By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –South Dakota State sophomore Gabe Peters and Purdue Fort Wayne senior Emma Rafuse have been named The Summit League Cross Country Male and Female Athletes of the Week, respectively. Both Peters and Rafuse had top-ten finishes in races featuring nationally-ranked opponents this past weekend.
Gabe Peters, South Dakota State
Sophomore | Worthing, S.D.
- Took eighth place out of 108 competitors in a field of athletes that included three nationally-ranked teams
- Bested his personal-best mark in the 8K by 15.4 seconds with a finish of 25:12.9
- Earned his first career Athlete of the Week award
Also nominated: Alex Barton (Purdue Fort Wayne), Lucas Lingle (Western Illinois), Evan Kottsick (North Dakota State), Eldon Warner (South Dakota)
Emma Rafuse, Purdue Fort Wayne
Senior | Greenville, Wis.
- Collected her fifth career Athlete of the Week honor
- Ran a time of 20:44.5 to set the 6K school record
- Finished third out of a field of 275 runners, including athletes from No. 15 Michigan State
Also nominated: Nicole Beebe (Western Illinois), Kelby Anderson (North Dakota State), Megan Billington (South Dakota), Rachel King (South Dakota State)
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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), 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 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.