VALE Royal star athlete Nicky Archer is living the American dream after earning her second award of the season.
The 22-year-old former Weaverham High School pupil is running for the University of New Mexico Lobos team while she studies for a masters degree in sports administration.
And after another impressive performance for her new team, Archer was selected as the Mountain West Conference athlete of the week. It is only the second time in the university’s history that a student has earned this honour twice on one season.
Archer finished 26th from 278 runners in the women’s blue race at the NCAA pre-nationals invitational at Colorado Springs, helping the Lobos to 10th place overall.
Competing against cross country runners from Stanford, Washington and Michigan State, Archer finished in a MWC-best time of 20 minutes 54.6 seconds.
Her move to the US is already beginning to pay off and proud Dad Tony believes that by training and competing against the best of American students, she can one day go on to represent Great Britain.
He said: “It’s a great experience for her. She is training at altitude with some great people. Albuquerque is 5,000ft above sea level and Paula Radcliffe has a training base near there.
“She is getting the chance to train and compete across the US which is an amazing standard and hopefully this will help her move on towards the next step.
“She has ambitions to get as far as she can so we’ll have to wait and see. But she is thoroughly enjoying herself.”