Cross Country Athlete of the Week Honors Belong to Rowe and Ramirez

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Jordan Rowe and Stephen F. Austin’s Kelsey Ramirez are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Rowe led the Cardinals to an eighth-place team finish at the Chile Pepper Festival over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. In his second race of the 2019 season, the senior stamped a career-best time of 24:01.5 in the 8k event, shaving more than two minutes off his previous best mark at the 2018 Southland Conference Championship. Rowe and the Cardinals will return to the course Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif.Ramirez led her Stephen F. Austin squad with an 11th-place individual finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational over the weekend in South Bend, Ind. The junior completed the 5k event with a time of 17:23.71 in a field of 193 runners. Ramirez will join the Ladyjacks back on the course Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Arturo Barrios Invite, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Jordan Rowe, Lamar – Sr. – Frinton-on-Sea, UKRowe competed over the weekend at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., taking ninth-place individual honors and leading his Lamar squad to an eighth-place team finish. After beginning the 8k event with a 4:39.8 pace in the opening mile, the senior ultimately crossed the finish line with a time of 24:01.5 to close out his second race of the season. His performance also marks his career-best time in the 8k event.Honorable Mention: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian; Jared Hamilton, Central Arkansas; Ben Drew, Houston Baptist. Women’s Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin – La Porte, TexasRamirez paced the Ladyjacks on Friday, finishing 11th out of nearly 200 runners in the women’s Gold Division race at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. The junior’s 5k performance marked a new personal best time and sealed an average mile time of 5:35.6 for the weekend, as Ramirez completed the race with a 17:23.71 clip.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Sara Steimel, Central Arkansas; Yvonne Chepkorir, Houston Baptist; Julie Emmerson, Lamar.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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