Sept. 15, 2009
The conference office announced on Tuesday the second weekly cross country award winners for the 2009 season. Indiana's Zachary Mayhew was tabbed men's Runner of the Week while on the women's side, seniors Megan Duwell (MINN) and Cheryl Spring (PSU) shared the weekly honor.
Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week:
Zachary Mayhew, Indiana
R-Fr. - Terre Haute, Ind. - Terre Haute North
In his first collegiate race, Zachary Mayhew took the tape for the Hoosiers, beating veteran Andy Weatherford to the line by more than two seconds with a time of 25:31.96. Mayhew's 8-kilometer time marked a career record, besting the third-place finisher by nearly thirty seconds and the winning time at the 2008 Indiana Open by more than a minute (26:41.83). The laurel marks the first weekly honor for the Terre Haute, Ind., native, and the first for the Indiana men's cross country program since October of 2006.
Last Indiana Men's Runner of the Week: Jordan Kyle (Oct. 3, 2006)
Women's Co-Cross Country Runners of the Week:
Megan Duwell, Minnesota
Sr. - West Bend, Wis. - West B end West
Golden Gopher senior Megan Duwell garners her first weekly award after defending her individual title and leading the Minnesota women's cross country team to a decisive victory in the 10th Annual Oz Memorial Run on Friday in Falcon Heights, Minn. Duwell clocked an impressive 6-kilometer time of 21:13.24 to pilot the Gophers to the team title with 17 team points. The Gopher All-American opened the race at a quick pace to take an early lead and went on to finish 53 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Last Minnesota Women's Runner of the Week: Emily Brown (Sept. 27, 2005)
Cheryl Spring, Penn State
Sr. - The Woodlands, Texas - The Woodlands
Senior Cheryl Spring topped the field at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational for the second-straight year last Friday, leading her Nittany Lion squad to its second victory in as many weeks. Spring ran away from all competitors, including Big Ten foes from Ohio State and Illinois, finishing the 6,000-meter course in 21:13 - 11 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Despite the wet and muddy conditions, Spring shaved 16 seconds off her winning time from the same competition in 2008. Spring's low stick led the Nittany Lions to victory in the team standings, as the Penn State squad totaled 33 points to better Big Ten rivals Ohio State (47 points), and Illinois (54 points).
Last Penn State Women's Runner of the Week: Caitlin Lane (Sept. 8, 2009)