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Campbell First-Ever GAC Runner of the Week

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Arkansas Tech freshman Olivia Campbell has been named Great American Conference women's cross country runner of the week after she finished fourth among a field of 206 runners at the Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic on Saturday night.

Campbell (photographed) covered the 5-kilomter course in 18 minutes, 14.08 seconds. The only three runners with faster times were all seniors from NCAA Division I institutions.

A product of Harrison, Campbell recorded the fourth-fastest 5-kilomter time in Arkansas Tech history in her first meet representing the school.

The GAC office announced its selections for men's and women's cross country runners of the week on Tuesday. They were the first weekly cross country honors in the history of the Great American Conference, a new NCAA Division II league that is celebrating its inaugural year in 2011-12.

The Golden Suns finished 14th among a 25-team field in Memphis with 389 points.

Kaitlin Bounds (73rd, 20:35.78), Cheryl Nolan (93rd, 21:07.00), Amanda Bradbury (134th, 22:12.84), Elizabeth Gean (146th, 22:46.26) and Shelby Armstrong (193rd, 26:02.96) also competed in the meet for Arkansas Tech.

The Golden Suns will host the 2-mile Tech Twilight Run on the grounds outside Tucker Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech cross country.

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