University of Southern Indiana Men’s Cross Country junior Austin Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) has been named the Division II National Runner of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association in an announcement Monday afternoon.
Nolan finished first out of 282 runners at the Lewis University Conference Crossover this past weekend. The field included seven nationally-ranked teams and another that was receiving votes outside the Top 25.
The reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference champion and Runner of the Year finished the eight-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 33.80 seconds,
Nolan becomes the third cross country athlete to be honored with the national award in school history, joining Johnnie Guy and Emily Roberts, each of whom were selected in 2015.
USI returns to action October 20 when it hosts the Festival Year Fiasco at Angel Mounds. The women’s 6k race is slated for a 10 a.m. start, while the men’s race is set to begin at 10:45 a.m.