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Tech's Stephanie Place named OVC Runner of the Week

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Leading her team to a third place finish, Tennessee Tech senior Stephanie Place set a course record and broke the tape ahead of the entire 149-runner field at the Sewanee Invitational Saturday, all helping her to earn the Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the Week honor from the league.

A Nursing major from Bristol, Tenn., Place covered the 5K course in course record time of 17:55.05, the fourth-best time in school history, to open the season with a first-place finish. It was her second consecutive individual title at the Sewanee event.

Trailing by 100 meters heading into the final mile, Place made up ground and eventually won by 50 meters and enjoyed a 15-second cushion over the second-place finisher.

Place and the Golden Eagle cross country teams have this weekend off, then run at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Nashville.