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NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week No. 6 (Oct. 11)

October 11, 2017
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By Katie Green, Manager of Athletics Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ellie Willging of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Willging was selected for her performance from October 2 - 8 and was selected out of a pool of conference/Association of Independent Institutions award winners.

NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Ellie Willging, Saint Xavier
SR, Freeport, Ill.

  • Ran a 5K with a time of 17:44
  • Finished first out of 203 runners at the Bethel College Invitational
  • Set the course record finishing 23 seconds before everyone else in the field
  • Was the only runner to break 18 minutes at the meet

Nominees: Vibian Chemeli, Park (Mo.); Sarah Kate Gartman, Milligan (Tenn.); Alyssa Waibel, Columbia (S.C.); Molly Vitale-Sullivan, College of Idaho; Megan DeWeerd, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Brianna McCormick, Roosevelt (Ill.); Taylor Conroy, St. Francis (Ill.); Grace Dwyer, Calumet (Ind.); Livy Schroder, Taylor (Ind.); Nora Rangel, Goshen (Ind.); Mei-Li Stevens, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Katie Bosch, Northwestern (Iowa); Chesha Lewis, Tougaloo (Miss.); Katherine Dillard, Benedictine (Kan.); Bethany Brown, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Lizeth Luciano, Missouri Valley; Guadalupe Gonzalez, William Penn (Iowa); Christa Follette, Friends (Kan.); Lorena Moreno, Saint Mary (Kan.); Justine Vogele, Southwestern (Kan.); Evelyn Moore, Cumberlands (Ky.); Elizabeth Skipper, Life (Ga.); Grace Miller, Valley City State (N.D.); Marissa Kuik, Waldorf (Iowa); Jacey Wilson, Dickinson State (N.D.); Ione Rodriguez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Natasha Poleon, Wiley (Texas); Alexandra Adam, Southwest (N.M.) ; Alyssa Boyd, Point Park (Pa.); Allison Lyon, Asbury (Ky.); Madeline Jones, Brescia (Ky.); Silvia Sosa, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Sasha Solano-McDaniel, Loyola (La.); Teresa Lasal, Middle Georgia State; Kelsi Ogilvie, Southeastern (Fla.); Lemi Wutz, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Kendal Clark, Webber International (Fla.); Michaela Elmer, Ave Maria (Fla.); Ciara McMahon, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Melissa Winchester, Aquinas (Mich.); Kelli Smith, Cornerstone (Mich.); Megan Theismann, Indiana Tech; Caroline George, Madonna (Mich.)

2017-18 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners

Week 1 (September 06): Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.)
Week 2 (September 13): Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.)
Week 3 (September 20): Ellie Willging, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 4 (September 27): Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.)
Week 5 (October 04): Aminat Olowora, Oklahoma City
Week 6 (October 11): Ellie Willging, Saint Xavier (Ill.)