Azusa Pacific sophomore Poppy Lawman has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for her performance at last week’s UC Irvine Invitational. She was selected from a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated runners nominated for their performances last week.
Lawman, an All-American from last year, clocked a career-best 5K time of 17:22 en route to a second-place finish among the 122 runners at UCI. Though just her first race of the season, Lawman, nonetheless, equaled the third fastest 5K in program history, and led the Cougars to a second-place team-finish at the meet. In addition, she beat 8 other NCAA Division I runners who finished in the Top 10 of the meet.
Lawman’s honor has some historic proportions to it in that she is the NAIA’s first-ever national cross country runner of the week. The award is among several new individual weekly honors added by the NAIA national office this year.