Place grabs her fifth OVC Runner of the Week honor

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Breaking the school record which she had set a year ago, Tennessee Tech senior Stephanie Place has earned her fifth Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the Week honor for 2008, her third in a row.

Place posted the fastest 5K time in the OVC on Saturday at the Evansville Invitational, running the course in school record time of 17:34.54, which was good enough for third place out of 188 runners and just three seconds behind the individual winner.

She had established the school record as a junior at 17:42, and came close several times since. She has now run nine of the 10 fastest times in school history.

Eastern Kentucky senior Joseph Maina of Kenya was the OVC Male Runner of the Week, his third honor of the season from the conference.

Tech's cross country teams will run at the OVC Championships in Cape Girardau, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 1.