Hamilton, Gerlach Take Week Four Cross Country Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jaron Hamilton and Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hamilton led the Bears at the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State this past weekend. The junior completed the 8k event with a 25:46.2, finishing in 61st place overall. Hamilton’s performance pushed Central Arkansas to a 10th-place team finish in a field packed with five of the nation’s top-25 programs. Hamilton and his UCA squad will now turn their attention to the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 5.  Gerlach took seventh-place honors at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend with a 18:49.1 finish at the 5k event. Up next, Gerlach and the Abilene Christian squad will also be competing at the Chili Pepper Festival on Oct. 5.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Jaron Hamilton, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Grand Prairie, TexasHamilton led UCA with a personal-best time of 25:46.2, while placing 61st out of a field of 268 runners. The Grand Prairie, Texas, native produced a 5:11 average-mile pace to lead the Bears to a 10th-place team finish. The 21-team field featured three-time defending national champion No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 5 Iowa State, No. 6 Stanford, No. 18 Indiana and No. 19 Purdue.Honorable Mention: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian; Alex Soileau, New Orleans.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Gakona, AlaskaGerlach led the Wildcats for the second consecutive meet, claiming seven points and seventh-place honors following her 18:49.1 finishing time at the Texas Tech Open over the weekend. The junior led Abilene Christian to a third-place team finish out of an 11-team field in the 5k race on Saturday.Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Brianna Lucas, New Orleans.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