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Allen Honored as MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

St. Louis -- Missouri State's Jessica Allen was honored Wednesday as the Missouri Valley Conference Enterprise Bank Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

Allen owns a 3.97 cumulative grade point average in Cell and Molecular Biology, ran a personal best 4K time, 14:04.8, at the J.K. Gold Classic on Saturday. It marked the fastest 4K time in the conference by over 18 seconds during the weekend. She finished third overall, but finished first among collegiate runners. Running against 108 other competitors and three D1 teams, Allen also led the pack of 14 Bears in the race at the RAFT Golf Course in Augusta, Kan.

To qualify for MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.

The Bears will have two weeks to prepare for their next race when they return to the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin on Sept. 16. For more information on the Missouri State cross country team, visit or visit the team Twitter @MSUBearsTrackXC and Facebook.
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