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Northeastern's Eric Jenkins

Northeastern's Jenkins Selected As CAA Men's Cross Country Athlete Of The Year

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          Release: 12/08/2011
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RICHMOND, Va. (December 8, 2011) - Northeastern sophomore Eric Jenkins (Portsmouth, N.H.), who was the only CAA runner to earn a berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship, was selected as the 2011 CAA men's cross country Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches.

William and Mary redshirt freshman Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was chosen as the CAA men's cross country Rookie of the Year and Tribe head coach Steve Walsh was named CAA Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Jenkins is the first Northeastern runner to receive CAA Athlete of the Year honors. The sophomore was chosen as the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Cross Country Championship after capturing the individual title with a season-best time of 24:46 over the 8K course. He went on to earn USTFCCCA All-Northeast Region honors after placing 11th out of 227 runners at the NCAA Northeast Regional with a 10K time of 31:36.9. Jenkins received a berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship, where he finished 67th in a field of 252 runners with a time of 30:31.5. He was the first Northeastern runner to compete at the NCAA Championship since 1993.

Gunzenhauser earned All-CAA honors in 2011 after placing fifth at the CAA Cross Country Championship with a time of 25:17 on the 8K course. Gunzenhauser was the top-placing newcomer in the event and his effort helped lead William & Mary to the conference title. He also finished 126th at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a 10K time of 33:02. Gunzenhauser was also W&M's third-place runner at the competitive Paul Short Invitational as the Tribe placed 13th out of 45 teams.

Walsh repeated as CAA Coach of the Year in just his second season as head coach at William and Mary. He guided the Tribe to their 12th consecutive conference title after having four of the top six individual finishers. W&M went on to place third at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

The conference also recognized its 2011 All-CAA men's cross country team, which is made up of the top 12 finishers from the CAA Championship.

2011 ALL-CAA MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Name, School, Class, Hometown

Philip Blankenship, George Mason, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.

Tom Burke, William & Mary, Sr., Edina, Minn.

Michael Conway, George Mason, So., West Hartford, Conn.

Brian Doyle, Northeastern, So., East Greenwich, R.I.

Zach Gates, William & Mary, Jr., Fishers, Ind.

Rad Gunzenhauser, William & Mary, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Eric Jenkins, Northeastern, So., Portsmouth, N.H.

Tyler Jones, William & Mary, Jr., Chalfont, Pa.

Alex McGrath, William & Mary, Jr., Marlborough, N.H.

Valentin Poncelet, Georgia State, So., Lillois, Belgium

Chris Tyson, William & Mary, Jr., Arlington, Va.

Alex Zyryanov, George Mason, Jr., Weyers Cave, Va.

2011 CAA Athlete of the Year:  Eric Jenkins, Northeastern

2011 CAA Rookie of the Year: Rad Gunzenhauser, William and Mary

2011 CAA Coach of the Year: Steve Walsh, William and Mary

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