St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 21, 2018 – NCAA Division III Cross Country National Awards were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with two Bears garnering the spotlight as junior Paige Lawler was named the Women's National Athlete of the Year and head coach Jeff Stiles was named the Women's National Coach of the Year.
Lawler was the 2018 NCAA Division III Individual National Champion while helping the Bears to their second women's cross country national title in school history. She finished the Lake Breeze Golf Club course in 20:55.0, more than three seconds ahead of the runner-up. Lawler dropped more than 36 seconds off her time from pre-nationals in October at the KollegeTown Sports Invitational. In addition, she is the only Bear to win a cross country individual national title and USTFCCCA Women's National Athlete of the Year.
Stiles is the recipient of the USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country National Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. He previously won the award when he helped guide WashU to its first ever title in program history in 2011. The Bears narrowly edged the defending back-to-back national champion Johns Hopkins University by a one-point margin. Stiles lineup during Saturday's championship 6K included three Bears that set personal-best times and four Bears run to All-American honors.