Story Links BOSTON – UMass Lowell cross-country runners Will Benoit (Fairhaven, Massachusetts) and Caroline O’Shea (Nashua, NH) have won the final round of the America East Weekly Awards, as announced by the conference Wednesday. Benoit and O’Shea were named America East Performers of the Week after impressive performances at the CCSU Mini Meet to lift the men’s and women’s team to sixth and fourth place overall. The weekly honor marks the first of the year and the first of his career for Benoit, with O’Shea taking in her second of the season after earning the accolade just two weeks ago.
In the Men’s 5K, Benoit clocked a personal best of 15:13.0 to finish 11th and lead the River Hawks to the top-five team performances. O’Shea finished her regular season in the women’s 3K with a personal best, crossing the finish line in 10:08.1 to finish fourth overall. With this week’s announcement, UMass Lowell lands their third weekly awards ceremony to close out the season. In addition to three weeks with both the male and female Performers of the Week, the River Hawks earned at least one weekly award nod in six of the eight weeks during the regular season. UMass Lowell will be chasing the three turf at the 2022 America East Cross Country Championship this Saturday, October 29 in Baltimore, Maryland.