RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Joshua Grant, Lyndon
(Senior, - Nashua, New Hampshire)
Grant took first place (104 runners) overall at the University of New England Invitational held at Rotary Park in Biddeford on Saturday, Sept. 8 and led the Hornets to a first place team finish (13 teams). He covered the hilly eight-kilometer course in 28:26. Further, Grant helped the Hornets knock off the University of Southern Maine for the first time in the team's history. The senior also finished runner-up in the Mayflower Kick-off, finishing the 5K in 16:10 to lead the Hornets to the team win.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Josh Wynne, UMaine-Farmington
(Freshman, - Saco, Maine)
Josh placed 29th out of 104 runners in the field at the UNE Invitational on Saturday, completing the 8000m course in a time of 31:54 in his first collegiate event. He had the 11th best time among freshman in the field.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton has a fourth place team finish in the Mayflower Classic hosted by New England College and a first place team finish at the Castleton Invitational through two weeks this season. Senior Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) has distinguished himself as the team's top runner, finishing third overall in the Castleton Invitational.
Colby-Sawyer finished in third place out of 13 teams at the Mayflower Kickoff hosted by NEC and followed with a sixth place out of 10 at the Smith Invitational. Hayden Bunnell set a new school record in the 5k race with a time of 16:35 and placed 4th in the race. He followed with a second place finish out of 110 racers at Smith.
UMF opened its 2012 season by finishing sixth out of 13 teams entered in the Univ. of New England Invitational. Junior Jackson Fortin paced the Beavers by finishing 26th overall in the 8000m event with a time of 31:48. Freshman Josh Wynne turned in a strong showing in his first collegiate event, posting a time of 31:54. The Beavers will host their annual meet, the UMF Invitational, this Saturday at the Mt. Blue High School course.
Green Mountain opened the season with a 10th place finish at New England College and followed that up with a third place showing at the Castleton Invitational this past weekend. The team will be in action again this weekend when it travels to Vermont Tech.
Husson competed in its second meet as a program at the UNE Invitational. Led for the second week in a row by first year captain Jacob Michaud. Will travel to Maine-Farmington next weekend.
Johnson opened their season with an 8th place (of 13) finish at the Mayflower Kick-Off on 8/31 hosted by New England College. Rookie Brendan Walsh finished 11th for JSC to lead the team. The Badgers ran at the Castleton Invitational on 9/8 and came in 4th (of 4) with first-year runner Steven Lamonde pacing the Badgers coming in 4th overall. Johnson will next run at the Aldrich Invitational hosted by Middlebury College on 9/15.
Lyndon topped the field with a first-place finish at the University of New England Invitational Saturday. The Hornets return to the trails on Saturday, Sept. 22 when they take part in the Johnson State Invitational.
Maine Maritime got off to a strong start to the 2012 season. The Mariners placed five runners in the top 45 of the 108-runner field at New England College's Mayflower Kickoff at New England College, leaving the Mariners fifth among the 13 teams competing. Running the 8k for the first time this season a week later, the Mariners placed seventh among as many teams at the predominantly Division II Shacklette Invitational. Newcomers Chase Reidelbach and Vijay Kataria ran in the top five at both events. The Mariners run at Farmington's Mount Blue Invitational this weekend.
New England College finished eighth at the Smith Invitational as Logan Hatch led the Pilgrims with a top-50 finish in the 8,000 meter race. The Pilgrims are back in action next week at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational.
Thomas has been solid in the first week of competition, with two seventh place finishes at the Mayflower Kickoff and at the UNE Invitational. Freshman Evan Boudreau and William Janakis have been strong in the first two races placing first and second on the team in the first two meets.