Kleinsasser named SCIAC Male Student-Athlete of the Week

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The accolades just keep pouring in for Eric Kleinsasser

The three-time SCIAC men's cross country champion was named the SCIAC Male
Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance for the week of Sept. 11-18.

 

"I've gotten this honor a couple times in the past and it's always great to know that the SCIAC is involving all sports in athlete of week honors. It's Always appreciated to see running get some credit," Kleinsasser said. "I was happy with how Saturday went and
I'm glad that I got recognized."

Kleinsasser, a Glendale native, won the UC Riverside Invitational 8K (4.96 miles) on Saturday, leading the Occidental College men's team to a second place finish.

"It's obviously great to get as low a score as possible for the team, but in addition it's just wonderful, this season in particular, to see so much depth and I think we've always done very well as a team to be cohesive and put things together," Kleinsasser said. "To see that come to fruition. …That second place didn't happen because I wanted it to happen it was because of those two through five right behind me."

Kleinsasser finished the race in just 24 minutes, 21 seconds, outlasting a field of 139 runners, but it was the last two miles where Kleinsasser made up about eight seconds per mile that exemplified his exceptional career three-time All-West Region and All-American career.

"(The award) embodies all of the hard work and dedication that Eric has put into cross
country for the past three years," cross country coach Rob Bartlett said. "It's a reflection
of where we're at as a team. Eric isn't where he's at without the support of his teammates."