Price named Big Ten Runner of the Week

Derek Wetmore

Steph Price was named Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after winning the Oz Memorial Friday. Price also won the team’s intrasquad meet the weekend prior, en route to her first such honor. Her victory at Oz Memorial was the first medalist finish in her career.

“Clearly she’s come in very, very prepared for the season,” assistant coach Sarah Hesser said.

The last Minnesota women’s runner to receive the award was Megan Duwell, who earned the honor Sept. 29, 2009.

With Duwell’s graduation, the program will lean heavily on Price this season.

“We’re going to try to close the gap between Steph and the rest of the team, hopefully that will help out the team as we get closer to the Griak and pre-nationals,” Hesser said.