Boston's Walkonen, Binghamton's van Ingen Earn Performer Of The Week Honors

Release: 09/23/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Binghamton sophomore Erik van Ingen (Marathon, N.Y.) and Boston U. senior Andrea Walkonen (Jaffrey, N.H./Conant) earned Performer of the Week Honors for the week ending September 23.

Walkonen led the Terriers with a first-place overall finish at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday where she blew through the 5,000-meter race, setting a new course record with a time of 16:49. Walkonen finished a full 28 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, and 1:06 ahead of third.

Van Ingen ran the 8,000-meter course at the Stampede Invitational at Beaver Island State Park in a time of 25:48.4, earning him and his team a first-place overall finish in the race. The overall win was the second for the Bearcats in as many meets.

Albany- The men and women’s Great Dane cross country teams both took home second-place from the Commodore Classic at Vanderbilt University on Saturday. The men were led by a valiant effort from senior Brian Yurkewecz who earned a hard fought second place with a time of 26:23.88- just .23 seconds behind the first-place finisher. The men would place two Great Danes in the top 10, and would finish just eight points behind regionally-ranked Vanderbilt. For the women, senior Laura Cummings continued a strong season with a third-place overall finish with a time of 18:08. The women fell only behind the invitational host, Vanderbilt.

Albany's Story

Binghamton- The Bearcats continued a strong season on Saturday at the UB Stampede Invitation just one week after both teams were ranked nationally in the USTFCCCA polls. The men, led by sophomore performer of the week Erik van Ingen, took a first place finish out of 11 teams with van Ingen in first, followed closely by junior Chris Gaube in second, and sophomore Adam Quinn in fourth. Senior Katie Radzik, who placed third overall, paced the women and led them to fourth-place finish out of ten teams.

Binghamton's Story

Boston U.- The Terriers faced off against America East rivals Hartford and New Hampshire in the eight-team Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday. Senior performer of the week Andrea Walkonen set a new course record, posting a 16:49 on the 5,000-meter course, earning her and the women’s squad a first-place finish. Walkonen was followed by four other top 10 Terrier finishers, including junior Erin Lagasse in second-place. On the men’s side, junior Eric Ashe finished first in the meet with a 25:39 finish in the five-mile course. Two other Terriers would cross in the top 10 for the men, earning them a second-place overall finish.

Boston Women's Story

Boston Men's Story

Hartford- The Hawks joined the Terriers and the Wildcats at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday where senior captain Elizabeth Foster led the women, setting a personal best time and finishing the 5,000-meter course in 18:33. The team would go on to finish fifth out of eight teams. On the men’s side, sophomore captain Jonas Hampton led the squad with an 19th-place overall finish in the 8,000-meter course with a time of 27:13. The men took home eighth place in the eighth team meet.

Hartford's Story

Maine- The Black Bear women took second-place out of four teams, including conference rival Vermont, at the University of Massachusetts Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. The squad was led by freshmen Corey Conner and Hilary Maxim with third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. The men, led by a seventh-place finish by junior Miles Bartlett with a time of 26:06, also finished second overall in the five-team race.

Maine's Story

UMBC- After a week off, the Retrievers will return to action on October 3 when they host the Towson Invitational.

UNH- The Wildcat men’s team took first-place out of 10 teams, including Boston U. and Hartford, at the CCSU Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday. The squad was led by the powerful performances of junior Wesley Dinnan and senior Brent Powers, who crossed in second and third, respectively, just one second apart with times of 25:45, and 25:46. The women took home second in the same meet when senior captain Kim Povec set the pace with a time of 17:55 in the 5,000 meter course, earning her third overall, trailed by freshman teammate Elizabeth Campbell in fourth.

UNH Women's Story

UNH Men's Story

Stony Brook- The Seawolves men and women’s cross country teams each had a runner finish in the top 10 at the 2008 Paddy Doyle Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park. Freshman Hayley Green crossed first for the women, grabbing a third place spot with her time of 22:05.4. For the men, junior Tim Hodge led his teammates and finished eighth with 24:59.5. The women took home a 16th place finish out of 21 teams while the men held 12th of 26.

Stony Brook's Story

UVM- The Catamounts took home first-place for the women and third-place for the men at the University of Massachusetts Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Junior Aly Millett was the first to cross for the women’s squad with a second-place time of 18:27. Millett was supported by three other Catamounts placing in the top 10. Junior Doug Maisey was the first Catamount to cross for the men for the second week in a row, finishing the race with a time of 25:53 and earning sixth-place overall. The men took home a third-place finish.

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