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NEW ORLEANS, LA - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional awards Tuesday afternoon, with Penn State's John Gondak receiving accolades.
Penn State cross country head coach John Gondak was announced as Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for a third-straight season. Award winners were voted upon by USTFCCCA member coaches.
Gondak receives the honors following the Mid-Atlantic Regional meet last week at Lehigh University that saw Penn State turn in the most dominating performance at any regional meet in the country as the Nittany Lions put their top-five in the top-10 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships.
This is the third-consecutive year Gondak has earned USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic honors after receiving the award last year when his team captured the Mid-Atlantic at home in University Park and in 2015 as the Lions took the title following their championship run at the Big Ten Championships in Chicago, Ill.
The Penn State women's cross country team will compete in the NCAA Championships for the eighth time in the past nine years Saturday, Nov. 18th in Louisville, Ky. Penn State will also be represented on the men's side by Colin Abert and Timothy McGowan who earned at-large bids to compete as individuals.
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