University of Colorado senior Joe Klecker has been named the Pac-12 Men’s Athlete of the Year, while teammate Kashon Harrison was selected as the Pac-12 Men’s Freshman of the Year.
Not to be outdone, head coach Mark Wetmore was tabbed the Pac-12 Men’s Coach of the Year after leading CU to the team title.
Klecker won the honor after winning the individual conference title on Friday, November 1. He won the 8-kilometer race in 23 minutes, 2.7 seconds and defeated the runner-up, Oregon’s Cooper Teare, by three seconds (23:05.7). Klecker became the first CU male to win an individual conference title since 2007 (Brent Vaughn) and on Monday, he was named CU’s first USTFCCCA Men’s National Athlete of the Week in cross country.
Harrison was the highest finishing freshmen at conference, placing seventh overall in 23:18.0. He was the second Buff to finish the race, edging teammate John Dressel (23:19.7), who placed eighth. Coincidentally, Harrison is the first CU male to win the award since Dressel in 2015.
Wetmore was named the men’s coach of the year for the seventh time since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011. The men won the team title, defeating Oregon 41-57, as all five scorers were in the top 13. In total, Wetmore has been named the conference coach of the year 32 times (both men’s and women’s).
Klecker and Harrison were also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Additionally Colorado had three selected to the second team with Dressel, Alec Hornecker and Eduardo Herrera.
On the women’s side, Sage Hurta and Holly Bent were named to the second team.
2019 All-PAC-12 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS
Second team: Holly Bent, Sage Hurta
2019 All-PAC-12 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS
First Team: Kashon Harrison, Joe Klecker
Second Team: John Dressel, Eduardo Herrera, Alec Hornecker
Athlete of the Year: Joe Klecker
Freshman of the Year: Kashon Harrison
Coach of the Year: Mark Wetmore