HUNTSVILLE – It did not take long for Jordan Leon to make an impact on the Sam Houston State men’s cross country program. One week in, his has been rewarded for his first performance.

Leon was named Southland Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week following up a runner-up finish at the season-opening Norry Hersey Invitational, the league office announced Tuesday.

The junior finished less than four seconds off the top spot, with a mark of 19:53.52 in the 6,250-meter run. The result helped propel the Bearkats to 72 total points, finishing behind only Rice and Houston among the eight-team field last Friday.

Sam Houston returns to action one week from Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational. The meet will mark the first of two-straight in College Station to close out the regular season. The league championships are slated for Oct. 26 in Abilene.

Head coach Jesse Parker on Jordan Leon…
“We’re really excited about having Jordan joining our program this year. He has a great attitude, is very competitive and is a very savvy racer. He showed all of those qualities in the race and he was rewarded with a solid finishing place. We still have some work to do to sharpen his race execution and to build upon his fitness but this is a great start to his career at Sam Houston State.”