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 Sept. 24 - 30 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Gilbertson, a native of Santa Clarita, Calif., captured an individual championship for the third consecutive meet as he finished first overall at the Stanford Invitational (Calif.) on Sept. 29 with a time of 24:07. The senior harrier, who raced amongst the lead pack for a majority of the 8K course, beat 255 other runners, including individuals NCAA Division I Stanford (Calif.) and 2011 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country National Championship runner-up Adams State (Colo.). As a team, The Mustangs finished 17th out of 29 schools.
Gilbertson's previous victories this season came at the UC Irvine (Calif.) Invitational on Sept. 8 and The Mustang Challenge (Calif.) on Sept. 22. Gilbertson was named to the 2011 NAIA Men's Cross Country All-America Team after finishing third at the 2011 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships.
For complete results of the Stanford 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. 10.
For more information on NAIA men's cross country, click here.
Nominees: David Swiatocha, Texas Wesleyan; Andy Coy, Dakota State (S.D.); Aaron Caldwell, Baker (Kan.); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Jeremy Johnson, Berea (Ky.); Cordell Baker, Oklahoma Baptist; Landon Hamilton, Cumberlands (Ky.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Andrew Simmons, Campbellsville (Ky.); Joel Allen, Tabor (Kan.); Caleb Porter, McPherson (Kan.); Greg Montgomery, College of Idaho; Michael McCulloch, Columbia (Mo.); Dave Marks, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Dustin Brummel, Davenport (Mich.); Cole Carlson, Ottawa (Kan.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Aaron Belcher, Indiana Tech; Tj Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Tim Boes, Madonna (Mich.); Ryan Meyer, William Woods (Mo.); Taylor Whitmore, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Austin Epting, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Felix Alfen, Webber International (Fla.); Jonathan Nusbaum, Warner (Fla.); Brad Liston, Shawnee State (Ohio); Ethan Naylor, Indiana Wesleyan; Daniel Tubei, Park (Mo.); Joseph Mullen, Tennessee Wesleyan; Phil Rizzo, St. Francis (Ill.); Matt Leonard, Missouri Valley; Abdi Ismail, Dickinson State (N.D.); Joel Johnston, Bryan (Tenn.); Sergio Gonzalez, Concordia (Ore.); Izzy Miranda, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Brian Corcoran, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Hayden Hohnholt, Concordia (Neb.); Nathan Martin, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Nicolos Jones, Tougaloo (Miss.); Anthony Villarreal, William Jessup (Calif.); Jordan Pater, Mount Marty (S.D.); Tyler Soderberg, Midland (Neb.); Greg Randolph, Alice Lloyd (Ky.).
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.)