Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Kieffer, Perry named Lepley senior scholar athletes
Senior Kristie Kieffer of the women’s cross country team and December 2003 graduate Jason Perry of Oakland’s men’s soccer team were named the 2003-04 recipients of the Hollie Lepley Senior Scholar Athlete Awards, which recognizes the top senior scholar athletes for overall excellence in academic achievement, athletic achievement and service activities.
A four-time letter winner, Kieffer had one of the most successful cross country season’s ever for a Golden Grizzly runner as she dominated the women’s cross country times in the Mid-Continent Conference all season. She capped off her career by becoming the first Oakland runner to ever compete at the USA National Cross Country Championships, where she ran against the top distance runners in the United States, finishing the snowy 8K course in 30th out of 59 runners with a time of 30:06.
Kieffer also set new school records at both 5K (17:03) and 6K (21:10.70) distances and captured the Mid-Con individual title on Nov. 1, the second of her career. She was a two-time Mid-Con Athlete of the Year in cross country and a six-time Mid-Con cross country athlete of the week this past season, finishing first in four races and 13th at the NCAA Great Lakes regional competition with a time of 21:10.7. Her time at the Great Lakes regional enabled her to become the first Oakland cross country runner to compete at the NCAA Division I Championships where she finished 150th on the 6K course in a time of 21:10.7.