MAC Announces Men's Cross Country Runners Of The Week

Updated 10/21/2008

MAC Men’s Cross Country Player of the Week

Josh Karanja, Eastern Michigan, Senior         

Ottawa, Canada-Nepean        

Pre-Nationals (8K)     

Time: 24:06.9 

Senior Josh Karanja led the Eagles at the Pre-National meet this past weekend, running 24:06.9, the fastest time by a Mid-American Conference Runner. He finished 26th in the White Division.


MAC Women’s Cross Country Player of the Week

Kari Summers, Ohio, Junior    

Troy, Ohio       

Pre-Nationals (6K)

Time: 20:52.2 

Summers continued her success at Pre-Nationals, leading the Bobcats with a 21st place individual finish, running a time of 20:52 in the 6K Blue Race. Summers was the top MAC finisher in the race, ahead of teammate Annie Beecham. The junior helped Ohio to a 24th place finish of 41 teams in a strong field.


Other Men’s Nominees

Ryan Bloom, Buffalo, Sophomore

Spencerport, N.Y. (Spencerport)

BGSU Falcon Invitational (8K)

Time: 25:03.8 

Bloom paced the Bulls with a third-place finish in the men's 8K race. Bloom finished the course in 25:03.82 to set a season-best mark and cut 43 seconds from his previous best (25:46) set at the Paul Short Invitational on October 3. He was the top Mid-American Conference runner in the field. 


Chris Moody, Bowling Green, Sophomore

Davidsonville, Md. (South River)

Falcon Invitational (8K)          

Time: 25:31.8 

Was BGSU's top finisher at the Falcon Invitational.  Placed 11th among 108 finishers in a time of 25:31.80, tying his season best.


Aiman Scullion, Kent State, Sophomore        

Salem, Ohio (Salem)   

Penn State National Cross Country Meet (5.2 miles)

Time: 25.57     

Scullion finished 29th overall out of 306 runners with a time of 25:57 at the Penn State National Cross Country Meet in State College, Pennsylvania on Friday (10/17).


Shamus Eaton, Ohio, Senior   

Uniontown, Ohio

Pre-Nationals (8K)

Time: 25:03.7 

Senior Shamus Eaton ran a season-best time of 25:03.7 to place 114th at Pre-Nationals to lead the Bobcats to a 38th place finish. Eaton was the third-best MAC runner in the Blue Race.


Elisha Kipchumba, Toledo, Sophomore           

Nairobi, Kenya

Falcon Invitational (8k)          

Time: 25:05.9 

Kipchumba helped lead the Rockets to their first men's meet victory in over 15 years as UT took the number one spot of 11 teams, including MAC foes Buffalo and Bowling Green. He was the top runner for UT for the third-straight week.


Other Women’s Nominees

Vanessa Gilbert, Ball State, Senior

Kettering, Ohio (Fairmont)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (6K)       

Time: 22:41.8 

Gilbert paced the Ball State squad with a time of 22:41.8 at the Pre-National. She finished 187th out of 282 runners in the field.


Mary Veith, Buffalo, Senior, Derby, NY (Lake Shore)

BGSU Falcon Invitational (6K)

Time: 22:02.0 

Veith ran a strong race finishing the 6K Bowling Green course in 22:01.96 finishing third in a 121-runner field.


Kara Butler, Bowling Green, Senior    

Okemos, Mich. (Okemos)

Falcon Invitational (6K)

Time: 21:41.2 

Was the individual winner of the Falcon Invitational, helping BGSU to the team title.  The Falcons had 28 points, topping a 12-team field that included MAC foes Toledo and Buffalo.  Had a 6K time of 21:41.15 to win by nearly 14 seconds.


Melissa Green, Eastern Michigan, Senior       

Brecksville, Ohio (Brecksville)

Pre-NCAA Nationals (6K)

Time: 22:46    

Green led the Eagles for the first time this season, running the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:46 to finish 188th.


Kassandra Meholick, Kent State, Sophomore

New Cumberland, Pa. (Cedar Cliff)

Penn State National Cross Country Meet (6K)

Time: 21:56    

Meholick completed the 6,000 meter course in 21:56 to finish 58th overall out of 299 runners at the Penn State National Cross Country Meet in State College, Pennsylvania on Friday (10/17).


Natalie Perzanowski, Toledo, Freshman         

St. Clairsville, Ohio (St. Johns)           

Falcon Invitational (6k)

Time: 22:26.2 

Perzanowski led the Rockets to a second-place finish at the Falcon Invite and placed sixth overall.