With a pair of victories under her belt, junior Kelby Jenkins picked up another honor on Tuesday as she was named the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
Jenkins has gotten off to a blazing start in 2012, winning the UE Mid-America Opener prior to taking top honors in last week's EIU Walt Crawford Open. She picked up the win at EIU with a time of 17:56.00 in the 5K race, just the second sub-18 minute five kilometer run in UE history.
She bested the competition by eight seconds on Friday and also faced other battles along the way. Due to severe weather, the men's and women's races were run at the same time. Jenkins came across slower runners from the men's side before battling a torrential downpour near the end of the event.
With the honor, Jenkins becomes the second UE runner to garner MVC honors in just the second week of the season. Last week, senior Cody Stein took MVC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors following a fourth place finish at the UE Mid-America Opener.