DENVER – Seattle U’s Eli Boudouris and CSU Bakersfield’s Angel Valdez have been named Western Athletic Conference Male and Female Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 11 – 17.

Valdez, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif. (East HS), finished third among 140 runners at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, covering the 6000-meter course in 22:19.1. The time improved her own personal best by over a minute as she has led the ‘Runners in every meet since the beginning of the 2015 season for a total of nine races. Her time was also a new Division I record for the 'Runners.

With the honor on Tuesday morning, Valdez becomes CSUB’s first-ever winner of the WAC Cross Country Runner of the Week award. The ‘Runners have been rising up the ranks of the conference since their induction in 2013 and Valdez and the rest of the squad will look to make waves at the WAC meet in two weeks.

Other female nominees: Grand Canyon’s Elizabeth Balsan improved her previous PR in the 6000-meter by 24 seconds at the Bronco Invitational … UMKC’s Chandler Carreon finished 58th out of 168 runners at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. … Seattle U’s Lila Rice took second at the Emerald City Open with a time of 22:53.50 … Utah Valley’s Savannah Berry led the Wolverines for the third time this season, taking 35th at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.

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