NAC Cross Country Weekly Honors (Week Ending 9/2/18)
MEN'S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Jarrod Ottman, Thomas College
(Sr. - Merrimack, N.H.)
Jarrod Ottman outpaced conference opponents from MMA and UMPI by nearly a minute to win the UMPI Invitational on Saturday. Ottman ran the 6k course in 20:36.1; 54 seconds better than the second place finisher.
MEN'S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Joseph Van Ess, Maine Maritime Academy
(Fr. - Mechanicsville, Va.)
Van Ess led the Mariners to a team victory in Saturday's University of Maine at Presque Isle Invitational in his collegiate debut, finishing second overall on the 6K course with a time of 21:30.4.
WOMEN'S RUNNER and ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Valentine Degiovanni, University of Maine at Presque Isle
(FR. - Nice, France)
The freshman from Nice, France ran to the win at the 2018 UMPI Invitational. Her time of 22:36 on the difficult course bested her nearest competitor by 38 seconds. She started strong and had a decided lead at the mile mark, a lead she maintained throughout the race.
AROUND THE NAC
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
SUNY Canton finished in sixth place out of seven teams at the Southern Vermont Invitational. Allison Ford led the women with a 34th place showing.
UMaine-Farmington took third place at the Saint Joseph's 5K with 83 points.
Husson freshmen set the tone for the season in their first collegiate race as the women's cross country team competed at the Keene State College Rust Buster in Keene, N.H. Taking on 2 miles, the Eagles recorded four top-ten finishes, including two freshmen who helped Husson achieve 2nd place out of three teams at the event.
NVU-Johnson finished third in the Keene State Rust Buster 2 mile run.
NVU-Lyndon finished third, behind Plymouth State and Colby-Sawyer at Colby-Sawyer's Charger Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Zosia Prince (Sutton,VT) was the top Hornet finisher, completing the 5K course in 23.22.90.
Maine Maritime was led by Sierra James' (Campton, N.H.) third place finish at Saturday's UMaine-Presque Isle Invitational. The team finished second overall. The squad prepares for the Mariner Invitational next Saturday at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.
UMaine-Presque Isle bested the field as the host at the UMPI Invitational.
Thomas Natalie Corrigan and Brooklyn LeClair competed as individuals in the UMPI Invitational on Saturday, finishing 12th and 14th, respectively. Thomas will run in the Mariner Invitational hosted by MMA on Saturday.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
SUNY Canton Ben York led the men's cross country team to a third place showing out of six teams at the Southern Vermont Invitational. He finished in seventh place out of 64 runners.
UMaine-Farmington took third place at Saint Joseph's College this weekend with 77 total points in a 5K.
Husson kicked off their 2018 season in at the Keene State College Rust Buster. The Eagles took 3rd out of four schools with two top-ten finishes in the 5k. Sophpomore Zach Hartman crossed at 17:15, pacing a 5:34 mile, good enough for 4th place. Also finishing in the top-ten, freshman Joel Bond posted an impressive time for his first collegiate competition, 17:31 for 8th.
NVU-Johnson finished in fourth place at the Keene State Rust Buster 5k.
NVU-Lyndon ran incomplete at the Colby-Sawyer Charger Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Anthony Pifari (Littleton, NH) finished the 5K course in 17.08.90, coming in fifth overall among collegiate runners.
Maine Maritime Academy claimed the team victory at Saturday's UMaine-Presque Isle Invitational. Freshman Joseph Van Ess (Mechanicsville, Va.) led the Mariners in his collegiate debut, finishing second overall on the 6K course with a time of 21:30.4. The squad prepares for the Mariner Invitational next Saturday at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.
UMaine-Presque Isle ran in a relatively tight group and showed potential improvement over last year's team even though finishing third behind MMA and Thomas College at the UMPI Invitational on Saturday. Nino Manzella was first in for the Owls, finishing sixth with two other teammates cracking the top 10. A trip to Belfast for the meet hosted by MMA on Saturday will give the Owls a preview of what is in store for them at the NAC championship meet.
Thomas senior Jarrod Ottman outpaced the competition by nearly a minute to win the UMPI Invitational and lead the Terriers to a 2nd place team finish on Saturday. Thomas will run in the Mariner Invitational hosted by MMA on Saturday.