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Week 5: Cross Country Athletes of the Week

60 days ago
SEC Staff
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Men's Runner of the Week:

 Victor Kiprop, Alabama

Alabama's Victor Kiprop ran a 23:16.5 over the five-mile course to take top honors in the Joe Piane Invitational Blue Race, leading Alabama to a third-place team finish, bettering three ranked teams and two that received votes in the latest poll. Kiprop is two-for-two in individual races after opening his season by winning the North Alabama Showcase in his season opener.

Women's Runner of the Week:

 Isabel Van Camp, Arkansas

Arkansas' Isabel Van Camp won the 34th annual Chile Pepper Festival in 15:58.0, the third fastest time over the past 10 installments of the event, which previously held a 6k race. Van Camp bettered a field of 276 finishers in the race. Van Camp's time ranks third at the Chile Pepper Festival behind Arkansas runner's Taylor Werner (15:45.4) and Katie Izzo (15:50.2) from 2019. That time is also third best among SEC runners at the 5,000m distance over the past 14 seasons.

Men's Freshman Runner of the Week:

 Ben Shearer, Arkansas

Arkansas' Ben Shearer finished fourth among collegians and sixth overall in the Chile Pepper Festival, covering the 8,000m course in 23:49.0, the top freshman time in the SEC this season. Shearer finished second among the Razorback squad as Arkansas claimed the team title in the Chile Pepper meet for the first time since 2018.

Women's Freshman Runner of the Week:

 Hilda Olemomoi, Alabama

In a field that included the No.1, No. 3 and No. 8 teams as well as another ranked team and five that received votes in the last rankings, Hilda Olemomoi led the Crimson Tide to a third-place team finish with a third-place individual race with a time of 16:05.0. The top freshman finisher and the second SEC finisher behind teammates Mercy Chelangat, she and her UA teammates were the only runners in the league to finish in the top-25 individually. She was also the only freshman among the top-10 individual finishers.