Oct. 18 Cross Country Athletes of the Week

Go C-USA! Silje Fjortoft, SMU
Go C-USA!
Silje Fjortoft, SMU
Go C-USA!

Oct. 18, 2011

IRVING, Texas - After winning their meets and clocking the top two C-USA 6K times of the week, Conference USA has named RISPER KIMAIYO of UTEP and SMU's SILJE FJORTOFT Co-Female Cross Country Athletes of the Week. Kimaiyo won the prestigious Pre-National meet for the second-consecutive year in a time of 20:19 while Fjortoft finished first at the Annual Chile Pepper Festival crossing in 19:44.2.

UTEP's ELKANA ROTICH picks up his fifth career Male Athlete of the Week honor after placing 14th at the Pre-National Invitational. The junior clocked a season-best 8K time of 24:31.

C-USA Cross Country Notebook

CONFERENCE USA CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RISPER KIMAIYO, UTEP - Jr., Iten, Kenya
For the second-consecutive year, Kimaiyo won the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The All-American crossed the finish line with a 6K time of 20:19, marking her fourth first-place finish of the season. She led the women's team to a 27th-place finish among 40 elite programs. This is Kimaiyo's fourth Athlete of the Week honor this season and 11th of her career.

SILJE FJORTOFT, SMU - RS Sr., Orsta, Norway
Fjortoft clocked a career-best and winning 6K time of 19:44.2 at the Annual Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. She bested 296 runners and SMU topped three ranked schools to win the title and was an integral part in helping the women's team place sixth out of 34 programs. The redshirt senior has won every meet (4) she's competed in this season. This is her seventh career Athlete of the Week honor and third for the 2011 season.

MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELKANA ROTICH, UTEP - Jr., Eldoret, Kenya
Rotich posted a season-best time of 24:31 to place 14th at the prestigious Pre-National Invitational last weekend. As a team, the Miners placed 12th amongst 35 programs. This is his fifth career Athlete of the Week honor.

 

 

2011 C-USA CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
September 6
Male - Elkana Rotich, UTEP
Female - Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP

September 13
Male - Justice Chirchir, UTEP
Female - Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP & Silje Fjortoft, SMU

September 20
Male - Elkana Rotich, UTEP
Female - Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP

September 27
Male - Jakub Trzasalski, East Carolina
Female - Brittany Copeland, East Carolina

October 4
Male - James Maglasang, Memphis
Female - Silje Fjortoft, SMU

October 11
Male - David Smith, Houston
Female - Megan Munoz, Houston

October 18
Male - - Elkana Rotich, UTEP
Female - Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP & Silje Fjortoft, SMU

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