MAC Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

Updated 10/18/2012


MAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Mount Cook, Wellington (Wellington College (New Zealand))
3rd at NCAA Pre-Nationals at the University of Louisville (23:15.7)
Senior Terefe Ejigu took third Saturday, Oct. 13 in Louisville at the 75th running of the NCAA Pre-Nationals.  Ejigu was the top finisher among the Eagles for the fourth time this season.  The third place mark was made more impressive by the fact that he was running against eight nationally ranked teams and multiple others that were among the best in their respective regions.
MAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Kaylin Belair, Toledo
Senior, Monroe, Mich. (Lansing Community College)
Event: Wisconsin Adidas Invitational 6K
Finish in Event: 40th
Finishing Time: 20:22 (PR)
Kaylin Belair set a personal-best time of 20:22 at the prestigious Wisconsin Adidas Invite last Friday, a meet that featured 20 ranked teams in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll. Belair finished 40th overall among 327 runners as No. 20 Toledo tied for 13th place with Yale. The Rockets beat seven ranked teams, including No. 9 Vanderbilt, and it was the first time in MAC history that five women ran under 21:00 in the same race. Next up for UT will be MAC championships as they go for a third-straight title. The Rockets have not lost a varsity race, in any meet, to a MAC school since 2009.
Other Nominees 
Dylan Papp, Akron
Sophomore, Green, Ohio (Green HS)
Event: Pre-National Invitational (8K)
Finish in Event: 42nd
Finishing Time: 25:07.9
Sophomore Dylan Papp led the men's team to a third-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., last Saturday. Papp ran the 8K in 25:07.9 as the Zips' top runner, placing 42nd individually in the unseeded race.
Maria Moore, Akron
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Woodridge HS)
Event: Pre-National Invitational (6K)
Finish in Event: 27th
Finishing Time: 21:59.4
Sophomore Maria Moore was the Zips top runner on the day, finishing the women's 6K in 21:59.4, at the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., last Saturday. Moore placed 27th overall as the Zips women finished ninth as a team in their unseeded race. 
Mike Pressler, Buffalo
Year: Junior
Hometown: Montgomery, NY
Previous School: Valley Central HS
Event: Princeton Invite
Finish in Event: 11th of 212
Finishing Time: 24:33 (8K)

Additional Information: Mike Pressler was the top men’s finisher as he completed the 8K course in 24:33 to finish 11th in a field of 212 individuals. Pressler’s time was nearly a minute faster than his previous 8K season best of 25:28.7 when he finished fourth at the UB Stampede Invitational. The Bulls finished sixth in a 24-team field at the meet.

Shelby Janutol, Buffalo
Year: Senior
Hometown: Troy, MI
Previous Schools: Troy HS/Ferris State
Event: Princeton Invite
Finish in Event: 34th of 219
Finishing Time: 22:29 (6K)
Additional information: Janutol was UB’s top finisher at the Princeton Invitational In the women’s 6K race, She finished 34th of 219 runners in 22:29 as the Bulls placed ninth among 25 teams. It was Janutol’s third race this season as she has been the Bulls’ top women’s finisher in the three meets.
Krista Parks, Central Michigan
Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood HS
Parks was the top finisher for the Chippewas in the unseeded PreNationals Black 6k race on Saturday, placing 11th in a season-best 21:40.8. The Chippewas finished 6th as a team, the highest of any MAC team in the race, and Parks was the top MAC finisher.
Michael Heller, Kent State
Year: Senior
Hometown/High School: Stow, Ohio/Stow
Event: NCAA Division I Pre-National Meet – 8k
Finish in Event: 5th
Finishing Time: 24:22.8
Week’s Achievements (detailed description of week’s events):
Senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) took fifth-place in the ‘Men’s Black Unseeded’ 8K to pace the Golden Flashes at the NCAA Division I Pre-National Meet in Louisville, Ky. Heller set a career-best mark for the second consecutive meet, finishing the course in 24:22.8. KentState finished 17th at the meet with 398 points.
Steve Kiplagat, Miami
Redshirt senior
Iten, Kenya/St. Lawrence University
Event: Pre-Nationals (Louisville, Ky.)
Finish: 62nd place
Time: 24:10.0
Redshirt senior transfer Steve Kiplagat was Miami’s top finisher for the second time this year, placing 62nd in a field of 272 runners in the Red (seeded) Race at Pre-Nationals Saturday in Louisville, running against several nationally and regionally ranked teams. He clocked a time of 24:10, which marks an 8K season best, while returning from an injury after missing Miami’s last meet. He helped Miami place 32nd out of 40 teams in the race.
Monica Fischer, Miami
Redshirt junior
Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming HS
Event: Pre-Nationals (Louisville, Ky.)
Finish: 85th
Time: 21:27.7
Redshirt junior Monica Fischer was Miami’s top finisher for the first time in her career Saturday at Pre-Nationals, crossing in 85th place with a 6K personal-best time of 21:27.7, shaving over 40 seconds off her previous-best 6K time, which she clocked last year. She was running in a field of 265 runners in the Red (seeded) Race, which consisted of several nationally and regionally ranked teams. Fischer led Miami to a 22nd-place team finish out of 38 teams, which was tops among the three MAC teams in the race.

Courtney Oldenburg, Northern Illinois 
Year: Senior
Previous School: West Salem HS
Event: Bradley Classic (6K)
Finish in Event: 8th Place
Finishing Time: 21:29
Week’s Achievements: 
Oldenburg easily broke Northern Illinois' 6K record Friday afternoon at the Bradley Classic. The senior from West Salem, Wis., crossed the finish line at 21:29 to take eighth place in the 222-runner field. Oldenburg also held the old record of 22:03.60 in 2010 and completed the sweep of NIU records, as she broke the school's 5K record.

Hilary Serem, Toledo
Sophomore, Eldoret, Kenya
Event: Pre-NCAA Invitational 8K (at Louisville)
Finish in Event: 17th
Finishing Time: 24:42.90 (PR)
Hilary Serem ran in impressive 24:42.90 (PR) in his season debut at the Pre-NCAA Invitational hosted by Louisville . The sophomore stepped up for the Rockets in the absence of one of their top runners by finishing 17th among 278 runners. Serem was the team's No. 2 runner a year ago and provides a major boost heading into the MAC championships on Oct. 27.