The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2019 cross country individual and team academic awards Thursday, with both of the Kansas men’s and women’s teams earning All-Academic nods.
The 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships will feature some of the top collegiate distance teams and individual runners Friday morning on the newly renovated OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
With his individual 12th-place finish in the men's 8K, freshman Chandler Gibbens led the Kansas men to fourth place in the annual league meet. The Jayhawk women were not far behind, coming in sixth in their division.
Kansas men's and women's cross country had 17 total student-athletes selected to the Academic All-Big 12 teams announced by the league office Thursday. The Jayhawk men were tops in the conference with 10 honorees.
For the third time this season, sophomore Ally Ryan led the Kansas women's cross country team, while freshman Chandler Gibbens donned the Crimson and the Blue for the first time in 2019 and made an immediate impact for the Kansas men's team.
Ally Ryan ran to her second-straight individual title of the 2019 season at the Rim Rock Collegiate Classic Saturday. With her win, the sophomore helped lead the Jayhawks to the team title as well. The Kansas men also claimed the team title on their home course.