Georgia sophomore Jessica Drop was named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week following her finish at the Paul Short Run over the weekend, according to a league announcement.
This marks the second time Drop has been named the Runner of the Week this season. She was also named the conference’s Freshman of the Week twice during the 2016 season.
Drop, a native of Coginchaug, Conn., followed up two wins to start the year with a third-place finish at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. She led her teammates for the eighth time in nine career meets by clocking a personal-best 6k time of 19:52 in the 368-woman field. Thanks in part to her finish and her sister Sam’s fifth-place finish, the Lady Bulldogs took third out of 42 teams from around the country.
The Lady Bulldogs moved into the No. 25 spot in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll released on Tuesday. This marks the first time the team has been ranked in the top-30 poll since 2012 when it was No. 28. It is the squad’s top ranking since holding down the No. 13 spot in the 2007 preseason poll.
A small number of Georgia’s runners return to action at the Gene Mullin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday morning. The rest of the teams will take the course at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 14.