Osika Awarded National Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Osika Awarded National Cross Country Athlete of the Week

EAST LANSING, MICH. – Grad-senior Kate Osika was named NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday, the first Spartan to be tabbed with the honor since Rachele Schulist on Sept. 9, 2014. 

Osika opened her season with her first collegiate cross country race win on home territory on Friday Sept. 15 at the Spartan Invitational presented by Auto-Owners Insurance at Forest Akers East Golf Course. The Waterford, Mich. native finished eight seconds ahead of the competition in the women’s 6K with a time of 20:54.3. She had landed on the podium three times in her All-American season last time out in 2022; a third place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a 6K personal best of 20:04.4, second at the Big Ten Championships and second at 2022’s edition of the Spartan Invitational. 

The victory helped the defending Big Ten champion women to a victory of their own at the Spartan Invitational presented by Auto-Owner’s Insurance, their first win of the 2023 season. The win moved MSU up one spot in the NCAA Great Lakes Region to No. 2, the highest-ranked Big Ten team in any region. 

Osika and the Spartans will race next at the Virginia Inviational in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 23 in what Osika described as a preview for Nationals. 

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