Rams record fifth-best finish in program history
Rams' men make third appearance in four years, Gilfillan and Lincks compete for the CSU women
Rams' men head to NCAA Championships with highest USTFCCCA ranking in over a decade
Rams' men qualify as a team for first time since 2014 and third time in four years
Rams’ men poised for at-large selection to NCAA Cross Country Championships
Cross Country at NCAA Championship - photos by Kyle Terwillegar/USTFCCCA
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Head Men's and Women's Collegiate Cross Country Coach - 2012 to present
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, NCAA Division I
- Coached Jefferson Abbey (13th place) and Jerrell Mock (19th place) to All-American status in 2015, becoming the first CSU cross country coach to coach a men's All-American since 2004
- Coached Darby Gilfillan to the NCAA championships as she had the highest national finish for a CSU women's sophomore since 2006
- Led the men to the 2013 (26th place) & 2014 (19th place) NCAA Division I National Championships
- Coached the men's team to 3rd place in 2012, 2nd place in 2013, 3rd place in 2014 and 2nd place in 2015 at the Mountain West Championships
- Coached the women's team to 2nd place in 2012, 3rd place in 2013, 4th place in 2014 and 4th place in 2015 at the Mountain West Championships
- Coached 17 Mountain West All-Conference and 11 NCAA Mountain All-Regional performers
- Coached Mountain West Men's individual champion 2015
- Coached women's NCAA Cross Country National qualifier 2015
- Men and women’s team earned USTFCCA Division I All-Academic Status in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Men’s team earned the 2015 Academic Progress Rating (APR) Public Recognition Award
- Duties include coaching, recruiting, meet scheduling, meet management, budgeting, fundraising, supervising and counselling student-athletes
- Oversee coaching staff of one full-time assistant coach
Assistant Men's and Women's Collegiate Track & Field, Head Distance/Middle Distance Coach - 2012 to present
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, NCAA Division I
- Coached 23 NCAA outdoor National Qualifiers (West)
- Coached 17 individuals and five relays to Mountain West All-Conference status
- Coached four Mountain West Conference Champions (2013, 2014, 2015 men's Distance Medley Relay, 2014 women's 10k)
- Help coached the men's steam to their 1st ever Mountain West Conference Outdoor team Championships, 2015
- Assisted in coaching men's and women's outdoor track & field teams to 2015 Mountain West Conference titles
Art Siemers, a 16-year coaching veteran, heads into his fifth year as the head coach of the cross country program and also guides the distance runners on the track squad.
After the men’s cross country team reached heights not seen in nearly a decade by finishing 26th nationally during the 2013 season, Siemers (pronounced SEE-mers) guided the men’s team to an even more impressive 19th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Last year, Siemers coached a pair of All-Americans in Jefferson Abbey and Jerrell Mock for the men, while Darby Gilfillan had the highest NCAA Championships finish for a CSU women’s runner since 2006.
Colorado State’s success continued off the course and into the classroom, where the Rams’ cross country squad had a combined 31 athletes honored on the Academic All-Mountain West team the past two seasons. Last year, 15 CSU student-athletes were named Mountain West Scholar Athletes, recognizing those with a 3.5 grade point average or better. Additionally, the men’s cross country team was recognized by the NCAA the last three years for the Academic Progress Rating (APR) Public Recognition Award. This award highlights teams that stand in the top 10 percent of APR scores for their sports across multiple years.
Siemers joined the Rams after 11 years at Colorado School of Mines. He began coaching cross country in 2002 and later took over the track & field program in 2005.
In his first year with the CSU cross country team, Siemers coached the women’s and men’s teams to second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Mountain West Championship and fifth and ninth place NCAA Mountain Regional Championship finishes. He coached five Mountain West All-Conference athletes and one NCAA Mountain Regional All-Conference performer in cross country. In track and field, he coached seven distance and middle-distance athletes to the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and five individuals and two relays to Mountain West All-Conference status.
With the Orediggers, Siemers coached 21 All-Americans in cross country and led his teams to nine NCAA Division II championship berths, placing in the top five on four different occasions, including a third-place finish with the men’s team in 2009.
After taking over the reins of the track & field program, Siemers added 82 All-Americans and five national champions to his list of athletes coached. He led his men’s and women’s teams to 15 top-25 NCAA team finishes in the indoor and outdoor seasons. In 2009 he was voted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. In 2009-10 and 2011-12 the men’s program finished fourth in the final rankings for the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Program of the Year.
Before he began coaching at the collegiate level, Siemers was the head cross country coach at Jefferson Academy High School in Broomfield, Colo., from 2000-01. In just two years, he initiated the cross country program, recruited the inaugural team and led it to the 2001 Colorado 3A State Championship Meet.
While in college at Illinois State, Siemers ran both track and cross country. A four-year letterwinner in both sports, he was the Missouri Valley Conference 1500-meter and mile champion. He was named cross country all-conference and all-region, as well as first-team academic all-conference in 1993 and 1994. As a post-collegiate, he placed 8th in the 1999 USATF Indoor National Championships in the mile run and was a 2004 Olympic Trials `A’ qualifier in the marathon.
Siemers graduated with a bachelor’s degree in both elementary education and history from Illinois State University in 1995. He later achieved his master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado in 1999.
A native of Bensenville, Ill., Siemers attended Fenton High School. He is the oldest of seven children. He and his wife Erica live in Fort Collins.
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