Senior Sampson Laari was named the Conference USA Male Athlete of the Week for his stellar performance in the UTC PowerAde Invitational, the conference office announced this morning.

Laari, in just his second career cross country race, finished first and led the Middle Tennessee men’s team to a first place finish Friday in Chattanooga. The Kumasi, Ghana native ran a personal best 14:52.26 in the 5k and has excelled this season.

Associate Head Coach Keith Vroman is impressed with Laari’s performances so far this season.

“Sampson has made great progress since joining the team in January,” Vroman said. “It’s been fun watching him grow in his skill. I look forward to watching him accomplish his goals throughout this season.”

In the first race of the year and the first race of Laari’s career, he finished sixth individually with a time of 19:56.51 in the four-mile, helping the Blue Raiders win the Brooks Twilight Classic in Memphis.

The team is currently ranked No. 3 in the South Region and looks to continue its winning streak this upcoming Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

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