Nukuri Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week

Oct. 4, 2006

PARK RIDGE, IL — Hawkeye junior Diane Nukuri was named Big Ten women’s cross country athlete of the week Tuesday. The Pickering, Ontario, native earned the award after winning the Auburn Invitational in a school-record setting 16:10. The previous record of 16:36 was set in 1983 by Iowa NCAA champion and six-time distance all-American Nan Doak. Nukuri has competed in two races for the Hawkeyes this season, setting the 3,000-meter school mark at the Hawkeye Open and the 5,000-meter record at Auburn.

It was Nukuri’s first career weekly honor from the Big Ten office. She is the first Hawkeye to earn the award since junior Meghan Armstrong in 2005. Iowa will return to competition October 14 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, IN.