Cross Country Athletes, Coaches of the Year Announced

The Summit League announces the 2019 Cross Country Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards.
The Summit League announces the 2019 Cross Country Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota State's Kelby Anderson and South Dakota State's Joseph Minor-Williams continue to take home the hardware for their respective performances during the 2019 cross country season as they were named The Summit League Women's and Men's Cross Country Athletes of the Year, respectively. North Dakota State's Stevie Keller earned the Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, while South Dakota State's Rod DeHaven claimed the award on the men's side for the second-straight season.

Anderson, a junior from Greenville, Wis., ran the 10th-fastest 6K time in Summit League history at the Summit League Cross Country Championships with a finish of 20:35.1. Anderson also holds the fifth-fastest 6K time (21:03.7) and she also finished seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Stillwater, Okla., with a time of 20:43.3.

Minor-Williams, a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minn., ran the league's fastest 8K time this past season with a personal-best time of 24:32.8 and claimed the Summit League Cross Country Championship title with a time of 24:43.6, earning him Men's Championship honors. A two-time Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, Minor-Williams helped guide the Jackrabbits to their fourth-straight championship title and tied a league record for the lowest team score with 15 points.

Keller earned his first Summit League Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year award after guiding the Bison to their first league title in six years. The North Dakota State women went on to the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet and placed 11th as a team.

DeHaven claimed his eighth Summit League Men's Coach of the Year honor and extended his total coach of the year honors to nine between SDSU's men's and women's programs. He earned the award after helping the Jackrabbits to their fourth-straight championship title and eighth since they became a member of the league 13 years ago.

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