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Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - No. 1

September 12, 2012
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Helker, who is the first honoree of the 2012 season, was selected based on her performance from Sept. 3 - 9 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections. 

Helker, a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., dominated the competition and helped lead the Lady Bison to a season-opening victory at the NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma Land Run on Sept. 8. Her top finish at 18:06 was more than 58 seconds better than the next competitor. She beat out 66 other runners on the 5K course. The field contained  athletes from NAIA and NCAA Division II schools.

Oklahoma Baptist won the event with 36 points in the seven-team field.

For complete results of the Central Oklahoma Land Run, click here.

For the complete NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Kellie Driscoll, Midway (Ky.); Sarah Williams, Peru State (Neb.); Savanna Flesch, Berea (Ky.); Valinn McReynolds, William Penn (Iowa); Brielle Lund, Tabor (Kan.); Brianna Wardyn, Doane (Neb.); Summer Cano, Southern Oregon ; Natalie McIntyre, Arizona Christian ; Bay Baker, Sterling (Kan.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho ; Talisa Budder, Haskell (Kan.); Hana Jiraskova, Point Park (Pa.); Alina Dhaseleer, Aquinas (Mich.); Chelsee Lisk, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Chelsea Fullerton, Ottawa (Kan.); Rachel Renken, Friends (Kan.); Katrina England, Westminster (Utah); Rhianna Grossman, Carroll (Mont.); Porsha Grady, Missouri Baptist ; Ellie Staker, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Zahri Jackson, Xavier (La.); Sandy Gebhart, Viterbo (Wis.); Dana Miller, Waldorf (Iowa); Paola Gonzalez , Point (Ga.); Krista Wood, Huntington (Ind.); Kearstin McDaniel, Indiana East ; Kayla Stricker, William Carey (Miss.); Julia Montgomery, Columbia (Mo.); Stacey Baron, Davenport (Mich.); Jasmine Nielson, Grand View (Iowa); Ashley Shares, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Bianca Kubicki, Madonna (Mich.); Trisha Nelson, Bethel (Ind.); Abby Jahn, Illinois Tech ; Lauren Nygren , Webber International (Fla.); Allie Antrim, Oklahoma Wesleyan ; Lindsey McDonald, Park (Mo.); Katrina Nolan, Oklahoma City ; Rachel Gonzalez, Missouri Valley ; Kim Miller, Asbury (Ky.); Melissa Carder, South Carolina Beaufort ; Monika Kalicinska, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Brittni Kent, Science & Arts (Okla.); Gladys Miranda, Lubbock Christian (Texas).

2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12):
Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist