By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hannah Fields of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week for the third time this season, the national office announced Wednesday. Fields was chosen for her performance during the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5 and was selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Fields earned her second-straight honor with this selection.
Fields, a senior from Edmond, Okla., was third-place overall at the NCAA Division I Arkansas Chile Pepper Classic on Oct. 4 in Fayetteville, Ark. Running on her own during an Oklahoma Baptist bye week, she finished the 375-runner event in 16:24, ahead of NCAA Division I challengers from the likes of Kansas State, Wichita State, Drake, and Baylor.
The sixth edition of the Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week will be announced Oct. 15.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Becky Guadiana, Point (Ga.); Hannah Rhodes, Tennessee Wesleyan; Alyssa Harmon, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Mary Matchett, Oregon Tech; Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Brooke Johnson, St. Francis (Ill.); Taylor Hite, Indiana Wesleyan; Victoria Harper, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Hannah Moore, Huntington (Ind.); Leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.); Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Mariah Naegeli-Earhart, Great Falls (Mont.); Mariah Gondeiro, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Karis Frankian, The Master's (Calif.) ; Jordyn Hudelson, Mount Marty (S.D.); Irenia Ball, Tougaloo (Miss.); Maria Bernard, British Columbia; Kate Bouvatte, Cal State San Marcos; Betzabeth Garcia, Kansas Wesleyan; Grace Yeaton, Indiana East; Karly Sprouse, IU Kokomo ; Mishea Peltier, Life (Ga.); Sarah Biehl, Shawnee State (Ohio); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Torri Holder, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Heidi Flanders, Viterbo (Wis.); Ashly George, Dickinson State (N.D.); Iryine Chelangat, Wiley (Texas); Annie Brown, John Brown (Ark.); Cecilia David, Texas Wesleyan; Sara Moore, Oklahoma City; Allison Denetchee, William Carey (Miss.); Utami Ketchem, Brenau (Ga.); Sharlie Brooks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Hannah Dougherty, Loyola (La.); Sarah Deibner, Southeastern (Fla.); Alex Orr, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Brittney Lee, St. Thomas (Fla.); Ashley Russo, Siena Heights (Mich.); Laura Condron, Indiana Tech; Mackenzie Lounsbery, Davenport (Mich.); Stephanie Johnston, Concordia (Mich.).
2014 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 10): Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)
Week 2 (September 17): Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 3 (September 24): Karis Frankian, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 4 (October 1): Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (October 8) Hannah Fields, Oklahoma Baptist