By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Karis Frankian of The Master's (Calif.) has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Frankian was chosen for her performance during the week of Sept. 15-21 and was selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
The junior from Saugus, Calif., finished ahead of the pack in the 169-runner, Mustang Challenge on Sept. 20 with a time of 17:53. Frankian led the 13th-ranked Lady Mustangs – who hosted the meet – to an overall third-place finish out of 17 schools, trailing NCAA Division I Sacramento State (Calif.) and 11th-ranked Cal State San Marcos.
Other Division I schools who finished behind The Master’s in the 5K race include Cal State Fullerton and Southern California.
The fourth Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week will be revealed Oct. 1.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Lindsey Martin, Columbia (Mo.); Lee Anna Sanders, William Woods (Mo.); Kaitlyn Winter, Missouri Baptist; Cassie St. John, Milligan (Tenn.); Hannah Rhodes, Tennessee Wesleyan; Janay Chisolm, Columbia (S.C.); Ciara Pierce, Union (Ky.); Alexis Warner, Bluefield (Va.); Alona Kosenko, Montreat (N.C.); Shea Vallaire, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Mary Matchett, Oregon Tech; Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.); Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.); Claudia Hewston, Great Falls (Mont.); Anika Gasner, Biola (Calif.); Lauren Shomaker, Hastings (Neb.); Kayla Byl, Dordt (Iowa); Gabi Jenkins, Nebraska Wesleyan; Allison Higgins, Morningside (Iowa); Catherine Fakler, Xavier (La.); Irenia Ball, Tougaloo (Miss.); Rachael Ash, Baker (Kan.); Rachel Loecker, Peru State (Neb.); Maria Bernard, British Columbia; Kelsey Buffum, Southwestern (Kan.); Lindsey Meng, Saint Mary (Kan.); Grace Aitken, Friends (Kan.); Katie Guarnaccia, Point Park (Pa.); Javier Vasquez, IU Kokomo; Grace Yeaton, Indiana East; Sarah Biehl, Shawnee State (Ohio); Tayler Godar, Georgetown (Ky.); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Torri Holder, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Deja Lewis, William Penn (Iowa); Kelsey Carbajo, Grand View (Iowa); Vanessa Garcia, Texas at Brownsville; Maureen Rono, Wiley (Texas); Michaela Werner, Oklahoma City; Daisy Goldsmith, Science & Arts (Okla.); Haley Milsark, Loyola (La.); Anna Jobe , Belhaven (Miss.); Alex Orr, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Sarah Deibner, Southeastern (Fla.); Lauren Dunleavy, Ave Maria (Fla.); No Nomination, Webber International (Fla.); Claudia Avila, St. Thomas (Fla.); Laura Condron, Indiana Tech; Molly Peregrine, Aquinas (Mich.); Ashley Yeager, Lourdes (Ohio).
2014 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 10): Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)
Week 2 (September 17): Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 3 (September 24): Karis Frankian, The Master's (Calif.)