MACON, Ga. – Along with breaking the USC Upstate Eye Opener meet record by seven seconds, Joan Tangwar earned the first Atlantic Sun Female Runner of the Week award of the season, announced Wednesday by the league office.
Tangwar finished the 5,000m race in 18:02 on Saturday morning as she paced the Spartans to a second-place finish among 22 teams and became the third-straight Spartan to win the meet at Milliken Research Park, the site of the upcoming 2010 A-Sun Cross Country Championships.
"Joan has really stepped up and worked extremely hard this summer, "said head coach Jimmy Stephens. " Joan truly is an amazing young woman and because she was not satisfied with her first two seasons she has really increased the intensity for her junior year."
"Joan has put in a lot of training over the summer," said assistant coach Carson Blackwelder. "The solid training that she logged definitely showed on Saturday."
The Spartan cross country squads will see action again on Sept. 17 when they travel to the campus of Clemson University for the Clemson Cross Country Invitational. The gun is set to go off at 5 p.m. for the women's 5K and the men's 8K will immediately follow.
PLAYER OF THE
WEEK QUICK HITS
Joan Tangwar, USC Upstate (Jr. – Eldoret, Kenya – Biology)
• First career A-Sun Runner of the Week award
• Broke Eye Opener meet record by seven seconds
• Became third-straight Spartan to win the meet joining her sister, Emily (2008) and Carolyne Chelulei (2009)
• Crossed the finish line in 18:02 for first place out of 185 runners
• Kelly Perzanowski (Fr., FGCU) – finished fourth in first collegiate race; ran course in 20:39
• Nicole Muldowney (So., Belmont) – placed 14th out of 105; team tied for fifth at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Open
• Shelby Kittrell (So., UNF) -- clocked a time of 12:28.55 to claim the JU Short Course Duals individual title
• Lena Hamvas (Fr., Mercer) – took 27th at the University of Georgia Invitational; Bears' top finisher