Sophomores Fernando Roman (Kansas State) and Rachel Johnson (Baylor) have garnered Big 12 Runner of the Week honors. It is the first weekly award for both student-athletes. Johnson is the first Baylor female to receive the honor since 2008.
Fernando Roman, Kansas State, So., Puerto Rico
Roman made his cross country debut in style grabbing a win at the J.K. Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State on Saturday. The Puerto Rican native had never run a cross country race, specializing outdoors in the steeplechase and other distance races indoors during the 2012 season at K-State. He crossed the finish line in 18:37.09, which is the fastest time ever run by a Wildcat on Wichita State's course. He held off Wichita State's Marcos Bailon by nearly five seconds down the final stretch for the victory.
Rachel Johnson, Baylor, So., Plano, Texas
Johnson finished first in the Bear Twilight Invitational to lead the Baylor women's team to a first-place finish. The sophomore ran the four-kilometer course in 13:28.5 to come in nearly 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. She was 45 seconds faster than she was a year ago at the same event. The field included runners from three schools in the top eight of the South Central regional rankings.
|Sept 4||Fernando Roman, Kansas State, So.||Rachel Johnson, Baylor, So.|