BRISTOL, Tenn. – A pair of King University cross country runners have earned accolades from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) following their performance a week ago. Tanner Cook earned ECAC Runner of the Week while Kaitlin Rivera earned ECAC Runner of the Week recognition.
For the second straight week, Cook set a personal record, this time at the Queens Royals XC Challenge. This week he posted his first career time under 25 minutes when he finished in 24:58.4 to finish 15th in a deep field. The Abingdon, Va., native lowered his previous career fastest time by more than 20 seconds from last week when he ran 25:21.22 at the Greater Louisville Classic. This marks the second straight week Cook has earned ECAC Runner of the Week honors.
Rivera set a personal record by nearly 30 seconds at the Queens Royals XC Challenge when she finished the race in 19:15.4 to lead the Tornado. The Knoxville, Tenn., native posted her previous fastest time came last week when she finished in 19:46.01 at the Greater Louisville Classic. This marks the first weekly award Rivera has earned this season.
Both the King men's and women's cross country teams will be in action again on October 21 at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The championships are scheduled to take place at Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C.