Place wins another OVC Runner of the Week honor

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- It's becoming a pretty impressive season for Tennessee Tech senior Stephanie Place. On Tuesday, she was named the Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second time this season.

A Nursing major from Bristol, Place has run two races this season and both times her performance has earned her the league's Runner of the Week award.

Last Saturday, Place posted the fifth-best 5K time in Tech cross country history by taking second at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic in Nashville. Place finished the course in 18:03.31, just six seconds behind the winner from Vandy. She bested the other 75 runners in a field that included teams from Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb and Albany, among others.

Place won her initial award this season two weeks ago (Sept. 9) after Tech opened the season at the Sewanee Invitational.

She now owns the seven best 5K cross country times in Tech history.

Place and the rest of the Tech team have this weekend off, then return to action on Friday, Oct. 3, when they host their own event, the TTU Invitational, at Southern Hills Golf Course.