By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John Gilbertson of The Master's (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Gilbertson was selected based on his performance from Oct. 8 - 14 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
This is the second national weekly award for Gilbertson in the last three weeks.
Gilbertson, a senior from Saugus, Calif., set two records en route to winning the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 13, hosted by NCAA Division I Santa Clara (Calif.). He finished the 8K route in 23:40 and in the process broke the school and course record at Baylands Park. This event was the second NCAA Division I race won by Gilbertson and his fourth overall this year.
Gilbertson defeated 156 runners from a wide range of schools, including NCAA Division I institutions such as Stanford and UCLA.
For complete results for the Bronco Invitational, click here.
For the complete NAIA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here. The next Runner of the Week will be announced on Oct. 24.
Nominees: Landon Hamilton, Cumberlands (Ky.); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Nicolos Jones, Tougaloo (Miss.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Grant Gunneson, Aquinas (Mich.); Greg Montgomery, College of Idaho; Adam Crawford, Bethel (Ind.); Cole Cisneros, Georgetown (Ky.); David Duque, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Dave Marks, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Marcus Hobbs, Indiana Tech; Patrick Understeller, Viterbo (Wis.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Andrew Landstrom, Concordia (Ore.); Taylor Whitmore, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); No Nomination, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Joash Osoro, William Carey (Miss.); Jacob Sapper, Missouri Baptist; Andy Roof, Montreat (N.C.); Denis Patrick, Dickinson State (N.D.); No Nomination, St. Thomas (Fla.); Alex Avilez, Missouri Valley; Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Oliver Lange, Westminster (Utah); Brian Corcoran, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Brooks Swigart, Arizona Christian; Daniel Lyon, Cal State San Marcos; Austin Epting, Blue Mountain (Miss.).
2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12): Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.)
Week 2 (Sept. 19): Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 3 (Sept. 26): Greg Montgomery, College of Idaho
Week 4 (Oct. 3): John Gilbertson, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 5 (Oct. 10): Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 6 (Oct. 17): John Gilbertson, The Master's (Calif.)