SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Jenna Hinkle captured the Big West Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week award with a sub-20 minute performance in the 6K at the UC Riverside Invitational.
It marked the first time in Hinkle's career that she ran the 6K in under 20 minutes, posting a time of 19:59.8. That effort was good for second overall, and first among collegians. Kristen Findley of Big Bear Track Club won in 19:56.1.
"It is rewarding to see Jenna's hard work and vision pay off," remarked Head Coach Pete Dolan. "She is off to a great start for her senior campaign."
Hinkle's previous personal best in the 6K came at last year's Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in 20:10.1.
Hinkle improved upon her previous time on the UC Riverside Agricultural Operations Course by 35 seconds. Among Gauchos all-time, she trailed only Amanda Babineaux, who ran 19:57.0 at the conference meet over seven years ago.
Others nominated: Wendi Leos (Cal State Fullerton); Faith Makau (UC Riverside); Sienna Santiago (Hawai'i)