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2013 NAIA Menís Cross Country Runner of the Week - No. 1

September 18, 2013
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike Blaszczyk of St. Francis (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Blaszczyk was chosen for his performance during the week of Sept. 9 – 15 and was selected out of a pool of conference, independent, and unaffiliated grouping award winners.

Blaszczyk, a senior Novi, Mich., native, finished first among collegiate runners as top-ranked St. Francis captured the title at the 27-team Calvin College (Mich.) Knight Invitational. He covered the 8-kilometer course in 24:36. Blaszczyk finished 23rd at the 2012 NAIA Cross Country National Championships, earning All-America honors.

For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Michael McCulloch, Columbia (Mo.); Tim Williams, Missouri Baptist; Arthur Vollbrecht, Park (Mo.); Alex Garcia, Reinhardt (Ga.); Taylor Tefelski, Milligan (Tenn.); Luiz Gonzalaz, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Michael Hering , Montreat (N.C.); Wayne Smith, William Jessup (Calif.); Eric Ghelfi, Southern Oregon; Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Andy Reidsma, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Miizael Carrera, Robert Morris (Ill.); Ryan Smith, Goshen (Ind.); Matt Hall, Taylor (Ind.); Jacob Reinking, Indiana Wesleyan; Noah Kiprono, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Dante Carter, Dickinson State (N.D.); Skyler Giddings, Northwestern (Iowa); Hayden Hohnholt, Concordia (Neb.); Kwame Jackson, Xavier (La.); Etaslon Kabura, Graceland (Iowa); Phillip Cheruiyot, Missouri Valley; Jack Williams, British Columbia; Jeremiah Gerardy, Bethany (Kan.); Jeremy Johnson, Berea (Ky.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Matt McKenzie, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Javier Vasquez, IU Kokomo; Connor Mulvaney, Point Park (Pa.); Sam Heaton, Georgetown (Ky.); Tanner Harp, Cumberland (Tenn.); Herbert Beyale, III, Haskell (Kan.); J R Snyder, Grand View (Iowa); Tj Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Michael Lessor, Viterbo (Wis.); Aubrey Barnes, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Michael Hoffman, Dakota State (S.D.); Richard Langdeaux, Valley City State (N.D.); Connor Doppler, Jamestown (N.D.); David Swiatocha, Texas Wesleyan; Tekste Gebreslasse, John Brown (Ark.); Ryan Archie, William Carey (Miss.); Doug Mumme, Belhaven (Miss.); Jordan Travis, Spring Hill (Ala.); Josh Thatcher, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Anthony Vecchio, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Vincent Bett, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jonathan Nusbaum, Warner (Fla.); Jacob Alplund, Northwood (Fla.); Brandon Scott, Webber International (Fla.); Charles Sercer, Ave Maria (Fla.); Grant Gunneson, Aquinas (Mich.); Cam Magro, Davenport (Mich.); Aaron Belcher, Indiana Tech; Justin Bateson, Siena Heights (Mich.).

2013 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 18): Mike Blaszczyk, St. Francis (Ill.)