By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lila Klopfenstein of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Klopfenstein was chosen for her performance during the week of Oct. 13-19 and was selected out of a pool of conference and association of independent institutions award winners.
Klopfenstein, a sophomore from Meridian, Idaho, took eighth-overall in the 120-runner, Inland Empire Classic in Lewiston, Idaho, on Oct. 18. She finished the 5-kilometer race in a time of 17:10 – the fifth-fastest time in the 14th-ranked Yotes’ history at the 5K distance.
The eighth and final edition of the Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week will be announced Oct. 29.
Next up for Klopfenstein and the College of Idaho is the Cascade Conference Championships on Nov. 8 in Portland, Ore.For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Sloan Scott, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); McKenzie Evans, Eastern Oregon; Annie Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Claudia Hewston, Great Falls (Mont.); Karis Frankian, The Master's (Calif.); Gabi Jenkins, Nebraska Wesleyan; Joy Miller, Edward Waters (Fla.); Hannah Finnegan, Xavier (La.); Dominique Hardin, Dillard (La.); Maria Bernard, British Columbia; Chelsea Fullerton, Ottawa (Kan.); Grace Aitken, Friends (Kan.); Kelsey Wilkins, Point Park (Pa.); Grace Yeaton, Indiana East; Tayler Godar, Georgetown (Ky.); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Kate Groenhagen, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Heidi Flanders, Viterbo (Wis.); Cecilia David, Texas Wesleyan; Annie Brown, John Brown (Ark.); Allison Denetchee, William Carey (Miss.); Amie Wimberly, Mobile (Ala.); Haley Milsark, Loyola (La.); Brittany Aikens, Brenau (Ga.); Lauren Dunleavy, Ave Maria (Fla.); Brie Schofield, Concordia (Mich.); Ashley Yeager, Lourdes (Ohio).
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
Week 6 (October 15): Kelly Collins, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 7 (October 22): Lila Klopfenstein, College of Idaho