The Pac-12 Conference announced on Tuesday the recipients of the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country All-Conference honors. Colorado’s Mark Wetmore swept the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season.
On the men’s side, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek was named Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented fourth straight year, while Stanford’s Thomas Ratcliffe was tabbed Freshman of the Year. For the women, Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale was named Athlete of the Year and Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger was tabbed Freshman of the Year.
After guiding the Buffs to back-to-back men’s and women’s team title sweeps, Wetmore was voted both the men’s and women’s Pac-12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches for the second straight season. The men’s Coach of the Year award extends Wetmore’s league-record streak of six straight honors, coinciding with the Buffaloes’ league-record tying six consecutive conference crowns.
Colorado’s Ben Saarel and Zach Perrin were named to the men’s first All-Pac 12 while sophomore Ryan Forsyth nabbed second-team honors.
On the women’s side, Kaitlyn Benner, Erin Clark and Dani Jones were all honored with a first-team selection. Sophomore Makena Morley was second team.
CU women remain first, men jump to second in USTFCCCA poll
Colorado has two of the best cross country programs in the country according to the USTFCCCA Poll with the women ranked first and the men second.
This is the second straight week the CU women are ranked first, but this time they are the unanimous No. 1 as they recorded 12 of 12 first place votes for 360 points. NC State is second with 337 points and Providence is third (334). Washington dropped a couple of spots from second to fourth (333) and Michigan rounds out the top five (308).
Colorado’s No. 2 ranking for the men’s team is the highest this season, moving up from seventh in the previous poll. CU recorded 343 points in this poll for its ranking and is second to Northern Arizona, which took all 12 first-place votes (360 points). BYU is listed third overall (327), Stanford is fourth (326) and Syracuse is ranked fifth (314).