37 Underclassmen Earn All-American Honors At NCAA XC Champs

* Katelyn Tuohy, the North Rockland (NY) graduate, won her first NCAA cross country title Saturday morning

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This was absolutely a jammed pack weekend of cross country from both the high school and collegiate levels.

Out in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the NCAA Cross Country Championships took place with just about 500 athletes in the hunt for the individual and team title.

It can be a challenge to earn All-American honors as a first or second-year athlete at the NCAA level. There were 18 women and 19 men who earned this accolade this season. 

There were six underclassmen, including two freshmen women, who finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. 

* Katelyn Tuohy after her NCAA Cross Country victory

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NC State sophomore and the 2021 NCAA 5K champion, Katelyn Tuohy claimed her first individual cross country title Saturday morning with a 19:27.70 6K performance. Along with winning the individual title, the North Rockland (NY) graduate led the Wolfpack to the team title with 114 points. 

Florida sophomore and East Lake (FL) graduate Parker Valby led for much of the race before Tuohy surged ahead in the final 2 kilometers. Valby still held onto second with a 19:30.90. The third underclassman to finish the 6K course in Stillwater was NAU's Elise Stearns who clocked a 19:43 for fourth.

* Charles Hicks at the NCAA Cross Country Championships

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On the men's side, it was a tight battle between Newbury Park graduate and NAU sophomore Nico Young and the Bolles (FL) graduate and Stanford sophomore Charles Hicks. The race was finalized when Hicks crossed the finish line in 28:43.6 for 10K and became Stanford's first NCAA cross country individual champion. Young was a second behind him when he clocked a 28:44.5 and led NAU to the team title. 

There were many other underclassmen All-Americans who finished in the top 40. Check out the full list below.

* Note - the list is comprised of true freshmen and sophomores, as well as those who have eligibility as freshmen and sophomores for the cross country season due to redshirting. 

The Top Women Underclassmen All-Americans:

The Top Men Underclassmen All-Americans:

Related Links:

NCAA Women's Results

NCAA Men's Results