Cayo, Rafuse garner Athlete of the Week awards

South Dakota State's Chase Cayo and Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse capture the weekly awards after posting league-leading times in their, respective, races.
South Dakota State's Chase Cayo and Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse capture the weekly awards after posting league-leading times in their, respective, races.

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –South Dakota State junior Chase Cayo and Purdue Fort Wayne senior Emma Rafuse picked up The Summit League Cross Country Male and Female Athletes of the Week after posting league-leading times in each of their, respective, races.

Chase Cayo, South Dakota State

Junior | St. Michael, Minn.

  • Earned his third career athlete of the week honor and first of the season
  • Was the first Jackrabbit and Summit League runner to cross the finish line at the Roy Griak
  • His time of 25:01.1 was 30.9 seconds faster than his 2017 finish at the same race
  • With his finish, he currently holds the league's fastest 8K time

Also nominated: Logan Kitchen (Purdue Fort Wayne), Lucas Lingle (Western Illinois), Bryce Choate (Oral Roberts), Eldon Warner (South Dakota), Tim Heikkila (North Dakota State)

Emma Rafuse, Purdue Fort Wayne

Senior | Greenville, Wis.

  • Earned her sixth career weekly honor and second this season
  • Finished third out of 139 runners at the Joe Piane Invitational
  • Posted a 16:58.87 in the 5K, currently a league-leading time and sixth fastest in league history
  • Just the sixth time in league history a student-athlete has run a sub-17-minute 5K

Also nominated: Jessica Romero (Oral Roberts), Nicole Beebe (Western Illinois), Emily Johnson (Omaha), Megan Billington (South Dakota), Kelby Anderson (North Dakota State), Rachel King (South Dakota State)

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