Berea, KY – November 6, 2015 – The Berea College women’s and men’s cross country teams are celebrating after winning their respective national titles at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) 2015 National Championship. The national championship competitions were hosted by Florida College in Lakeland, Fla.
Mercy Kershner, a senior at Berea, and junior Sydney Kyker were named to the USCAA 2015 Women’s Cross Country National All-Academic Team. In addition, Nathan Smith, a junior at Berea, was named to the USCAA 2015 Men’s Cross Country National All-Academic Team.
Capping an exceptional year, Mike Johnson, coach of Berea’s men’s team, was named USCAA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. In its announcement, the USCAA stated “Coach Johnson has seen his team make tremendous growth in 2015. As just one example, his team’s average 8K time has improved from 26:42 to 25:57 this season even after a top five finish in last year’s USCAA National Championship. His school describes this year’s team as one of the best in its history, and his coaching performance as one of his best, which is saying something considering this is his 35th straight season at Berea.”