NEW ORLEANS—The University of Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale’s (left/photo by Paul Merca) victory at the Pac-12 cross country championships in Tucson on Friday was recognized by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as the organization selected her as the NCAA Division I women’s cross country athlete of the week.
The junior from Glacier Peak HS in Snohomish via Great Britain used a closing final kilometer of 3:08 to pass six runners, including Colorado’s Erin Clark in the final 20 meters, to take home the Pac-12 harrier title in 20:23 (20:22.9) and beat Clark by less than a second (20:24; 20:23.3).
This continues to be a breakout season for Neale, whose last two seasons has been marred by various injuries. Two weeks ago, she placed a surprising fourth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison.
Neale’s victory at the Pac-12s made her the fourth Husky to win the conference crown, and the first since Katie Flood turned the trick in 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.
NOTE: The University of Washington and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.