Texas’ Marielle Hall and Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka earned Big 12 Runner of the Week honors. It is Kithuka’s fourth weekly award this season and seventh career weekly award. Hall is the first Longhorn to earn the weekly award.
Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr., Thika, Kenya
Kithuka remained unbeaten in 2013 after earning his 12th-straight victory (dating back to his 2012 debut) at the 2013 NCAA Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
Kithuka, the 2012 NCAA Champion, finished more than 30 seconds ahead of the field and crossed the finish line Saturday with a season-best time of 22:52 in the 8,000-meter race. With the victory he became just the third athlete since 2004 to follow his NCAA Championship performance with a victory at the Pre-National meet the following year.
The highly-competitive meet featured more than 180 cross country teams from across the country.
Marielle Hall, Texas, Sr., Haddonfield, N.J.
Hall, an All-American and the South Central Region Athlete of the Year in cross country last season, ran a 6K career-best 19:46 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, placing an impressive third out of 288 runners. The meet featured 16 of the top 30 teams in the most recent USTFCCCA poll.
2013 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week
Sept. 3 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.
Sept. 10 Runners did not compete
Sept. 17 David Osborn, Oklahoma State, Jr.
Sept. 24 Eric Graf, Oklahoma, So.
Oct. 1 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.
Oct. 8 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.
Oct. 22 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.
Sept. 3 Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr.
Sept. 10 Laura Galvan, Kansas State, Jr.
Sept. 17 Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr.
Sept. 24 Laura Galvan, Kansas State, Jr.
Oct. 1 Crystal Nelson, Iowa State, So.
Oct. 8 Sarah Martinelli, West Virginia, Sr.
Oct. 22 Marielle Hall, Texas, Sr.