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Ryan Smith Named CL Runner Of The Week For Third Time In 2016
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Men's Cross Country - Tue, Nov. 8, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Senior Ryan Smith, the holder of the nine fastest times in the history of the Goshen College men's cross country program, has been named the Crossroads League Runner of the Week in men's cross country for the week ending Nov. 6. The conference office announced the honor Tuesday.

For the first time since Geoff Douglas in 1991, a Goshen runner took top honors at the CL men's cross country meet last weekend. On a sunny, calm 52-degree Saturday morning in Marion, Indiana, Smith finished the eight-kilometer (4.97-mile) course on the Indiana Wesleyan University campus in 24 minutes, 41.5 seconds, nearly 26 seconds faster than the second-place runner and more than 13 seconds in front of his two-week-old school record. He also became the first runner in Goshen history to finish a race in less than five minutes per mile.

Smith was previously honored as CL Runner of the Week on October 1 and October 24, when he broke his own school record at the Greater Louisville Classic and the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. He is the first Goshen runner, male or female, to qualify for the national cross country meet in four consecutive years.

Smith and Steven Cranston, Goshen's two individual qualifiers, will run at the NAIA Men's Cross Country Championship on November 19 at the North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois. The race is set for 11:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. EST).

The Crossroads League selects one or more players of the week in each of its 15 sponsored sports during the conference season based on nominations from the conference's 10 member institutions.