NEW ORLEANS – Harding University sophomore Daniel Kirwa and head coach Steve Guymon were among the honorees Thursday as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its regional awards.
Kirwa, a 2008 cross country All-America honoree that finished seven at last year's national meet, was named the 2009 South Region Runner of the Year. A native of Burnt Forrest, Kenya, Kirwa won his second-straight South Region individual title completing the ten-kilometer course in 31:10.0. Kirwa's win helped lead Harding to its ninth overall South Regional title, and second-straight. At the Gulf South Conference meet, Kirwa became the first runner since 2003 to repeat as the GSC individual winner.
Guymon was named 2009 South Region Men's Coach of the Year. Guymon's Harding group won both the Gulf South Conference and South Region championships this season. The South Region title was the program's ninth overall and second straight, while the GSC title was the second straight conference crown for the Bison. Guymon was named the GSC Men's Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, giving him a conference record seven GSC Coach of the Year honors.