KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Evans Kirwa of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kirwa, who received the NAIA's weekly award twice last season, was selected based on his performance from Sept. 10 - 16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Kirwa, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, posted Embry-Riddle's third fastest time in program history en route to a second-place finish out 174 runners at the Mountain Dew Invitational (Fla.) on Sept. 15. Kirwa, who covered the 8K course in 24:14.53, finished second only to 2012 United States Olympic Trial marathon participant Jeremy Criscione. As a team, the Eagles finished third overall, trailing only NCAA Division I Florida and North Florida.
In his only other event this season, Kirwa claimed his second-straight individual crown at the University of South Florida (USF) Invitational on Sept. 7 with a time of 25:45.07.
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Nominees: Marshall Hawn, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Aaron Caldwell, Baker (Kan.); Landon Hamilton, Cumberlands (Ky.); Andy Coy, Dakota State (S.D.); Nick Lopez, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Matt Pieri, Xavier (La.); Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Denis Patrick, Dickinson State (N.D.); Jeremiah Gerardy, Bethany (Kan.); Matt Porter, Northwest (Wash.); Alejandro Sanchez, Waldorf (Iowa); Sancho Ridesaththedoor, Carroll (Mont.); Jeo Mendez, Ottawa (Kan.); Aaron Belcher, Indiana Tech; Jordan Travis, Spring Hill (Ala.); Johny Watson, Wiley (Texas); Alex Garcia, Reinhardt (Ga.); Dan Foley, Aquinas (Mich.); Michael McCulloch, Columbia (Mo.); Dylan Grunn, Point Park (Pa.); Joash Osoro, William Carey (Miss.); TJ Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Izzy Miranda, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Daniel Tubei, Park (Mo.); Michael Anderson, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Ryan Gehman, Montreat (N.C.); Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Alexander Howell, Warner (Fla.); Ryan Meyer, William Woods (Mo.); Kyler Kathman, Southeastern (Fla.); Chase Burgess, Missouri Valley; Rico Gutierrez, Great Falls (Mont.); Phil Rizzo, St. Francis (Ill.); Gabriel Barron, Webber International (Fla.); Brandon Payne , Rogers State (Okla.); Nathan Martin, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Anthony Simpson, Bryan (Tenn.); Edward Taragon, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Hilary Cheruiyot, Tennessee Wesleyan; Jordan Pater, Mount Marty (S.D.); Ben Sievert, Concordia (Neb.); Matthew Gastineau, York (Neb.); Tyler Soderberg, Midland (Neb.).
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.)