KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bianca Kubicki of Madonna (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kubicki was selected based on her performance from Oct. 1 - 7 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Kubicki, a native of Canton, Mich., finished with Madonna's fastest 5K time in history on Oct. 5 at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. The sophomore bettered the previous program record by 17 seconds with an 18:06 en route to a 13th place finish out of 211 runners from all levels of collegiate athletics. She also broke her personal record by 31 seconds.
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Nominees: Rachel Renken , Friends (Kan.); Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist; Talisa Budder, Haskell (Kan.); Julia Montgomery, Columbia (Mo.); Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Brielle Lund, Tabor (Kan.); Catherine Fakler, Xavier (La.); Karina Coelho, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Lauren Jaqua, Baker (Kan.); Marianna Hurtado, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Sydnee Nelson, Southwestern (Kan.); Hana Jiraskova, Point Park (Pa.); Dana Miller, Waldorf (Iowa); Austyn Thier, Clarke (Iowa); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.); Lindsey McDonald, Park (Mo.); Chelsee Lisk, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Brianna Blunt, Tougaloo (Miss.); Melissa Carder, South Carolina Beaufort; Anne Bruno, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Audrey Tremaine, Cornerstone (Mich.); Kasey Hosier, Shawnee State (Ohio); Moriah Blanford, Warner (Fla.); Allison Steinbeck, Taylor (Ind.); Aleona Reyes, Jamestown (N.D.); Breanna Newton, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Hannah Lieberman, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Lee Anna Sanders, William Woods (Mo.); Brittni Kent, Science & Arts (Okla.); Alyssa Foss, Indiana Wesleyan; Lauren Nygren, Webber International (Fla.); Kathryn Dean, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Carley Distasio, St. Thomas (Fla.); Kayla Stricker, William Carey (Miss.); Emily Dolan, Spring Hill (Ala.); Sarah Kortze, Concordia (Neb.); Linda Rongoey, Reinhardt (Ga.); Dawn Gildersleeve, Northwestern (Iowa).
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12): Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2 (Sept. 19): Sarah Kortze, Concordia (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 25): Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 4 (Oct. 3): Karlee Coffey, Eastern Oregon
Week 5 (Oct. 10): Bianca Kubicki, Madonna (Mich.)