Shumway first ever Beavers runner to be named NSIC Athlete of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Junior Devan Shumway became the first Minot State cross country runner to ever be named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Athlete of the Week when he was honored by the conference on Tuesday.

“The most satisfying part is that the hard work has paid off for Devan,” said head coach Mark Del Monaco. “For nine months he has worked really hard and it’s a well-deserved honor.”

Shumway earned the honor after a record-setting day at the Jamestown Jimmie Invitational last Friday. Shumway broke the Minot State DII era school record in the 8k when he completed the race in 25:49.9 to finish second overall. His time bettered the school record of 25:56.11 set by Joel Cartwright in 2016.

“Any time you are the first person to do anything it’s a major accomplishment,” said Del Monaco. “From a team standpoint it shows that we are capable of earning these types of awards. It shows that if you work hard, and do the right things, we are just as deserving of those types of honors as any other conference school.”

Led by Shumway, the Beavers finished third overall in the team standings with 68 points.

Shumway, who has been the Beavers top finisher in each of the last two meets, will lead Minot State into competition on Oct. 20 at the NSIC Preview.

— MSU Athletics