FRISCO, Texas- The Southland Conference has announced the inaugural winners for the cross country Athlete of the Week honors as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi duo of junior Ari Perez and freshman Jordan Valle captured the award for the Islanders.

Perez and Valle came in first with a time of 41:03 at the season opening Islander Relays. The winning time was 17 seconds ahead of the second and third place finishers in the relays.

"I'm very happy with the performance of both Ari and Jordan this weekend," said cross country head coach Shawn Flanagan. "Both worked hard this summer and to be recognized by the conference is a great honor."

Next up for the cross country team will be a trip to College Station for the Texas A&M Invite this Saturday. The meet will begin with the men running at 7:45 a.m. and the women following at 8:30 a.m.