Nevada’s Christa Avena and Utah State’s Seth Wold have been named the Western Athletic Conference men and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 8-14.
This is the first career WAC Athlete of the Week honor for Avena and the second time this season Nevada has been honored. Amanda Moreno was named WAC Athlete of the Week on Sept. 3.
Avena, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman), placed sixth out of 140 runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational this past week in California. Avena clocked a new 5k personal record of 17:40, improving on her previous best by 53 seconds. The sixth place finish marks her third top-10 finish of the season. She also helped Nevada to a fourth place team finish.
Wold, a junior from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak), registered an 8k time of 24:05.6 and placed 53rd out of 273 runners at the 2007 Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Wold helped Utah state to a 29th place team finish out of the 40 teams at the event.
Other Men’s Nominees: Louisiana Tech junior Jace Benoit finished third with a 4-mile time of 21:10 at the Northwestern State Demon Invitational, helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish ... Fresno State freshman Erick Garcia finished 18th overall with an 8k time of 27:17 at the Cal Poly Invitational, helping Fresno State to a fifth place finish
Other Women’s Nominees: New Mexico State senior Beth Sandoval led the way for the Aggies, placing 34th with a 5k time of 18:12 ... Fresno State junior Roxanne Sellick placed ninth overall and sixth among collegiate athletes with a time of 18:17 in the 5k race, leading the Bulldogs to a third place team finish.