By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Helkerwas chosen for her performance during the week of Sept. 23 – 29 and was selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Helker, a junior from Edmond, Okla., won the college division of the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree as the Bison outpaced the 18-team field, capturing the team title. Helker covered the 5-kilometer course in 17:42, more than a minute faster than her nearest competitor. No. 6 Oklahoma Baptist ran a combined 1:37:34, more than three minutes faster than second-place finisher Wayland Baptist (Texas).
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Nominees: Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Sami Berry , William Woods (Mo.); Faith Lewis, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Hannah Wiesner, William Jessup (Calif.); Summer Cano, Southern Oregon; Sarah Ray, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Erin Kibler, Westminster (Utah); Hannah Kellerman, The Master's (Calif.); Jessa Sughroue, Doane (Neb.); Lauren Opp, Dordt (Iowa); Lauren Jaqua, Baker (Kan.); Amanda Buhr, Missouri Valley; Aspen Frey, McPherson (Kan.); Kelsey Buffum, Southwestern (Kan.); Rachel Renken, Friends (Kan.); Hana Jiraskova, Point Park (Pa.); Janki Patel, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Brittany Piccone, Rio Grande (Ohio); Emily Weber, College of Saint Mary (Neb.) (Neb.); Talisa Budder, Haskell (Kan.); Sarah Sharp, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Kelsey Carbajo, Grand View (Iowa); Rosemary Bailey, William Penn (Iowa); Becca Wilder, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Aleona Reyes, Jamestown (N.D.); Vanessa Garcia, Texas at Brownsville; Deborah Park, Science & Arts (Okla.); Kari Miller, John Brown (Ark.); Sarah Jerotich, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Katrina Nolan, Oklahoma City; Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Rebecca Watson, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Brittany Aikens, Brenau (Ga.); Katherine Toy, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Allison Denetchee, William Carey (Miss.); Lauren Dunleavy, Ave Maria (Fla.); Melanie Novack, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Anna Ahrens, Southeastern (Fla.); Lauren Nygren, Webber International (Fla.); Lisa Nicolas, Warner (Fla.); Monica Rekkedal, St. Thomas (Fla.).
2013 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 18): Ayded Reyes, Cal State San Marcos
Week 2 (September 25): Lindsey Martin, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 3 (October 2): Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist