Luther sophomore Tricia Serres has been named the Division III National Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Associatoin (USTFCCCA).
In addition, Serres was named the women's athlete of the week by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Serres, who earned All-American honors last year after placing 20th at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships, claimed the 6K title at the UW-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational, held Saturday, Oct. 19, with a time of 21:19.34, for a pace of 5:43. Her victory was her fourth consecutive of the season and her third in the past three weeks. Her winning effort at UW-La Crosse was more than 13 seconds faster than that of Sammi Bruett of nationally ranked No. 2 Wartburg College and another four seconds faster than former National Athlete of the Week Noelle Olson of St. Olaf. A total of 471 competitors cross the finish line.
Serres, a 2012 graduate of Platteville High School, is the daughter of Rob and Heidi Serres of Platteville, Wis.
About the Award
Awarded to six collegiate cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) each Monday by the USTFCCCA office through out the cross country season, the award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors also play a role in the decision.