MAC Announces Cross Country Runners Of The Week

Updated 9/25/2007

Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Josh Karanja, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Ottawa, Canada (Nepean)

Karanja took home the individual victory at the Western Ontario International (10k) for the Eagles, winning the race in a time of 31:53, besting his nearest opponent by six seconds. Karanja’s time was the eleventh fastest time in meet history. He also helped his team win the meet in a record setting 25 points (besting Windsor's 27 points in 2003). They also set a record for the lowest overall team time total of 161:26 for the top five runners. The previous record, 161:32, was set by the University of Michigan’s 1990 team. He and his fellow scorers finished within 33 seconds of one another.

Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Kelly McClure, Central Michigan, Jr., Iron Mountain, Mich. (Iron Mountain)

McClure won the individual title at the Central Collegiates while leading the Chippewas to the team title over three other MAC schools.  McClure ran the 5K in 18:25 for her first meet victory over her cross country career (any level).  She has finished in the top 10 overall in each of CMU's meets this season.

Other Men’s Nominations

Dan Giza, Buffalo, Sr., Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)

UB Stampede Invite/8k course

Time: 26:14

Giza ran a very controlled and comfortable race, and took the lead in the last 2k kilometers to pull away to a nice 11 second victory.     


Sammy Kiprotich, Central Michigan, Fr., Eldoret, Kenya

Western Ontario International/10k

Time: 32:25:00

Kiprotich made his collegiate debut by placing sixth at the Western Ontario International event.  He ran the 10K in 32:25.  CMU finished fourth of 17 teams.


Craig Leon, Ohio, Sr., Van Wert, Ohio (Van Wert)

Ohio Invitational/8k

Time: 25:12.6

Leon's victory at the Ohio Invitational is his second straight first-place finish. The senior from Van Wert, Ohio, has won the overall men's races at the Mel Brodt Invite and the Ohio Invitational by a combined 30 second margin and his victories have led the Bobcats to two 2nd place team finishes. Leon and the Bobcats head to South Bend, Ind., on Friday to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational.


Other Women’s Nominations

Mary Veith, Buffalo, Jr., Lake Shore, N.Y. (Lake Shore)

UB Stampede Invite/ 5k

Time: 18:39

Veith ran a controlled race and ran to a comfortable victory by almost a full 20 seconds ahead of 2nd place.   


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

Central Collegiate Championships/5K       

Time: 18:29.7

Williams led the way for the Green and White for the third consecutive meet this season. She fought off a tough a opponent from Toledo to finish second in a time of 18:29.72. This is also her third consecutive top-ten performance.


Melissa Horner, Ohio, Jr., Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard-Davidson)

Ohio Invitational/5K

Time: 18:44.5

Melissa Horner's seventh place finish was the best by a Bobcat at the Ohio Invitational and was the Hilliard native's top finish in 2007. Horner's top-10 place led Ohio to a 2nd place finish at the Ohio Invitational.


Joni Camp, Toledo, Fr.,Sterling, Ohio (Norwayne)      

Central Collegiate Championships/5K

Time: 18:44.3

Helped UT come in second place with her sixth place finish.


Samantha Draney, Western Michigan, Fr., Allegan, Mich. (Allegan) 

Central Collegiate Championship/5K        

Time: 18:34.0

For the second meet in a row, freshman Samantha Draney turned in a top-five finish and was the leader of the Bronco squad, taking fifith at the 5K Central Collegiate Championship on Sept. 21.