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Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week No. 4 (Sept. 27)

September 27, 2017
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By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Benson Koech of Texas Wesleyan has been named the NAIA National Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Koech was selected for his performance from Sept. 18-24 and was selected out of a pool of conference/association of independent institutions award winners.

NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Benson Koech, Texas Wesleyan
SO, Bomet, Kenya

  • Finished 50th out of 162 runners at the Texas A&M Invitational
  • Recorded an 8K personal record time of 25:10
  • His time marked the third fasted time in Rams’ history 


Nominees: Nicholas Rotich, Park (Mo.); Paco Rosales, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Tim Thacker, Milligan (Tenn.); Wesley Meyer, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Matthew King, Calumet (Ind.); Fred Petsch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Peyton Jones, Providence (Mont.); Michael Shavlik, Doane (Neb.); Hans Epp, Northwestern (Iowa); Carlos Guzman, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Jordan Adams, Graceland (Iowa); Colton Forster, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Alexis Gutierrez, Missouri Valley; Elliot Knernschield, Central Methodist (Mo.); Max Tuckfield, Haskell (Kan.); Jerod Fuller, McPherson (Kan.); Ian Meek, York (Neb.); Julio Martinez, Bethel (Kan.); Levi Owens, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Dennis Gonzalez, Valley City State (N.D.); Matthew Young, Jamestown (N.D.); Nathaniel Aguilar, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Sean Hilverding, Point Park (Pa.); Kameron Carpenter, Rio Grande (Ohio); Christopher Woodley, Carlow (Pa.); Bosco Hakuzimana, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Leith Rawson, Mobile (Ala.); Gabriel Hogan, Ave Maria (Fla.); Joel Zalia, Warner (Fla.); Kaden Loring, St. Thomas (Fla.); Joey DeBoer, Cornerstone (Mich.)

2017-18 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners

Week 1 (September 06): Brian Blaylock, St. Francis (Ill.) 
Week 2 (September 13): Mark French, Oregon Tech 
Week 3 (September 20): Mark Shaw, Oklahoma City 
Week 4 (September 27): Benson Koech, Texas Wesleyan