MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (October 5, 2021) – Junior Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia University cross country team has been named the Big 12 Runner of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, native won her season debut last Saturday, in Louisville, Kentucky, leading the Mountaineers to a third-place finish at the Louisville Classic.
McCabe ran the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park (5k) course in a career-best time of 16:27.8. Her time broke the WVU school record, previously set by Jillian Forsey (16:58.7) at the Louisville Classic in 2014. Forsey finished the race in fifth.
Outrunning 399 athletes, McCabe was the first of 10 Mountaineers to finish the race.
McCabe is the fifth Mountaineer in program history to earn the conference’s weekly honor. Charlotte Wood was named Big 12 runner of the week in 2018, while Amy Cashin (2017), Jillian Forsey (2016) and Sarah Martinelli (2013) also received the honor.
McCabe is a First Team 2020 Academic All-Big 12 member and the 2019 Big 12 Women’s Newcomer of the year. This is her first Big 12 cross country weekly award.
The Mountaineers return to action at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, in Madison, WI., on Friday, Oct. 15, at Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.