MAC Announces Cross Country Runners Of The Week

Updated 10/2/2007

Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

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

Karanja led the Eagles for the third consecutive time this season. The veteran turned in a blistering time of 24:20, his fastest collegiate 8K, good for an 18th place finish. He led the Eagles to an 8th place finish with 220 points.

Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Kari Summers, Ohio, So., Troy, Ohio (Troy)

After taking third at the Mel Brodt Invitational at Bowling Green State University, Summers led all Ohio runners with a 45th place finish in the top-tier Blue Division at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Other Men’s Nominees

Eddie Kipchoge, Bowling Green, So., Eldoret, Kenya

Greater Louisville Classic/8k

Time: 24:16

Rebounded from an injury at the Mel Brodt Invitational two weeks ago, by finishing 11th at the Greater Louisville Classic. Kipchoge's time was the third fastest 8k in BGSU history, as he eclipsed his career-best time of 24:42, which was eighth all-time Falcon history. Only BGSU's Tim Brennan and Jeff Boutelle have had better times than the native of Eldoret, Kenya, as Kipchoge's time is the fastest 8k time for a Falcon in 14 years.


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

Paul Short Invite/8k

Time: 25:29

Giza led his team with another strong race placing 62nd overall in a field of 268 runners. 


Scott Hilditch, Kent State, Fr., Stow, Ohio (Woodridge)

Notre Dame Invitational/5 miles

Time: 25:37

Finished 101st in second collegiate start at elite race.


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

George Mason Invitational/8k

Time: 25:30.3

Sovacool won his third race in as many meets on Saturday morning, winning the George Mason Invitational in 25:30.26. It was his closest race of the season, winning in over seven seconds. Yet, he was nearly 10 seconds faster than his nearest non-Miami competition, as the RedHawks won the event over Maryland, George Mason, Navy, Charlotte, the University of Albany, American, Campbell, and UNC-Wilmington.


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

Notre Dame Invitational/8k

Time: 24:56

Leon's third place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational is amazingly his worst place this season. The senior has crossed the finish line in first at two different events (the Mel Brodt Invite and the Ohio Invitational) and now in third.



Other Women’s Nominees

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

Notre Dame Invitational/5k

Time: 18:04

The Cardinals were led by Ali Bishel who recorded an eighth place finish clocking in at 18:04.


Ashley Fischer, Bowling Green, Fr., Fremont, Ohio (Ross)

Greater Louisville Classic/5k

Time: 18:03.9

Fischer, who was coming off two top 10 finishes, including a dual meet win over the University of Toledo in her first collegiate race, would run a new collegiate-best time of 18:03.93 to lead all BGSU women as she finished 24th.


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

Paul Short Invite/6k

Time: 21:29

Veith ran a strong race against top notch competition, and placed 32nd in a field of 317 runners.    


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

Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational/5k

Time: 18:06

Senior Kalli Williams was the top runner for the Eagles at the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational for the fourth time this season. She finished the 5K race in a season-best 18:06, good for an eighth place finish. This was also her fourth in as many times this season that she has finished in the top-ten.


Kassandra Meholick, Kent State, Fr., New Cumberland, Pa. (Cedar Cliff)

Notre Dame Invitational/5k

Time: 18:28

Set a personal record to finish 23rd in third collegiate race.


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

Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational/5k

Time: 18:48

Draney logged her third top finish for the Broncos in as many races, placing 25th overall (22nd scoring runner) at the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago last Saturday.