Male athlete of the week

Elias Hajjar

Northern Kentucky University’s Kevin Alessandro, a senior cross country runner from Fort Thomas, is the Northerner male Athlete of the Week. Alessandro finished his career Nov. 3 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Kenosha, Wis., placing 69 out of 132 runners in the 10K run with a time of 34:59.

“He is a senior, so I think he really went out there and tried his best for his last race,” said women’s cross country runner Elaine Koenig. “Kevin worked hard all season.”

Finishing his career at Regionals was emotionally draining for Alessandro.

“Ending my career at NKU didn’t really hit me until our last race,” said Alessandro. “I struggled with some injuries early on, but was happy to finish strong.”

Alessandro sees a bright future for the men’s and women’s cross country team after he is gone.

“We had a very big team this year, and a lot of freshman,” said Alessandro. “With our team being very young I feel we competed well, but the future of the program looks very good.”