RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Abby Shafer, New England College
(Sr. - Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)
Shafer placed first for the second-straight week, this time taking the top spot at the Castleton Invitational with a time of 19:52, which was a second faster than her time last week. She was the only sub-20 finisher and was 42 seconds faster than the second place runner.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Maggie Hickey, Green Mountain
(Fr. - Chesterville, Maine)
Hickey continued her excellent start to the season picking up a sixth-place finish overall out of 66 competitors in the Castleton Invitational 5K this past Saturday. The freshman runner moved up from being placed in the teens to her top-10 finish thanks to a great final kick during the last third of the race. Her time of 23:01 bested her result from last week by over a minute and helped the Eagles grab a fourth-place finish as a team among the 11-team field.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton hosted the Castleton Invitational on Saturday and brought home a third-place finish with two runners landing in the top 10. Kaylyn Crompton placed second overall, while Miranda Messeck followed closely in seventh. Freshman Megan Greene had another strong race, finishing 17th overall out of 66 runners. There were 11 total teams that competed in the five-kilometer race. Castleton will bring back-to-back second-place finishes to UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday for 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 finished 12 points shy of a podium finish earning fourth place overall in the Castleton Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles were powered by freshman Maggie Hickey who placed sixth over the 5K distance in a time of 23:01. The team will head to Johnson next Saturday to compete in the Badger Invitational.
Husson won the 2017 Husson Harrier Invitational on Saturday, with first, second, and seventh place finishes. Lindsey Joliat finished the 5k run in 21:51 for first place in the meet. Shortly after, Morgan Clifford passed through with a time of 21:58 to take second. Six Husson runners finished in seventh, ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th place including Madison Cole, Katherine Camire, Jessica Dessert, Kelly Broe, Shannon Staples, and Paige Rainford. Their respective times were 24:50, 25:10, 25:52, 26:56, 27:00, and 27:32.
Johnson was idle this week and will host the Badger Invitational on Saturday.
Lyndon finished second at the Plymouth State Short Course Opener on Saturday. Senior Sierra Hargrave finished eighth overall, completing the 4K course in 17:43.
Maine Maritime finished seventh out of 10 teams on Saturday at the University of New England Invitational. The Mariners combined for a team score of 234, and were led by junior Sierra James who finished 75th out of 130 runners with a time of 24:15.4 on the 5k course. The Mariners return to action next weekend at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational.
New England College competed at the Castleton Invitational, where senior Abby Shafer (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) won her second-straight meet with the only sub-20 time of the 66 runners. Isabela Fast (Chester, N.H.) finished in ninth with a time of 23:24, while Nicole Benedetti (Pembroke, N.H.) and Dominic-Naomi Thoroughgood (Barnstead, N.H.) both had personal records. The Pilgrims will travel to Massachusetts for the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational next weekend.
UMaine-Presque Isle competed at the Husson Harrier Invitational. The Owls' Emmy Churchill notched a top-five finish in her first race of the year. Unfortunately for UMPI they were not able to record a team score as one athlete was forced to withdraw mid-race.
Thomas finished tenth as they competed at the UNE Invitational held on Saturday. Senior Alyssa Maggi was the first Thomas runner to cross the line, finishing in 100th place at 28:23, while Natalie Corrigan finished two spots behind at 28:33. The Terriers will next compete on Saturday, September 16, as they participate in the Bowdoin Invitational.