Avena Named WAC Athlete of the Week

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Nevada’s Christa Avena and Louisiana Tech’s Kinsey Dinnel have been named the Western Athletic Conference men and women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 22-28.

Avena, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS), was the Pack’s top finisher for a third consecutive meet, placing 47th out of 222 runners at the Roy Griak Invitational. Avena clocked a 6-kilometer time of 22:38. She has been Nevada’s top finisher the past eight meets dating back to Sept. 15, 2007. This is the second WAC Athlete of the Week honor for Avena this season.

Dinnel, a senior from Loranger, La. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS), placed second at the LSU Cross Country Festival in Baton Rouge, La. Dinnel finished the eight-kilometer course with a time of 25:02.6, helping his team to a second place finish. The Bulldogs lost to LSU by just two points, but beat McNeese State and Houston among a host of other Louisiana schools.

Other Men’s Nominees: Fresno State’s Erick Garcia placed 15th at the Stanford Invitational with an 8K time of 25:12.

Other Women’s Nominees: Fresno State’s Marissa McPhail led the Bulldog women with a 99th place finish at the Stanford Invitational with a 6K time of 23:22.