September 23rd, 2014

BU's Frith honored as National Athlete of the Week

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

BU's Frith honored as National Athlete of the Week
Frith runs cross country for the Knight / photo from

It didn't take Emily Frith long to reinforce her reputation as one of the nation's finest cross country runners in Division II, and now the Bellarmine University senior has the title to prove it.

Fresh off a championship performance at the National Catholic Championship, Frith was honored Monday as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. It was the second time the Knights' All-American has received the accolade during her celebrated career after previously being chosen on Oct. 7, 2013.

Frith placed first among the non-Division I participants and fourth overall in the 288-member field with a time of 17:36.19 at the event hosted by Notre Dame. Backed by the top finish of the Lincoln County (Ky.) High School graduate, the Knights placed second as a team among the 25 non-Division I squads in the 5K race.

"This was a great start for Emily," BU head coach Kris Horton said. "She ran a very smart and competitive race. She kept the leaders in contact and made a strong move to the lead pack after the mile."

Frith's mark at the Catholic Championship was the third-best 5K time in Bellarmine history, threatening her own record of 17:26 and that of former All-American Angela Musk (17:30). Musk and Frith are Nos. 1 and 2 in the 6K in the BU books as well.

The Catholic Championship marked the 2014 debut for Frith, who is the reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference Runner of the Year after claiming first place at the 2013 GLVC Championships. She also earned All-Midwest Region plaudits despite suffering an injury leading into the regional meet and then taking a tumble during the race.

"Time-wise," Horton said, "she is ahead of where she was last year, but our real focus was for her to get out strong and be in a position to run with the leaders to get her ready for the NCAAs."



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