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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Runners of the Week for the first weekend of the cross country season. Oklahoma Baptist swept the awards as Abby Hoover earned the women’s award and Patrick Harris claimed the men’s honor.


GAC WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Abby Hoover, Oklahoma Baptist, Sr., Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Hoover scored the third GAC Runner of the Week award of her career after she took second at the UCO Land Run. Her time of 18:10.52 spearheaded a team victory for the Lady Bison. Led by Hoover, Lady Bison runners finished second, third, fourth and fifth en route to a 15-point win. Oklahoma Baptist defeated six other GAC schools.

GAC MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Patrick Harris, Oklahoma Baptist, Fr., Stilwell, Oklahoma
In his first collegiate race, Harris finished fifth at the UCO Land Run to pace the Bison to a runner-up showing. He finished in a time of 20:20.90, only 35 seconds behind the winning time set by Rogers State All-American Baylor Harvey. He led the Bison, besting Jacob Janzen by almost 16 seconds.

- Jorie Beaumont, Fr., Ouachita (Placed second at the Bob Gravett Invitational; led Tigers to a win at the event)
- Alicja Minczuk, Fr., Harding (Finished second in the non-DI portion of the Memphis Twlight with a time of 18:52.08)
- Samantha Nickell, So., Henderson State (Won the Bob Gravett Invitational by 27 seconds)
- Emily Phillips, So., Southern Arkansas (Led SAU in her first race as a Lady Mulerider; ran 20:54.26 at Memphis Twilight)

- Lane Alexander, Jr., Southern Arkansas (Placed ninth among non-Division I competitors at the Memphis Twilight)
- Lucas Goodspeed, Sr., Harding (Registered his eighth career top-10 finish as he took third at the Memphis Twilight)


Submitted by Eric Moyer - Associate Commissioner for Communications, Great American Conference

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