Mountaineers honored with weekly awards

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Southern Vermont College freshman Jayne Wierzbicki has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week for the period ending October 1, 2017 as announced by the league on Monday.

Wierzbicki had a stellar week for SVC as she notched four goals in two games. She scored the eventual game winner in both of Southern Vermont's victories before adding insurance tallies in each of the Mountaineers' wins.

The SVC rookie took a throw in on the right side of the field and fired a shot across the frame and into the left side of the cage in the 30th minute of the Mountaineers' 3-0 Tuesday win against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; she would then go on to pad Southern Vermont's cushion in the 71st minute of the match with a lobbed shot from the right side of the box.

On Saturday, Wierzbicki scored the first two goals of the Mountaineers' 3-0 NECC shutout at Newbury College. She wasted little time in giving the visitors a lead as she found the back of the net in the eighth minute of play. 3:21 later, she notched her team-leading sixth goal of the year to give SVC some breathing room.

Wierzbicki is the second Mountaineer to collect the league's rookie honor this year after classmate Rileigh Griffiths picked it up September 18.

Wierzbicki and the Southern Vermont squad are back in action on Wednesday when they visit Morrisville State College for a 3 p.m. non-conference kickoff.

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SVC wins all four XC awards

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The New England Collegiate Conference announced on Monday its weekly award winners for the period ending October 1, 2017 with Southern Vermont College taking claim to all four of the cross country laurels.

SVC sophomore Davant Smith was named the NECC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week while Bennington College senior Annika Kristiansen was tabbed the Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week. Mountaineer sophomore Emily Ikonen was selected the Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week for the second-straight time, and Bennington freshman C.G. Holden collected the Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week honor.

Smith crossed the line first for Southern Vermont on Saturday at the Keene State College Invitational. He came in with a time of 28:39 for a pace of 5:46 per mile on the 8,000 meter course. Monday's honor is the sophomore's fifth for his career after he was named the NECC Rookie of the Week four times last as a freshman in 2016.

Kristiansen returned to her hometown on Saturday and led the Mountaineers in her first race of the season. The Bennington senior came through at 20:29 to finish just 25 seconds shy of her SVC 5,000 meter record with a pace of 6:36 per mile. This is the third time in her career that Kristiansen has been named the NECC Runner of the Week.

Ikonen registered her fourth-straight personal record on Saturday as she posted a 23:14 at the Keene Invitational. Her pace of 7:29 per mile on the 5K course saw her finish third for the Mountaineers as they took fifth as a team.

Holden chalked up a new personal record on Saturday as the Bennington freshman posted a 28:57 on the 8K course at Keene State. His pace of 5:50 per mile saw the rookie come through second for the Mountaineers and 38 seconds faster than his previous personal best.

The four SVC runners and the rest of the Mountaineers are now off until October 14 when they head to Western New England University for the Golden Bear Invitational; that will serve as Southern Vermont's final meet before the NECC championships on October 28.


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