By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hillary Holt of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Holt was chosen for her performance during the week of Oct. 14 – 20 and was selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Holt, a senior from Meridian, Idaho, won the Inland Empire Championships hosted by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Oct. 19 in Lewiston, Idaho. Holt bested the 127-runner field, covering the 5-kilometer course in 16:42—24 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Holt’s 16:42 broke the College of Idaho school record, eclipsing her time from the 2012 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships. Led by Holt, the Yotes , who had five runners place among the top 15 individuals, brought home the team title, outpacing the nine-team field with a combined 5-kilometer time of 1:27:35.
This is the first 2013 Runner of the Week nod for defending national titlist Holt, who was also honored with the award once in 2012.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Hannah Schroeder, Bryan (Tenn.); Lauren Grindstaff, Milligan (Tenn.); Hannah Weisner, William Jessup (Calif.); Summer Cano, Southern Oregon; Sarah Whybark, Concordia (Ore.); Alexis Mitzel, Corban (Ore.); Gretchen Spahr, Huntington (Ind.); Rebekah Mullins, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.); Alyssa Rapovy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Jenyffer Ortega, Great Falls (Mont.); Brianna Blunt, Tougaloo (Miss.); Kate Bouvatte, Cal State San Marcos; Katelyn Fatten, Bethel (Kan.); Sarah Pollmann, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Kearstin McDaniel, Indiana East; Madison Peace, Cumberlands (Ky.); Karissa Austin, York (Neb.); Meredith Jones, Viterbo (Wis.); Casandra Stuflick, Clarke (Iowa); Mary Adlfinger, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Chloe Brown, Belhaven (Miss.); Emily Dolan, Spring Hill (Ala.); Bianca Schreiber, Bethel (Tenn.); Francesca Vaccaro, Loyola (La.); Allison Denetchee, William Carey (Miss.); Brie Schofield, Concordia (Mich.).
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
Week 4 (October 9): Maria Bernard, British Columbia
Week 5 (October 16): Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6 (October 23): Hillary Holt, College of Idaho