XC16 Runners of the Week #4

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MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Brown junior Matt Mahoney (Swampscott, Mass.) led the Bears to a second-place finish at the New England Championships in Boston’s Franklin Park on Saturday. Mahoney finished the eight-kilometer run in 24:23.87, just two seconds behind American International’s Leakey Kipkosgei. Those two were nearly 20 seconds ahead of the chasers.

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Gabriel Altopp (Ridgefield, Conn.) loves the New England Championships. The runner-up at the high school event a year ago, Altopp was ninth in a field of 221 at his first such collegiate event. Altopp completed the eight-kilometer course in 25:01.31, four ticks ahead of rookie teammate Cameron Daly.

MEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Columbia graduate Jake Sienko (Warwick, R.I.) posted the only top-10 leg for the Ivy League Select Team on Monday at the 28th Izumo Ekiden, running the 10.2-kilometer anchor stage in 31:21. Here are the times and stage rankings — in stage order — for the Ivy team, which was 14th overall: Henry Sterling (8.0k, 17th, 24:48), John Gregorek (5.8k, 20th, 18:54), Chris Bendtsen (8.5k, 18th, 27:39), Steve Mangan (6.2k, 13th, 18:44), Will Geoghegan (6.4k, 11th, 18:53) and Jake Sienko (10.2k, 9th, 31:21).

WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior Elianna Shwayder (Saline, Mich.) had her best career five-kilometer finish, taking third in 17:46.1, to lead the Crimson to a second-place finish at the New England Championships in Boston’s Franklin Park. There were 35 teams and 234 runners in that varsity race.

WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Eliza Rego (Warren, R.I.) had a strong run to help the Crimson to a second-place finish at the New England Championships, hitting the tape in 18:18.35. In all more than 450 runners — varsity and jayvee — ran at the Championships, but only three freshmen posted a faster time than Rega.

WOMEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Harvard graduate Lindsey Scherf (Scarsdale, N.Y.) battled to an eighth-place finish at the USATF 10-mile national championship in Minnesota on Sunday (in 55:01) and then took fifth at the national 10-kilometer championship in Boston on Monday (in 33:03). That amazing double gave her an overall second in the year-long series behind only Aliphine Tuliamuk.

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