Rohatinsky and Turner Named MWC Athletes of the Week

Josh Rohatinsky and Laura Turner took home MWC Athlete of the Week honors for their performances at last weeks meets. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- BYU sophomore Josh Rohatinsky and senior Laura Turner have been selected as the Mountain West Conference men's and women's cross country athletes of the week, respectively.

Rohatinsky, a Provo, Utah, native, brought home the individual crown at the Notre Dame Invitational last week in South Bend, Ind. In his first 8K race in two years, he clocked in a career-best 23:40, leading the 14th-ranked Cougars to a fifth place finish overall in the blue division of the invitational.

"Josh is the guy, who brings it when he wants too," Men's coach Ed Eyestone said. "With under a mile to go, Josh put a move on the leader and pushed himself till the race was over. The guy left people in his wake."

The race featured No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 10 Butler and No. 18 Florida State, among other top-25 squads. Rohatinsky's time is also an MWC-best for 8k's this season.

Turner, from Clifton, Va., crossed the finish line fourth overall (out of 154 runners) at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C. Her time of 17:04.55 in the 6K is a personal and conference season-best, as No. 17 BYU finished fourth overall in the 20-team field.

"Laura ran really well today," Shane said. "She's a season veteran who's a tough runner to beat. She really looked strong

Mountain West Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week

Date Men

Sept 15 Shadrack Biwott, Fr., New Mexico

Sept 22 Abe Wengel, Sr., Air Force

Sept 29 Mike Nicks, Sr., Colorado State

Oct 6 Josh Rohatinsky, So., BYU

Date Women

Sept 15 Jocquelyne Gallegos, Sr., New Mexico

Sept 22 Elise Greenwood-Bahr, Jr., Utah

Sept 29 Nicole Feest, Sr., Colorado State

Oct 6 Laura Turner, Sr., BYU