Blake Croteau Earns Second Straight A-10 Honor
Oct. 9, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - For the second week in a row, Blake Croteau earned the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week award after his performance at the Paul Short Invitational. Often described as one of the most difficult races on the East Coast, the Westfield, Mass. native was runner-up to 2012 All-Conference teammate Antony Taylor.
The freshman standout placed 128th in a field of 397 runners, assisting his team to a 23rd place finish out of 47 teams by crossing the finish line at 25-minutes, 37-seconds. This is Croteau's third collegiate race and in those three meets the harrier hasn't finished lower than third for the Minutemen.
He fought hard in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown placing third on the team while UMass 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.
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.