ELMHURST, Ill. - Southern Utah's Cameron Levins and Oral Roberts' Kristen Radcliff were named The Summit League's Cross Country Athletes of the Week for their performances Oct. 11-17.
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Kristen Radcliff, Oral Roberts
Sr., Forgan, Okla./Forgan
Radcliff captures her third career Athlete of the Week award and second of the season after recording a 6k time of 21:02.8 at the Chile Pepper Festival. Her time marks the fourth-fastest league time this season. Radcliff led the Golden Eagles to a 16th-place finish ahead of three South Central regionally ranked teams in No. 6 Baylor, No. 10 TCU and No. 11 UT Arlington.
Also nominated: Sarah Hutchings, IPFW; Rachel Zajac, IUPUI; Sarah Meiners, UMKC; Heidi Peterson, North Dakota State; Brittni Hutton, Oakland; Jessica Brandli, South Dakota; Danielle Burke, South Dakota State; Diana Medina-Mitchell, Southern Utah; Chelsea Lynes, Western Illinois.
Previous winners: Sept. 6 - Kristen Radcliff, Oral Roberts; Sept. 13 - Sarah Hutchings, IPFW; Sept. 20 - Diana Medina-Mitchell, Southern Utah; Sept. 27 - Heidi Peterson, North Dakota State; Oct. 4 - Diana Medina-Mitchell, Southern Utah; Oct. 11 - Diana Medina-Mitchell, Southern Utah.
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cameron Levins, Southern Utah
R-Sr., British Columbia, Canada
Levins earns his league-record 13th career Athlete of the Week honor and fourth of the season after winning the Chile Pepper Festival with a league-best 10k time of 29:13.8, his fourth-straight first-place finish this season. He finished ahead of runners from No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 27 Texas A&M and numerous regionally ranked teams. The red-shirt senior led the Thunderbirds to sixth-place overall out of 32 teams ahead of one nationally ranked team and eight regionally ranked teams. With the honor, Levins extends his league record (since 1995) to 13 career Athlete of the Week awards and ties the league record for awards in a season (4) with three former Thunderbirds (Cody Moat, Jess Baumgartner and Mark Currell). This marks the third season that he has collected four honors after doing so in 2008 and 2009.
Also nominated: Steven Zimmerman, IPFW; Spencer Burgin, IUPUI; Cosmas Ayabei, UMKC; Kenny Wall, Oakland; Shadrack Koech, Oral Roberts; Jeff Mettler, South Dakota; Greg Vollmer, South Dakota State; Michael Castel, Western Illinois.
Previous winners: Sept. 6 - Elijah Rono, Southern Utah; Sept. 13 - Zane Cooperider, IUPUI; Sept. 20 - Cameron Levins, Southern Utah; Sept. 27 - Greg Vollmer, South Dakota State; Oct. 4 - Cameron Levins, Southern Utah; Oct. 11 - Cameron Levins, Southern Utah.