USTFCCCA announces cross country regional honors

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) announced its region award winners on Wednesday. ARIZONA's Lawi Lalang and OREGON's Jordan Hasay were tabbed West Region Athlete of the Year, while UO's Robert Johnson was named the West Region Women's Coach of the Year.

A sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, Lalang took the West title for the second-straight year with a 29:01 clocking this year, 36 seconds ahead of the field. He won the Pac-12 title for the second-consecutive year, as well, edging out his teammate Stephen Sambu. Lalang has taken top honors at the Greater Louisville Classic and Wisconsin adidas Invitational this season. Heading into the NCAA Championships as the individual defending champion, he is undefeated through two seasons and 10 collegiate cross country races.

Hasay, a senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., claimed the West title for the third-straight year. In this year's regional race, she took the tape in 19:15, six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Individually, she placed second at the Pac-12 Championships in leading the Ducks their league title since 1995.

In his first year as head coach of the Ducks, Johnson has Oregon entering their sixth-consecutive NCAA meet. Ending the regular season ranked second in the nation, Oregon earned victories this fall at both the Pac-12 and West regional meets.

In addition to the honors announced above, the USTFCCCA recently released its all-region teams. The Pac-12 had 22 male runners make the all-region squad, while 23 women from league teams also earned spots on the team. The Conference led the nation with the most women's selections and tied for the second-most men's honorees.

Several Pac-12 teams and individuals will be competing at the NCAA Championships this Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. The women's race will begin at noon ET, followed by the men's race at 1:15 p.m. ET. A live streaming of the event will be available on the NCAA's website at ncaa.com.

USTFCCCA All-Region Honorees - Men
Name Year School Region
Lawi Lalang So. Arizona West
Stephen Sambu Sr. Arizona West
Nick Happe Sr. Arizona State West
Jake Hurysz Jr. Colorado Mountain
Martin Medina Sr. Colorado Mountain
Blake Theroux So. Colorado Mountain
Pierce Murphy Fr. Colorado Mountain
Aric VanHalen Sr. Colorado Mountain
Trevor Dunbar Sr. Oregon West
Parker Stinson Jr. Oregon West
Joe Rosa So. Stanford West
Jim Rosa So. Stanford West
Tyler Stutzman Jr. Stanford West
Benjamin Johnson Sr. Stanford West
Erik Olson So. Stanford West
Miles Linterreiner Sr. Stanford West
Lane Werley So. UCLA West
Nohe Lema Jr. UCLA West
Dustin Fay Jr. UCLA West
David McDonald Sr. UCLA West
Joey Bywater Sr. Washington West
Todd Wakefield So. Washington State West
USTFCCCA All-Region Honorees - Women
Name Year School Region
Jennifer Bergman Sr. Arizona West
Elvin Kibet Jr. Arizona West
Nicci Corbin So. Arizona West
Elizabeth Apgar Sr. Arizona West
Shelby Houlihan So. Arizona State West
Kelsey Santisteban So. California West
Shalaya Kipp Sr. Colorado Mountain
Carrie Verdon Fr. Colorado Mountain
Jordan Hasay Sr. Oregon West
Allie Woodward Fr. Oregon West
Alexi Pappas Sr. Oregon West
Sarah Penney Sr. Oregon West
Annie Leblanc Fr. Oregon West
Kathy Kroeger Sr. Stanford West
Cayla Hatton Fr. Stanford West
Aisling Cuffe So. Stanford West
Amanda Mergaert Sr. Utah Mountain
Giselle Slotboom So. Utah Mountain
Katie Flood Jr. Washington West
Megan Goethals Jr. Washington West
Justine Johnson Jr. Washington West
Lindsay Flanagan Sr. Washington West
Liberty Miller Jr. Washington West

 

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