CHICOPEE, Mass.- The Lesley University Lynx take both the 2009 NECC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championhsips today at the Chicopee Memorial State Park hosted by Elms College. Lesley senior male harrier Fran Cusick (Lexington, Mass.) and freshman female runner Noa Kupfer (Woodbridge, Mass.) were named the 2009 Male and Female Cross Country Runners of the Year respectively for crossing the finish line both with first place honors.
Lesley University men's runner Cusick and women's
runner Kupfer earned top individual honors, as the Lynx
finished first in both the men's 8-kilometer and women's
5-kilometer races in Saturday morning's New England Collegiate
Conference (NECC) Championships at Chicopee State Park.
Cusick finished the course in 27:43 and was named 2009 NECC Runner of the Year. All five of his scoring teammates finished in the top 12 to pace the Lynx to a team score of 36. John Hoffman (Bala Cynwyd, PA) of Mitchell finished second overall with a time of 29:14, while Newbury's Gabriel Nunez (Jersey City, NJ) clocked a time of 29:27 to finish third and earn league Rookie of the Year honors.
On the women's side, Kupfer registerd a time of 20:19 en route to claiming Runner and Rookie of the Year honors. All five of Lesley's scoring runners crossed the finish line in the top 10, powering the Lynx to an overall score of 17. Kupfer, a freshman, also garnered Rookie of the Year honors. Teammates Elize McKelvey (Baltimore, OH) and Elissa May (Middleboro, MA) finished second and third in the race, collecting times of 21:25 and 21:51 respectively.
For the men, following Lesley's top team score of 17 was Mitchell (42), Daniel Webster (72), Newbury (79), and Southern Vermont (113) to close out the five-team field.
For the women, Lelsey earned top honors, followed by a two-way tie for second place between Newbury and Wheelock who each tallied 70 points. Mitchell followed in fourth with 119, Southern Vermont scored 124, and Daniel Webster rounded out the six-team field with 137.
Elms College junior Alycia Dabrowski (Chicopee, MA) finished sixth overall in a time of 22:29 to lead the Blazers' women, while Brendan Warren (Arlington, MA) crossed the line first for Elms on the men's side in a time of 35:15 to place 14th overall.
Lesley head coach Dan Flynn earned men's coach of the year honors, while Joe McConkey of Newbury notched coach of the year honors on the women's side. Elms earned team sportsmanship honors on the men's side, while Southern Vermont claimed the accolade on the women's side.
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country Team Champion
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country Team Runner's-Up
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year
Fran Cusick, Lesley (27:43)
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year
Gabriel Nunez, Newbury (29:27)
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country First-Team All Conference
1. Fran Cusick, Lesley
2. John Hoffman, Mitchell
3. Gabriel Nunez, Newbury
4. Eric Appleby, Mitchell
5. Chris Laplante, Daniel Webster
2009 NECC Men's Cross Country Second-Team All Conference
6. Brian Axelrod, Lesley
7. Dillon Simmons, Lesley
8. Jonathan Kodsi, Mitchell
9. Vernon Wilson, Mitchell
10. Matthew Hunt, Lesley
2009 Men's Team Sportsmanship Award Winners -Elms College
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country Team Champion
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country Team Runner's-Up
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year
Noa Kupfer, Lesley (20:19)
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Year
Noa Kupfer, Lesley (20:19)
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country First-Team All Conference
1. Noa Kupfer, Lesley
2. Elize McKelvey, Lesley
3. Elissa May, Lesley
4. Brittany Smyth, Mitchell
5. Jasmine Cuevas, Lesley
2009 NECC Women's Cross Country Second-Team All Conference
6. Alycia Dabrowski, Elms
7. Karen Thorvaldsen, Lesley
8. Solange Thomas, Newbury
9. Elise Huebner, Lesley
10. Katharine Needham, Wheelock
2009 Women's Team Sportsmanship Award Winners -Southern Vermont College
Story Courtesy of Elms Sports Information