KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Frank Adelman of Southwestern (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Adelman, who is the first honoree of the 2012 season, was selected based on his performance from Sept. 3 - 9 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Adelman, a senior from Yukon, Okla., shattered the meet record by 30 seconds at the Wichita (Kan.) Wild Wind Festival on Sept. 8. The 2011 NAIA All-American covered the 8K course in 25:15 to claim first-place in a field of 87 runners by more than 30 seconds over the second-place finisher. Adelman and his Moundbuilder teammates won the team championship with 20 points, while Saint Mary (Kan.) (54 points) and Friends (Kan.) (69 points) rounded out the top three.
Adelman owns two top-10 finishes this year with his first coming in the college division of the J.K. Gold Classic on Sept. 1 - hosted by NCAA Division I Wichita State (Kan.).
For complete results of the Wichita Wild Wind Festival, click here.
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Nominees: Marshall Hawn, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Landon Hamilton, Cumberlands (Ky.); J.P. Wolpert, Benedictine (Kan.); Andy Reidsma, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Yanni Gallagher, William Penn (Iowa); Eric Weers, Doane (Neb.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Brooks Swigart, Arizona Christian; Greg Montgomery, College of Idaho; Dylan Grunn, Point Park (Pa.); Grant Gunneson, Aquinas (Mich.); John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Jeo Mendez, Ottawa (Kan.); Brock Nooney, Friends (Kan.); Oliver Lange, Westminster (Utah); Johnny Watson, Wiley (Texas); Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Tim Williams, Missouri Baptist; Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Kwame Jackson, Xavier (La.); Billy Funk, Goshen (Ind.); Alejandro Sanchez, Waldorf (Iowa); Tyler Herber, Huntington (Ind.); Zach Tyler, Point (Ga.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Joash Osoro, William Carey (Miss.); Michael McCulloch, Columbia (Mo.); Dusty Prescott, Davenport (Mich.); Rico Gutierrez, Great Falls (Mont.); Brian Corcoran, Saint Xavier (Ill.); David Foura, Bethel (Ind.); Gabriel Barron , Webber International (Fla.); Daniel Tubei, Park (Mo.); Arya Bahreini, Oklahoma City; Alex Avilez, Missouri Valley; Garrett Carr, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Mizael Carrera, Robert Morris (Ill.); Dontayveous Allen, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Jeff Pelarde, Oregon Tech; Jeffrey Poolaw, Science & Arts (Okla.); Izzy Miranda, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Skyler Giddings, Northwestern (Iowa).
2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12): Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.)