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2015 NAIA Menís Cross Country Runner of the Week Ė No. 1

September 09, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sam Atkin of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has been named the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Atkin was selected for his performance on Sept. 1 and was selected out of a pool of conference/association of independent institutions award winners.

NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Sr., Lincolnshire, England

  • Finished first out of 86 runners at the Washington State University Invite, which also served as the NCAA D1 PAC12 preview meet.
  • Led the Warriors to a third-place team finish, first NAIA school.
  • Recorded a 6k time of 17:35.

For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.

Nominees: Tyler Lawson, Columbia (Mo.); Joshua Daugette, Missouri Baptist; Will Henry, Park (Mo.); Jacob Simmons, Tennessee Wesleyan; Taylor Tafelsky, Milligan (Tenn.); Grif Rutherford, Bryan (Tenn.); Logan Congo, Union (Ky.); Eli Shelby, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Paul Adams, Oregon Tech; Cam Knudsen, St. Francis (Ill.); Jonah Niedermeier, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Simon Reidsma, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Danny Aldaba, Midland (Neb.); Christopher August, Xavier, (La.); Terrence Green, Tougaloo (Miss.); Phillip Cheruiyot, Missouri Valley; Payton Busch, William Penn (Iowa); Kris Mathur, Friends (Kan.); Gregory Vasquez, Kansas Wesleyan; Jordan Kattine, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Brian Moore, Point Park (Pa.); Bret Crawford, Campbellsville (Ky.); John Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); David Alzarado, Viterbo (Wis.); Matthew Young, Jamestown (N.D.); Luis Ramirez-Paez, Waldorf (Iowa); Leonard Kiprono, Wiley (Texas); Arya Bahreini, Oklahoma City; Kyle Garretson, Science & Arts (Okla.); Antony Kimaiyo, Texas Wesleyan; Benard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Josh Uzelac, John Brown (Ark.); Geoffrey Kipchumba, William Carey (Miss.); Alex Guillory, Mobile (Ala.); Callum Drake, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Jack Manesiotis, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Stephen Pena, Southeastern (Fla.); Thomas Mullally, Ave Maria (Fla.); Daniel Marin, Warner (Fla.); Anthony Vermilye, Siena Heights (Mich.); Daniel Steen, Lourdes (Ohio); Devin Gibson, Madonna (Mich.); Tanner Flint, Lawrence Tech (Minn.).