GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in women’s and men’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf and men’s tennis for the period running from Monday, September 26 through Sunday, October 2.
Raylene Wade (Red Creek, N.Y.) and Emma Bayuk (Sandy Hook, Conn.) have both been selected as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Co-Runners of the Week following spectacular outings for their respective teams.
Wade, a sophomore for the Morrisville State College Mustangs, won her first collegiate race after topping the field at the Lancaster Bible College Charger Invitational this past Saturday. Wade paced the rest of the 67-runner field by at least eight seconds after recording a finish time of 25:38 on the six-kilometer course, which will also be the site of this year’s NEAC Championships later this month. Wade’s performance helped the Mustangs place fourth overall out of 11 teams, which included seven NEAC squads.
Bayuk, a freshman for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers and also last week’s NEAC Runner of the Week, just missed an individual title while competing at Saturday’s Mount Saint Mary College Invitational. Bayuk placed second out in the 168-runner field and missed the top spot by just one second after finishing the six-kilometer course in 24:23. She was one of three runners to place in the top six for the defending conference champion Fighting Tigers, which helped Cobleskill win the 27-team event with 93 points.
Anthony Bouchard (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Byron Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) have both been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Co-Runners of the Week after each posted phenomenal performances for the their respective teams.
Bouchard, a junior for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers, won his first collegiate individual title during Saturday’s Mount Saint Mary College Invitational. Bouchard covered the eight-kilometer multi-loop course in a time of 27:38 to defeat a field of 148 runners and place ahead of the next-best finisher by 15 seconds. He was joined by four other teammates within the top-15 finishers as the Fighting Tigers won the 27-team event with 41 points.
Evans, a senior for the Morrisville State College Mustangs, won the Lancaster Bible College Charger Invitational in decisive fashion Saturday. Evans sped through the eight-kilometer course in 27:36 to finish a whopping 46 seconds ahead of the next runner to cross the finish line in the field of 82. The performance helped the Mustangs place third out of eight teams at the event, which included seven NEAC squads and will also be the site of this year’s NEAC Championships later this month.
Lauren Kellum (Eaton, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week after an excellent performance for the Morrisville State College Mustangs. The junior forward scored both goals in the 2-0 conference victory over Keuka last Saturday. Both of her tallies came in the second half and were separated by less than three minutes to lift the Mustangs to victory. The performance helped Morrisville State even its NEAC record at 1-1.
Kelsey Kokosa (Ludlow, Mass.) has been selected as the NEAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight time after another terrific performance for the Wells College Express. The freshman came up huge in goal against Wilson in a rematch of last year’s NEAC Championship, making four big saves through 75-plus minutes between the pipes to secure a 1-0 shutout win during the overtime thriller with the Phoenix Saturday. Kokosa’s play over the last two weeks has kept the Express undefeated in NEAC play at 2-0.
Zach Arsenault (Medford Lakes, N.J.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Golfer of the Week after a superb outing for the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors. The senior earned All-Tournament First Team honors during the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Golf Championships held this past weekend. Arsenault shot an even-par 144 through the two rounds on the par-72 course after carding a one-over 73 during day one and a one-under 71 on day two. The performance placed him in a tie for fifth individually in the 91-golfer field while helping the Scarlet Raptors place third overall out of 16 teams.
Tarik Dashields (Wyncote, Pa.) has been named the NAC West* Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after a gritty performance for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. The freshman won both of his matches during the Nittany Lions’ bout against Drew University last Wednesday. Dashields opened the match alongside sophomore teammate Prerak Patel (Bensalem, Pa.) as the duo secured an 8-1 victory in third doubles. He then gutted out a hard-fought victory in fourth singles, winning in three sets following scores of 7-6 (14-12), 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).
NOTE: There was no NEAC West* Women’s Tennis Player of the Week selection this week, as no teams were in competition last week.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf). The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.
*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
A complete breakdown of the NEAC/NAC tennis partnership is as follows:
Men's Tennis: NEAC members Bryn Athyn, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division. The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas.
Women's Tennis: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Husson, Johnson State, Lyndon State, MCLA and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division. The West Division will consist of NEAC members Bryn Athyn, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Wells.