 20-best men in the NCAA later this year. Trying to pinpoint the next landing spot for Mullarkey is a touch challenging given his background as a UK native and with his ties to the United States (if any) remaining unbeknownst to The Stride Report. However, it does seem safe to say that an established long distance power would ideally want to land a podium-worthy low-stick such as himself. On paper, teams such as Northern Arizona and Oklahoma State are fairly easy picks to imagine. The Lumerjacks are an aerobic-centric program that will mesh well with the 5k/3k and cross country skillsets that Mullarkey has displayed in recent years. Not only that, but with Nico Young, Brodey Hasty and Aaron Las Heras are not expected to return next year. With Drew Bosley no longer holding any cross country eligibility, it would only make sense if Coach Mike Smith and the NAU coaching staff threw tons of resources at signing Mullarkey. As for Oklahoma State, their long distance focus also makes sense for Mullarkey. They lose a top name in Alex Maier (theoretically freeing up scholarship money), are likely in a "win now" mode given the plethora of elite young talent on their roster and they have a history of adding international names (especially from the UK) to their program. Other teams such as Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Iowa State have fairly lengthy histories of adding top transfers and would be unsurprising choices for Mullarkey. That's especially true for Wisconsin and North Carolina. Both of those programs lose key names from podium-caliber cross country squads and could greatly benefit from adding a true low-stick to their current rosters. The Badgers often pursue Aussie distance talents, but those from the United Kingdom have also been good fits for Coach Mick Byrne. As for UNC, the Tar Heels do lose Jake Gebhardt and Alex Phillip, but after securing a top transfer name in Max Murphy, successfully recruiting someone like Mullarkey would effectively put the men of Chapel Hill back into podium contention. Molly Hudson (Transfer Portal) The Stride Report has confirmed that Boston College standout Molly Hudson has entered the transfer portal as a graduate student. According to TFRRS, she is expected to have one full year of eligibility remaining across all three seasons of competition, although it's unclear if she'll be able to appeal for more. Hudson, who just completed her first year in the NCAA at Boston College after coming over from Great Britain, established herself as a national-caliber miler over the past year. With eye-catching personal bests of 2:04 (800), 4:13 (1500) and 4:30 (mile), Hudson's utility on the indoor oval has made her a very valuable name to scout. The eventual graduate transfer qualified for the indoor national meet in the mile this past winter after running times of 4:32 and 4:30. However, Hudson ultimately scratched from the mile at the indoor national meet to be fresh for the DMR. In that race, Boston College placed 9th overall. Admittedly, Hudson's spring campaign paled in comparison to her winter efforts, barley making it out of the 1500-meter prelims at the East Regional Championships before ending her season in the finals. Her performances at both ACC Championships also left room for improvement. While consistency will need to be a greater point of emphasis for the soon-to-be-former Boston College miler, Hudson's proven mile prowess will still draw great demand in the transfer market. On paper, two obvious choices standout as potential landing spots for Hudson: Oregon and Washington. Not only do those two schools often utilize the transfer portal, but they also build their reputation around having top-flight milers. Of course, Oregon and Washington have become almost too obvious as potential choices for any decent miler entering the transfer portal. Should Hudson want to stay on the east coast, then strong middle distance programs like Penn State, Virginia, Louisville, Georgetown, Virginia Tech or Duke (albeit, the latter undergoing a recent coaching change) would make plenty of sense for Hudson. Among that group, the Hoyas seem like they would be an ideal landing spot. Georgetown is a prestigious academic program that has a history of developing top-tier milers (the most recent being Melissa Riggins). The DC-based distance group has also been more than willing to add graduate transfers to their roster in recent years. Louisville is another program that can't be counted out. Coach Joe Franklin showed us during his time at New Mexico that he was willing to recruit from the transfer portal and he was happy to take on international distance talents as well. That criteria, of course, perfectly matches Molly Hudson. Emily Covert (Transfer Portal) The Stride Report has confirmed that Emily Covert has entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Covert, who previously ran for Colorado and joined Tennessee as a graduate transfer in the winter, has now entered the portal for the second time in six months. According to TFRRS, Covert is expected to have one season of cross country eligibility remaining and one season of indoor track eligibility remaining. She is not expected to have any outdoor track eligibility remaining. With personal bests of 9:04 (3k), 15:35 (5k) and 32:30 (10k), as well as two All-American honors during her time with the Buffaloes, Covert will continue to garner attention after hitting the open transfer market once again. Covert has admittedly had a few challenges in the latter-half of her collegiate career when it comes to injuries and illnesses. Even so, the recent Vol was only two spots out from qualifying for the outdoor national meet this past spring and she placed 50th at the NCAA XC Championships back in November. When Covert is at the very peak of her fitness, she is a true low-stick who offers potent scoring value. That fact alone will make her a highly impactful piece who, at the very least, can offer some scoring stability for certain programs that need greater reliability at different points of their lineup. In terms of potential landing spots, the Northern Arizona women seem like a match made in heaven for Covert. The Lumberjacks will be realistic threats for the national title yet again in 2024 despite a few key losses. The ladies of NAU are a true aerobic-centric powerhouse with tons of depth and they often thrive on the grass. And with altitude playing a major role in their training environment, it's hard to find another setting that more closely emulates Boulder, Colorado. Of course, the NC State women will almost certainly be in the transfer recruiting market as well. While the NAU women continue to pose as formidable threats to win NCAA gold, the Wolfpack could very easily keep themselves in that conversation this fall, especially if they land one or two more key transfers. Should Amina Maatoug not end up in Raleigh, then don't be surprised if the ladies in red go after (and ultimately sign) Covert. Covert could also, in theory, return to her home state of Minnesota and train with the Golden Gophers. But with the ladies of Minnesota still in a post-Hasz twins rebuild, the likelihood of that happening seems slim at best. Could Florida be in the mix? Coach Will Palmer has proven that he can be (and will be) ultra aggressive when it comes to landing top transfer veterans. With Parker Valby and Flomena Asekol set to depart after this year, and it remaining unclear if Amelia Mazza-Downie and Elise Thorner will return this fall, the Gators' distance coach could immediately reload (instead of rebuild) should he land his former Alabama athlete, Hilda Olemomoi, as well as Covert. Izaiah Steury (Transfer Portal) The Stride Report has confirmed that Izaiah Steury has entered the transfer portal as a standard transfer. The current Oregon runner is expected to have three full years of eligibility remaining across all three seasons competition. Steury, who was once a high school superstar, initially spent his freshman year at Notre Dame before transferring to Oregon last summer. During his rookie year, Steury was outstanding for the Fighting Irish, slowly emerging as a true low-stick during the 2022 cross country season. That fall, Steury placed 28th at the Nuttycombe Invite, 9th at the ACC XC Championships and 63rd at the NCAA XC Championships. However, he would not race for Notre Dame during the indoor or outdoor track seasons. Steury would then transfer to Oregon last summer where he redshirted the fall before competing on the oval. He ran times of 8:01 (3k), 15:53 (5k) and 28:52 (10k). It seems fair to suggest that we have not yet seen anything close to Steury's full potential as a long distance talent. His freshman year suggests that he can be a multi-time All-American on the grass and his clear aerobic-centric lean also indicates that he can be a national-caliber threat over the 10k distance after greater refinement. Despite exhausting two different stops, there are still a small handful of realistic programs who could ultimately sign the former prep ace. Remember, when Steury was being recruited out of high school, he narrowed his options down to Notre Dame, North Carolina, Liberty, Grand Valley State and Oklahoma State. If Steury wanted to follow the same juggernaut distance program reputation that Notre Dame and Oregon both hold, then North Carolina and Oklahoma State seem like strong options. In theory, those programs would likely welcome Steury with open arms as long as they can keep enough scholarship money to further bolster their title and podium-caliber squads beyond him. Grand Valley State would be an interesting option, but also plenty reasonable. The Lakers reside in the midwest region where Steury went to high school and are considered a major powerhouse within the Division Two cross country realm. With multiple individual distance stars coming out of Allendale, Michigan in recent years, Steury would be a great fit for a program that needs another low-stick on the grass if they want to return to the podium. But among the above-listed options, Liberty feels like maybe the most realistic contender to sign Steury. While the Flames' athletic reputation pales in comparison to Notre Dame and Oregon, they do have a more-than-respectable history of developing great distance runners. In fact, their women's team qualified for the NCAA XC Championships not too long ago. It also helps Liberty, a christian-based university, that Steury has a strong faith background. Of course, it's plenty possible that all of those schools are no longer in consideration for Steury. Instead, could he return to his home state and join the Indiana men? That may make sense, especially now that Coach Eric Heins, the man responsible for jumpstarting NAU's dynasty before Mike Smith took over, now oversees the Hoosiers' distance program.

  • Blue Oval Podcast: Parker Valby’s Historic Weekend & Upsets Galore in Men's Title Races

    Podcast production via Wyatt Barnsley What a way to end the season! Despite some technical difficulties Ben and Garrett have returned to give you a full in-depth analysis on a historic weekend in Eugene, Oregon. The guys break down the results of each distance event, discuss some of the performances that caught them by surprise and dive deep into their thoughts on final results. Be sure to listen, review and subscribe! (2:33) Habtom Samuel Wins 10k Title Despite Late Fall (7:11) Parker Valby Wins 10k Gold With Meet Record 31:46 (11:01) Joe Waskom Claims Second 1500m Title Of His Career (18:31) Maia Ramsden Wins 1500m Title With Dominant 4:06 Effort (25:38) Parker Stokes Out-Kicks Mountain To Win Steeple Gold (32:25) Doris Lemngole Claims Steeple Gold With Collegiate Record of 9:15 (39:17) Shane Cohen Comes Through Late For Upset Win In Men’s 800m (45:59) Whittaker & Willis Go 1-2 In 800m Finals (51:37) Parker Wolfe Claims First NCAA Title In Tight 5k Battle (56:24) Parker Valley Wins 5k Title With NCAA Record 14:52 Performance You can listen to that episode (and others) on our PODCASTS page! You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Soundcloud. If you like it, be sure to leave us a rating and a review! Note: If you're having issues loading the episode on the site via mobile, try refreshing the episode page. We will look into this issue for future episodes.

  • SNAPSHOTS: 2024 NCAA D1 Outdoor Championships (via Andrew LeMay)

    Yes, we have photos! TSR readers can download our photos on our SNAPSHOTS page. When posting to social media, all we ask is that you cite and tag the respective photographer (in this case, Andrew LeMay or lemay.photo) as well as @thestridereport. Enjoy! 2024 NCAA D1 Outdoor Championships: Andrew LeMay Instagram: lemay.photo

  • BREAKING: Alabama Superstar Hilda Olemomoi Enters Transfer Portal

    Earlier today, sources informed The Stride Report that Alabama star Hilda Olemomoi has entered the transfer portal. Olemomoi is expected to have two seasons of eligibility remaining in cross country and one season of eligibility remaining in both outdoor track and indoor track (each). Since transferring to Alabama from Iowa Western Community College after the 2022 outdoor track season, Olemomoi has been one of the premier distance runners in both the SEC and the county. While in the NCAA, Olemomoi has run personal bests of 4:14 (1500), 8:45 (3k), 15:06 (5k) and 31:51 (10k). In addition to her blazing personal bests on the track, she has recorded two top-10 finishes at the NCAA XC Championships. Across all three seasons of competition, Olemomoi has racked up a whopping nine All-American honors. All this to say, that Olemomoi will be one of the biggest impact transfers in recent memory and will provide immense value to whatever program she chooses to attend in the future. Now the big question is, which program will be lucky enough to land the soon-to-be-former Crimson Tide phenom? In our eyes, three programs stick out as great fits for Olemomoi: the Florida Gators, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the New Mexico Lobos. The Florida women have risen to national prominence in recent years. The dominance of Parker Valby has helped (to say the least), but the introduction of Will Palmer as the team’s newest distance coach has been arguably just as important. With former Alabama runner Flomena Asekol joining the Florida women last year and a pair of New Mexico stars also joining the Gators last summer, the Florida women were able to place 6th overall at the NCAA XC Championships back in November. Now, with Hilda Olemomoi in the transfer portal, it is plenty possible that she could reunite with her coach and continue the team’s ongoing success. The Arkansas Razorbacks, who just won the team title at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished 9th at the 2023 cross country national meet. They lose only one athlete from their top-five. Throw in a low-stick like Olemomoi and the Razorbacks become serious podium contenders. The University of New Mexico is another contender to consider. Last summer, the Lobos swung big and picked up a handful of talented male international runners who have gone on to have great success in the NCAA. And hey, if it worked for the men, why not try it with the women? Well, they've already started, bringing over steeplechase and cross country star Pamela Kosgei from Kenya. I can't help but think that pairing Kosgei and Olemomoi would surely combine for a lethal low-stick duo on the grass. With a history of developing junior college talent such as Adva Cohen (albeit, under a different coaching staff), the Lobos could be a serious contender to land Olemomoi. No matter where she lands, Hilda Olemomoi will almost certainly be a program-changing transfer who could completely change how we view a team heading into this upcoming fall cross country season. NOTE: Any discussion regarding potential landing spots for athletes entered in the transfer portal are strictly speculative unless otherwise noted in the article.

  • PREDICTIONS: 2024 Nike Outdoor Nationals

    Predictions & analysis by Donny Speas, additional edits & commentary via Garrett Zatlin Looking to fill your national meet craving after the NCAA Outdoor Championships? Stuck in Eugene and have an empty week between the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the Olympic Trials? Well, luckily enough, Nike Outdoor Nationals is also at Hayward Field this upcoming weekend. Nike Outdoor Nationals draws top talent from all across the country (although admittedly, the entries seemed more skewed towards the west coast) as they look to finish off their seasons with one last chance for greatness. Look down below for our predictions for all of the distance races! Girl's 800 Meters Tessa Buswell (Poway) - 2:05 Sophia Bendet (Randolph) - 2:06 Paige Stuart (Blue Springs) - 2:06 L'Mio Edwards (Claremont) - 2:06 Makenna Herbst (Carlsbad) - 2:07 Analysis: Tessa Buswell has been on a hot streak this past month, picking up victories at the CIF State Championships and the HOKA Festival of Miles. And frankly, I don't see a reason for wy that momentum would stop any time soon. A bunch of athletes in this field have also run in/around the 2:06 to 2:07 range for 800 meters, so don't be surprised if we see a very tightly-packed race up front. Boy's 800 Meters Martin Barco (Martinsville) - 1:49 Tyler Mathews (Red Mountain) - 1:49 Noah Neilson (American Fork) - 1:49 Cooper Lutkenhaus (Justin Northwest) - 1:50 Corbin Coombs (Organ Mountain) - 1:51 Analysis: Typically, I'd pick an athlete such as Tyler Matthews or Noah Neilson to win this race. However, seeing as both those athletes (as well as a couple of others in this field) will be competing at the Brooks PR invitational earlier in the week, I feel better picking an athlete with fresher legs, such as Washington commit Martin Barco, to take the win. Keep an eye on Corbin Coombs (Organ Mountain) as he's a lot better than his 1:52 (800) personal best may suggest. Girl's Mile Jane Hedengren (Timpview) - 4:38 Elizabeth Leachman (Boerne Champion) - 4:42 Dylan McElhinney (Hunter College) - 4:42 Chloe Huyler (Lake Oswego) - 4:43 Payton Meineke (Thornton) - 4:44 Analysis: I don't think that Jane Hedengren will have too much trouble taking the win in this race barring any unforeseen injuries or illness. I think the bigger question is, how fast will Hedengren run? While it's certainly possible that she improves upon her 4:35 personal best, I don't think it's likely considering that she'll be coming off of a fast two-mile effort at the Brooks PR Invitational earlier in the week. In my eyes, the runner with the best chance of pulling off an upset is the sophomore superstar Elizabeth Leachman. Despite mainly being known for her exploits over longer events, she is still a formidable competitor over the mile distance. Boy's Mile Jojo Jourdon (Olympus) - 3:59 Nathan Neil (Bozeman) - 3:59 Thomas Latham (Marist) - 4:00 James Partlow (Governor Thomas Johnson) - 4:01 Owen Powell (Mercer Island) - 4:02 Analysis: Jojo Jourdon has the only sub-four-minute personal best in this field and that's good enough for me to put him as the slight favorite at the top of my predictions. However, this will by no means be an easy victory as there's a large collection of athletes who have run under 4:04 for the mile distance and it wouldn't surprise me if someone like Nathan Neil (Bozeman) or Thomas Latham (Marist) takes the win and/or dips under the four-minute barrier. Girl's Two-Mile Elizabeth Leachman (Boerne Champion) - 9:49 Jaelyn Williams (Eastlake) - 9:58 Rylee Blade (Santiago Corona) - 10:00 Emily Wisniewski (Crescent Valley) - 10:02 Addison Dorenkamp (West Des Moines) - 10:07 Analysis: Elizabeth Leachman has a lot of good memories at Nike Nationals, winning both the two-mile and the 5000-meter titles during the indoor track season. She also holds the fastest personal best of any athlete in the field by a considerable margin. All of this is to say that Leachman is my pick for the win. Watch out for Jaelyn Williams, the California state champion who could certainly pull off an upset victory if Leachman has an "off" day. Boy's Two-Mile Evan Noonan (Dana Hills) - 8:47 Bryon Grevious (Phillips Exeter) - 8:47 Grant Morgenfeld (Palo Alto) - 8:50 Malachi Schoenherr (Sheldon) - 8:52 Landon Heemeyer (Rocky Mountain) - 8:53 Analysis: This looks like it will be a great middle-ground showdown between Evan Noonan, a 4:06 miler, and Bryon Grevious, a 14:04 (5k) runner. In my eyes, Noonan has had a more impressive regular season, so I'm giving him the nod here. Some other names to watch are Grant Morgenfeld (8:44 personal best for 3200 meters), Malachi Schoenherr (the Oregon 6A champion over 3000 meters who has run 14:27 for 5k) and Landon Heemeyer (two-time top-15 finisher on the national stage during cross country). Girl's 5000 Meters Emily Wisniewski (Crescent Valley) - 16:12 Logan Hofstee (East Valley) - 16:17 Gioana Lopizzo (La Costa Canyon) - 16:20 Liv Phillips (Naperville Central) - 16:34 Shannon Zugelder (Star Point Central) - 16:41 Analysis: The 5000 meters at the high school level is always a super hard race to predict as you get a lot of athletes who have only ever run the 5000-meter distance on a cross country course, giving us very little data to analyze. However, one firm data point that we do have is that there are two athletes entered in this race who have finished in the top-10 at the cross country national meet. Those two athletes are Emily Wisniewski and Logan Hofstee. Unsurprisingly, those are the athletes who I have going 1-2 in this race. Keep an eye on Gioana Lopizzo who has had a strong under-the-radar season and could make things interesting if she's hanging around during the later parts of this race. Boy's 5000 Meters Tayvon Kitchen (Crater) - 14:31 Riku Sugie (Thomas Nelson) - 14:32 Joshua Chu (Ponderosa) - 14:38 Davis Rydman (Layton) - 14:42 Ty Cirino (Central) - 14:46 Analysis: Tayvon Kitchen looks like the class of this field. He comes into this race boasting a 14:18 (5k) personal best, by far the fastest among all entered athletes. However, it would be foolish to count out the rest of the field. One athlete with arguably just as strong track credentials (at least over the shorter distances) as Tayvon Kitchen is Riku Sugie. The Kentucky native has run 8:48 (3200) and 4:11 (1600) during this outdoor track season. Girl's 2000-Meter Steeplechase Tula Fawbush (Oldham County) - 6:40 Summer Wilson (JSerra Catholic) - 6:42 Victoria Rodriguez (Mercer Island) - 6:43 Joanna Kenney (North Shore) - 6:59 Claire Sivitz (Howard) - 7:00 Analysis: This looks very much like a three-way battle for the title between the only three athletes who have run under seven minutes in this field: Tula Fawbush (Oldham County), Summer Wilson (JSerra Catholic) and Victoria Rodriguez (Mercer Island). On any given day, this race could go a variety of ways, but I'm giving the nod to Fawbush based on the remarkable consistency that she's demonstrated in the steeplechase during her spring campaign. Boy's 2000-Meter Steeplechase Marcelo Parra (Celerity Performance) - 5:56 Logan Schaeffler (Sanford H. Calhoun) - 5:58 Corbin Randall (Riverton) - 6:02 Caleb Woolford (Maple Mountain) - 6:06 Kyle Rohlinger (Coeur D' Alene) - 6:08 Analysis: Marcelo Parra is the only athlete entered in this meet who can claim a 2000-meter steeplechase personal best that's under six minutes. Consequently, Parra is my pick for the win, but hey, it is the steeplechase and it's been proven time and time again that anything can happen in this event. The two athletes who look like they'll present the most challenge for Parra are Marist commit Logan Schaeffler who has run 4:12 for 1600 meters and Riverton junior Corbin Randall who has run 6:05 for the 2000 meter steeplechase. He also just earned a win against a solid field at the Great Southwest Classic. Girl's 4x800-Meter Relay South Lakes Seahawks - 8:53 Santiago Corona Sharks - 8:58 JSerra Catholic Lions - 9:03 Arcadia Apaches - 9:10 Del Norte Nighthawks - 9:13 Analysis: This race is full of teams hailing from California and interestingly enough, 50% of the entire field comes from the Golden State, meaning many of these teams are more than likely familiar with each other. However, the top team in this field, and the only team who has run under nine minutes this season, comes from the opposite side of the country. I am, of course, talking about the South Lakes Seahawks who ran 8:50 to take 2nd place at Penn Relays this April. If South Lakes slips up, don't be shocked if a team like Santiago Corona or JSerra Catholic can capitalize and pull off an upset win. Boy's 4x800-Meter Relay American Fork Caveman - 7:36 Downers North Trojans - 7:40 Granada Matadors - 7:40 Jets Track Club (AL) - 7:42 Valhalla Track Club - 7:42 Analysis This looks like it's going to be one of the faster races of the weekend with five teams entered in at 7:43 or faster and two teams entered in at under 7:40. The fastest of the teams are the American Fork Cavemen who ran a mind-boggling mark of 7:31 earlier this year. No other team in this field has come within seven seconds of that mark and I think it would take a minor miracle for an upset. However, an upset is possible, especially if a team like the Downers North Trojans are all on their "A" game...or if American Fork drops a baton. Girl's 4xMile Relay Forest Park Track Club - 20:22 Menlo-Atherton Bears - 21:02 Sherwood Bowmen - 21:09 North Andover Scarlet Knights - 21:21 Arlington Spy Ponders 21:22 Analysis: Forest Park Track Club looks like they should take the win fairly convincingly. They are the only team with a per-leg average under five minutes for the mile and they have the best individual athlete in this race on the anchor leg, 4:40 miler Ellery Lincoln. Keep an eye on the Melo-Atherton Bears -- they have two amazing legs in Tatum Olsen (Virginia commit) and Annie Pflaum (Dartmouth commit). If the Bears' remaining two runners have a good day, then they'll be able to separate themselves from the chase pack fairly convincingly. Boy's 4xMile Relay American Fork Cavemen - 16:59 Mounds View Mustangs - 17:06 Bismarck Demon Track Club - 17:09 Loyola Cubs - 17:12 Adelphia Track Club - 17:16 Analysis: I'm sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I once again have American Fork at the top spot in my predictions. Yes, I know this isn't the same lineup that ran 16:47 earlier in the year, but they still have an incredible amount of firepower and are capable of going head-to-head with anyone in the country. Behind the Cavemen there are a plethora of deep teams highlighted by the Mounds View Mustangs who look like the best of the bunc. They are more than capable of going head-to-head with American Fork, especially if junior Owen Kalmes has a good leg. Girl's DMR Forest Park Track Club - 11:47 South Lakes Seahawks - 11:51 La Canada Spartans - 11:57 The Jets Track Club (KY) - 12:00 North Shore Vikings - 12:04 Analysis: This race features four out of the top-five finishers from last year's Nike Outdoor Nationals and, surprise surprise, those are the four teams that I've occupying the top-four spots in our predictions. While South Lakes has a serious case to be the favorite due to their immense depth at 800 meters, I'm giving the nod to Forest Park Track Club because of how much ground anchor Ellery Lincoln can make up. Boy's DMR Ventura Cougars - 10:00 The Episcopal School Panthers - 10:02 The Oregon Distance Project - 10:02 Loyola Cubs - 10:06 Team Onalaska - 10:10 Analysis: The Ventura Cougars hold the DMR fastest time in the nation and while there are a lot of very deep and talented squads in this race. I think they'll ultimately be able to translate their early-season success into a national title, especially with Oregon signee Anthony Fast Horse on the anchor leg. One team very capable of playing spoiler is the Oregon Distance Project, the defending champions in this event.

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