FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Jordan Rowe and New Orleans’ Arina Kleschukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Jordan Rowe, Lamar – Sr. – Frinton-on-Essex, UKRowe had a strong performance at the Rice Invitational, crossing the finish line in 19:37.62. He topped a field of 83 runners and beat the second-place finisher by 13 seconds in order to help the Cardinals to a second-place team finish in the 6k event.Honorable Mention: Armando Villarreal, UIW; Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans; Titus Kiplagat, Stephen F. Austin; Tristan Stellmach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleschukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleschukova captured her second-straight first-place finish over the weekend at the Allstate Sugar Bowl XC Festival, crossing the finish line with a time of 18:17.2 in the 5k event. The junior dominated the field and beat out the second-place finisher by 55 seconds. Her individual victory marks the first time since 2005 that a UNO female athlete has won back-to-back races in a season. The award marks the second of the season for Kleschukova.Honorable Mention: Alia Henderson, UIW; Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin; Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
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