Olivia Pratt Earns A-10 Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler freshman Olivia Pratt, who picked up an individual win in her first collegiate competition, has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Rookie of the Week for the first week of the season.  The league office announced its weekly awards on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Pratt won the women’s 4K race at the llini Challenge to begin her Butler career.  She paced the 65-runner field with a sterling time of 14:18, finishing 29 seconds ahead of individual runner-up Alyvia Clark of Loyola.  The first place individual finish helped Butler to a runner-up finish in the eight-team meet.

Duquesne’s Jim Spisak was named the A-10 Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week, while Amber Valimont of Duquesne was chosen A-10 Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week.  Bob Gasior of Duquesne earned A-10 Men’s Rookie of the Week honors.  Spisak won the 8K race at the Duquesne Duals with a time of 24:54, while Valimont captured the women’s 5K title at the same meet with a time of 18:13.  Gasior finished fifth at the Duquesne Duals in 26:32.