Cunningham Named MIAA Athlete of the Week, Updated USTFCCCA Rankings

Northwest Missouri State junior Caroline Cunningham has been named the MIAA’s female cross country athlete of the week. This is the first time this season and second time in her career (Week of Sept. 18, 2018) that she has been named the cross country athlete of the week.

Cunningham (Cedar Falls, Iowa) had a school record-tying performance at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Victoria, Kansas, over the weekend. Her first-place finish in 17:33.7 is a personal best and led the Bearcats to a fifth-place team finish.

Cunningham shaved twenty seconds off her previous best time of 17:53.2 that she set at the Woody Greeno/Jay Dirksen Invite in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 18th.


Updated Regional Rankings

The USTFCCCA released updated regional rankings for both the men and women. The Bearcat women were slated eighth in the Central Region while the Northwest men were fifth.


Central Region Rankings – Women

1. Augustana (S.D.) – NSIC

2. U-Mary – NSIC

3. Minnesota Duluth – NSIC

4. Minnesota State – NSIC

5. Pittsburg State – MIAA

6. Winona State – NSIC

7. Nebraska-Kearney – MIAA

8. Northwest Missouri – MIAA

9. Central Missouri – MIAA

10. Rogers State – MIAA


Central Region Rankings – Men

1. Augustana (S.D.) – NSIC

2. Pittsburg State – MIAA

3. Missouri Southern – MIAA

4. Nebraska-Kearney – MIAA

5. Northwest Missouri – MIAA

6. U-Mary – NSIC

7. Sioux Falls – NSIC

8. Central Missouri – MIAA

9. Washburn – MIAA

10. Emporia State – MIAA

The next meet for Northwest will be the MIAA Championships on Saturday, October 23 in Kearney, Nebraska.