Middlebury

XCountry Runners Earn Regional Honors - Wilkerson Is Coach Of The Year, Schmidt Is Athlete Of The Year

November 16, 2011

Twelve members of the Middlebury College cross country teams have earned All-Regional honors from the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association). Along with the dozen students, Middlebury first-year coach Nicole Wilkerson was named both the men’s and women’s New England Region Coach of the Year. Middlebury is currently preparing for the 2011 NCAA Championship races on Saturday, hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Honors are based on individual performances at the regionals, with top 35 finishers earning the honor. All seven Middlebury women were honored, as they helped lead the squad to the regional title. Margo Cramer (4th), Addie Tousley (5th), Chelsea Ward-Waller (8th), Emily Singer (17th), Hannah Meier (21st), Claire McIlvennie (22nd) and Emily Attwood (28th) were all honored.

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On the men’s side, Michael Schmidt was named the New England Region Athlete of the Year, capturing the regional race last weekend at Bowdoin, as the Panthers finished second overall. Along with Schmidt, Jack Davies (14th), Nate Sans (17th), Greg Krathwohl (28th) and Patrick Hebble (29th) all earned regional honors.

In just her first season as the Panther head coach, Wilkerson earned both the men’s and women’s regional coach of the year honors. She took over the reins of the cross country program in 2011 after working as an assistant coach with the program for the previous nine seasons. She also works as an assistant coach with the track & field program enabling her to work with several of the athletes for nine months a year. She has been responsible for creating several workout programs for both teams and has coached almost 30 All-Americans.

Prior to her arrival at Middlebury, Wilkerson was an assistant coach at Texas A&M for three years. While at Texas A&M, she obtained her master's degree in Sports Management, and lectured on health and kinesiology.

Wilkerson was an All-American track athlete at Rice University '93 and a four-year member of the cross country and track teams. After her collegiate career, she was a U.S. Track & Field National Qualifier in the 10,000 meters in 1995. The following year, Wilkerson was a U.S. Olympic trials qualifier in the same event.