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NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - No. 5

October 05, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

Photo provided by Rich Tortorelli

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Aminat Olowora has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second time in so many weeks, the national office announced Wednesday. Olowora was selected for her performance on Oct. 1, and was selected out of a pool of Conference/Association of Independent Institutions award winners. 

NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Aminat Olowora, Oklahoma City
Jr., Lagos, Nigeria

  • Ran a school-record time of 16:16.81-70 seconds faster than Oklahoma City's previous record-to win the Division II portion of the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. This is the second meet in-a-row Olowora has won.
  • Posted a mark that was just 6.98 seconds behind the Division I winner in the 5-kilometer race.
  • Olowora leads an Oklahoma City team that is currently ranked No. 8 in the NAIA. The Stars finished fourth in the Division II team standings at the Festival. They will next compete at the NAIA Mid-States Classic on Oct. 22 in Winfield, Kan.

For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Grace Young, Columbia (Mo.); Emily Erdman, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Ivie Nobles, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Greta Van Calcar, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.); Hannah Rhodes, Tennessee Wesleyan; Keili Dorn, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Lila Klopfenstein, College of Idaho; Sierra Brown, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Rachel Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Elizabeth Soper, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Stephanie Clarkson, Governors State (Ill.); Kyleigh Werner, Purdue Northwest (Ind.); Mae Elizabeth Gimre, Taylor (Ind.); Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Sarah McBeath, Indiana Wesleyan; Janie Reid, Carroll (Mont.); Mackenzie O'Dore, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Lyndee Dawson, Biola (Calif.); Morgan Pedrick, The Master's (Calif.); Kylee Smallfoot, Midland (Neb.); Madelyn Brunt, British Columbia; Madison Peace, Cumberlands (Ky.); Anna Havranek, Shawnee State (Ohio); Rachel Turi, Viterbo (Wis.); Maureen Rono, Wiley (Texas); Gabrielle Arsiaga, Southwest (N.M.); Katy Falkenberg, Asbury (Ky.); Nikki Aleshire, WVU Tech; Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.); Ashley Toschlog, Indiana East; Ariel Young, Ohio Christian; Brittany Sloan, IU Kokomo; Lucy Williams, Rio Grande (Ohio); Jackline Jemeli, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Maria Galarza, Texas Wesleyan; Elle Hamilton, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Ariel Jones, William Carey (Miss.); Tristin Sanders, Loyola (La.); Theresa Lasal, Middle Georgia State; Susana Gutierrez, St. Thomas (Fla.); Betsy Douglas, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Natasha Menifee, Webber International (Fla.); Sydni Ogilvie, Southeastern (Fla.); Tiffany Rauch, Indiana Tech; Stephanie Johnston, Concordia (Mich.); Juliana Dotson, Lourdes (Ohio)

2016 Women's Cross Country National Runners of the Week:
Week 1 (September 07): Marissa DeWispelare, Doane (Neb.) 
Week 2 (September 14): Lyndee Dawson, Biola (Calif.) 
Week 3 (September 21): Sierra Brown, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 4 (September 28): Aminat Olowora, Oklahoma City
Week 5 (October 5): Aminat Olowora, Oklahoma City