Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt
If the first two weeks are any indication, Carleton cross country runner Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) is in for a very special junior season. A week after earning national and conference weekly honors, Hornor turned in another tremendous performance at the Les Duke Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa, with a top-two overall finish and the best time by a Division III runner, while leading his team to a top-three finish as well. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Hornor again Tuesday with his second-straight MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Hornor completed the full 8k course at the Les Duke Invite in just 25:06 to finish second in a talented field of 181 runners. Hornor wasn't just the top D-III finisher - he beat the next closest by 44 seconds. As a team, Carleton took third place in a field of 13 teams, finishing behind only regionally-ranked Wartburg and Grinnell. The Knights team performance - led by Hornor - was even more impressive considering they were without two of their top five runners. This is Hornor's second MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week honor in a row, and fourth overall after also winning twice in 2013.
The Carleton men's cross country team - ranked No. 26 nationally and No. 6 in the region - and its star Hornor will try to keep the good times coming this weekend in their own backyard. The Knights will only have to travel across town Saturday to compete in the St. Olaf Invitational in their home town of Northfield, Minn. The men's race is set to start at 10 a.m., and Carleton will aim to continue its meet-by-meet improvement in 2014.