By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Karlee Coffey of Eastern Oregon has been named the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Coffey was selected based on her performance from Sept. 24 - 30 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Coffey, a senior from La Grande, Ore., finished with Eastern Oregon's fastest 5,000-meter time in history. Her clocking of 17:17 at the Charles Bowles XC Willamette Invitational (Ore.) earned her a second-place finish. She also broke her personal record by 16 seconds and ended up just four seconds behind the individual medalist. She was the top collegian since the No. 1 finisher was an "unattached" runner.
For complete results of the Charles Bowles XC Willamette Invitational, click here.
For the complete NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Lauren Jaqua, Baker (Kan.); Beth Heldmeyer, Siena Heights (Mich.); Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist; Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Katie Lahmann, Indiana East; Courtney Rouse, Illinois Tech; Brielle Lund, Tabor (Kan.); Aspen Frey, McPherson (Kan.); Ally Manley, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho; Julia Montgomery, Columbia (Mo.); Kelsey Klettke, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Sydnee Nelson, Southwestern (Kan.); Tayler Godar, Georgetown (Ky.); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.); Chelsea Fullerton, Ottawa (Kan.); Jessie Rozario, Southern Oregon; Cherie Gaines, Indiana Tech; Makenzie Patten, Milligan (Tenn.); Liz Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Melissa Carder, South Carolina Beaufort; Bianca Kubicki, Madonna (Mich.); Brittany Aikens, Brenau (Ga.); Sara Howard, Oregon Tech; Elaine Schmeltz, Taylor (Ind.); No Nomination, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Abby Baker, William Woods (Mo.); Kelsea Hendrix, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Lauren Nygren, Webber International (Fla.); Moriah Blanford, Warner (Fla.); Lindsey McDonald, Park (Mo.); Angel Gaesser, Indiana Wesleyan; Amanda Buhr, Missouri Valley; Hilary Halford, St. Francis (Ill.); Robbiccaa Williams, Tennessee Wesleyan; Brittany Young, Dickinson State (N.D.); Brittni Kent, Science & Arts (Okla.); Kim Miller, Asbury (Ky.); Linsie Michels, Concordia (Ore.); Victoria Yates, Bryan (Tenn.); Ashley Shares, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Jena Schwalenberg, Concordia (Neb.); Sharon Ronoh, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Brianna Blunt, Tougaloo (Miss.); Kaylee Fly, Mount Marty (S.D.); Whitney Dooley, Midland (Neb.).
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12): Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2 (Sept. 19): Sarah Kortze, Concordia (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 25): Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 4 (Oct. 3): Karlee Coffey, Eastern Oregon