2021 NAIA Cross Country All-America ::: USTFCCCA

From USTFCCCA Communications, USTFCCCA
November 22, 2021 &nbsp

Award history

NAIA XC All-America

NEW ORLEANS – All-America honors for the 2021 NAIA Cross Country Season were announced on Monday by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Athletes from member institutions received All-America Recognition by finishing in the top 40 athletes in their gender races at the 2021 NAIA Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Washington last weekend.

Milligan (Tenn.) Won the team title, making it only the third institution in 42 years to accomplish this feat. Unlike the other sweeps, however, the Buffaloes enjoyed moments at the top of both podiums for the first time.

Fittingly, double champ Milligan led the All-America Honors Parade with a total of seven – a gender four on the men’s side and three women since the Buffaloes were the only program with three top 20 finishes in both races – and they’ve got it twice made.

The Buff men were led by Aaron Jones (11th), Nathan Baker (14th) and Eli Cramer (20th), with Will Stockley (27th) not far behind who also claimed All-American poetry . Individual winner Alyssa Bearzi led the Milligan women, with Lemi Wutz (fifth) and Avery DeWolf (11th) almost finishing third in the top 10.

St. Francis (Ill.) Won the most All America honors for women with four, as Sabrina Baftiri (17th), Daly Galloway (21st), Katherine Bakken (28th) and Laisha Corona (30th) die Fighting Saints has the only collection of the top 30 finishers in the race.

Three additional programs earned three All America Awards, with Taylor (Ind.) Taking the award in both men and women after finishing 11th and fourth, respectively. The Saint Mary (Kan.) Men, Milligan’s runner-up, also received three All-American honors.

Twenty-five different men’s programs had at least one All-America athlete compared to 24 women’s programs.

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