Kirubel Erassa (Oklahoma State) and Rose Tanui (Texas Tech) have been named the first Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week for the 2011 season. It is the first conference weekly award for both student-athletes. For the women, Tanui is the first Red Raider to capture the award since 2008.
Kirubel Erassa, Oklahoma State, Fr., Grayson, Ga.
In his first collegiate cross country meet, Erassa won the individual title at the Tulsa Hurricane Invitational, completing the four-mile race in 20:25. The Grayson, Ga.-native was the first of six Cowboys to finish in the top 10 as he led No. 1 OSU to a 3-0 dual record at the meet. Erassa helped the Cowboys top the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners by 16 points.
Rose Tanui, Texas Tech, Sr., Burt Forest, Kenya
Beating the competition by seven seconds, Tanui won the Texas Tech Ruidoso Open for the second-straight year with a time of 17:38,20. The senior led a string of Red Raider runners across the finish line, as Texas Tech recorded a perfect score in the team race. The victory was the fifth of Tanui’s career as a Red Raider.
2011 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week
Sept. 6 Kirubel Erassa, Oklahoma State, Fr.
Sept. 6 Rose Tanui, Texas Tech, Sr.