STEELE AND SIMONETTI EARN WEEKLY XC HONORS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Bill Steele of Wilmington University and Sarah Simonetti of Philadelphia University have earned Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Runner of the Week honors in the same week for the fourth time this season after their performances at the NCAA Division II East Region Championships Sunday afternoon. Austin Knight and Whitney Hora of Wilmington were named the Male and Female Rookies of the Week.
Steele, a sophomore from Conowingo, Md., was the first finisher from a CACC school at the NCAA Division II East Region Championships Sunday in Boston, Mass. He missed All-Region honors by just one spot, placing 16th with a 10K time of 32:06.
Simonetti, a junior from Perkasie, Pa., claimed All-Region honors for the second time in her career by crossing in ninth place at the NCAA Regional. She finished with a 6K time of 23:08 and led the Lady Rams to a sixth place finish as a team.
Knight, a junior from Newark, Del., was the first CACC rookie to finish at the regional, clocking a 10K time of 33:39 for a 53rd place finish.
Hora, a freshman from Kingsville, Md., was the first female rookie finisher from the CACC at the regional, crossing in a time of 24:05 to claim 37th place.
James Vander Wiele, Felician (Jr., Pequannock, NJ) - Placed 26th at the East Regional in a 10K time of 32:37.
Tyler Dye, Philadelphia (Jr., Hanover, PA) - Crossed in 44th place at the East Regional in 33:24.
Anjelica DiNucci, Philadelphia (Jr., Baltimore, MD) - Finished in 12th place at the Regional, and earned All-Region honors with a time of 23:33.
Danielle Riley, Wilmington (Jr., Hartly, DE) - Crossed in 23rd place at the NCAA Regional in a time of 23:51.
USciences - The men’s cross country team had four runners record their fastest 10K race ever as they finished 19th out of 29 schools at the NCAA East Regional. Junior Georgiy Polyak was the Devils first finisher breaking the school’s 10K record with a time of 34:40 to place 81st overall. Junior Marty Farrell also set a PR with a time of 35:41 as did sophomores Rob Glass (36:52) and Christian Radzinski (38:27). The women’s team placed 21st out of 30 schools competing with freshman Abby Kearns leading the way. Kearns finished 72nd overall with a time of 25:19, her second fastest 6K time this season and the Devils fastest time at an NCAA regional since Joy Aifuwa’s 23:29 at the 2007 race. The Devils next four finishers all ran their fastest 6K ever, led by sophomore’s Kristin Waters (25:55) and Jordan Lyons (25:57). Juniors Jess Kaminski (27:02) and Kim Brown (27:08) rounded out the Devils PR setters.