ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Trent Lusignan and North Dakota State's Maddie McClellan were named The Summit League's Men's and Women's Cross Country Athletes of the Week for their performances Sept. 24-30.
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Trent Lusignan, South Dakota State
Jr. // Shakopee, Minn.
Lusignan garners his second career Athlete of the Week honor and first of the season after a top 20 finish at the Griak Invitational among a field of three nationally ranked teams and a dozen regionally ranked teams. The Shakopee, Minn., native finished 19th in a personal-best and league-leading 8k time of 24:47.8. The junior led South Dakota State, previously 11th in the Midwest Region, to a 14th-place team finish ahead of four regionally ranked teams, No. 9 Iowa (Midwest), No. 9 Weber State (Mountain), No. 13 Illinois State (Midwest) and No. 13 Central Michigan (Great Lakes).
Also nominated: Brett Kelly, North Dakota State; Mubarik Musa, South Dakota.
Previous honorees: 9/3 – Joel Reichow, South Dakota State; 9/10 – Sam Roudebush, IUPUI & Joel Reichow, South Dakota State; 9/17 – Mark Holt, Western Illinois; 9/24 – Joey Zielinski, IUPUI.
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Maddie McClellan, North Dakota State
Sr. // Perham, Minn.
McClellan earns her first career Athlete of the Week award after finishing in the top 20 at the Stanford Invitational and leading the Bison, previously No. 6 in the Midwest Region, to a fifth-place finish ahead of then No. 23 San Francisco and UC Davis, No. 6 in the West Region. The senior recorded a league-best 6k time of 22:13 for a 19th-place finish against runners from a pair of nationally-ranked teams and a trio of regionally-ranked teams.
Also nominated: Megan Hilson, South Dakota; Cheyanne Bowers, South Dakota State.
Previous honorees: 9/3 – Rachel Zajac, IUPUI; 9/10 – Rachel Zajac, IUPUI; 9/17 – Chelsea Lynes, Western Illinois; 9/24 – Rachel Zajac, IUPUI.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.