By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sarah Kortze of Concordia (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kortze was selected based on her performance from Sept. 10 - 16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Kortze, a senior from Rockford, Ill., was the top finisher among NAIA runners at the Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 15. Hosted by the University of Nebraska, Kortze was seventh overall with a time of 21:54.9 in the 6K race. Five of the six runners in front of Kortze hail from NCAA Division I ranks.
Her effort led the Bulldogs to 11th-place out of 32 teams at the event.
For complete results of the Woody Greeno Invitational, click here.
For the complete NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Nominees: Beth Heldmeyer, Siena Heights (Mich.); Savanna Flesch, Berea (Ky.); Kearstin McDaniel, Indiana East; Lauren Jaqua, Baker (Kan.); Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Talisa Budder, Haskell (Kan.); Ally Manley, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Catherine Fakler, Xavier (La.); Kelsey Buffum, Southwestern (Kan.); Sarah Williams, Peru State (Neb.); Ellie Staker, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Joanna Sowers, Northwest (Wash.); Dana Miller, Waldorf (Iowa); Rhianna Grossman, Carroll (Mont.); Chelsea Fullerton, Ottawa (Kan.); Cherie Gaines, Indiana Tech; Emily Dolan, Spring Hill (Ala.); Benidine Kosom, Wiley (Texas); Samanta Goff, Jamestown (N.D.); Jasmine Nielsen, Grand View (Iowa); Rachael Steil, Aquinas (Mich.); Emily Schultz, Columbia (Mo.); Hana Jiraskova, Point Park (Pa.); Brittany Aikens, Brenau (Ga.); Kayla Stricker, William Carey (Miss.); Liz Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Lindsey McDonald, Park (Mo.); Megan Breeding, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Lauren Kelly, Montreat (N.C.); Gretchen Spahr, Huntington (Ind.); Melissa Carder, South Carolina Beaufort; Shelby Harp, Union (Ky.); Moriah Blanford, Warner (Fla.); Kortney Ellingboe, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Bethany Jones, Southeastern (Fla.); Abby Baker, William Woods (Mo.); Hannah Stanfield, Missouri Valley; Hilary Halford, St. Francis (Ill.); Brenda Felipe , Rogers State (Okla.); Lauren Nygren, Webber International (Fla.); Victoria Yates, Bryan (Tenn.); Emileigh Willems, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kim Miller, Asbury (Ky.); Robbiccaa Williams, Tennessee Wesleyan; Mikel Elliott, Concordia (Ore.); Kaylee Fly, Mount Marty (S.D.); Allie Antrim, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Sharon Ronoh, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Emily Weber, Saint Mary (Neb.); Whitney Dooley, Midland (Neb.).
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.)