Men's Cross Country

Trio Named UMass Athletes Of The Week

Kevin Johnson was one of three UMass Athletes of the Week named on Monday.

Kevin Johnson was one of three UMass Athletes of the Week named on Monday.

Nov. 2, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - Cross country runners Courtney Baldwin and Kevin Johnson and tennis sophomore Magdalena Ploch were named UMass Tri-Athletes of the Week on Monday. Baldwin and Johnson posted outstanding performances at the Atlantic 10 Championships, while Ploch had an impressive showing at the ITA Regional Championships.

Baldwin was UMass' top finisher at the A-10 meet in St. Louis, Mo., taking ninth in a field of 140 runners with a time of 20:09. She helped the Minutewomen to their best performance at the conference championships since 2000 as the squad placed third out of 14 teams. For her efforts, Baldwin was tabbed Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in addition to earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference recognition.

Johnson led the Minutemen to a runner-up showing at the A-10 Championships, finishing seventh overall out of 141 competitors in the 8k race with a time of 26:57.8. Johnson, who improved upon his 20th-place finish from the 2008 conference meet, took home an A-10 All-Conference honor.

Ploch participated in the ITA Regional Championships at Yale. Seeded 17th, she earned a bye first round. In her second round match she defeated Penn, 4-1 (ret.) when the player retired due to illness.

Ploch then went on to defeat the No. 14 seed, Annie Houghton from Army. Houghton has the all-time wins record at No. 1 singles for Army and has won Patriot League player of the year for the past two seasons. In the quarterfinals, Ploch then beat the No. 3 seed from Harvard, Hideko Tachibana, 6-2, 6-2. Going into that match Tachibana was 12-0 with three tournament titles already this season. So far this fall, Ploch is 8-2 in singles and 3-0 doubles.

This week's UMass Sports Luncheon will be held in the Campus Center Auditorium and will feature football head coach Kevin Morris and men's basketball head coach Derek Kellogg as the guest speakers.



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