Big South Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Liberty's N'Getich Kipchirchir and Jeanne Stroud of Winthrop have been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's and Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively, the League announced today.

Kipchirchir, a redshirt freshman from Eldoret, Kenya, was the top Big South finisher at the Winthrop Invitational with a time of 24:46.84 on the 8K course.  He was fifth overall as the event featured 10 Big South schools and 31 teams.

Stroud, a junior from Charleston, S.C., posted a time of 18:18.55 on the 5K course at the Winthrop Invitational.  She was the top Big South runner and the South Carolina Intercollegiate Champion at the event, placing fourth in the overall field.

Men's Honorable Mentions:
Patrick Crawford, High Point - Placed 14th at the Winthrop Invitational with an 8K time of 25:18.12.
Morgan Timiney, Campbell - Finished 15th at the Winthrop Invitational with an 8K time of 25:23.44.
Joseph Keitt, Coastal Carolina - Was 22nd at the Winthrop Invitational as he finished the 8K course in 25:42.91.
Keven Paradise, UNC Asheville - Led UNC Asheville with a 25th-place finish at the Winthrop Invitational with a time of 25:45.87.
Sean Helmke, VMI - Placed third at the James Madison Open Invitational with an 8K time of 25:56 in his first career collegiate race.

Women's Honorable Mentions:
Ashley Matthews, Campbell - Was fifth at the Winthrop Invitational with a 5K time of 18:22.58.
Jennifer Klugh, Liberty - Came in at No. 6 at the Winthrop Invitational as she crossed the line in 18:23.65 on the 5K course.
Emma Bussard, UNC Asheville - Crossed the line in 18:28.87 on the 5K course at the Winthrop Invitational.  She finished 11th overall.
Kelsey Hunt, High Point - Placed 12th at the Winthrop Invitational with a 5K time of 18:28.96.

Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sept. 6 - Evan Niciphor, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 12 - Michael McClay, Gardner-Webb
Sept. 19 - N'Getich Kipchirchir, Liberty

Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sept. 6 - Jenna Moye, VMI
Sept. 12 - Adrienne Cuff, Charleston Southern
Sept. 19 - Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop