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SLU’s Makuvire earns national prestige, named NCAA Cross Country National Athlete of the Week

Following his third straight victory with a win Saturday at the Watson Invitational, Bradley Makuvire earned NCAA Cross Country National Athlete of the Week for Southeastern Louisiana University, the USTFCCCA announced Monday.

Makuvire, a sophomore, blew through a field of 170 runners Saturday finishing the 8k race in 23:50.8, over a minute faster than the second place finisher.

The Zvishavane, Zimbabwe native also won the season-opening race at the LSU Invitational 4-mile back on Sept. 17th. Two weeks later, he bested the field at the Nicholls Invitational earning him Southland Cross Country Athlete of the Week for both Sept. 21st and Oct. 5th.

“I honestly feel like crying, I’m so happy,” said Makuvire. “It’s the biggest achievement of my life. It’s something I never thought could happen, to be National Athlete of the Week. But I’m thankful really thankful to coach Clayton (SLU distance coach Clayton O’Callaghan), Coach Damien (SLU assistant track and field coach Damien Jeanpierre) and coach Mistretta (SLU head track and cross country coach Corey Mistretta) for pushing me to continue to work hard.”

Monday’s announcement marks the first time in program history that a Southeastern male cross country student-athlete has earned National Athlete of the Week.

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