LakePoint, Ga. - NJIT's Blake Brancato became the first Highlander to earn two career ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honors, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Competing at the Highlander XC Challenge, Brancato finished first among Division I runners - second overall - with a time of 25:50.57 in the 8K race. Brancato's time sits in the top-five fastest times in course history. The senior from Rutherford, N.J. finished 24 seconds ahead of Wagner's Joseph Abbatiello. As a team Brancato guided the Highlanders to a meet win against Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner and St. Peter's.
ASUN Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Oct. 11th
Blake Brancato, NJIT
Senior | Rutherford, N.J. | Business
- Second Career ASUN Conference Runner of the Week Award; second of the year
- Finished second overall at the Highlander XC Challenge; first among D-I runners
- Registered a time of 25:50.57 in the 8K race; which ranks fifth-fastest all-time on the course
- Helped Highlanders finish first as a team; beating three other D-I squads
- Crossed the line 24 seconds faster than Wagner's Joseph Abbatiello
Other Nominees: Hillary Melly, Stetson.
|Date||Women's Runner of the Week||Men's Runner of the Week|
|Sep. 6th||Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb||Blake Brancato, NJIT|
|Sept. 13th||Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb||Noah Perkins, North Florida|
|Sept. 20th||Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb||Jacob Poyner, Lipscomb|
|Sept. 27th||Eden Meyer, North Florida||Nick Morken, North Florida|
|Oct. 4th||Kacey Kemper, Lipscomb||Jacob Poyner, Lipscomb|
|Oct. 11th||Jana Reinert, Jacksonville||Blake Brancato, NJIT|