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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 ultra-challenging Greater Louisville Classic University at Tom Sawyer Park, with a total of 53 runners from over 60 schools, Salyers paced the team in the 5k (3.1 miles) as she broke the tape at the finish line in a new school-record time of 19:27. Her mark shattered the previous record by 1:07. Her exceptional performance helped her to finish in 75th place out of the 533 participants.

Additionally, for her efforts, she was also named the NCCAA Women’s DII Cross Country National Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

In a 2-1 road volleyball week, including victories over Boyce College and Bluefield State, Sturgill led all players with 65 assists (16,20, and 29 assists) in the three matches. In addition, she finished with solid numbers in digs, aces, and kills that helped lead the club to victory.