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 was selected based on his performance from Oct. 15 - 21 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections. This is the third weekly honor for Kirwa this season.
Kirwa, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, claimed his 16th career individual championship and fourth this season by placing first overall at the Sand Shark Cross Country Invitational in Beaufort, S.C. The senior crossed the line with a personal-best and program record time of 24:05.21 - nearly 40 seconds faster than second place - in the 8,000-meter race. Kirwa's first-place finish led the Eagles to their second team title of the season.
With the performance, Kirwa ends his regular-season career with 13 of the top-20 times in Embry-Riddle history.
For complete results for the Sand Shark Cross Country Invitational, click here.
For the complete NAIA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here. This is the final Runner of the Week for the 2012 season.
For more information on NAIA men's cross country, click here.
Nominees: Kip Kosgei, Northwood (Texas); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Adam Godwin, Oklahoma Baptist; Paul Freese, Loyola (La.); Brandon Sotelo, Texas Wesleyan; Nic Mizeur, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Aaron Caldwell, Baker (Kan.); Jordan Travis, Spring Hill (Ala.); Etaslon Kabura, Graceland (Iowa); Stephen Glinski, Aquinas (Mich.); Johnny Watson, Wiley (Texas); Landon Hamilton, Cumberlands (Ky.); Matt Pieri, Xavier (La.); Aaron Belcher, Indiana Tech; Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Cole Carlson, Ottawa (Kan.); Hildon Boen, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Dusty Prescott, Davenport (Mich.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Cody Gorham, Columbia (Mo.); Yanni Gallagher, William Penn (Iowa); TJ Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Kevin Randle, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Daniel Tubei, Park (Mo.); No Nomination, St. Thomas (Fla.); Corey Samples, William Woods (Mo.); Taylor Whitmore, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Brad Liston, Shawnee State (Ohio); Kyler Kathman, Southeastern (Fla.); Ethan Naylor, Indiana Wesleyan; Aj Fraser, Bethel (Ind.); Andy Reidsma, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Matt Leonard, Missouri Valley; Alejandro Sanchez, Waldorf (Iowa); Phil Rizzo, St. Francis (Ill.); Abdi Ismail, Dickinson State (N.D.); Gabriel Barron, Webber International (Fla.); Zach Gaines, Mobile (Ala.); Arya Bahreini, Oklahoma City; Mizael Carrera, Robert Morris (Ill.); Ryan Gehman, Montreat (N.C.); Hayden Hohnholt, Concordia (Neb.); John Gilbertson, The Master's (Calif.); Matthew Gastineau, York (Neb.); Joseph Mullen, Tennessee Wesleyan.
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.)
Week 5 (Oct. 10): Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 6 (Oct. 17): John Gilbertson, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 7 (Oct. 24): Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)