2019 Women's Cross Country Award Winners

Week Seven (Oct. 21, 2019)
Amber Owens – Mount Olive

A native of Lincoln, England, Owens was the highest finishing NCAA Division II runner at the VertCross Invitational, which was a race consisting of mainly Division I runners.

The sophomore posted a time of 24:24.39 to finish 62nd individually.

Week Six (Oct. 14, 2019)
Leah Hanle – Mount Olive

The senior from Lichtenstein, Germany finished second individually with a time of 16:48.3 at the Royals Challenge, which featured 541 runners overall and 63 teams from across all divisions. 

Week Five (Oct. 7, 2019)
Leah Hanle - Mount Olive

The senior from Lichtenstein, Germany ran as an individual at the 46th Annual Paul Short Invitational. Hanle finished the event consisting of mainly NCAA Division I runners 19th out of 296. She was the second-highest Division II finisher in the prestigious race. 

Hanle’s 6K time of 20:23.3 at the Paul Short Invitational is a new school record and a personal-best. 

Week Four (Sept. 30, 2019)
Lizzie Naval - Erskine

Naval finished first with a 6K time of 24:50.9 at the Flying Fleet Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Bobby Clarke Farm in Due West, S.C.

The freshman from Summerville, S.C. claimed an individual win for the second time in her first three meets of the 2019 season. She also won Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week after taking top honors at the Due West Opener on Sept. 6 in Due West, S.C.

Naval’s second individual win of the season helped lead Erskine to the team title at the Flying Fleet Invitational.

Week Three (Sept. 23, 2019)
Leah Hanle - Mount Olive


Leah Hanle, the reigning Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar Athlete of the Year and native of Lichtenstein, Germany, won the individual title at the 6K Bulldog Stampede hosted by Wingate on Saturday, Sept. 21. The course is also the site of the 2019 NCAA Southeast Regional.

Hanle’s time of 22:02.3 allowed the senior to finish first out of 149. 

Week Two (Sept. 16, 2019)
Hope Whisman – North Greenville

A senior out of Irmo, S.C., Hope Whisman posted the top finish among all NCAA Division II competitors at the 2019 Eye Opener at the Milliken Research Center in Spartanburg, S.C.  

Whisman’s 5K time of 20:29.2 allowed her to claim a 20th place finish overall at the Eye Opener. North Greenville finished fourth as a team. 

Week One (Sept. 9, 2019)
Lizzie Naval - Erskine

Lizzie Naval claimed top honors at the Due West Opener with a 5K time of 21:06.03. The freshman from Summerville, S.C. claimed the top spot in her first career appearance with Erskine cross country.