By USTFCCCA Communications, USTFCCCA October 29, 2018
NEW ORLEANS – We've reached the end of the road when it comes to National Athlete of the Week in two of the three NCAA divisions (NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III) and both NJCAA divisions.
Here are those athletes who stood out the most from their peers during the opening weekend of the postseason and were named National Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
- NJCAA Division I Women – Abeba Sullivan, Iowa Central
Find out more about each of these runners by clicking their names or scrolling below.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to 10 collegiate cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and two NJCAA divisions).
Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.
The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.
NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Abeba Sullivan, Iowa Central CC
Sophomore | Saukville, Iowa
Abeba Sullivan was named National Athlete of the Week for the second time this year after she won the NJCAA Region XI Championship meet.
The sophomore posted a mark of 18:38.1 to pace Iowa Central to the team title.
Sullivan adds to the storied history of the Triton program as her honor gives them 23 career nods.