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Utah Valley and NJIT Cross Country Honored


NJIT's Umar Saeed (pictured) and Utah Valley's Mary Nothum were selected Cross Country Runners of the Week

NJIT's Umar Saeed (pictured) and Utah Valley's Mary Nothum were selected Cross Country Runners of the Week

Sept. 23, 2009

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Utah Valley's Mary Nothum and NJIT's Umar Saeed have been selected as Great West Conference Runners of the Week for their performances last weekend. The awards were announced Wednesday by the conference office.

Nothum won the Montana State Invitational, helping the Wolverines to a second place finish over Division I teams Montana, Utah State, Montana State and Utah, as well as seven Division II teams. Weber State won the meet held Saturday at Bozeman, Mont.

The junior from Washington, Mo., finished the three-mile race with a blazing time of 17:10 and finished a full nine seconds ahead of the next competitor. Her top finish puts her tied for eighth place all-time in the 30th year of the meet.

Saeed, NJIT's senior captain from Parlin, N.J., led the field at the NJIT Classic from the start, completing the 8K race with a time of 27:11. His finish propelled the Highlanders to first place over Hofstra, Saint Peter's, Siena and Fairleigh Dickinson.

Other runners nominated for this week's honors were South Dakota's Ramsey Fitzsimmons and Rob Gregoire and Utah Valley's Joshua McCabe.