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McNeese’s Saina, New Orleans’ Kleshchukova Grab First 2019 Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Saina and his McNeese teammates will take the weekend off before heading to Houston, Texas, for the Rice Invitational Friday, Sept. 13.Kleshchukova and the New Orleans squad are also idle this week, but will return to the course Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival in New Orleans.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, Kenya Saina led a dominant Cowboys’ performance at home over the weekend against LSU, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana College in the McNeese Season Opener. The junior took first-place overall honors, leading a trio of Cowboys runners in the top-five finishers.Honorable Mention: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian; Anthony Cordero, Southeastern Louisiana; Isaac Vargas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova won the New Orleans XC Opener, besting the second-place finisher by an impressive 28 seconds. The junior’s performance marked a new personal best in the 4k event, her first career individual victory and the first individual victory by a New Orleans women’s runner since Oct. 29, 2005. Kleshchukova paced the Privateers to a third-place finish behind Tulane and Nicholls with 56 points.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Holly Roberts, McNeese, Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more