By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hannah Fields of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Fields was chosen for her performance during the week of Oct. 20-26 and was selected out of a pool of conference and association of independent institutions award winners.
The senior from Edmond, Okla., ran away from the competition in the Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kan. on Oct. 25. Fields bested the 197-runner event that featured five squads from Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
She completed the 5-kilometer race in 16:58 – 53 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
The four-time National-Award winner now shifts her focus to the Sooner Athletic Conference Meet on Nov. 8.
For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Lindsey Martin, Columbia (Mo.); Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Kaitlyn Winter, Missouri Baptist; Robbiccaa Williams, Tennessee Wesleyan; Cassie St. John, Milligan (Tenn.); Alona Kosenko, Montreat (N.C.); Becky Allen , Union (Ky.); Alexis Warner, Bluefield (Va.); Mary Matchett, Oregon Tech; Summer Cano, Southern Oregon; Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Brooke Johnson, St. Francis (Ill.); Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.); Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Taylor Hite, Indiana Wesleyan; Leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.); Kayla Byl, Dordt (Iowa); Marissa DeWispelare, Doane (Neb.); Katherine Dillard, Benedictine (Kan.); Sarah Niemeier, Missouri Valley; Chelsea Fullerton, Ottawa (Kan.); Amy Jystad, Saint Mary (Kan.); Amy McCauley, IU Kokomo; Katy Falkenberg, Asbury (Ky.); Kelsey Wilkins, Point Park (Pa.); Grace Yeaton, Indiana East; Brittany Piccone, Rio Grande (Ohio); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Sarah Johnson, Campbellsville (Ky.); Maria Cozzens, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cora Atkinson, Life (Ga.); Emily Weber, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Torri Holder, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Liz Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Kelsey Carbajo, Grand View (Iowa); Heidi Flanders, Viterbo (Wis.) ; Christa Lysne, Jamestown (N.D.) ; Sara Moore, Oklahoma City ; Cecilia David, Texas Wesleyan; Selene Lopez, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Natalie Hensley, Dalton State (Ga.); Allison Denetchee, William Carey (Miss.); HollyAnn Goble, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Brittany Aikens, Brenau (Ga.); Jessy Scarpone, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Sarah Deibner, Southeastern (Fla.); Alex Orr, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Lauren Dunleavy, Ave Maria (Fla.); Kathi Whitfield, Webber International (Fla.); Betsy Douglas, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Julie Oosterhouse, Cornerstone (Mich.); Laura Condron, Indiana Tech; Tara Homfeld, Davenport (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.)
Week 4 (October 1): Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (October 8) Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6 (October 15): Kelly Collins, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 7 (October 22): Lila Klopfenstein, College of Idaho
Week 8 (October 29): Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist