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NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - No. 6

October 12, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

Photo provided by Glen Hill, SCAD Atlanta Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Emily Kearney of SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kearney was selected for her performance on Oct. 7, and was selected out of a pool of Conference/Association of Independent Institutions award winners. 

NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Emily Kearney, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)
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  • On a course which saw heavy rain and tough conditions before the race, Kearney completed a 17:32 5-kilometer run to finish as the top individual in the Royal Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 7.
  • Out of 343 runners in all divisions, the freshman posted the best mark to win the invite, which included defeating runners from NCAA Division II and I teams.
  • Kearney remains undefeated on the season with four victories in as many races. SCAD Atlanta will next compete in the Sand Shark Invitational on Oct. 22 in Beaufort, S.C.

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

Nominees: Mary Beth Bailey, Park (Mo.); Hannah Segrave, Milligan (Tenn.); Ellie Willging, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Harley Sutton, Calumet (Ind.); Ashley Jourdan, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Amy Miller, Governors State (Ill.); Ashlee Knott, St. Francis (Ill.); Mae Elizabeth Gimre, Taylor (Ind.); Sarah McBeath, Indiana Wesleyan; Brigit Nemitz, Grace (Ind.); Aspen Dirr, Huntington (Ind.); Katelynn Skiles, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Mindy Kaufman, Montana Western; Courtney Hallock, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Marissa DeWispelare, Doane (Neb.); Tiffany Shepherd, Morningside (Iowa); Andrea Saavedra-Garcia, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Taylor Price, Xavier (La.); Chesha Lewis, Tougaloo (Miss.); Lauren Benzing, Benedictine (Kan.); Guadalupe Gonzalez, William Penn (Iowa); Allyson Ng, Central Methodist (Mo.); Kami Tabor, Graceland (Iowa); Abri Perchetti, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Katie Hoffert, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Lorena Moreno, Saint Mary (Kan.); Katelyn Fatten, Bethel (Kan.); Jordan Calderwood, Ottawa (Kan.); Meg McGaha, Cumberlands (Ky.); Nikki Coffey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cora Atkinson, Life (Ga.); Amanda Wolff, Dickinson State (N.D.); Marissa Kuik, Waldorf (Iowa); Jazmine Garcia, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Maureen Rono, Wiley (Texas); Katie Guarnaccia, Point Park (Pa.); Rachelle Felski, Midway (Ky.); Jackline Jemeli, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Maria Galarza, Texas Wesleyan; Page Rowland, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Tristin Sanders, Loyola (La.); LaDonna Bonner, Mobile (Ala.); Natasha Menifee, Webber International (Fla.); Tiffany Rauch, Indiana Tech; Stephanie Johnston, Concordia (Mich.); Morgan Posthuma, Davenport (Mich.)

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
Week 6 (October 12): Emily Kearney, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)