Hansen, Olson sweep weekly honors

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South Dakota State’s Leah Hansen and Ben Olson swept the weekly Summit League cross country awards, which were announced by the league on Tuesday.

Hansen

Leah Hansen was named the Summit League’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week in announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Hansen has now produced back-to-back meet victories in the past two weeks at both the Augustana Twilight (Sept. 3) and now the SDSU Classic (last Friday - Sept. 10).

Hansen ran away from the field at the SDSU Classic by roughly 15 seconds before second place crossed the line. Hansen’s time was a new personal best of 18 seconds as she paced her way to sub-18 minute 5K (17:56.91).

This is the first cross country weekly honor Hansen has received in her collegiate career thus far.

Olson

Ben Olson was dubbed the Summit League’s Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week in announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Olson was the individual champion at the SDSU Classic (Sept. 10) and led the Jackrabbits to a perfect team sweep of their competition.

Olson outlasted the field at the SDSU Classic by 13 seconds before second place crossed the line. Olson’s time was a new personal best of three seconds as he paced his way to sub-25 minute 8K (24:59.74).

This is the first cross country weekly honor Olson has received in his collegiate career thus far.

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