Abebe, Smith Selected for NEAC Cross Country Weekly Awards

Abebe, Smith Selected for NEAC Cross Country Weekly Awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Abenezer Abebe and Mikaela Smith as its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in cross country for the week ending Sept. 16.

Abenezer Abebe (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) from Lancaster Bible has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week as the top NEAC runner at the Lancaster Bible Charger Invitational. The Chargers’ freshman placed second among 134 runners with a time of 27:35. Abebe’s performance helped Lancaster Bible to a second-place team finish as the Chargers finished just two points behind SUNY Poly.

Mikaela Smith (Sinking Spring, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been honored as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after winning her first collegiate race at the Lancaster Bible Charger Invitational. The Nittany Lions’ senior was the first of 97 runners to cross the finish line with a time of 25:58.4. Smith cruised to the win, finishing the race nearly 40 seconds faster than the second-place competitor.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.