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NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - No. 7

October 19, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

Photo provided by Nick Askew, Northwest Christian Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sierra Brown of Northwest Christian (Ore.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Brown was selected for her performance on Oct. 15, and was selected out of a pool of Conference/Association of Independent Institutions winners. 

NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sierra Brown, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Sr., Jacksonville, Ore. 

  • The four-time All-American posted the third-fastest Northwest Christian (Ore.) time in school history during the Inland Empire Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho. 
  • In leading the Beacons to a victory at the Challenge, Brown was the top NAIA finisher in the 5,000-m race, and earned a mark of 17:09. Brown finished second overall out of 63 runners.
  • Brown and the rest of the No. 1 Northwest Christian women's cross country team will next compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship meet on November 5 in Salem, Ore.
  • This is Brown's second Runner of the Week honor this season (Sept. 14).

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

Nominees: Janki Patel, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Macy Burroughs, Central Baptist (Ark.); Ivie Nobles, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Janay Chisholm, Columbia (S.C.); Keili Dorn, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Jessa Perkinson, Southern Oregon; Rachel Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Clarkson Stephanie, Governors State (Ill.); Elizabeth Soper, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Victoria Harper, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Janie Reid, Carroll (Mont.); Baylee Green, Great Falls (Mont.); Jessica Peterson, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Emily Ransom, Biola (Calif.); Taylor Price, Xavier (La.); Maren Jeppson, Grand View (Iowa); Anna Havranek, Shawnee State (Ohio); Haley Swanson, Viterbo (Wis.); Shamona Hunt, Wiley (Texas); Brittany Sloan, IU Kokomo; Katy Falkenberg, Asbury (Ky.); Keri Lawrence, Rio Grande (Ohio); Ashley Toschlog, Indiana East; Melissa Gonzalez, Texas Wesleyan; Emily Poole, Dalton State (Ga.); LaDonna Bonner, Mobile (Ala.); Elle Hamilton, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Josefine Malmborg, Keiser (Fla.); Andrea Peterson, St. Thomas (Fla.); Sydni Ogilvie, Southeastern (Fla.); Tea Romanowski, Aquinas (Mich.); Shauri Thomas, 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
Week 6 (October 12): Emily Kearney, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)
Week 7 (October 18): Sierra Brown, Northwest Christian (Ore.)