FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore Christine Kalmer of the eighth-ranked University of Arkansas Lady Razorback cross country team was named the Southeastern Conference’s Female Athlete of the Week by the league office following her individual victory at the Fayetteville Invitational last Friday evening.
The SEC honor is the first of the year for Arkansas’ front-running harrier and the second of her short career. She was the SEC Freshman of the Year at the end of last season.
“That’s great for Christine,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “We had a set race plan for our team and everyone executed the plan well. Christine was one of seven young women who crossed the finish line at about the same moment, but she got the win. Perhaps it’s because she is the tallest and had a longer stride. She is a special athlete and deserves this award. I’m very proud of her.”
Kalmer’s victory at the Fayetteville Invitational is the second of her career and the second time she has won the opening race of the season. Last fall Kalmer raced to a 17-second victory at the Agri Park Cross Country Course, leading the Lady’Backs to a sweep of the top10 spots.
The Lady Razorbacks race again this Saturday at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif. Last fall, Arkansas won their second race of the season at the Aztec defeating several quality schools including Northern Arizona, the host San Diego State and Loyola Marymount. For more information about Lady Razorback cross country or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.