GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Chad Norton (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake) collected the Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award Monday. The award is presented weekly by the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Norton earned a trip to the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships after his sixth-place finish at the Nov. 12 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship in Seguin, Texas. He competed against 174 other runners and finished with a time of 26 minutes and 34.5 seconds on the eight-kilometer course. Norton finished just 30 seconds after the race winner, John Kieffer of Centre College, and secured First Team All-South honors by virtue of his top-seven finish. Norton helped the Quakers secure a fourth-place finish among the 23-team field, the highest in school history. He is the lone Quaker traveling to Saturday’s (11/19) national championships in Winneconne, Wisc. He joins teammate Derick Kosgei as the lone Guilford students to compete at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
Norton had the Guilford’s best finish in five of six meets this season. He set the school’s five-kilometer record with a 15:24.9 at the Adidas Cross Country Challenge Sept. 16 in Cary, N.C. Norton posted Guilford’s second-fastest eight-kilometer time in school history Sept. 30 with a 25:11.44 at the Charlotte Invitational. He captured First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors Oct. 29 with his fourth-place finish.
The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford’s SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school’s 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among Guilford’s student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a cancer awareness promotions, canned-food drives, volunteer assistance with the North Carolina Special Olympics and tutoring at New Garden Friends School.