Fort Wayne’s Rafuse Garners #SummitXC Women’s Weekly Honor

Fort Wayne’s Rafuse Garners #SummitXC Women’s Weekly Honor

ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse collected Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season following her performance during the Sept. 29-30 weekend.

Jr.  // Greenville, Wis.

  • Collected her fourth Athlete of the Week honor, tying for the fifth-most in a single season
  • Became the fastest in league history to win four women's cross country weekly awards (first five weeks of season)
  • Ran a time of 17:00.59 to place 19th out of a field of 328 runners, including four top-25 teams, at the Greater Louisville Classic
  • Her time was the league's second-best this season (she owns the top three times)

Also nominated: Melina Kuerschner, North Dakota State; Rachel King, South Dakota State; Abigail Richter, Western Illinois

Previous recipients: Sept. 5 – Emma Rafuse, Fort Wayne; Sept. 12 – Emma Rafuse, Fort Wayne; Sept. 19 – Megan Billington, South Dakota; Sept. 26 – Emma Rafuse, Fort Wayne

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.