One student-athlete and a pair of Big 12 cross country coaches have been awarded USTFCCCA Region Athlete and Coach of the Year honors for the 2014 cross country season in Division I, as voted by the division's coaches.
Three Big 12 women's cross country teams and two men's squads earned automatic bids to the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Big 12 men's and women's cross country teams will compete at NCAA Regionals Friday, Nov. 14, for a chance to advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The conference has three men's and two women's teams ranked nationally heading into competition
A stronger, calmer Crystal Nelson is leading the No. 6 Iowa State women's cross country team this season. The Cyclone junior is taking a more disciplined approach to racing than in recent years, with a renewed focus on staying patient.
Dave Smith (Oklahoma State) and Andrea Grove-McDonough (Iowa State) have been selected as the 2014 Big 12 Cross Country Coaches of the Year, as voted by the league's coaches. Smith takes home the honors for the seventh-consecutive year. Grove-McDonough repeats in just her second year at the helm for Iowa State.
The Oklahoma State men and Iowa State women took home team titles at the 2014 Big 12 Cross Country Championship. Both squads continued their reign over the conference cross country scene, as the Cowboys secured their seventh-straight Big 12 title, while the Cyclone women won their fourth-consecutive conference title.
The 2014 Big 12 Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday Nov. 1, at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas. This marks the second time the event has hosted at Rim Rock Farm (2006).
A total of 107 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Team.
Oklahoma's Abbabiya Simbassa and Iowa State's Crystal Nelson have been named the Big 12's Cross Country Runners of the Week for competitions taking place between Oct. 14-Oct. 20. It is the second-career Big 12 weekly award for both student-athletes.
Baylor's Peyton Thomas has been named the Big 12 Cross Country Runner of the Week for competitions that took place between Oct. 7-13. It is the first time Thomas was won a Big 12 weekly award.
Oklahoma's Abbabiya Simbassa and Texas Tech's Sharlene Nickle have been named the Big 12's Cross Country Runners of the Week for competitions taking place between Sept. 30-Oct. 6. It is the first Big 12 Weekly Award for either student-athlete. Nickle is also the first Texas Tech female representative to win the award since Rose Tanui in 2011
Baylor's Rachel Johnson and Oklahoma State's Kirubel Erassa have been named the Big 12 Runners of the Week.