RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Abby Shafer, New England College
(Sr. - Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)
Shafer outdueled Westfield State's Jessie Cardin to win a battle of past champions in the 22nd Annual James Earley Invitational meet at Stanley Park on Saturday. The senior pulled away from Cardin over the final 1,000 meters to post a six-second win over the defending champion in a time of 18:08.57. It marks the fifth victory of the season for Shafer and this was the second-largest field she's faced this season with 257 runners.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kathleen LeBlanc, UMaine-Farmington
(So. - Saco, Maine)
LeBlanc led the way with a first-place finish with a time of 20:39.9 out of 45 runners. The Beavers took first place at the Running Monks Invitational.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton did not compete this week. The Spartans will return to the trails Saturday, October 14, for the Western New England Invitational.
Colby-Sawyer finished 24th out of 33 at Saturday's 22nd Annual James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State. Junior Martha Aschale led a tightly grouped pack of four Chargers with a time of 21:07.41 to finish in 118th. The team will race at Franklin Park on Saturday.
UMaine-Farmington took first place at Saint Joseph's.
Green Mountain was idle this week as it prepared for its home meet this coming Saturday.
Husson enjoyed a week off before competing at the Maine State Championship on October 14.
Johnson competed in the Runnin' Monks Invitational at St. Joseph's (Me.) on Saturday. The Badgers are off this upcoming week.
Lyndon were off this week. Next up the Western New England Invitational on October 14.
Maine Maritime competed at the non-team scoring Colby College Invite this week. The Mariners return to action on Saturday at the State of Maine Championships hosted by Bowdoin College.
New England College saw Abby Shafer (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) won her fifth race of the 2017 season, this time claiming the James Earley Invitational for the second time in her career with a time of 18:08.57. As a team, the Pilgrims finished 28th out of 33 teams. NEC will run once more before the NAC Championships, traveling to Emmanuel College on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. race.
UMaine-Presque Isle took the week off. The Owls will compete next at Southern Maine for the Maine State Championships on October 14.
Thomas finished fourth at the Runnin' Monks Invitational on Saturday. The Terriers were led by Marleen Ramirez in 34th place at 27:27. They will prepare for their next meet on Saturday, October 14, at the Maine State Cross Country Championships.