CLEVELAND - Just one race is all it took for Miami University senior Jarrod Eick to start picking up awards as he was named the first Mid-American Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for 2012, the league office announced Wednesday.
Eick (Hartville, Ohio) repeated as individual champion at the season-opening Flyer 5K Challenge Saturday, winning the University of Dayton-hosted meet for the second straight year. He won the meet in 15:19.7, besting his winning time from 2011 by four seconds. Eick finished three seconds ahead of his teammate and six seconds ahead of anyone else in the field of 87 runners. His fourth career individual title helped the RedHawks to a second-place team finish behind Ohio State but ahead of the host Flyers and Wright State while a total of seven schools ran at the meet.
The award is the third of his career for cross country, winning MAC Runner of the Week following the Flyer 5K Challenge as a sophomore while he captured the honor last year after winning the Miami Open. Eick now has seven career MAC weekly awards, also winning MAC Track Athlete of the Week four times - twice as a sophomore and twice as a junior.
Eick and the RedHawks are back in action Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The meet is set to start at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. local).