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COLUMBIA — Columbia College sophomore Brianna Haller was named the American Midwest Conference women's cross country runner of the week, the league announced Monday.

Haller (Fatima High School) finished in 14th place out of 74 runners Saturday at the Southwest Baptist Invitational, clocking a time of 19:16.74 in the 5K race to lead the Cougars to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

In an event that featured five NCAA Division II teams, Haller posted the fastest time of any women's runner from an NAIA school.

This is Haller's third career AMC weekly cross country award.

Also in that race, Columbia College freshman Emma Homfeldt (Calvary Lutheran High School) finished in 46th place with a time of 20:49.70.

Missouri Southern senior Gabrielle Hill (School of the Osage High School) took 24th overall with a time of 19:53.30.

For William Woods, sophomore Alicia Engelbrecht (Helias High School) posted the fastest time for the Owls, finishing 23rd with a time of 19:52.71.

Junior Harley Nale (Linn High School) placed 51st in 21:13.72, while sophomore Elizabeth Luebbert (South Callaway High School) finished 59th in 21:56.18. Junior Shaley Eichholz (Eugene High School) placed 74th with a time of 25:05.26 for the Owls.

In the men's 6,400-meter race, Drury junior Brendan Bena took 46th place out of 101 runners with a time of 21:53.88. Freshman teammate Thomas Nield (Jefferson City High School) placed 73rd with a time of 22:39.46.

William Woods junior Hunter Carpenter (California High School) finished in 65th place with a time of 22:28.21, while senior Charles Schattgen (New Bloomfield High School) was 91st in 23:42.90 for the Owls.

Columbia College sophomore Alex Krieg (Fatima High School) came in 67th place with a time of 22:28.80.

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