Goldhammer Named USTFCCCA Regional Coach Of The Year
This past cross country season was not only a success for the CMS Cross Country Teams, but for the coaching staff as well. The United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Head Coach John Goldhammer as the Western Region Coach of the Year for both the Men and Women. Goldhammer, now in his 28th year as head coach, was the only coach in any of the eight regions to win the honor for both genders. Both the Athenas and Stags were SCIAC and West Region Champs with their regional victories two of the most dominant since the region expanded in 1998. In the regional competition, the men recorded the lowest winning score (34) and greatest margin of victory (34) while the women had the third best winning score (40 [bettered only by CMS in 2001 and 2011]) while winning by 54 points. Both teams represented the West at the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight year and CMS is one of only six schools nationally to have the men and women participate at the nationals for the last five years.
Running in Terre Haute, Indiana at the national meet, the Athenas placed third while the Stags grabbed an 11th place finish with each finish the highest placing for each program. CMS has the best combined finish (14) of the sixteen teams at the meet that had both their men's and women's team participating, a first for a team from the West Region. This was the second straight year that the women's program finished in the top 4 teams. For Goldhammer this was the 13th and 14th time he has been awarded a regional coach of the year award splitting them evenly between Cross Country and Track & Field.