Mackenzie Chojnacky was named the Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week in women's cross country earlier today by the league office. The sophomore from Jerome, ID became the first Rocket to win the award twice in one season since All-American Ari Fisher in 2010.
Chojnacky led No. 15 Toledo to a close second-place finish last weekend at the Kansas Rim Rock Farm Classic, finishing third overall with a 6K personal-record time of 20:45.10. Toledo held the lead 35-37 until No. 8 Michigan edged out the Rockets 33-43 in the final 200-meters.
As Toledo's top-runner, Chojnacky earned her first selection as runner of the week on Sept. 5 after winning the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener at Bowling Green. She has two, top-three finishes in three races this season.
Toledo moved up seven spots in this week's NCAA Division I National Coaches' Poll, marking the highest national ranking in MAC history. The previous record was set earlier this season when they spent two weeks in the No. 18 spot.
The Rockets are off this weekend and are preparing to race in Pre-Nationals, hosted by Louisville on Oct. 13.