Rotich named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
NEW ORLEANS – Nicodemus Rotich etched his name into the history book once again Tuesday, earning National Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Eldoret, Kenya, became the first Lion to win an individual Lone Star Conference cross country title since 1986 and fourth overall in program history on Saturday. Rotich won the 8-kilometer race in 24:51.0 to finish 13.51 seconds ahead of West Texas A&M’s Innocent Murwanashyaka.
His win at the LSC Championships gives Rotich a clean sweep of the 2020 season, winning all four meets he has competed in this season. He was named LSC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-LSC earlier Tuesday.
It is the first time in award history an athlete from A&M-Commerce has been named National Athlete of the Week during the cross country season.
Rotich and Townsend earn special honors from Lone Star Conference.
RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Nicodemus Rotich and Tanner Townsend earned recognition from the Lone Star Conference on Tuesday, as the league announced all-conference, academic all-conference, and special awards in men’s cross country.
Rotich (Eldoret, Kenya) was named the LSC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Lone Star Conference after winning the conference championship by almost 14 seconds with a 24:51.0 8-kilometer course. Rotich won the individual title in all four races the Lions ran this year, and both LSC Runner and Freshman of the Week in every week they gave awards this year.
Rotich is the Lions’ fourth all-time LSC Champion, second LSC Freshman of the Year, and 27th First Team All-LSC honoree. The Lions last had a First Team All-LSC honoree in 2016.
Townsend (Royse City) earned Academic All-Conference in his first season eligible. The Kinesiology and Sports Studies major helped push the Lions to a fifth-place finish in the LSC Championships team. He is the first Lion to earn Academic All-Conference since 2017.
They give the all-conference distinction to runners who finish among the top 15 individually at the conference meet. They present additional awards for Newcomer, Freshman, and Coach of the Year on both the men’s and women’s sides. They give the Coach of the Year award to one head coach for each gender based on a vote of the league’s cross country head coaches.
For student-athletes to be eligible for the All-Academic team, they must maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. The league’s sports information directors vote on the All-Academic teams.
MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
|1||Nicodemus Rotich||A&M-Commerce||Fr.||Eldoret, Kenya|
|2||Innocent Murwanashyaka||West Texas A&M||Jr.||St. Paul, Minn.|
|3||Butare Rugenerwa||West Texas A&M||Jr.||Amarillo, Texas|
|4||Arnaud Taki||West Texas A&M||Sr.||Lyon, France|
|5||Colten Brown||Oklahoma Christian||So.||Boise City, Okla.|
|6||Daniel Beam||Western New Mexico||So.||Rio Rancho, N.M.|
|7||Colton Meyers||Oklahoma Christian||Sr.||Allen, Texas|
|8||Michael Anzures||Western New Mexico||Sr.||Seboyeta, N.M.|
|9||Harry Louradour||West Texas A&M||Fr.||Le Vigen, France|
|10||Eduardo Gutierrez||Cameron||Sr.||Hondo, Texas|
|11||Nicholas Martinez||Texas A&M International||Jr.||Laredo, Texas|
|12||Angel Contreras||UT Tyler||Fr.||El Paso, Texas|
|13||Briggs Wittlake||West Texas A&M||Sr.||Amarillo, Texas|
|14||Noah Metzger||DBU||Sr.||McKinney, Texas|
|15||Gideon Kipon||Texas A&M International||Fr.||Eldama Ravine, Kenya|
Men’s Team Champion: West Texas A&M
Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Innocent Murwanashyaka, West Texas A&M
Men’s Freshman of the Year: Nicodemus Rotich, A&M-Commerce
Men’s Coach of the Year: Jake Krolick, West Texas A&M
WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
|1||Florance Uwajeneza||West Texas A&M||Jr.||St. Paul, Minn.|
|2||Madison Brown||DBU||So.||Round Rock, Texas|
|3||Marissa Insinna||DBU||Jr.||McKinney, Texas|
|4||Abril Escamilla||Texas A&M International||Sr.||Laredo, Texas|
|5||Leslie Filorio||DBU||Jr.||Abilene, Texas|
|6||Emily Mackel||DBU||So.||Waxahachie, Texas|
|7||Kenya Bailey||Oklahoma Christian||Jr.||Ponca City, Okla.|
|8||Amerhyst Woolf||Midwestern State||Sr.||Las Cruces, N.M.|
|9||Jenna Thorman||DBU||Sr.||Plano, Texas|
|10||Faith Kiprotich||Texas A&M International||So.||Kapkoi, Kenya|
|11||Analynne Klotz||DBU||Jr.||Cadillac, Mich.|
|12||Britney Lovato||Western New Mexico||Jr.||Rio Rancho, N.M.|
|13||Kaitlyn Stark||St. Edward’s||Sr.||Rockwall, Texas|
|14||Karla Resendez||Texas A&M International||Sr.||Laredo, Texas|
|15||Martha Brown||DBU||Jr.||Plano, Texas|
Women’s Team Champion: DBU
Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Florance Uwajeneza, West Texas A&M
Women’s Freshman of the Year: Ellie Hovre, St. Edward’s
Women’s Coach of the Year: Jacob Phillips, DBU
2020 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
|Fernando Villalon||Lubbock Christian||So.||Exercise Science||Antequera, Spain|
|Tanner Townsend||A&M-Commerce||So.||Kinesiology and Sports Studies||Royse City, Texas|
|Zach Tucker||UT Tyler||Sr.||Chemistry and Biochemistry||Perrin, Texas|
|Daniel Beam||Western New Mexico||So.||History||Rio Rancho, N.M.|
|Michael Anzures||Western New Mexico||Sr.||Kinesiology||Seboyeta, N.M.|
Academic Runner of the Year: Zach Tucker, UT Tyler
2020 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
|Leslie Filorio||DBU||Jr.||Political Science||Abilene, Texas|
|Madison Brown||DBU||So.||Biology||Round Rock, Texas|
|Rylee Cristan||DBU||Jr.||Education||Keller, Texas|
|Maddie Hooker||West Texas A&M||So.||Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science||Yantis, Texas|
|Brenda Prieto||Western New Mexico||So.||Cell and Molecular Biology||Las Cruces, N.M.|
Academic Runner of the Year: Leslie Filorio, DBU