Miami's Swisher and Toledo's Stenback Win Runner of the Week Honors

Updated 10/18/2005

MAC Men's Runner of the Week

Chris Swisher
Miami
Sr. (Milan,Ind./Milan)
Rrunning against a field that featured 14 nationally-ranked teams, Swisher was the top Miami finisher at the Pre-National (Blue Race) meet as he placed 21st at the 8K Lavern Gibson Championship Course. Swisher clocked in at 24:12, 15 seconds ahead of the next closest RedHawk finisher, and the race marked the fourth-consecutive race that Swisher was the top Miami runner.

Other Nominations:

Rogers Kipchumba
Bowling Green
Jr. (El Doret, Kenya /Kansas State/Chebara)
Kipchumba ran to an impressive third place finish at the Second Annual Falcon Invitational with a time of 26:01. Kipchumba has been the lead Falcon runner in every race this season.

Dan McKenna
Buffalo
Jr. (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool)
McKenna had a fantastic performance at the Penn St. National invite placing 9th overall with a time of 25:34 in a field of 306 runners. McKenna was the second MAC finisher in the race, and continues his incredible season. His time was a personal best on the PSU course by over a minute.

Jeff Powers
Central Michigan
Jr.(Franklin, Ind./Franklin)
Powers placed third at the Bradley Classic with an 8k time of 24:45. He has been CMU's top runner all season long.

Corey Nowitzke
Eastern Michigan
Jr. (Monroe, Mich/Monroe)
Nowitzke finished fifth in the at the PSU Nationals with a time of 25:26. He helped EMU to a first-place team finish over some nationally ranked teams.

Jason Linton
Ohio
Sr. (Vincent, Ohio/Warren)
Linton at the Pre-Nationals became the 10th fastest Ohio men's cross country individual ever at 24:46.7, finishing 67th in the meet.

MAC Women's Runner of the Week

Ebba Stenback
Toledo
Sr. (Norrkoping, Sweden/Kungsgrards)
Stenback led the Rockets to a first-place finish at BG's Falcon Invitational, winning the 5K race with a time of 17:20. It was the second win of the year for Stenback, who also won the Central Collegiate Invitational. The Rockets had the top two finishers in the race (Stenback and Dagmara Handzlik) and scored just 23 points to win the meet.


Other Nominations:

Beata Rudzinska
Akron
Sr. (Ilawa, Poland/University of Gdansk)
For the third time in four races, Rudzinska finished in the top-10 and posted her fourth top-15 finish. In a field full of some of the best runners in the country, Rudzinska finished in fifth-place, breaking the tape in a time of 20:49 on the 6,000-meter course. Rudzinska finished among the runners of No. 1 Duke, who placed six runners in the top 11 spots.

Stephanie Hillman
Bowling Green
So. (Westerville, Ohio /Westerville-South)
Hillman ran a ten second personal best at this past Saturday's (0ct. 15) Second annual Falcon Invitational. Her time of 17:50 was good for a fourth place finish behind her teammate Jamie Roflow. The Falcons, unable to close the gap between Roflow and the rest of the runners were finally able to as Hillman was only 19 seconds behind Roflow. Hillman helped her team to a second place finish, only behind Toledo.

Jen Jezorski
Buffalo
Sr. (Elmira, N.Y., /Elmira SouthSide)
Jezorski ran a strong race at the Penn State National Meet, running her personal best time of 22:21 on this course.

Jackie Rivard
Central Michigan
Fr. (Bad Axe, Mich./Ubly)
Rivard was the top MAC runner in the Michigan Intercollegiates 4K with a ninth-place finish and a time of 14:34. She has been CMU's top runner in all four meets this season.

Jennie Stoll
Miami
So. (Pewaukee,Wis./Pewaukee)
Running against a field with 10 nationally ranked teams, Stoll was the top Miami finisher at the Pre-National meet (White Race) as she finished 81st at the 6K LaVern Gibson Championship Course with a time of 21:55. The Pre-National meet marked the fifth-consecutive race in which Stoll was the first Miami runner across the line.

Carmie Reinhart
Ohio
So. (Bascom,Ohio/Hopewell-Loudon)
Reinhart was the fastest Bobcat at the Pre-Nationals, finishing 52nd with a time of 21:37.7, 30 seconds faster than her time at the same meet in 2004.

Jill Odom
Western Michigan
Fr. (Highland, Ind./Highland)
Odom finished second at the Bronco Invitational with a time of 18:21.71. It was her highest finish of the season and the highest finish in an event for any Western Michigan runner this season. Odom led the Broncos to a 27-point win (23-50) over second-place Eastern Michigan in the Bronco Invitational. The win was Western Michigan's first meet win of the season.