Former Lincoln runner Frith earns runner of the week honors from college conference

INDIANAPOLIS — Bellarmine University junior Emily Frith has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Women’s Runner of the Week for cross country.

Frith placed sixth overall at the National Catholic Invitational, covering the 5,000-meter course in a personal-best time of 17:42.  She was the top non-Division I runner in the race by 35 seconds, and missed a fifth-place result by a mere 0.4 second.  The Stanford native, who was making her first official appearance of the season for the Knights, claims the second weekly honor of her cross country career.  She was also recognized by the league on Oct. 11, 2011.

It was a sweep for Bellarmine in the weekly distance awards as Frith’s teammate Robert Sandlin Jr. was named the GLVC Men’s Runner of the Week.

Sandlin, a senior, finished second overall Friday at the National Catholic Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.  His 5-mile time of 24 minutes, 58.8 seconds was tops among all non-NCAA Division I runners by 42 seconds and was just three seconds behind overall winner Sam Penzenstadler of Loyola (Ill.).  The Frankfort native, who outran Notre Dame’s top-five specialists in the final 400 meters, earns the first cross country weekly honor of his career.

Frith’s and Sandlin’s selections marked the third time on record that the Knights have swept the weekly distance awards.