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We split the Female Student-Athlete of the Week honor between Wise, Virginia, cross country freshman Carlee Salyers and Big Stone Gap, Virginia, senior volleyball player Samantha Sturgill.

In the challenging University of Rio Grande Invitational with 49 total runners from 8 schools, Salyers paced the team in the 5k (3.1 miles) as she broke the tape at the finish line with a personal best, and race-winning time, of 20:45.

Her first-place performance was 11 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor and her squad finished in 3rd place.

For her efforts, she was also named the NCCAA Women’s DII Cross Country National Student-Athlete of the Week and River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

In a road volleyball victory over Appalachian Bible, Sturgill led all players with 15 assists and added 5 digs. Later, in a contest at highly ranked Johnson University, Sturgill led the club in both assists (10) and digs (7).