UNC Asheville senior cross country runner Melanie Kulesz is this week’s recipient of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Athlete of the Week at UNC Asheville.


Each week the school selects a BCBSNC Athlete of the Week upon their performance from the previous week's action.


Kulesz finished in eighth place on Friday at the Mountaineer Open and helped the Bulldogs finish in second place behind Virginia Tech. She posted a time of 18:42.72 over the 5K course and was Asheville’s highest finisher. Kulesz has been the Bulldogs top runner in three of Asheville’s four meets this season, including a second place finish at the Cross Country Carnival on Sept. 14.


The Bulldogs will run again at the Blue Ridge Open at Appalachian State on Oc. 18.