Southern Arkansas' Rob Kraus and Catherine Benavidez were recently named the men's and women's Great American Conference Runners of the Week.
For the first time in his career, Kraus was named the GAC Runner of The Week for his performance at the 11th annual Lois Davis Invitational.
Running in front a home crowd on the campus of SAU, Kraus picked up his first career victory, as he crossed the finish line in 1st place after completing the 8K run in 25:28.5. He crossed the finish line 43.7 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher which was SAU teammate Jaime Quinones.
SAU took home first place in the meet by 37 points and the Muleriders had six runners earn top ten finishes.
Running on her home course, Benavidez finished the 5K race in 2nd place with a time of 19:31.7, which is her personal best. The Lady Muleriders took home first place in the meet with 21 total points. SAU had five runners earn top ten finishes.
Benavidez's award marks the first time SAU has received the GAC Runner of The Week award since Carley Hale received the honors on September 18, 2019.
Southern Arkansas will run again on October 9, when they compete in the Watson Invitational in Clinton, Mississippi.