Fort Wayne’s Rafuse Claims Second Straight #SummitXC Weekly Honor

Fort Wayne’s Rafuse Claims Second Straight #SummitXC Weekly Honor

ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse claimed her second consecutive Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolade for her performance during the Sept. 8-9 weekend.

Jr.  // Greenville, Wis.

  • Received her second career Athlete of the Week honor, both coming in consecutive weeks
  • Finished third at the Bluegrass Invitational against a field that included host Kentucky and its No. 6 regional ranking
  • Her time of 17:24.3 was the second-fastest in the league this season, trailing only her previous week's time, and ranks fifth on record all-time
  • Became first back-to-back women's athlete of the week honoree since 2015 and only the second since 2013

Also nominated: Kelby Anderson, North Dakota State; Jessica Romero, Oral Roberts; Cailee Peterson, South Dakota State

Previous recipients: Sept. 5 – Emma Rafuse, Fort Wayne

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 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), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.