MAC Announces Runners of the Week

Updated 10/4/2005

MAC Men's Runner of the Week
Dan McKenna
Buffalo
Jr. (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool)
McKenna ran a fantastic race placing 17th overall in the 291 field at the Paul Short Invite. His time, 24:24, was over 30 seconds faster than his previous best on the course. He lead his team to a strong team showing.

Other Nominations:

David Howard
Akron
Sr. (Canal Fulton, Ohio/ Northwest)
Howard posted his third top-15 finish of the season, crossing the line in 25:29 on the five-mile course this past weekend at the Notre Dame Invitational. Howard's finish was a 37th place improvement from his 50th place finish at last year's event and helped the Zips inprove on their 14th-place finish last year.

Corey Nowitzke
Eastern Michigan
So. (Monroe, Mich./Monroe)
Nowitzke led the way finishing in fourth place in the individual race with a time of 24:37 at the Loyola Invitational.

Chris Swisher
Miami
Sr. (Milan, Id./Milan)
Running at the Notre Dame Invitational in which nearly half of the 25-team field was nationally ranked according to the Mondo/USCCCA National Poll, Swisher was the first RedHawk runner across the line for the third-consecutive meet. Swisher was the 39th overall finisher at the race as he posted a time of 24:42 in the five-mile race. He has been the top finisher for Miami in each of their three races this season.

Jason Linton
Ohio
Sr. (Vincent, Ohio/Warren)
Linton had the best finish on the men's team with a time of 25:05, his career personal best.

MAC Women's Runner of the Week
Beata Rudzinska
Akron
Sr. (Ilawa, Poland/University of Gdansk)
Rudzinska posted another strong finish on the season, placing 12th at the Notre Dame Invitational in a race boasting nine teams in the top-30 rankings. Her time of 17:20 on the 5,000K course was 1:13 faster than her winning time three weeks ago at the Tommy Evans Invitational. In just five races in her cross country career, she has posted four top-30 finishes and one victory.


Other Nominations:

Rose Lehe
Ball State
Jr.(Wolcott, Ind. /Tri-County)
Lehe captured a sixth-place finish at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational Saturday, in Chicago, Ill. Her time of 17:50 led the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the 28-team gold division.

Jen Jezorski
Buffalo
Sr. (Elmira, N.Y., /Elmira SouthSide)
Jezorski ran a very strong race, placing 63rd with a time of 21:56 among the 309 runner field at the Paul Short Invite.

Jennie Stoll
Miami
So. (Pewaukee,Wis./Pewaukee)
Running in the Notre Dame Invitational where 12 of the 24 teams were nationally ranked according to the FinishLynx/WICCCA National Poll, Stoll was the first RedHawk runner across the line for the third consecutive race. She was the 68th overall finisher, running a 5K time of 18:06, even after losing her one of her shoes 200 meters into the race.

Christina Nieto
Northern Illinois
Sr. (South Elgin, Ill, /Elgin Larkin )
Nieto from South Elgin, IL, and Elgin Larkin High School showed her veteran savvy in leading Northern Illinois' entrants in the 33rd Annual Loyola Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational. The NIU senior was 68th in terms of scoring and 74th overall among 274 individuals as she covered the 5K layout in 19:08. "Christina showed her maturity and experience in that she knew how to push through the tough portions of the race where the younger runners might back off. Understanding pace and course management is something she's learned.

Carmie Reinhart
Ohio
So. (Bascom,Ohio/Hopewell-Loudon)
Reinhart an under 18 minutes for the second time in a row with a time of 17:59 to finish fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational.