By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bernard Keter of Wayland Baptist (Texas) has been named NAIA National Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Keter was selected based on his performance from Oct. 19-25 and was chosen out of a pool of conference runner of the week selections.
National Runner of the Week
Bernard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Jr., Nakuru, Kenya
• Finished first out of 154 runners at the NAIA Mid-States Classic on Oct. 24 in Winfield, Kan.
• Ran a career best 8K time of 23:50.
• Helped his team to a second-place finish out of 16 teams.
• This is his fourth career runner of the week award.
Nominees: Tyler Lawson, Columbia (Mo.); Will McLemore, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Murphy Affolder, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Joshua Daugette, Missouri Baptist; Taylor Tafelsky, Milligan (Tenn.); Daniel Garcia, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Abel Hernandez, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Dylan Creger, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Brian Blaylock, St. Francis (Ill.); Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan; Simon Reidsma, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Matt Hall, Taylor (Ind.); David Thor, Carroll (Mont.); Colton Wood, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Josh Sherfey, The Master's (Calif.); Danny Aldaba, Midland (Neb.); Mark Abrams, Morningside (Iowa); Phillip Cheriuyot, Missouri Valley; Michael Vallejo, Graceland (Iowa); Ochaung Akway, William Penn (Iowa); Brett Davis, Central Methodist (Mo.); Evan Bowman, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Andres Guerrero, Saint Mary (Kan.); Taylor Parker, Southwestern (Kan.); Dixon Cooney, McPherson (Kan.); Andres Guerrero, Saint Mary (Kan.); Adam Klipstine, Indiana East; Brian Moore, Point Park (Pa.); Kyle Benecke, Ohio Christian ; Darren Haydu, WVU Tech ; David Jaeger, Shawnee State (Ohio) ; John-Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Ben Call, Cumberlands (Ky.); Brett Pierce, Campbellsville (Ky.); Jeffrey Segovia, Dickinson State (N.D.); Nathan Meiners, Waldorf (Iowa); Matt Young, Jamestown (N.D.); Andrew Thonesen, Viterbo (Wis.); Gilbert Ramirez, Southwest (N.M.); Arya Bahreini, Oklahoma City; Oraine Wint, Texas Wesleyan; Jerry Nava, SAGU (Texas); Geoffrey Kipchumba, William Carey (Miss.); Spencer Head, Dalton State (Ga.); Callum Drake, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Joshua Rosner, St. Thomas (Fla.); Daniel Marin, Warner (Fla.); Deion Cossio, Southeastern (Fla.); NIc O'Neill, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Thomas Mullally, Ave Maria (Fla.); Marcus Hobbs, Indiana Tech; Jeff Cherry, Aquinas (Mich.); Ben Bodi, Lourdes (Ohio)
2015-16 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 09): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 4 (Sept. 30): Jared Hixon, Southern Oregon
Week 5 (Oct. 07): Benard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 7 (Oct. 21): Lyle Pocha, Carroll (Mont.)
Week 8 (Oct. 28): Benard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas)