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David receives SBC weekly honor

Second consecutive weekly award for the senior

September 21, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee senior Justus David was once again named Sun Belt Male Cross Country Runner of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

David received the honor for the second consecutive week following his performance at Saturday’s Commodore Classic in which he placed third with an 8k time of 24 minutes, 40.10 seconds. With the achievement, he became the first Blue Raider male or female cross country runner to receive back-to-back weekly Sun Belt honors since Middle Tennessee joined the conference in the 2000-2001 season.

The Kitui, Kenya native also became the first Blue Raider newcomer to record consecutive top-five finishes since Festus Chemaoi accomplished the feat in 2007.

“This is a very nice accomplishment for Justus,” said cross country coach Dean Hayes. “He continues to work extremely hard and run great races.”

This week’s award marks the fourth time David has received weekly honors from the conference, with two coming for performances during the 2011 indoor track season.

The Middle Tennessee cross country teams will take a break from competition this weekend before returning to action on Oct. 1 at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.

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