MAC Announces Mens & Women's Cross Country Runners Of The Week

Updated 9/4/2007

Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

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

Sovacool set a meet record, clocking a personal best time of 15:02 to win the Flyer 5K Challenge. He bested his nearest competitor by 13 seconds. It was Sovacool’s first first-place finish as a RedHawk. Sovacool spearheaded Miami to a first-place team finish, marking the fifth straight year the RedHawks have won the Dayton 5K Challenge.


Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week

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

Fischer helped lead the BGSU women to a 25 to 31 win over the UT women, as she picked up her first collegiate victory in her first race. She finished with a time of 18:22 in the 5K race.


Other Men's Nominations:

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

Kipchoge won the men's race against Toledo for the second-straight season, as he posted his fifth-career first place finish.


Donnie Richmond, Central Michigan, Jr., Ortonville, Mich. (Oxford )

Richmond finished sixth overall to lead CMU in the non-scored event. It was the first time he ever led CMU in a meet.


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

Ran his second fastest collegiate 10K in a time of 31:20. Finished second only to former EMU harrier Corey Nowitzke, who was running for Adidas in the open race. The third place finisher finished 33 seconds behind him.



Others Women's Nominations:
Kelly McClure, Central Michigan, Jr., Iron Mountain, Mich. (Iron Mountain)

McClure ran a personal best 18:15 in the 5K to finish fifth overall behind four runners from Michigan State. It marked the first meet in her career that she was the top CMU runner. The event was a non-scored meet.


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

Finished sixth at the Michigan Open in a time of 18:38. Was the first EMU runner across the line.


Laura Neufarth, Miami, So., Centerville, Ohio (Centerville/Ohio State)

In her first meet as a RedHawk, Neufarth spearheaded Miami to a first-place finish at the Flyer 5K Challenge by winning the meet in a time of 18:20. Neufarth crossed the finish line 12 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.