Oct. 16, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Duquesne’s Jim Spisak was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week, while Butler’s Katie Clark and Saint Louis’ Margo Richardson earned the league’s Women’s Cross Country Co-Performers of the Week. Fordham’s Michael Turi and Rhode Island’s Paige Ethier earned Men’s and Women’s Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, as announced by the league office for meets ran Oct. 8-14.

Spisak, a senior, earned Men’s Performer of the Week accolades after placing 13th out of 272 competitors this past week at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet hosted by Louisville. The Johnstown, Pa., native completed the 8k course in 23:40, the first A-10 runner to cross the finish line. Spisak has been the top finisher in all four races the Dukes have participated in this season, and six straight dating back to the 2011 season.

Clark, a junior, was named Women’s Co-Performer of the Week after placing 11th out of 265 runners this past week in the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet. The Hull, U.K., native completed the 6k course with a time of 20:14, finishing just one second behind Michigan State’s Jilian Smith. The Bulldogs placed 11th overall at the event, and are ranked sixth in this week’s Great Lakes Region poll.

Richardson, a junior, was also named Women’s Co-Performer of the Week after finishing third out of 222 competitors at the Greater Bradley Classic hosted by Bradley University. The Mt. Vernon, Ill., native completed the 6k course in 20:47, just seven seconds behind first place finisher Sara Hudak of UAB. Richardson also set a new school record and led the Billikens to a second place overall team finish.

Turi earned Men’s Rookie of the Week honors after finishing second at the Tribe Open meet this past week in Williamsburg, Va. The Fishkill, N.Y., native was the first Fordham freshman to cross the finish line, completing the 8k race in a season best time of 25:39.

Ethier garnered Women’s Rookie of the Week accolades after placing 32nd out of 219 competitors in the Princeton Invitational Championship race this past week. The South Kingstown, R.I., native completed the 6k course in 22:28, making her the first freshman and fourth overall A-10 finisher.