Abebe, Smith Receive NEAC Cross Country Weekly Honors

Abebe, Smith Receive NEAC Cross Country Weekly Honors

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 Oct. 7.

Abenezer Abebe (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) from Lancaster Bible has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second time this season after a 10th-place finish at the DeSales Invitational. The Chargers’ rookie finished the 8K course in 26:28, cracking the top ten in a field of 257 runners from some of the top Division III programs. Abebe crossed the finish line 49 seconds behind the winner and helped the Chargers place 10th as a team.

Mikaela Smith (Sinking Spring, Pa.) from Penn State Berks has been honored as the NEAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second-straight week and third time this season after her performance at the DeSales Invitational. The Nittany Lions’ senior was the top NEAC runner at the 6K race with a time of 24:54.6 to place 46th out of 258 participants. Smith and the Nittany Lions finished 26th as a team.

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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.