Landra Stewardson named Big 12 Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
DALLAS -- University of Texas junior Landra Stewardson (Detroit, Texas) became Texas' first recipient of the Big 12 Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award in six seasons, the league announced Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Stewardson garnered league recognition after capturing the 68-runner Texas State Classic on Saturday, Oct. 8 in San Marcos. Clocking a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 54 seconds over the 4.8-km. course, Stewardson recorded the Longhorns' fastest time this season, which is 22 seconds ahead of the squad's second-fastest time.
"This is a great honor for someone as dedicated and hard-working as Landra," said UT assistant women's track and field coach Len Klepack. "The work ethic she displayed during the off-season has helped her become the runner she is now, and she is very deserving of recognition."
Stewardson becomes the first UT women's cross country runner to be honored by the Big 12 Conference since Sept. 15, 1999, when Liz Diaz earned a similar honor from the league.