National Girls Performer Of The Week (9/6-9/12)

* Nicki Southerland (left) won the NPOTW Week 4 honor; Bethany Michalak (right) is a nominee for Week 5 of the cross country season

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It's still very early in the cross country season, but Nicki Southerland of Delta (IN) showcased why she is one of the top runners this season.

She won her third straight meet last weekend a the Marion Invitational. She ran a personal best of 17:28.20 for 5K, which moved her up to the second-fastest runner this season in the state of Indiana. On this course, she earned a 140 speed rating.

As a freshman, she won this meet over the top runners in the state and also clocked a 17:35.60. In just a seasoon, Southerland showed improvement. 

The sophomore earned about 470 votes out of the 975 votes cast last week. Congratulations Southerland on the impressive performance. 

Let's move on to week 5 of the cross country season National Performer of the Week presented by New Balance poll.  

Vote for whom you think should win this week's national honor following this most recent week of action. Voting will end Friday, and we'll recognize the winner every Monday during the unveiling of the newest poll. Better yet, each boy and girl winner will win a pair of New Balance shoes

We are requesting winners (or their parents or coaches) from each week to email Cory Mull at and Olivia Ekpone at to notify us of your contact.

Vote below in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments. For reference, check our Top 25 Cross Country Performances of the WeekYou can also vote in our National Boys Performer of the Week poll.