Big South Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - High Point's Benji Szalai and Jennifer Klugh of Liberty 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.

Szalai, a freshman from Papa, Hungary, posted the sixth-best collegiate time in his first career race as he finished the Charlotte Invitational 8K course in 24:34 over the weekend.  He was the top Big South finisher in the event, placing seventh overall in a field that featured 244 runners.

Klugh, a redshirt senior from Centerburg, Ohio, crossed the line in 17:33 on the 5K course at the Notre Dame Invitational last weekend.  In a field that featured 145 runners and five nationally-ranked schools, the two-time defending Big South Champion placed 62nd overall.

Men's Honorable Mentions:
Brian Gorwitz, Radford - Posted a time of 25:47 on the 8K course at the Charlotte Invitational to finish 55th.
Tyre Hines, Charleston Southern - Ran a season-best and placed second at The Citadel Invitational with a time of 26:28 on the 8K course.
Evan Niciphor, Coastal Carolina - Turned in a personal-best 8K time of 25:23 to finish 37th at the Charlotte Invitational.
Kevin Paradise, UNC Asheville - Won the UNC Asheville Invitational with an 8K time of 26:02.
Russell Reed, Longwood - Placed 12th at the Great American Cross Country Festival with an 8K time of 26:55.
David Ricksecker, Liberty - Ran 24:37 on the 8K course at the Notre Dame Invitational to finish 61st overall.

Women's Honorable Mentions:
Emma Bussard, UNC Asheville - Won the UNC Asheville Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 18:19.
Kelsey Hunt, High Point - Ran a personal-best time of 22:27 to finish 25th on the 6K course at the Charlotte Invitational.
Jenna Moye, VMI - Placed 81st in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Invitational with a personal-best time of 21:53 on the 6K course.
Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop - Placed 15th overall and was the top Big South finisher at the Charlotte Invitational with a 6K time of 22:11.

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
Oct. 3 - Benji Szalai, High Point

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
Oct. 3 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty