ATLANTA, Ga. - Jacksonville's Hayleigh Palotti was named the ASUN Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week and FGCU's Gianna Citarella claimed Freshman of the Week honors, announced Wednesday by the league office. Both Palotti and Citarella competed at the Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. against a field of 35 teams.
Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville
Sophomore | Livonia, N.Y.
- First Career Runner of the Week honor; eighth different student-athlete from Jacksonville to win the award
- Placed third overall out of 308 runners at the Mountain Dew Invitational last Saturday; the school's best individual finish in the race since 2014
- Her 5K time of 18:10.3 averaged out to 5:50.9 per mile and she was the top ASUN finisher of the race
- Named to the 2018 ASUN All-Conference Second Team and All-Freshman Team
- The Dolphins run next at the UCF Invitational on Sept. 27th in Orlando, Fla.
Other Nominees: Gianna Citarella, FGCU; Katie Meyer, Kennesaw State; Camryn Cooney, North Florida.
Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Week
Gianna Citarella, FGCU
Freshman | Manahawkin, N.J.
- First Career ASUN Freshman of the Week award; first-ever for FGCU
- Finished 72nd with a time of 19:51.5 at Mountain Dew Invitational 5K and was the first FGCU runner to score
- Helped the team a 16th-place finish out of 35 teams at Florida's home meet
- Posted the fastest time for FGCU in its last two meets including a 10th-place showing at FGCU Invite
- The Eagles' final tuneup race is the Greater Louisville Classic before hosting this year's ASUN Championship on Oct. 5th
Other Nominee: Hope Thornton, Kennesaw State.
2019 Season Award Winners
Sept. 18th | Runner: Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville; Freshman: Gianna Citarella, FGCU
Sept. 11th | Runner: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty; Freshman: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty
Sept. 4th | Runner: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty; Freshman: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty
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