McDonnell, Power Earn SEC Cross Country Awards
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas men’s head coach John McDonnell and senior Michael Power have both been honored by the Southeastern Conference for their excellence in cross country in 1999.
McDonnell has been named SEC Male Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fifth-consecutive year, while All-American Power earned SEC Male Athlete of the Year honors Monday afternoon.
McDonnell led the Razorbacks to their 10th NCAA Championship and ninth-straight SEC title in 1999. McDonnell’s Razorbacks have dominated both the Southwest Conference and the SEC by winning 26-consecutive conference championships. The Hogs claimed their 10 national title in record-breaking fashion with a 128-point margin of victory between first and second place in Bloomington, Ind.
In his 26th season as head coach, McDonnell has again swept the yearly coaching honors, winning Region VI Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.
Power completes his career at Arkansas with his second-consecutive SEC Athlete of the Year honor. Power took first place at the SEC Championships, giving the Hogs their seventh-straight individual champion from the conference meet. He was named SEC Male Athlete of the Week three times during the season. He finished first at the NCAA South Central Regional this year. And he was the runner up at the NCAA Championships.
Power’s cross country athlete of the year recognition marks the seventh-straight season an Arkansas runner has claimed the honor.
McDonnell will begin to look for the second leg of the Triple Crown with the Razorback indoor track season beginning Jan. 22, in Fayetteville.
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