BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Augustana senior runner Runa Falch is the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Falch continued her outstanding senior season with the top time among Division II runners and 12th-place overall finish at the Chile Pepper Invite. Falch logged a 17:31.8 on the rain-soaked 5K course. It was Falch’s third Division II win of the year and she showed well against the 15 Division I teams competing in the same race. Falch finished better than 68 of the 70 Division I scoring runners, losing to just host Arkansas’ five runners. The Vikings also came away with the team title, led by Falch, with a total of 59 points. The mens award was won by Augustana senior runner Paul Yak. Yak led the men’s team to another Division II team win with an 11th-place overall finish at the Chile Pepper Invite on Saturday. Yak clocked a 24:44.4 on the muddy 8K course to finish as the top runner from a Division II school. Yak finished behind only nine Division I runners and an unnattached racer to lead the Vikings to their second consecutive Division II race win with 55 points to beat three top-25 ranked teams.
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