By Lexi Naegele, Athletic Communications & Media Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Cole Olsen of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Olsen was selected for his performance from Sept. 10 – Sept. 19 and was selected out of a pool of conference/association of independent institutions award winners.
NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Cole Olsen, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
SO, Clearwater, Idaho
• Olsen finished 30 out of 100 runners in the WSU Cougar Challenge
• WSU Cougar Challenge included six NCAA DI programs, schools from PAC12 and Big Sky Conferences.
• Olsen ran a 25:32, making him the top non DI finisher.
For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Colburn Powell, Missouri Baptist ; Tyler Lawson, Columbia (Mo.) ; Jackson Helfrich, Reinhardt (Ga.) ; Juan Ortega, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Hunter Bailey, UC Merced ; Emilio Mancha, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Matt King, Calumet (Ind.) ; Gabriel Esparza, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Evan Herr-Knispel, Bethel (Ind.) ; Spencer Swaim, Carroll (Mont.) ; Alec Wick, Doane (Neb.) ; Connor Ritz, Morningside (Iowa) ; Francis Patterson, Xavier (La.) ; Kyle Herbert, Dillard (La.) ; Christopher Mitchell, Tougaloo (Miss.) ; Greg Flores, Baker (Kan.) ; Shane Burns, Evangel (Mo.) ; Jesse Madalena, Haskell (Kan.) ; Jonathan Jones, Friends (Kan.) ; Phillip Lagemann, Saint Mary (Kan.) ; Lucas Huelvan, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Seth Farmer, Shawnee State (Ohio) ; Bret Crawford, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Cornelius Kipschumba, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Andrew Murley, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Babiker Babiker, Southwest (N.M.) ; Dan Nehnevaj, WVU Tech ; Shannon Milnickel, Indiana East (Ind.) ; Ben Martin, John Brown (Ark.) ; Adrian Cedillo, SAGU (Texas) ; Derrick Reid, Wayland Baptist (Texas) ; Jacob Plocher, William Carey (Miss.) ; Walter Ramsey, Loyola (La.) ; Braden Hardy, Blue Mountain (Miss.) ; Josh Iglus, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Gabriel Hogan, Ave Maria (Fla.) ; George Kimutai, St. Thomas (Fla.) ; Joshua Ortiz, Keiser (Fla.) ; Cayce Griffin, Indiana Tech ; Kevin Huang, Lourdes (Ohio)
2018-19 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 05): Jonny Handel, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (September 12): Tony Floyd, Madonna (Mich.)
Week 3 (September 19): Cole Olsen, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)