*Sophia Rodriguez (left) won this week's NPOTW; Ruth White (right) one of the nominees for this week's poll.
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Mercer Island's Sophia Rodriguez, collecting her fourth win this freshman season, earned this week's National Performer of the Week win.
At the Mook XC Invitational at Alderbrook in Oregon last weekend, Rodriguez ran a strong personal best, dipping under 17 minutes at 16:49.78.
She was the only girl to finish sub-17 and was the only freshman in the top five.
During the week, Rodriguez's efforts earned 58-percent of the votes and was named this week's National Girls Performer of the Week poll.
It's time to vote for this week's NPOTW. The poll will end on Friday and the winner will be announced next Monday.
Here are the nominations for the National Girls Performer Of The Week:
Ruth White, Orono HS (ME): The Red Riots Senior collected her first sub-17 5k of her high school career at the Maine XC Festival of Champions running 16:56.92--her third consecutive win on the course. Taking home her fifth straight race win this season, White shattered the course record.
Zariel Macchia, William Floyd (NY): Winning her second straight title this season at the Nike XC Town Twilight Invitational, the Junior clocked a 17:01 PR after separating from the pack on the final mile. She earned a 152 speed rating for her efforts.
Annabella Tomasic, Lake Highland Prep (FL): The seventh-grade standout pushed past top high school Florida runners this weekend at the FSU Pre-State Invitational in Tallahassee, taking a 5K personal best of 17:35.50, shocking the crowd.
Addison Ritzenhein, Niwot HS (CO): The Cougar Sophomore took home her first sub-17 5k at the Desert Twilight XC Invitational this past weekend in Gilbert, Arizona, clocking 16:44. Ritzenhein was the only girl to dip under 17.
Abby Faith Cheeseman, The Webb School (TN): Opening her Junior season, Cheeseman debuted a 16:27 personal best at the Frank Horton "Night" Classic this weekend in Memphis, finishing with a two minute lead. With this run, she now holds the fastest 5k time in Tennessee and the third fastest time in the nation.
- Week 1: Tula Fawbush, Oldham County (KY)
- Week 2: Elizabeth Leachman, Boerne Champion (TX)
- Week 3: Rylee Blade, Santiago Corono (CA)
- Week 4: Mia Hoffman, Bedmidji (MN)
- Week 5: Addison Moore, Woodford County (KY)
- Week 6: Sophia Rodriguez, Mercer Island HS (WA)