By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neno Bellinotti of Indiana Wesleyan has been named the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Bellinotti was selected for his performance on Sept. 11 and was selected out of a pool of conference/Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
NAIA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Neno Bellinotti, Indian Wesleyan
So., Sweetser, Ind.
- Finished first out of 103 runners at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invitational with a 8k time of 24:27.
- Broke the Indiana Wesleyan 17-year old record by 47 seconds. The time also set a new course record.
- Helped the Wildcats to a first-place finish beating the second place team by 33 points.
- This is his first NAIA Runner of the Week award
For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Andrew Daw, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) ; Tyler Agan, Point (Ga.) ; Paul Adams, Oregon Tech ; Max Hampton, College of Idaho ; Jack Howard, Eastern Oregon ; Daniel Garcia, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) ; Cam Knudsen, St. Francis (Ill.) ; Caleb Drake, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Jordan Annis, Bethel (Ind.) ; Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) ; Ryan Smith, Goshen (Ind.) ; Matt Hall, Taylor (Ind.) ; David Thor, Carroll (Mont.) ; Hans Epp, Northwestern (Iowa) ; Christopher August, Xavier (La.) ; Lorenzo Gordon, Dillard (La.) ; Evan Bowman, Mount Mercy (Iowa) ; Dixon Cooney, McPherson (Kan.) ; Dixon Cooney, McPherson (Kan.) ; Brian Moore, Point Park (Pa.) ; Timothy Kuehn, Carlow (Pa.) ; Adam Klipstine, Indiana East ; Javier Vasquez, IU Kokomo ; Josh Moon, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Aidan Theard, Dickinson State (N.D.) ; Nathan Meiners, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Dontayveous Allen, Jarvis Christian (Texas) ; Nathaniel Aguilar, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) ; Antony Kimaiyo, Texas Wesleyan ; Geoffrey Kipchumba, William Carey (Miss.) ; Anthony Rizi, Loyola (La.) ; Zach Sollie, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) ; Alex Guillory, Mobile (Ala.) ; Nic O'Neill, USC Beaufort (S.C.) ; Marcus Hobbs, Indiana Tech ; Daniel Steen, Lourdes (Ohio) ; Thomas Bambach, Cornerstone (Mich.)
2015-16 Men's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 9): Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (September 16): Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan