MAC Announces Cross Country Runners Of The Week

Updated 9/23/2008

MAC Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

Kim Lorentz,  Akron, Sophomore       

Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)       

Buffalo Stampede Invitational (5K)

Time: 17:45    

Lorentz set a new record at Beaver Island State Park with a time of 17:45 and finished 28 seconds ahead of second place.


Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Pat Sovacool, Miami, Senior   

Lakewood, Ohio (St. Ignatius)           

University of Tennesee Invitational (8K)

Time: 24:54.2 

Going up against SEC, ACC, and South Region challengers, Miami University's Pat Sovacool led the RedHawks to a win at the University of Tennessee Invitational on Friday in Maryville, Tenn. The senior's 24:54.22 in the 8K race won the event by six seconds over the Volunteers' top-finisher, and paced the RedHawks to a team win over Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Region contender Belmont. Sovacool has now won six-straight races that were not conference championships, or NCAA regional, national, or pre-national competition, dating back to the 2007 Dayton 5K Challenge.

Other Women’s Runner of the Week Nominees

Vanessa Gilbert, Ball State, Senior

Kettering, Ohio (Fairmont)

Indiana Intercollegiates (5k)

Time: 18:44    

Behind a 10th-place finish from senior Vanessa Gilbert (18:44), the Ball State cross country team took home third-place honors at the 2008 Indiana Intercollegiates Women’s 5K run hosted by Indiana last Friday afternoon.


Mary Veith, Buffalo, Senior

Derby, NY (Lake Shore)         

UB Stampede Invitational (5K)

Time: 18:13    

Finished second on her home course at the UB Stampede Invitational with a season-best time. Cut more than 25 seconds off last year's mark at the race which she won against lesser competition. She finished behind Akron's Kim Lorentz who set a course record (17:45).


Amanda Rudert, Central Michigan, Senior     

Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)

George Dales Invitational at WMU (5K)

Time: 18:13    

Amanda Rudert won the individual title at the George Dales Invitational on Friday while leading CMU to the team championship as well.  Rudert ran the 5K in 18:13, beating the nearest competitor by eight seconds.  The time was a PR for the senior and her first individual title of her career.


Natalie Webb, Eastern Michigan, Freshman   

Allen Park, Mich. (Woodhaven)

George Dales Invitational (5K)          

Time: 18:21.3 

Freshman Natalie Webb led the Eagles to a third place team finish at the George Dales Invitational. She was the top EMU performer, finishing second with a career-best 18:21.32.


Kassandra Meholick, Kent State, Sophomore

New Cumberland, Pa. (Cedar Cliff)     

Iona Meet of Champions (5K)

Time: 22:24.3 

Meholick was selected to the Women’s All-Meet Team at Iona Meet of Champions in New Rochelle, New York on Saturday (9/20). The top 20 runners in both the men’s and women’s races were accorded All-Meet Team honors. Meholick tied for eighth overall with a time of 22:24.3.


Jennifer Roberts, Western Michigan, Sophomore

Bolingbrook, Ill. (Romeoville) 

George Dales Invitational (5K)

Time: 18:22.5 

Came within seven seconds a personal best and picked up third place at the George Dales Invitational, helping WMU to a second overall finish. Roberts was also the top finisher for the Broncos and was the first runner for WMU other than Jill Odom to finish as WMU's No. 1.


Other Men’s Runner of the Week Nominees

Ryan Bloom, Buffalo, Sophomore

Spencerport, NY (Spencerport)        

UB Stampede Invitational (8K)

Time: 26:12.2 

UB's top finisher with a seventh-place showing on the home course at the UB Stampede Invitational. Cut nearly 45 seconds off his time on the course from last season's meet when he finished fifth against a less-competitive field.


Tony Jordanek, Kent State, Senior    

Lexington, Ohio (Lexington)   

Iona Meet of Champions (8K)

Time: 25:19.3             

Jordanek was the top finisher for the Golden Flashes when he placed 25th overall with a time of 25:19.3 at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday (9/20) in New Rochelle, New York.