RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Jarrod Ottman, Thomas
(So. - Merrimack, N.H.)
Ottman had a big race for the Terriers as he finished third out of 131 runners at the 8K UNE Invitational held on Saturday. The sophomore finished with a time of 27:07, beating his time by a full minute from a season ago. Ottman finished behind Damon Kilgore of Gordon and Alex Robbins of Wentworth who both finished in the top three of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships last season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Zach Hartman, Husson
(Fr. - Kennebunk, Maine)
Hartman finished seventh in the Husson Harrier Invitational, crossing the finish line with a time of 27:10. His finish helped lead the men's cross country team to second place in their home event.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton hosted the Castleton Invitational on Saturday, competing against nine other teams and 67 runners in the eight-kilometer race. For the second year in a row, Grandon Smith captured the top spot at his home course and helped the Spartans place third as a team with a score of 75 points. Three Spartan runners finished inside the top 10, with Gannon McKearin placing fourth and Jared Wheeler crossing sixth. Castleton will travel to Massachusetts on Saturday to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational.
Colby-Sawyer did not compete last week. The Chargers return to the course on Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.
UMaine-Farmington was idle this past week. The Beavers will travel to UMass-Dartmouth next Saturday.
Green Mountain posted a seventh-place finish at the Castleton Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles were led by senior Jacob Nelson who recorded a personal best finish over the 8K distance in a time of 31:31 which was almost four and a half minutes better than his previous best time. The team will head to Johnson next Saturday to compete in the Badger Invitational.
Husson was led by a trio of feshmen Zach Hartman, Joey Gay, and Chris Pomerleau, who set the pace at the 2017 Husson Harrier Invitational. They helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish in the second meet of the season. Hartman finished seventh with a time of 27:10, Gay and Pomerleau placed 10th and 11th with times of 28:31 and 28:47, respectively. Finishing in the top 20 at the meet, Patrick Welch, Derek Hawes, and Jacob West took 16th, 17th, and 20th with times of 31:35, 32:14, and 33:27. Adam Hitchcock came in 23rd with a time of 35:03.
Johnson was idle this week and will host the Badger Invitational on Saturday.
Lyndon was led by junior Benjamin Cornell at the Plymouth State Short Course Opener on Saturday. Cornell completed the 6K course in 21:17, good for 12th place overall.
Maine Maritime finished eighth out of 12 teams with a team score of 209 on Saturday at the University of New England Invitational. Freshman Cole Brundige finished 14th overall out of 131 runners, to lead the Mariners with a time of 29:44.7 on the 8K course. The Mariners return to action next weekend at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational.
New England College saw Luis Aviles finish as its top finisher at the Castleton Invitational, clocking in with a time of 36:46. The Pilgrims will travel to UMass-Dartmouth next Saturday.
UMaine-Presque Isle once again finished with its top runners in a tight grouping, and saw improvement from week one, but it was not enough to overcome Souther Maine and Husson at the Harrier Invitational.
Thomas finished ninth at the UNE Invitational held on Saturday. Sophomore Jarrod Ottman had a big race for the Terriers as he finished third out of 131 runners with a time of 27:07 in the 8K event. He was followed by sophomore Sam Traynor who came in 53rd place at 31:59. The Terriers will next compete on Saturday, September 16, as they participate in the Bowdoin Invitational.