Parker named National Runner of the Week

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Former Clayton Ridge student/athlete Kassie Parker recently earned national and conference recognition for her cross country achievements. (Photo submitted)

Loras College cross country runner Kassie Parker has been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Runner of the Week in Division III after laying down one of the best times ever recorded at her level.

The Guttenberg native and former Clayton Ridge student/athlete took first place at the Augustana Interregional Invitational held in Augusta, Va., on Oct. 15, with a time of 20:00.1, setting a new program record. The time is lauded as one of the fastest 6K times ever from a women's Division III runner.

Parker dominated and finished 48.3 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to cruise to another race win. Her efforts helped the 23rd ranked Duhawks finish sixth overall in the 25-team meet that featured 11 nationally-ranked programs.

Parker was also named the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) women's Runner of the Week on Oct. 17. This was the 15th time she's earned the distinction in her career. This honor marks the second time this season that she has been named the top runner nationally. — Taken from information provided by Troy Weiman, Loras College Director of Athletic Communications, edited by Caroline Rosacker

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