Freeby Chosen as NWC Women's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week

Achieves Third Place at Brooks Invitational with time of 21:27.33

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University runner Michaela Freeby (Jr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS) has been selected as the Northwest Conference Women's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week after taking third place at the Brooks Invitational in Winneconne, Wis., on Oct. 19. Freeby achieved a personal record time of 21:27.33.

A total of 509 runners participated in the 6-kilometer women's race at the Brooks Invitational. In addition to earning her career-best time, Freeby also moved from fourth place into third place on Willamette's all-time list for the 6-kilometer distance.

Freeby's efforts helped the Bearcats place eighth in the women's team standings for the second year in a row. A total of 37 women's teams competed at this year's meet.

So far this season, Freeby has obtained three top 3 finishes in as many races. She won the women's 5-kilometer race in 17:23.16 at the Oak Knoll Loop Run, hosted by the Bearcats on Sept. 21. She also finished in first place at the 39th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational with a time of 17:30.15 over the 5-kilometer course.

The Bearcats are set to travel to Spokane, Wash., for the Northwest Conference Championships at the Downriver Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 2. The meet will feature a 6-kilometer women's race and an 8-kilometer men's race. At the 2012 NWC Championships, Willamette took second place in the women's team standings, while Freeby placed third in the women's race.

Michaela Freeby earned third place at the Brooks Invitational with a 6-kilometer time of 21:27.33.

Michaela Freeby earned third place at the Brooks Invitational with a 6-kilometer time of 21:27.33.