SEC Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Sept. 4, 2012)
Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Solomon Haile, Arkansas
• In his first cross country race since the 2010 season, Haile raced to the event title at the season-opening Razorback Invitational at Agri Park in Fayetteville.
• The Razorback junior pulled away from the pack late in the race to finish in a time of 19:51.4, nearly 18 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
• Helped six Arkansas runners place in the top-seven of the race.
• Paced Arkansas to a dual win against Missouri Southern.
• Currently holds the top 6.6K time in the SEC this season.
Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Brandon Lord, Georgia
• Tallied his first collegiate victory to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive win at the Georgia Invitational, as the Bulldogs left their nearest competition (Georgia Tech) behind 15-53.
• Crossed the finish line in a time of 26:16.49, which currently goes down as the top 8K time in the SEC so far this season.
• Scored in his seventh consecutive meet for the Bulldogs, as the first five finishers in the race all were Georgia runners.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Weston O’Donnell, Texas A&M
• Was the fifth finisher for the Aggies at the Baylor Twilight Invitational, clocking a time of 19:39.2 to finish 16th overall and 13th in scoring participants out of 57 total participants.
• Bettered the fifth Baylor runner by 0.4 of a second to secure the team victory by one point for Texas A&M, 37-38, over the host Baylor Bears.
• Currently holds the SEC’s best freshman time in the 6K this season.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Julie Macedo, Florida
• Won her inaugural race as a Gator with a two-mile run time of 11:14.4 at the Western Carolina Invitational.
• Became the first Florida runner since Gator great and 2012 Australian Olympian Genevieve LaCaze (2008) to win her first race as a freshman.
• Helped Florida to a second consecutive Western Carolina Invitational title.
• Directed a Florida pack that claimed the top-four spots in Cullowhee, while all five Gator runners finished in the top seven, including the first three scorers that turned in a spread of just one second down the stretch across the finish.
• Holds the SEC’s top time in the women’s 2-mile run through the first week of the season.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Kayla Lampe, South Carolina
• Finished first at the Gamecock Invitational with a time of 17:10.20 in her first collegiate meet, clocking a meet-record time of 17:10.20.
• Helped lead South Carolina to its second consecutive team victory in the Gamecock Invitational at Hilton Field in Fort Jackson, S.C.
• Directed a 1-2-3 finish by the Gamecocks and helped pace 10 South Carolina runners in the race’s top-15.
• Holds the SEC’s third-best time this season in the women’s 5,000-meter run and the best time by a league freshman.