HIGH POINT, N.C. – University of Mount Olive's Tai Smith has been named the Conference Carolinas Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for races ran the week of Oct. 8 - 14, the Conference announced today. This marks Smith's second POTW of the year and the third for Mount Olive.
Smith, a junior from Glendale, Ariz., led the Trojan finishers in the men's 8k at the Royal Cross Country Challenge hosted by Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. with a seventh-place finish and a time of 24:03. His time marks a new personal record, shaving 35 seconds off his previous best of 24:38.
Also nominated for Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week:
Austin Thompson (Lees-McRae College) 25:46 at Royals XC Challenge; 104/396
2018 Men's Cross Country Runners of the Week:
Week One (Sept. 4) – Tai Smith (Mount Olive)
Week Two (Sept. 10) – Jonathan Keller (North Greenville)
Week Three (Sept. 17) – Austin Thompson (Lees McRae)
Week Four (Sept. 24) - N/A
Week Five (Oct. 2) - Jacob Gonzalez (Mount Olive)
Week Six (Oct. 16) - Tai Smith (Mount Olive)