OSU Cross Country Coach Named National Men's Coach of the Year

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 12:12 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma State men's cross country head coach Dave Smith was named the Bill Dellinger National Men's Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Smith led the Cowboys to their third NCAA title in the last four years. At this year's championships, OSU (72) won by a 63-point margin over runner-up and defending national champion Wisconsin (135). The 72 points by OSU was the best team score to win the national title since Wisconsin in 2005 (37).

Led by Girma Mecheso, who finished fifth overall, the Cowboys picked up a national-leading four All-America honors. Tom Farrell (ninth), Shadrack Kipchirchir (18th), and Joseph Manilafasha (24th) also captured honors from the USTFCCCA.

The Cowboys tied for the NCAA Midwest crown with Oklahoma – their eighth region title in 10 years. OSU also claimed their fifth-straight Big 12 crown, winning this year's tally with only 24 points.

This is the third time Smith has received USTFCCCA National Men's Coach of the Year honors ('09 and '10). He was also named the 2012 Big 12 Men's Coach of the Year earlier this month.