Birmingham, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference announced its 2016 cross country awards on Tuesday, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
The men's recipients include Arkansas' Alex George (Runner of the Year), Arkansas' Carter Persyn (Freshman of the Year), Kentucky's Jacob Thomson (Scholar-Athlete of the Year) and Arkansas' Chris Bucknam (Coach of the Year).
The women's recipients include Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (Runner of the Year), Arkansas' Abby Gray (Freshman of the Year), Arkansas' Devin Clark (Scholar-Athlete of the Year) and Arkansas' Lance Harter (Coach of the Year).
George was named the SEC Men's Runner of the Year after he took home the SEC men's cross country individual title. He clocked an 8K time of 23:24.9 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark.
Schweizer was chosen as the SEC Female Runner of the Year after winning three races this season including the SEC individual title. She finished the 6K race in 20:10.5, a personal record.
Persyn, the Men's Freshman Runner of the Year, was the first freshman to complete the race by finishing in 37th place on the 8K course with a time of 25:24.4, earning him a spot on the Men's All-Freshman Team.
Gray was named the Women's Freshman of the Year after finishing as the top female freshman at the SEC Championships with a time of 20:52.5 to place ninth overall at the SEC Championships. For her efforts, she also earned spots on the All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team.
Thomson is a junior at Kentucky with a 3.647 grade point average in accounting. He placed seventh overall at the 2016 SEC Cross Country Championships with an 8K time of 24:03.6. Thomson started the season with three-consecutive runner-up finishes at the Bluegrass Invitational, Texas A&M Invitational, and then led the Wildcats to a team win at the Alabama Crimson Classic.
Clark is a sophomore with a 3.885 grade point average in kinesiology at Arkansas. She has been Arkansas' top finisher in every meet she has competed in this season.
Bucknam garnered his seventh consecutive SEC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year award after leading the Razorbacks to their seventh consecutive SEC Championship and 24th in the last 26 seasons.
Harter earned his 17th all-time SEC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year honor and his fourth consecutive such accolade after leading the Razorbacks to their fourth consecutive league crown and their league-leading 17th all-time.
2016 SEC Cross Country Awards
Men's Runner of the Year: Alex George, Arkansas
Men's Freshman Runner of the Year: Carter Persyn, Arkansas
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jacob Thomson, Kentucky
Men's Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas
Women's Runner of the Year: Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Abby Gray, Arkansas
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Devin Clark, Arkansas
Women's Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas