ATLANTA, Ga. - Liberty's Adelyn Ackley was named both the ASUN Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week and Freshman of the Week, announced Wednesday by the league office. This marks Ackley's third time this season to earn both awards.
Women's Cross Country Runner & Freshman of the Week
Adelyn Ackley, Liberty
Freshman | Mears, Mich.
- Third Career Runner of the Week honor; first to win award three times in a season since 2017 (Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb)
- Paced the Flames with a seventh-place finish out of 149 runners at Friday's Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational 6K
- Led the team to a fifth-place overall finish and matched the best placement ever by a Liberty runner at that meet
- Was the only freshman to finish among the top 10 on the day; her 6K time of 20:45.2 makes her the fourth-fastest runner in program history
- Beat runners from regionally ranked Kentucky (No. 7, Southeast Region) and Virginia (No. 10, Southeast Region)
Other Nominees for Runner of the Week: Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville; Meggie Schneider, Stetson.
Other Nominee for Freshman of the Week: Sally Calhoun, Stetson.
2019 Season Award Winners
Oct. 2nd | Runner: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty; Freshman: Adelyn Ackley, Liberty
Sept. 25th | Runner: Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville; Freshman: Lillian Humphries, North Alabama
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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The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.
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