Blake Croteau Awarded A-10 Rookie Of The Week
Oct. 1, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Following Friday's performance at the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Beantown the Atlantic 10 Conference selects freshman Blake Croteau as the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. Croteau finished 51st out of 140 runners, finishing the 8,000 meter event in 25-minutes, 41-seconds. The Westfield, Mass. native placed third on the team, finishing behind Benjamin Thomas and one of the top runners in the Atlantic 10 a year ago, Antony Taylor.
"I'm very happy for Blake for many reasons." Coach O'Brien said. "He's a hard worker, self directed and Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week is fitting for him due to the amount of hard work and dedication he's shown since the preseason."
It's that hard work and dedication that Coach O'Brien noticed that has helped him transition from high school mileage to the demanding schedule collegiate athletics presents to its new athletes. Croteau is an engineering major, a major known for it's rigorous curriculum. However even with the academic path Croteau has chosen and what it takes to be a college athlete, Croteau has adjusted nicely.
In his first collegiate meet the freshman finished first for his team and seventh overall in front of his home crowd in Amherst, Mass. crossing the finish line in 19-minutes, 33.85-seconds. He assisted the team in a third place finish, scoring just behind top-notch regional opponents UConn and Maine.
He fought hard again this past Friday as the team competed against top teams in the region, as well as the country. The Minutemen ran against nationally ranked #4 Oregon, #10 Syracuse, #18 Providence and #19 Wisconsin and regionally ranked #1 Syracuse, #3 Providence, #8 Northeastern, #9 Cornell and #13 New Hampshire. Regionally the Minutemen rank 15th on the list.
This week Croteau and the Minutemen will venture to Bethlehem, Pa. for another highly competitive meet, the Paul Short Invitational. The race begins at 10:00 A.M.