USTFCCCA Announces D-II Athlete, Coach Of The Year Finalists
Nov. 12, 2009
Courtesy of The USTFCCCA
NEW ORLEANS – Harding’s Daniel Kirwa, Alaska Anchorage’s Mark Cheseto, and Adams State’s Damon Martin are three of this year’s 16 men’s NCAA Division II Cross Country athletes and coaches of the year the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday.
Kirwa and Cheseto are returning USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Americans after finishing seventh and ninth respectively at last year’s NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships. Kirwa, the men’s South Region Athlete of the Year, has come on strong during the postseason for the Bison winning both the Gulf South Athletic Conference title and the South Region title.
Cheseto, the men’s West Region Athlete of the Year, followed a similar path to the regional award, winning both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and the West Region title. Cheseto’s region victory was the first for a men’s cross country athlete from UAA.
Headlining the coaches is Adams State’s Damon Martin. Martin’s Grizzlies are the defending NCAA Division II Cross Country National Champions and are primed for another run at the national crown. His team won both the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Central Regional titles this season and has been the top-ranked team in Division II men’s cross country the entire season.