ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Trent Lusignan and Oakland's Brittni Hutton were named The Summit League's Cross Country Athletes of the Week for their performances Sept. 4-10.
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Trent Lusignan, South Dakota State
So. // Shakopee, Minn.
Lusignan captures his first career Athlete of the Week award after finishing third and leading the Jackrabbits to a second-place overall finish amongst ranked competition at the OZ Memorial. The sophomore finished with a personal-best 6k time of 19:01.28. SDSU, ranked 15th in the Midwest, finished ahead of Minnesota, ranked 18th in the nation, and Drake ranked 11th in the Midwest.
Also nominated: Joey Zielinski, IUPUI; George O'Connor, Oakland.
Previous winners: Sept. 4 – Michael Krsnak, SDSU.
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Brittni Hutton, Oakland
R-Sr. // Highland, Mich.
Hutton garners her first career Athlete of the Week honor after winning the IPFW Invitational and leading the Golden Grizzlies to a first-place finish ahead of league rivals Fort Wayne and IUPUI. The Highland, Mich., native won her second race of the year with a 5k time of 18:22.34.
Also nominated: Rebecca Downs, IUPUI; Laura Lawton, South Dakota State.
Previous winners: Sept. 4 – Brecca Wahlund, NDSU.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit www.thesummitleague.org to "See The Summit" or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.