October 7, 2005

Sports Shorts: Winter wins ninth career Athlete of the Week honor

Fourth-year Jessica Winter was named UAA Athlete of the Week for women’s cross country, the league announced Tuesday.

The team captain refused to back down against a 274-runner field that included representatives from 18 Division I squads at the Loyola Lakefront Invite, running 18:10 over five kilometers to grab 15th place. She led the way for the Maroons, holding down Chicago’s first spot for the fourth time in four meets this season and helping the team to 13th place standing at the event.

The honor was the second in as many weeks for Winter and her third of the season. She now has been named Athlete of the Week six times for cross country and nine times overall in her career.