SAN FRANCISO, Calif. – After directing the Colorado School of Mines men's cross country team to its highest ever finish at the NCAA National Championships, interim head coach Chris Siemers was recognized as the 2012 CaptainU Division II Men's Cross Country College Coach of the Year.
Siemers guided the team to a new program mark with a runner-up showing at last November's championship race at the Missouri Southern State Cross Country Course in Joplin.
With five runners in the top-36 and earning USTFCCCA All-American stature, the Orediggers continued their noteworthy run of high showings at the national championships, finishing in the top-five for the fourth straight year and in the top-10 for an eighth consecutive season.
Mines surpassed its previous best team score of 134 set last year with 102 points, comfortably taking second by 46 points over third-place Alaska Anchorage.
The Orediggers finished no lower than third at any meet in the fall under Siemers, capturing top honors at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational as well as a pair of second-place results at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree and RMAC Championships.
"The CaptainU College Coach of the Year awards recognize the top college coaches across the country for their exceptional leadership and accomplishments. It's inspiring to see the results they achieve – not just in the numbers they put up on the scoreboard, but in their devotion to helping students develop as athletes and human beings." said Avi Stopper, CEO of CaptainU.
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