MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton All-American Donn Cabral (Glastonbury, Conn.) opened the season the way he typically handles a race — with a resounding victory. Running against 213 competitors from 16 schools at the Fordham Fiasco, Cabral finished the run at Van Cortlandt Park in 25:30.37, 12 seconds clear of the field. The race was supposed to be a five-miler, but the lead pack made a wrong turn during the race and ran a loop shy of five miles.
MALE ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Two freshmen — Princeton’s Eddie Owens (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Columbia’s Ben Eversole (Castro Valley, Calif.) — share the first award of the season following sensational college debuts. Owens, the nation’s top high school steeplechaser a year ago, ran second to Cabral at the Fordham Fiasco. Eversole was the first runner across the line, just ahead of veterans Mark Feigen and Kyle Merber, at a meet with Vermont and St. Michael’s. His 8k time was 25:16.6.
FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
A pair of Commonwealth sophomores — Yale’s Millie Chapman (Beverly, Mass.) and Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) — recorded impressive victories in week one to share the weekly honors. Chapman’s victory came over 216 other runners from 17 teams at the Fordham Fiasco as she finished off five kilometers in 18:03.63. D’Agostino, an All-American on the track who was injured during cross country season, was an easy winner at the Dartmouth Invitational, finishing the 2.9-mile course in 16:50, 14 seconds ahead of the field. The course distance was changed because of flooding. The team performance by the Big Green vaulted it from eighth to third in the USTFCCCA’s Northeast rankings.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard rookie Alaina Alvarez (Dana Point, Calif.), who was 15th in the 3,200m run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals last spring, was the top Crimson finisher at the Bryant Invitational in Smithfield, R.I. She finished the five-kilometer run in 18:20.06, taking seventh in a field of 96, which included several runners from the nation’s No. 3 Providence Friars.