Heather MacLean Grabs Dual Honors
Jan. 13, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Peabody, Mass. native Heather MacLean was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon following her performance on Saturday at the Yale Invitational. Later in the week MacLean was then honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference as this week's women's track and field ECAC Athlete of the Week. This marks the freshman's first two honors awarded to her in her collegiate career.
Saturday afternoon MacLean completed the 800 meter run in 2-minutes, 17.08-seconds qualifying herself for the New England Championship. The time was good enough for a first place finish in a field of 44 competitors and ranks her fourth in the conference thus far. She was one of three Minutewomen to finish in the top eight in the event during the unscored meet.
MacLean entered UMass as a highly touted recruit who would contribute right away in cross country and track and field. The freshman was off to a promising start this fall until her season was cut short by injury however Maclean has battled back and is ready for the 2014 indoor campaign.
"I just want to thank the A-10 and ECAC for the honor!" MacLean said in reaction to the weekly awards. "I'm honored and very excited for what the rest of the season has in store for myself and my teammates."
This week's A-10 and ECAC honoree is back in action this Saturday, January 18 in Kingston, R.I. at the Sorlien Invitational. The meet is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.