Miami Sweeps Cross Country Runners Of The Week Awards

Updated 9/11/2007

Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Pat Sovacool, Miami, Lakewood, Jr., Ohio (St. Ignatius)

Sovacool won his second straight first-place finish. Sovacool finished more than a minute ahead of the next non Miami runner with a time of 25:20. The RedHawks took the top nine spots in the race. 


Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Laura Neufarth, Miami, Jr. Centerville, Ohio (Centerville)

Neufarth won her second-straight race to open the 2007 season with a first place finish at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati on Saturday. She finished with a time of 18:09. Beating the second-place finisher by more than 14 seconds. Miami won the invitational over Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati.


Other Men's Nominations:

Jason Headman, Akron, Sr., Ashtabula, Ohio (Edgewood)

The men's team placed seven runners in the top nine to score 19 points to win. Jason Headman got the Zips off on the right note, completing the four-mile course in 20:41, which is the second-fastest time recorded at Firestone Park and three seconds better than runner up Kyle Basista (Mount Union).


Jason Ayr, Buffalo, So., Westfield, Mass. (Westfield)

Ayr ran his first race of the 2007 XC season and set a personal best on the Tommy Evans 4 mile course with a 20 second improvement over his 2006 time.  Jason, an Environment Design Major, led his team and ran a strong race.


Others Women's Nominations:

Larisa Arcip, Akron, So., Vaslui, Romania (Spiru Haret University)

Led Akron, who scored a perfect 15 points in winning the Tommy Evans Invitational. (Akron swept the top 8 places in the race).


Ali Bishel, Ball State, So., Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton)

Bishel finished in fifth place in the Indiana Inivitational competing against Indiana, Michigan and IUPUI.


Nicole Soblosky, Buffalo, So., Colonie, NY (Colonie)

Sobolsky ran her first race for the University at Buffalo Bull’s XC squad and placed 10th overall at the Tommy Evans Invite.  She held her team together through the first mile, and then stepped it up and moved her way up through the pack from 30th place to 10th place overall. 


Kalli Williams, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Dexter, Mich. (Dexter)

Williams ran a season best 18:16 at the 2007 Running Fit Titan Invitational Saturday, bettering her season mark by 22 seconds. She finished second overall, helping her team to a second place finish.

Samantha Draney, Western Michigan, Fr., Allegan, Mich. (Allegan)
Draney led the Western Michigan cross country team to a second- place finish in her first collegiate meet, the Crusader open. Draney took fourth overall, crossing in the finish line in 19:23.