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2015 NAIA Menís Cross Country Runner of the Week Ė No. 3 (Sept. 23)

September 23, 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 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 fourth out of 93 athletes at the Erik Anderson Invitational with an 8k time of 24:27.
  • The top 15 individual finishers were NCAA DI runners outside of Atkin.
  • Helped the Warriors to a first-place team finish in the collegiate division.
  • This is his second National Runner of the Week award of the season and the fourth of his career.

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

Nominees: Francisco Zaragoza, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) ; Trey Berry, Missouri Baptist ; Murphy Affolder, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.) ; Daniel Lancaster, Montreat (N.C.) ; Jacob Simmons, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Tyler Agan, Point (Ga.) ; Jack Evans, Soka (Calif.) ; Jared Hixon, Southern Oregon ; Caleb Miller, Multnomah Bible (Ore.) ; Kody Shriver, Eastern Oregon ; Craig Boekenoogen, Corban (Ore.) ; Caleb Drake, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Alan Guzman, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Alex Cordova , Purdue Calumet (Ind.) ; Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) ; Tyler Herber, Huntington (Ind.) ; Simon Reidsma, Spring Arbor (Mich.) ; Matt Hall, Taylor (Ind.) ; Eddie Loughran, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) ; Lyle Pocha, Carroll (Mont.) ; Danny Aldaba, Midland (Neb.) ; Mark Abrams, Morningside (Iowa) ; Christopher August, Xavier (La.) ; Phillip Cheriuyot, Missouri Valley ; Ochaung Akway, William Penn (Iowa) ; Jamie Steury, Baker (Kan.) ; Brett Davis, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Matthew Gastineau , York (Neb.) ; Christian Graham, Saint Mary (Kan.) ; Gregory Vasquez, Kansas Wesleyan ; Easton Moore, Friends (Kan.) ; Christian Graham, Saint Mary (Kan.) ; Brian Moore, Point Park (Pa.) ; Blake Freed, Rio Grande (Ohio) ; Darren Haydu, WVU Tech ; Blake Brooks, Indiana East ; John-Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Jacob Hanser, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Garang Madut, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Josh Moon, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Jorge Pichardo, Viterbo (Wis.) ; Patrick Mutai, Wiley (Texas) ; Oraine Wint, Texas Wesleyan ; Raul Almarez, Wayland Baptist (Texas) ; Spencer Head, Dalton State (Ga.) ; Anthony Rizzi, Loyola (La.) ; Callum Drake, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) ; Stephen Pena, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Daniel Marin, Warner (Fla.) ; Thomas Mullally, Ave Maria (Fla.) ; Jeff Cherry, Aquinas (Mich.) ; Graham Elliott, Lawrence Tech (MI) ; Daniel Steen, Lourdes (Ohio) ; Kris Wickens, Indiana Tech

2015-16 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners

Week 1 (Sept. 9): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)