MT’s David, USA’s Lawson earn Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week honors

From the Sun Belt Conference

For the second consecutive week, Middle Tennessee's Justus David was named the Sun Belt Conference men's cross country runner of the week, while South Alabama's Tori Lawson was named the women's cross country runner of the week, announced by the league on Wednesday.

David finished third at the Commodore Classic on Saturday morning in Nashville, Tenn. He posted an 8k time of 25:40.10 to notch his second top-five finish in as many weeks. With the performance, the Kitui, Kenya native became the first Blue Raider newcomer to record consecutive top-five finishes since Festus Chemaoi accomplished the feat in 2007.

Lawson led the Lady Jags for the second consecutive meet, clocking an Azalea City Classic 6k time of 22:52.28 to win the race by eight seconds for her first career individual victory. The efforts of the Ocala, Fla., native helped the team finish first for the second time in as many meets Lawson also led a group of young Jaguars at the Troy Invitational on Sept. 3 with a third-place finish (11:25.50) on the women's 3,200-meter course.