Sept. 8, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University freshman Rachel Bryan was named the Conference USA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the first week of the season.
Bryan opened her career in style with a victory in the Tulane Invitational on Friday afternoon at Gretna Park. A freshman from Elk Grove, Calif., Bryan had been one of the top high school runners in the nation over the last two years. On Friday, she opened her collegiate career with a time of 18:02 to easily out-distance the 67-runner field over the three-mile course.
"It was a great start for everyone, not just Rachel," Tulane head coach Heather Van Norman said. "But Rachel was impressive, putting up a good time on a tough, muddy course. This was just our first race and I am looking forward to watching everyone on our team continue to improve."
It is the second year in a row that Tulane has had a freshman open the season by winning Cross Country Runner of the Week honors. Last year, it was another California native, Bessie Hatch, who captured the honor.
Tulane returns to action this Friday, competing in the Southern Miss Invitational.