Murphy wins weekly cross country honor
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Women's Cross Country - Wed, Sep. 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell senior MariKate Murphy (SR/Kirklin, Ind.) has been named Midwest Conference Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week for the period ending Sept. 3.

Murphy raced to the individual title and led Cornell to the team championship at Friday's Mustang Gallop in Cedar Rapids.

Murphy picked up her first collegiate cross country victory in convincing fashion, completing the 4-kilometer course in 14:46. She finished 29 seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate Lily Niswonger (SR/St. Louis, Mo.), and one full minute in front of the next-closest competitor.  

The nine-team field included 74 total finishers.

Murphy helped Cornell claim its fourth consecutive Mustang Gallop team crown. The Rams beat host Mount Mercy, 41-46.

The Rams are back on the trails Saturday for the Les Duke Invitational, hosted by Grinnell College. The meet starts at 10 a.m.