MAC Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

Updated 9/8/2010

MAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Jarrod Eick, Miami, Sophomore
Hartville, Ohio (Marlington)
Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge -- 5K
Time: 15:14

Eick helped lead Miami to a victory at the season-opening Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge Saturday, as he took third place overall in a personal-best time of 15:14, as the first RedHawk to cross the finish line. It was his best finish in a race in his career, as well, as he improved his time 15 seconds from last year's Flyer 5K Challenge. Miami won the meet with 28 points, finishing ahead of Dayton, IUPUI, Wright State and Morehead State.

MAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Rachel Patterson, Miami, Senior
Rochester, Mich. (Adams)
Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge -- 5K
Time -- 17:25

Patterson spurred Miami to a victory at the season-opening Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge Saturday, as she won the individual title in a course-record time of 17:25, finishing six seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. It was her first individual title of her career. Because of Patterson's performance, the RedHawks dominated the field, defeating Dayton, IUPUI, Wright State, Morehead State and Cleveland State.

Other Men's Nominees
Chris Moody, Bowling Green, Senior
Davidsonville, Md. (South River)
BGSU/Toledo Dual -- 5K
Time: 15:40
Senior Chris Moody finished the season-opening BGSU/Toledo Dual Meet in a tie for fifth place. Moody has been the top finisher for the Falcons in every one of the team's races since the beginning of his sophomore (2008) season.

Cory Arnold, Central Michigan, Senior
Shelby, Ohio (Shelby)
Jeff Drenth Memorial -- 5K
Time: 15:38.3
7th in a 52 runner field. Other schools competing - Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State, Alma.

Nick Thomas, Toledo, Sophomore
Delta, OH (Tiffin University)
Bowling Green Dual -- 5k
Time: 15:29
Nick Thomas picked up his first collegiate cross country win in his Toledo debut. Thomas helped Toledo to their second straight win, and second straight year setting the meet record for lowest team score (17). This year's victory betters 2009, as the Rockets forced Bowling Green to a 17-46 score as opposed to the 17-40 score registered last season. Thomas was one of four Rockets to come in under the 16:00 mark, as Toledo took spots one through four. Thomas registered the win by 0:08.00, edging out fellow newcomer Jacob Barnes.

Other Women's Nominees
Ali Bishel Ball State, Senior
Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton)
Great American Legends -- 5K
Time: 18:37.0
Ball State senior Ali Bishel turned in a fifth place time of 18:37.01 to lead the cross country team at the non-scored Great American Legends Race hosted by Purdue Friday evening.

Barbara Powers, Bowling Green, Senior
Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green)
BGSU/Toledo Dual -- 5K
Time: 18:50
Senior Barbara Powers was Bowling Green's top finisher at Friday's BGSU/Toledo Dual. Her sixth place finish was her best overall finish since last year's BGSU/Toledo Dual meet. Her time of 0:18.46 in the 5K was her best 5K time since her freshman (2007) season.

Raeanne Lohner, Central Michigan, Junior
Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand Rapids)
Jeff Drenth Memorial -- 5K
Time -- 18:03.6
40 runner field. Other schools competing - Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State, Alma.

Courtney Calka, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
Livonia, Mich. (Stevenson)
Michigan Open 5,000m
Time -- 17:42.0
Courtney Calka took first place in a group of 37 runners at the Michigan Open on Sept. 3, 2010. The time marked a personal best for Calka. It was also the best time posted by an EMU runner in the past two seasons.

Courtney Oldenburg, Northern Illinois, Sophomore
West Salem, Wis. (West Salem)
Wisconsin Badger Classic -- 4k
Racing in the Badger Classic, Courtney Oldenburg finished eighth out of 118 competitors in the four kilometer race with a time of 14:52. In NIU's first competition of the season, Oldenburg led the way for the Huskies, finishing first for Northern Illinois.

Kristal Studer, Toledo, Sophomore
Bright, IN (East Central)
Bowling Green Dual -- 5k
Time: 18:15
This was Studer's first collegiate win in cross country. Toledo ran only a group of sophomores and freshmen. Studer helped Toledo to their second straight sweep over Bowling Green in the annual dual meet. The team registered a perfect score, taking the top five spots for the second straight year. It was the second of only two perfect scores in meet history, the first coming last year.

Samantha Tomerlin, Western Michigan, Senior
Allegan, Mich. (Allegan)
Valparaiso Crusader Invitational -- 5k
Time: 18:06.6
Tomerlin battled strong winds to take the individual title at the Crusader Invitational with a time of 18:06.62, helping the Broncos to a second place finish. She was in second place till the 3k mark when she made her move to pull away, finishing ahead of Notre Dame's Susanna Sullivan by 11 seconds. WMU finished just one point behind first place Notre Dame.