RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 14, 2010) - Northeastern freshman Eric Jenkins has been named the CAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. Jenkins posted a second-place finish in an 88-runner field at the 8K Boston College Invitational on Saturday, crossing the tape in a time of 25:04.18 to help lead his squad to the team title. The Portsmouth, N.H. native has now led the Huskies in each of his first two collegiate events, as he took top honors at the Bryant Invitational on Sept. 3 with a time of 15:58.80 in the 5-kilometer race.
In other action around the course, Hofstra senior Phil Giackette clocked a time of 25:35 to win the Pride's 8K Brick Stone Run on Saturday. Giackette's finish marked his first collegiate win and the seventh top-10 finish of his career. His time is the second fastest in school history, second only to the 25:27 finish he turned in at Lehigh's Paul Short Run last season.
George Mason's Everett Hackett also recorded a first-place performance last weekend. The Patriot senior paced the field on the 7.9-kilometer course to win the JMU Open Cross County Invitational in a time of 25:09.57.
VCU senior Walid Berkhedle carded a second-place finish at Virginia's Lou Onesty Invitational last weekend, finishing the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:07.36.Four CAA men's squads were ranked in the latest USTFCCCA Cross Country Regional Rankings released by the organization on Monday. William & Mary, which is currently ranked 29th nationally, garnered the league's highest regional ranking at No. 5 in the Southeast Region. George Mason sits five spots behind at 10th in the region. Northeastern opens the year ranked No. 12 in the Northeast Region, while Delaware is ranked 13th in the Mid Atlantic Region.