Thune's Homecoming Nets Runner of the Week
Belmont's Brittany Thune won the first Runner of the Week award for the program in almost two years. <br><i>Courtesy</i>
Belmont's Brittany Thune won the first Runner of the Week award for the program in almost two years.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MACON, Ga. - Despite being the pre-eminent team in the conference, Belmont’s women’s cross country team had not witnessed a Runner of the Week in almost two years, until Brittany Thune's homecoming performance at the South Dakota State Classic, the conference office announced on Wednesday

Thune, junior from Sioux Fall, S.D. had a welcomed homecoming to her home state with a time of 18:07 to place 12th and finish as the highest Bruin in the race out of 161 runners. Her time ranks as the second-fastest by an A-Sun runner this season. The business major became the first Bruin woman to capture a Runner of the Week award since her former teammate, Elizabeth Smothers, won the final award of 2006.

The Bruins stay in the Mount Rushmore State as they compete at the USD Tim Young Invitational in Vermillion, S.D. on Friday.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers

Tesha Haggard, ETSU (So. - Morristown, Tenn. - Undeclared) -- Led the Buccaneers at the Greater Louisville Classic. Tesha was the first Buccaneer runner to finish the 5K run, finishing with a time of 19:50.

Mackenzie Howe, Kennesaw State (So. - Watkinsville, Ga. - Health and Exercise Sciences) -- Led the Owls to a 14th place finish out of 23 teams in a highly competitive meet at Auburn placing 28th out of 206 competitors with a time of 17:17.47 in the 5K race