WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Emma Benner was tabbed the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week the conference announced Wednesday. Benner repeated as the Indiana Intercollegiates champion over the weekend and helped the Boilermakers win the meet for the first time since 2008.
Benner picks up the third honor of her career. She was also the Big Ten Athlete of the Week after she won last year’s Indiana Intercollegiates. She is the first woman in school history to repeat as champion at the meet.
The sophomore from Forest Lake, Minnesota, opened her season at the meet and won the 6,000-meter race by 59.6 seconds. Her time was 21:25.4 and helped the women knock off Indiana, Indiana State and Ball State.
The Boilermakers are off until Sept. 30 when they will compete at the Greater Louisville Classic.