St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 3, 2013 – Junior Drew Padgett was named the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday.
Padgett, who was also named the UAA Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, opened the season with a record-breaking performance at the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird. He ran the fastest time in school history on the 6K course at Forest Park in winning the individual title at Saturday's meet. Padgett crossed the finish line in 19:10 to win the race by 15 seconds in the field of 104 runners.
He led a 1-2-3 sweep for Washington U. as the Bears claimed the team title ahead of nine other teams, including runner-up NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University. Padgett's time bettered the previous fastest by a Washington U. runner at Forest Park by nearly four seconds.
Awarded to six collegiate track & field and cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) each Monday by the USTFCCCA office beginning with the 2013 indoor season, the National Athlete of the Week Award spotlights exceptional performances by student-athletes from around the nation. This week's award was the first of the season for NCAA Divisions I and III, while NCAA Division II awards will be given for the first time next week.