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2015 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week – No. 4 (Sept. 30)

September 30, 2015
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NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week – No. 4
Garwood takes home runner of the week honors

By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kristen Garwood of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) has been named NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced on Wednesday.  Garwood was selected based on her performance from Sept. 23-30 and was chosen out of a pool of conference runner of the week selections.

National Runner of the Week
Kristen Garwood, Hannibal LaGrange (Mo.)
Sr., Springfield, Ill.

  • Set a personal record of 21:17 in her 6k race against 180 runners.
  •  Finished only two seconds behind the top runner from NCAA Division I University of Memphis (Tenn.) in the Rhodes College XC Invitational on Sept. 29.
  • Named NAIA All-American last year in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.
  • This is her first career Runner of the Week.


Nominees: Hannah Segrave, Milligan (Tenn.); Hannah Biddle, St. Andrews (N.C.); Jessa Perkinson, Southern Oregon; Celeste Rosillo, Calumet (Ind.); Taylor Gillam, Bethel (Ind.); Claudia Hewston, Great Falls (Mont.); Keisha Stensby, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Marissa DeWispelare, Doane (Neb.); Kayla Byl, Dordt (Iowa ; Emily Sievert, Concordia (Neb.); Guadalupe Gonzalez, William Penn (Iowa); Jenna Rangel, Avila (Mo.); Jordan Calderwood, Ottawa (Kan.); Brooke Zimmerman, Friends (Kan.); Lindsey Meng, Saint Mary (Kan.); Brooke Zimmerman, Friends (Kan.); Katie Guarnaccia, Point Park (Pa.); Ivy Aleshire, WVU Tech; Sierra Vecchio, Carlow (Pa.); Nikki Coffey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Maggie Calvert, Campbellsville (Ky.); Darian Steele, Shawnee State (Ohio); Brittney Grove, Dickinson State (N.D.); Sarah Taylor, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Taylor Harrill, Oklahoma City; Amie Wimberly, Mobile (Ala.); Lotti Zeiler, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Betsy Douglas, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Roxanna Caballero, Warner (Fla.); Michaela Elmer, Ave Maria (Fla.); Audrey Tremaine, Cornerstone (Mich.)


2015 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners

 Week 1 (Sept. 09): Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Week 2 (Sept. 16): Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)

Week 3 (Sept. 23): Kellian Hunt, Biola (Calif.)

Week 4 (Sept. 30): Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Cross Country Championship
Sports Rules - Cross Country (M)
Official Merchandise-CrossCountry