KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the NAIA National Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Wednesday and Madonna University's Tony Floyd (SO/Westland, Mich.) earned the honor. The Crusaders' sophomore was selected selected out of a pool of conference/association of independent institutions award winners for his performance from Sept. 25-Oct. 1.
A native of Westland, Michigan, Floyd added to his already impressive resume with his first ever NAIA Runner of the Week award thanks to a first-place finish at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic 8-Kilometer Blue race with a time of 24:54. His time not only won the NCAA III/NAIA section of the race, but bested all runners in the field which included NCAA Division I and II programs.
The Crusaders' sophomore led the Blue and Gold to a ninth place finish in the 21-team field. Floyd also won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honor for the second time this season and third time in his career to be eligible for the national honor.
Floyd is the second Crusader to win a national runner of the week award in program history, and only male, as Bianca Kubicki achieved the feat for her efforts at the Michigan Intercollegiate on Oct. 5, 2012.
Floyd and the rest of the 16th-ranked men's and women's cross country teams will look to continue their impressive campaign on Friday, Oct. 6 as they head to South Bend, Indiana for the Bethel Invite hosted Bethel College at St. Patrick's Country Park. The women's 5-kilometer race will begin at 5 p.m. with the men's 8-kilometer race slated for a 5:45 p.m. start.
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