Cross Named Big West Cross Country Athlete Of The Week

10/07/2015 11:41

IRVINE, Calif.— Another week of big finishes for the University of Hawai'i women's cross country team amounted to another weekly conference award, as junior Alli Cross was announced as the second Rainbow Wahine this season to be named Big West Cross Country Athlete of the Week.

Cross earns her first career honor and the second for UH team, not only in the last three weeks, but since joining the Big West Conference in 2012.

A Tualatin, Ore. transfer from Lane Community College, Cross claimed the UH's top-scorer role for first time this season, excelling against a tough 11-team field at the Sacramento Capital Cross Challenge.  She crossed the 5K finish line in 17:44.7, which represented a lifetime-best time, and the fastest time by a UH runner since Ashley Aitken in 2010.

Cross placed 18th overall individually while pacing the Rainbow Wahine to a sixth-place team finish, ahead of Big West counterpart UC Davis.

Pushing to the front of the Rainbow Wahine pack, Cross also lowered her previous 2015 best time by just under one and a half minutes.

Following a great finish in Seattle at the Sundodger Invitational, freshman Camille Campos previously earned the award on Sept. 22, marking the first time a UH runner had received the award, and the first conference award since the Rainbow Wahine competed in the Western Athletic Conference in 2011.

Moving beyond the season's midpoint this week, Cross and the Rainbow Wahine will compete with a full roster in the third local meet on the island of O'ahu, at the Chaminade Invitational on Oct. 10 at Kapi'olani Regional Park, just beyond the edge of Diamond Head on the isle's south shore.