The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards today, with Michigan State's Emily MacLeod and Minnesota's Stephanie Price earning top honors among athletes in their respective regions. Spartan head coach Walt Drenth also took home the Women's Coach of the Year award in the Great Lakes region.
MacLeod, the 2010 Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, put together back-to-back first-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships and Great Lakes regional en route to her second-straight regional award. She finished seven seconds ahead of the rest of the pack to become the first runner in Michigan State history to win back-to-back regional titles.
Price earns the Midwest Women's Athlete of the Year award after taking first place at the Midwest regional last weekend. The junior finished the race six hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher to help Minnesota take third place at the regional.
Drenth receives his second Coach of the Year honor of the season after being named Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year. The Michigan State general guided the Spartans to the Big Ten title, along with the Great Lakes regional title.