MSSU's run to repeat will be led by sophomore Kimi Shank
was the Lions' top finisher in the 2006 race and has won two individual titles in the '07 regular season -- finishing no worse than third all season.
Southern sophomore Kimi Shank
won for the second time in as many races to pace the Lions'
was more than 11 seconds ahead of the competition with her
5,000-meter time of 18:19.06.MSSU
had all five of its top runners finish among the top 20 scoring competitors.Junior Kara Eckard (5th -- 18:48.88) joined Shank
in the top 10.
...Kimi ShankMissouri Southern State UniversityShank, a 5-foot-3 sophomore from St. James, Mo.,won for the second time in as many races and led the Lions to the team title at the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Border Wars Invitational Saturday (Oct. 6).She
earned the title with a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 19.06 seconds -- better than 11 seconds ahead of her
nearest comptition.The Lions
won their second team title in as many weeks by 31 points over DePauw (Ind.).Shank is a graduate of Rolla (Mo.) High School.
...Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU; 9/17 -- Kimi Shank, MSSU; 9/24 -- no nominees; 10/1 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU.