USD runner Jeff Mettler named Summit League Athlete of the Week

By Parker Knox

Sportswriter

South Dakota men's cross country runner Jeff Mettler (Eureka) earned Athlete of the Week honors from the Summit League after placing fifth out of 308 at the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln last Saturday.

The junior set a school course record of 24:58 in the eight kilometer Pioneer Park course.  He also set the fastest league time this season and lead the Coyotes to a third place team finish at the meet. He holds the top-two times in USD history at that meet.

Mettler, an all-Summit League runner last season, won the Creighton/Omaha Invitational at Chili Greens earlier this season.  He set a school course record at that meet with a time of 26:39.

"Jeff has been working extremely hard over the last year and had his best summer of training," coach Dan Fitzsimmons said.  "With a rich running tradition in this conference, we are very happy he received this honor."

This is Mettler's first career Summit League Athlete of the Week honor.

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