SEC Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Oct. 2, 2012)
Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Henry Lelei, Texas A&M
• Finished second at the Notre Dame Invitational with a five-mile time of 23:36, an improvement over the 24:16 he recorded a year ago in placing eighth on the same course.
• Helped the Aggies place seventh in team scoring with 201 points.
• Was among the lead pack throughout the race and led the field heading into the race’s final stages. However, he followed the lead cart when it left the race pack with 120 meters remaining, which allowed Tulsa’s Chris O’Hare to claim the lead. O’Hare won the race in 23:33, just three seconds ahead of Lelei.
• Currently has the top five-mile time in the SEC this season.
Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Luis Orta, Kentucky
• Led the way for the Wildcat men with a 12th-place time of 24:06.96 over 8K at the Greater Louisville Classic.
• It was his third consecutive top-20 performance and his ninth consecutive top-25 finish dating back to the 2011 season opener.
• Lowered his personal-best 8K time of the season by more than 30 seconds.
• Helped his team to a 12th place finish at the highly competitive Greater Louisville Classic.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Tyler Schneider, Missouri
• Placed 27th at the Greater Louisville Classic this past weekend, finishing third among all freshmen and first among SEC freshmen in that event.
• Clocked an 8K time of 24:23.54, which currently ranks seventh in the SEC this season and tops among all league freshmen in 2012.
• Dropped 66 seconds off his time in his second collegiate race at the Greater Louisville Classic.
• Helped Missouri finish in fourth place as a team against a tough field at the event. The Tigers finished behind No. 5 Iona, No. 17 Columbia and No. 24 Georgia.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Cally Macumber, Kentucky
• Finished second individually against a decorated field at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., this past weekend.
• Clocked a 5K time of 16:55.14, which currently goes down as the best 5K time in the SEC so far this season.
• Has now finished among the top-two at each of the three meets in which the Wildcats have competed this season, including an individual victory at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational two weeks ago.
• Finished ahead of Washington’s Katie Flood at the Greater Louisville Classic. Flood is the defending Pacific-12 Conference cross country champion and posted a top-10 showing at the NCAA Championships a year ago.
• The Wildcats placed eighth as a team at the Greater Louisville Classic and were the only non-nationally-ranked team among the meet’s top-eight.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Andrina Schlaepfer, Arkansas
• In her second race as a Razorback, was the second runner in Arkansas’ lineup and finished 13th overall at the Greater Louisville Classic.
• Clocked a 5K time of 17:06.7, more than 16 seconds faster than her season-opening time.
• Helped the Razorbacks to a third-place finish in a field that featured seven ranked teams and seven teams from the SEC.
• Was the top freshman performer on the weekend and holds the best freshman 5K time in the SEC this season.
• Currently ranks among the SEC’s top 10 this season in the 5K.