Sadie Darnell named MVC Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week

    Junior Sadie Darnell

    Junior Sadie Darnell

    Sept. 10, 2013

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS -- Junior Sadie Darnell has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week for this past week, the conference announced Tuesday.

    This is the second career honor for Darnell, a native of Festus, Mo., and a 2013 MVC Elite 18 recipient in outdoor track. She started the 2013 cross country season strong with a victory at the EIU Walt Crawford Open last Friday in Charleston, Ill.

    Darnell beat out 137 other competitors in the 5K race with a personal best time of 17:37.52 for her third career victory -- over two seconds better than second-place finisher and 2012 Walt Crawford victor, Evansville's Kelby Jenkins. Darnell's victory and the domination by the rest of the Saluki female contingent secured the second-consecutive Walt Crawford title for the SIU women.

    Saluki cross country resumes its season on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. with the Saluki Invitational.