SEC Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Sept. 18, 2012)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Henry Lelei, Texas A&M
• Led the Aggies to a team title at the Rice Invitational as he won the individual crown in 16:25, over a 6,000-meter course.
• In his first race of the season, pulled away from the field early and cruised to the win, creating a margin of victory of 23 seconds over Lamar’s Matt Johnsen.
• Texas A&M scored 37 points to better a 13-team field that included ranked teams from the South Central region. Lamar and host Rice tied for second with 85 points each.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Kyle Walter, Tennessee
• Scored for Tennessee for the second consecutive race, leading all SEC freshmen in 17th place with a personal-best 8K time of 25:11.35 to help guide the Vols to a third-place finish at the Commodore Classic.
• Was the second-highest scoring freshman at the 199-runner, 24-team event.
• Tennessee bested all six SEC teams competing at the Commodore Classic.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Katie Breathitt, Ole Miss
• Claimed first place in the women’s 6K race at the highly competitive Commodore Classic on Saturday, leading her team to a second-place finish, as the runner-up only to defending SEC Champion Vanderbilt.
• Marked her first career individual victory in cross country and the race was her first of the 2012 fseason.
• Currently holds the top 6K time in the SEC so far this season.
• Helped direct Ole Miss to defeat six SEC rivals – Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU and Tennessee.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Julie Macedo, Florida
• Helped Florida to a perfect score at the Gators’ own Mountain Dew Invitational, marking UF’s eighth consecutive team victory at the home meet.
• Scored third for Florida and now has two top-three finishes to start her collegiate career.
• Ran her first collegiate 5K event at the MDI and was the first freshman in the field to cross the finish line.
• Clocked the third-fastest 5K for a freshman in the SEC so far this season.
• Contributed as Florida lowered its top-five scorers’ pack spread from 29 seconds the first meet of the season to just over 20 seconds at the home meet.
• The 15-point perfect score was Florida’s first such accomplishment since last season’s opening meet at the Western Carolina Invitational.