This is the fifth-straight year the women's team has won this award.
She is one of two Valley student-athletes to receive this award.
Aisha Praught and Elise Sigg earn all-region honors
MVC Scholar-Athletes must meet certain performance and academic standards
The women finished the race with four runners in the top ten to clinch the title
2011: (Cross Country): Ran to a third-place finish at the 2011 State Farm MVC Championships, helping the women's team to their first-ever MVC title since the Gateway Conference was absorbed by the MVC in 1992 ... earned All-Valley honors with that 17:46.6 5K performance ... took 13th at the NCAA Midwest Regional, running a 21:30.89 6K ... earned all-region honors with that performance ... finished fourth at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with a personal-best 5K performance of 17:41 ... ran a personal-best 6K at the Bradley Classic, posting a time of 21:28.77 ... named a Valley Scholar-Athlete and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic certificate for her performance at the regional meet and in the classroom.
2010: (Cross Country): Finished seventh and earned All-Valley honors at the 2010 State Farm MVC Championships with a career-best 5K time of 17:47.89 to lead the Redbirds ... finished 10th at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a 5K time of 18:22 ... ran at the NCAA Pre-Nationals and completed the 6K race in 21:58.7 for 137th ... completed the 6K NCAA Regional Championships in 82nd place with a career-best time of 21:50.32.
2009: (Cross Country): Ran a season-best time of 18:35 to finish in 17th place at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships ... placed 154th at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, with a season-best 6K mark of 22:43 ... was the third Redbird runner to cross the finish line at the MVC Championships in 19:41 and finished in 18th place.
2008: (Cross Country): Competed in six races ... finished 14th at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships, covering the 5K course in a season-best 18:29.16 ... was the first freshman finisher at the championships ... turned in a season-best 6K at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, crossing the finish line in 64th place with a time of 22:40.20 ... placed fifth in first collegiate race at the Illini 4K Challenge with a time of 15:40.89.
Moline: Broke five minutes in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:59.7... placed seventh at the 2008 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Track and Field Championship Meet and was a qualifier in the 3,200-meter and 4x800-meter relay ... set school records in the 1,600 ... also holds the cross country school record, clocking a 17:30 minute finish ... placed 16th at the 2007 IHSA Track and Field Championships in the 3,200-meter run, crossing the finish line in 11:24 ... named to the 3A all-state cross country team in 2007 ... finished 22nd with a time of 17:36 at the 2007 IHSA cross country championship, which was held at Detwiler Park in Peoria, Ill. ... track and field and cross country team captain junior and senior seasons ... named most valuable track athlete sophomore, junior and senior year ... was a sprinter until her junior year, then switched to distance events ... ran cross country junior and senior year ... coached by former Illinois State all-conference cross country runner Tauwan Taylor (1993).
Personal: Born 12/14/89 ... daughter of Jerome and Molly Praught ... has a younger brother, Spencer ... major is undeclared ... pronounced EYE-E-sha