By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kellian Hunt of Biola (Calif.) has been named NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Hunt was selected based on his performance from Oct. 13-20 and was chosen out of a pool of conference runner of the week selections.
National Runner of the Week
Kellian Hunt, Biola (Calif.)
Sr., Whittier, Ca.
• Finished third out of 172 runners that featured 18 NCAA Division I schools and three non-NCAA DI schools.
• Finished ahead of 152 NCAA Division I runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invite on Oct. 17 in Sunnyvale, Ca.
• Timed a 19:57 6k, which was over one minute faster than any other non-NCAA Division I runner.
• Three seconds behind the race winner from Sacramento State.
• This is her first career runner of the week honor.
Nominees: Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Sloan Scott, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Betsy Minkler, Williams Baptist (Ark.); Helen Royal, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Lexi Mitzel, Corban (Ore.); Alyssa Harmon, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Jessa Perkinson, Southern Oregon; Amanda Welch, Eastern Oregon; Caitlin Clark, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Aspen Dirr, Huntington (Ind.); Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Katie Browning, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.); Jamie Larsen, Nebraska Wesleyan; Emily Perona, Evangel (Mo.); Lucy Williams, Rio Grande (Ohio); Taryn Thor, IU Kokomo ; Morgan Stanley, Indiana East; Jenny Wilson, Georgetown (Ky.); Claudia Tepox, Cumberland (Tenn.); Sarah Gibson, Viterbo (Wis.); Ethel Ajanga, Wiley (Texas); Destiny Garza, SAGU (Texas); Carly Coney, John Brown (Ark.); HollyAnn Goble, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Amie Wimberly, Mobile (Ala.); Michaela Elmer, Ave Maria (Fla.); Chloe Walter, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Allison Dible, Aquinas (Mich.)
2015-16 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 09): Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Kellian Hunt, Biola (Calif.)
Week 4 (Sept. 30): Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
Week 5 (Oct. 07): Alyssa Harmon, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Kayla Byl, Dordt (Iowa)
Week 7 (Oct. 21): Kellian Hunt, Biola (Calif.)