The SAA released the cross country Runners of the Week for events raced September 30 - October 1 and Ryan James of Berry claimed the men's honor while Hannah Ellis of Centre won the women's award.
SAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Ryan James of Berry
Berry senior Ryan James (pictured at right) finished fifth in the Hanover Pre-National meet with a time of 25:50. Ryan had the opportunity to mix it up in the front pack with a couple 2012 DIII All Americans; Michael Leduc of Connecticut College (13th NCAA 2012) and Coby Horowitz of Bowdoin College (6th NCAA 2012). Michael and Coby finished first and second respectively in the Pre-National meet this weekend.
SAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Hannah Ellis of Centre
Centre's Hannah Ellis had a good weekend at the Pre-national meet in Hanover, Ind. Hannah toured the rainy 6k course in 23:16, her fastest time of the year. Hannah finished the race in 19th place in a field of more than 200 women and led her team to a 7th place team finish.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Centre's Eric Beyerle had a fine race this weekend at the Pre-national meet in Hanover, Ind. Eric toured the rainy 8k course in 26:55, his fastest time of the year. Eric finished in 30th place out of more than 200 men and helped lead the Centre men to a 5th place team finish.
Birmingham-Southern sophomore Kelsey Holdbrooks had a solid performance this past weekend in the Drury Inn/Panther XC Invitational. Kelsey finished in third place of 40 women and first in the non-Division I standings. Holdbrooks finished the challenging 5k course in a time of 20.47.76. She led the 'Southern women to a first place team finish in the non-D-I standings.