COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its 2021-22 Male and Female Varsity Athletes of the Year on Wednesday, and while a student-athlete from western Colorado was voted the recipient of either of the awards, mountaineers Katie Doucette and Cade Michael were nominated for honorable mention selections in their respective gender categories.
Justin Thompson of the University Colorado Mesa track and field program was voted RMAC Male Athlete-Scholar of the Year, and Zoe Baker of the Colorado School of Mines Cross Country and Track Programs was voted Athlete-Scholar woman of the year.
A male and female nominee from each institution is submitted by each school’s sports information department, and the two winners are selected by the RMAC awards committee.
Doucette earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in women’s cross country, indoor track and field (2), and outdoor track and field during the college year. She placed 37th at the national cross country championship, then added a second place in the 3,000 meters and a fourth place in the 5,000 m at the indoor championship. Her time in the 5,000m set a new Western indoor record. Doucette added her fourth All-American certificate to the outdoor track and field championship where she placed eighth in the 5,000 m.
The senior is a first-team All-RMAC winner in cross country and indoor (mile), and a second-team runner in all indoor (3,000) and outdoor (1,500) conferences. Doucette is also a first-team RMAC All-Academic Team member in cross-country and indoor track, and a second-team winner on the Academic All-Star List in outdoor track.
Michael earned an All-American nod with a 28th-place finish in the D-II Men’s Cross Country Championship. He anchored Western’s distance medley relay team that finished 11th in the National Indoor Track Championship, then finished 2021-22 with a 19th-place finish in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championship.
A first-team all-conference cross-country runner, Michael was also the recipient of the league’s Summit Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing in the conference championship. The redshirt-Senior earned first-team honors in the RMAC Indoor Championship meet (3,000m) and then added a pair of first-team awards (5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase) in of outdoor conference meeting. Michael was named to the RMAC All-Academy First Team Cross Country and Outdoor Track lists and was named to the RMAC Honorable Mentions list in the indoor season.