McCabe named Mid-Atlantic Athlete of the Year

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.—Redshirt Junior Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia University cross country team was named Athlete of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic region, the United States Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he is the second climber ever to receive the honor and the first WVU runner to win the award twice. Megan Metclafe took home the honor in 2002. Previously, McCabe was named Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Year in 2021 and 2022 and Big 12 Women’s Newcomer of the Year in 2019.

“Ceili’s performance in the championship season was almost perfect,” said coach Sean Clear said. “Last year she nailed the Big 12, the NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Finals. This year it was almost identical. Their consistency is unparalleled in program history, and this award reflects their work and record of wins.”

The honor was bestowed on McCabe after a remarkable 2022 cross-country season in which she went undefeated through her first four races.

“We are very proud to have Ceili as a member not only of this program but also of this department, this university and this great state.”

The Canadian started her 2022 season with a 5K at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. McCabe set a new women’s course record at the EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park with a first place finish and a personal best of 16:23.9 (5K).

McCabe continued her award-winning season by taking first place at the Penn State National Open with a 6K time of 20:00.8. The time was good enough for second best in the history of the race and sixth best in the history of the Blue and White Golf Course.

In her opening event of the postseason, she placed first at the Big 12 Championships for the second straight year with a time of 20:08.4. McCabe became the first female climber in program history to win the title in 2021. She received the All-Big 12 Team honor for her performance.

McCabe placed first at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with a time of 19:58.3 and helped lift the team to second place, giving the Mountaineers an automatic nomination for the NCAA championship for the second straight year. In addition, she earned a spot on the all-region team and was named Mid-Atlantic Region Runner of the Year for the second year in a row.

She was the first mountaineer to cross the finish line at the NCAA Championships, where she became a First Team All-American after finishing 24th with a time of 20:03.2.

Notably, on Oct. 4, McCabe was named Big 12 Runner of the Week.

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