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Indiana women's cross country runner Samantha Ginther, a Carroll grad, earned the Big Ten Athlete of the Week award, the conference announced Tuesday.

Ginther, a senior, finished second on Oct. 5 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa., among 406 competitors in the 6K race. Thanks to her efforts, the Hoosiers finished sixth overall among 48 college teams.

It was the first Athlete of the Week award of Ginther's career and the second for an IU women's runner this season.

JR Ricker, a junior, earned a share of the men's cross country Athlete of the Week honor, as well. He split the award with Purdue sophomore Matthew McClintock and became the first Hoosier to win an Athlete of the Week award in cross country since Ben Hubers in 2010.