Niki Narayani Named SEC Co-Runner of the Week

First-place finish at Belmont Opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Niki Narayani has been named SEC Co-Runner of the Week as announced by the conference office Tuesday morning.

“Niki has given the program its first glimpse into what we are working relentlessly to display this season,” said Althea Thomas, Vanderbilt director of cross country, track and field. “Hard work coupled with faith and execution was the formula Niki used to compete in the first meet and is the formula that has gotten her recognition among our SEC peers. She is a great leader for our program and a catalyst for the year.”

Narayani was the women’s 5k winner with a time of 18:00.88 in her come-from-behind victory, bringing Vandy to a total of 24 points. She paced the efforts of the Commodores, who began the competition with a 45-second delayed start.

Narayani’s finish set the tone for the rest of the team as Vanderbilt finished in the top 11 and completed the race in less than 20 minutes. The Vanderbilt women are currently ranked No. 6 in the South Region, according to a poll by U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Dores finished ahead of Lipscomb, who is ranked seventh in the same region.

The Commodores have the weekend off before heading to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Coaching Tree Invitational on Sept. 16, hosted by Indiana University.