Cross Country Awards Announced
TOWSON, Md. – At the
conclusion of the 2012 Landmark Cross Country Championships,
Moravian’s Dillon Farrell and Drew’s Jennifer Van
Wingerden were named the Men’s and Women’s Performers
of the Year. The awards along with Rookies of the Year and Coaching
Staffs of the Year were selected by the conference coaches.
Farrell dominated the cross country scene in just his sophomore season. Last year Farrell finished 16th at the Landmark Championships and missed out on All-Conference honors by two places. A year later and Farrell has posted five top-20 finishes in five races including a win at the Juniata Invitational and the recent championships. He ran away with the title on Saturday, winning the race 43 seconds ahead of his competition. Earlier this month, Farrell broke the conference record for the 8 kilometer race finishing the Gettysburg Invitational in 24:44.
Senior Jennifer Van Wingerden competed in her first Landmark Championship race on Saturday and won it by 16 seconds. In just her second season of cross country, Van Wingerden missed last year’s race due to injury but entered Saturday’s meet as one of the favorites. Earlier this season Van Wingerden led the Landmark competition and ran almost the same time on the course this past weekend on the way to earning medalist honors.
First Team All-Conference honors are awarded to the top seven finishers in each race with those finishing eighth through 14th are awarded Second Team honors. Joining Farrell on the men’s First Team are Moravian teammates Donnie Noble, Alec Duncan and Dylan Marton along with runner-up in the race Juniata’s Nate Alter. Catholic’s Matthias Aruaco-Shapiro and Susquehanna’s Colin Eberhardt rounded out the first team.
A junior this year, Alter is a three-time All-Conference selection after earning Second Team honors during his first two seasons. Noble and Marton will wrap up their careers at the end of this season. Noble is a four-time All-Conference selection and moved up one spot this year finishing third after a fourth place finish in 2011. Marton earns First Team honors for the first team in his career and follows up a Second Team selection last season. Arauco-Shapiro and Eberhardt were the two rookies recognized with First Team honors. Arauco-Shapiro edged Eberhardt by one one-hundredth of a second and was voted Rookie of the Year for his performances this season.
Moravian Head Coach Jesse Baumann was voted Men’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year in just his second season at the helm. The Greyhounds finished with four runners in the top five and cruised to the 2012 title.
The women’s First Team featured student-athletes from five different institutions. Along with Van Wingerden, Juniata’s Katrina Woods and Caroline Morgan finished second and third respectively. Woods earns her third All-Conference honor and second First Team recognition after finishing sixth last season. Morgan will wrap up her career as a three-time All-Conference selection and two-time First Team honoree after finishing seventh in 2010. She moved up 11 spots from a 14th place finish last season.
The 2011 Rookie of the Year, Katherine Currier of Goucher College moved up one spot from last season to finish fourth in the race and earn back-to-back First Team honors. Catholic’s Rebecca Radcliffe made the biggest climb amongst All-Conference performers, jumping up 24 spots from a 39th place finish last year. On Saturday, Radcliffe finished fifth and led the Cardinals to their first conference championship. Teammate Keely Eckberg moved up 10 spots to finish seventh this season. Susquehanna freshman Ashley West finished sixth in her first championship race and earned Rookie of the Year honors as the top newcomer, and only newcomer on both All-Conference teams.
Joe Fisher is in his 35th year directing the Catholic women’s cross country and track and field teams. The veteran head coach previously earned Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year honors four different times, but this season marks the first Landmark Cross Country honor for him. The Cardinals successfully climbed the standings from sixth place in2010 to third place in 2011 before winning the race this year.
|2012 Cross Country Awards|
|Men's Performer of the Year||Men's Rookie of the Year||Men's Coach of the Year||Women's Performer of the Year||Women's Rookie of the Year||Women's Coach of the Year|
|Dillon Farrell, Moravian||Matthias
||Jennifer Van Wingerden, Drew||Ashley West, Susquehanna||
|Men's First Team||
Women's First Team
|Nate Alter||Juniata||Jr.||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Katherine Currier
||Fr.||Wilmington, Del.||Keely Eckberg||Catholic
||Bloomfield, N.J.||Caroline Morgan||Juniata||Sr.||Haverton, Pa.|
||L. Ronkonkoma, N.Y.||Rebecca Radcliffe||Catholic||Jr.||Waxhaw, N.C.|
||N. Wales, Pa.||Jennifer Van Wingerden||Drew||Sr.||Augusta, N.J.|
||Somerville, N.J.||Ashley West
||Susquehanna||Fr.||East Hampton, N.Y.|
||Souderton, Pa.||Katrina Woods
Men's Second Team
Women's Second Team
||Coxsackie, N.Y.||Claire Del Casale||Moravian||So.
||Boalsburg, Pa.||Laura Fay||Scranton||So.
||Collegeville, Pa.||Jessie Goldberg||Moravian||So.
||Clarksville, Md.||Laura Kinley||Catholic||Sr.
||Denville, N.J.||Mary O'Neill||Scranton||Jr.
||Skytop, Pa.||Jennifer Smilgis||Moravian||Jr.
||Altoona, Pa.||Katelynn Zidanic||Goucher||Jr.