KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hillary Holt of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Holt was selected based on her performance from Sept. 17 - 23 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent runner of the week selections.
Holt, a junior from Boise, Idaho, took home medalist honors at the Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational in Spokane, Wash., on Sept. 22. She set the school record with a finish of 17:23 in the 5,000-meter race. Her time smashed the previous standard by 22 seconds. In a field of 150 runners mixed with NCAA Division I athletes, she won the event by 16 seconds over the 2011 national runner-up. She helped the fourth-ranked Lady Yotes to the team title.
Holt and teammate Greg Montgomery, who won the NAIA National Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week award, are the second College of Idaho teammates to sweep the weekly awards. The first were Austin Basterrechea and Travis Sharp, who accomplished the feat in the first NAIA men's outdoor track and field weekly award in 2011.
For complete results of the Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational, click here.
For the complete NAIA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week calendar, click here.
For more information on NAIA women's cross country, click here.
Nominees: Jamie Barnes, Davenport (Mich.); Talisa Budder, Haskell (Kan.); Jamie Cullins, Evergreen (Wash.); Benodine Kosom, Wiley (Texas); Zahri Jackson, Xavier (La.); Kelsey Klettke, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Dana Miller, Waldorf (Iowa); Keaton Gaffney, Cumberland (Tenn.); Makena Lidie, Spring Hill (Ala.); Jessa Sughroue, Doane (Neb.); Sarah Williams, Peru State (Neb.); Brielle Lund, Tabor (Kan.); Bay Baker, Sterling (Kan.); Chloe Brown, Belhaven (Miss.); Hana Jiraskova, Point Park (Pa.); Valinn McReynolds, William Penn (Iowa); Annie Hills, Loyola (La.); Chelsee Lisk, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Rhianna Grossman, Carroll (Mont.); Liz Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Ellie Staker, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Rachael Hart, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kayla Byrd, William Carey (Miss.); Kayla Renner, Rio Grande (Ohio); Ashley Mast, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Meagan Wright, Milligan (Tenn.); Gianna Gambera, Ave Maria (Fla.); Hannah Endrizzi, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Liciane St. Jean, Warner (Fla.); Kristina Duncun , Johnson & Wales (Fla.); Brittni Kent, Science & Arts (Okla.); Bethany Jones, Southeastern (Fla.); Kendra Mann, Oklahoma City; Emily Weber, Saint Mary (Neb.); Abby Jahn, Illinois Tech; Hannah Kellerman, The Master's (Calif.).
2012 NAIA Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12): Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2 (Sept. 19): Sarah Kortze, Concordia (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 26): Hillary Holt, College of Idaho