By Scott Barker, Communications and Sport Informaion Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Berends of Taylor (Ind.) is rewarded for her performance on Sept. 11 by being named this week’s NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the national office announced on Wednesday. Berends was selected from a pool of conference/Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)
So., Hudsonville, Mich.
- Finished first individually at the Indian Wesleyan Invitational, made up of a field of NAIA athletes. Helped the Trojans secure the team win. She beat the second-place finisher by 42.5 seconds.
- She has won five of the six regular-season collegiate races that she has raced in.
- Her 5k time of 17:50 set a new course-record and was only one second shy of breaking Taylor’s program record.
- This is her second career Runner of the Week award.
For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Addy Swaim, Williams Baptist (Ark.) ; Sarah Pollmann, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.) ; Samantha Northrop, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) ; Grace Young, William Woods (Mo.) ; Becky Guadiana, Point (Ga.) ; Ruth Lewinski, College of Idaho ; Stormy Bullard, Eastern Oregon ; Sarah Ray, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Jessica Disselkoen, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Julia Popenfoose, Judson (Ill.) ; Ellie Willging, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Brooke Johnson, St. Francis (Ill.) ; Taylor Gilliam, Bethel (Ind.) ; Bryanna Bolha, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) ; Ariel Arellano, Grace (Ind.) ; Sarah McBeath, Indiana Wesleyan ; leah Esposito, Carroll (Mont.) ; Marissa DeWispelare, Doane (Neb.) ; Kayla Byl, Dordt (Iowa) ; Andrea Saavedra-Garcia, College of Saint Mary (Neb.) ; Brianna Pace, Xavier (La.) ; Hydeia Barney, Dillard (La.) ; Liz Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa) ; Madison Caffrey, Sterling (Kan.) ; Madison Caffrey, Sterling (Kan.) ; Katie Guarnaccia, Point Park (Pa.) ; Taryn Thor, IU Kokomo ; Margo Dolgos, Carlow (Pa.) ; Morgan Stanley, Indiana East ; Cora Atkinson, Life (Ga.) ; Maureen McGaha , Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Austyn Copp, Dickinson State (N.D.) ; Jazmine Garcia, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) ; Leah Gaytan, Texas Wesleyan ; Ariel Jones, William Carey (Miss.) ; Jordan Elissa, Loyola (La.) ; HollyAnn Goble, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) ; Amie Wimberly, Mobile (Ala.) ; Betsy Douglas, USC Beaufort (S.C.) ; Stephanie Johnston, Concordia (Mich.) ; Alexis Miller, Aquinas (Mich.) ; Ashley Yeager, Lourdes (Ohio) ; Audrey Tremaine, Cornerstone (Mich.) ; Shallen Lenhart, Indiana Tech
2015-16 Women's Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 09): Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 2 (September 16): Alex Berends, Taylor (Ind.)