Oct. 11, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Shaka Dukes and sophomore Olivia Sydow of the Michigan State cross country team have both been named Big Ten Cross Country Runner of the Week, as announced by the conference office this afternoon (Oct. 11). Both individuals finished tops for the Spartans this past weekend at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships.
Sydow earns her first career honor after she turned in a fourth-place showing at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships last weekend in Hillsdale, Mich. Sydow's time of 18:29.13 is a career-best mark and allowed her to earn All-Michigan distinction this weekend. Sydow marks MSU's first female runner of the week since Kristen Smith earned the distinction on Oct. 12, 2010.
This also marks Duke's first weekly Big Ten honor of his career. Duke clocked in a time of 26:22.17 at this weekend's Michigan Intercollegiate Championships. This marked the first time Duke has been the top MSU finisher at a race with his career-best third-place mark. Duke becomes the first male runner for the Spartans since Oct. 12, 2010 when Travis Borchard was honored.
The Spartans return to action this weekend when they travel to Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 14 for Wisconsin adidas Invitational hosted by Wisconsin. Racing begins at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.