After an undefeated regular season and victory at the Cascade Conference Championships, Lewis-Clark State’s Cole Olsen has been named the USTFCCCA West Region Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year. And Head Coach Mike Collins was honored as the regional Men’s Coach of the Year.
Olsen is 4-for-4 on the season after winning the Bushnell Invitational, both LC State Winter Invitationals, and most recently the Cascade Conference Championship. He helped lead the Warriors to their first Cascade Conference title in their first year as members, and the fourth conference title since Olsen joined the team. He is the first Warrior to win the award since Sam Atkin.
Collins, now in his 23rd year at the helm, was voted the Cascade Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. He was named the league Coach of the Year 20 times in the Frontier Conference.
The Warriors will race for their shot at a national title on Friday at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 9th ranked women will race at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time and the 8th ranked men at 9:30 a.m. Pacific.