Durkin, DeRosa Named To A-10 Academic All-Conference Cross Country Teams
Nov. 7, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Ryan Durkin (Andover, Mass.) of the UMass men's cross country team and junior Christina Derosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) of the women's cross country team have each been named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team announced the league office today. This was the first academic all-conference award for each. Both the men's and women's cross country teams will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.
Durkin holds a 3.909 grade point average in finance and operations management and is having the best season of his career to date. At the A-10 Championship Meet on Oct. 28 he finished 23rd overall (26:18.95) improving 49 spots over his 2005 finish. Throughout the season he has consistently finished among the team's top five runners.
DeRosa holds a 3.468 grade point average in kinesiology and has led the Minutewomen in all 20 races during her career. She earned her second All-Conference honor at the A-10 Championship Meet when she crossed the finish line 10th overall (18:29.65). She also took 32nd this season at the New England Championship meet (18:30.00) and is a two-time A-10 Performer of the Week (10/8, 9/25).
Eric Contreras of Dayton and Jane Daniels of Charlotte were named Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes of the Year in men's and women's cross country, respectively.
Daniels placed eighth at 2006 A-10 Championship on Oct. 28, earning All-Conference honors and helping Charlotte to a third-place finish in the event. The senior from Oostburg, WI, also earned top finishes at the George Mason Invitational (third of 108) and Asics/Winthrop Invitational (fifth of 78) - both in September. In the classroom, Daniels sports a perfect 4.00 grade point average as a biology major.
Joining Daniels on the women's cross country Academic All-Conference team are three-time A-10 champion Rachel Papin of La Salle, 2006 All-Conference performers Christina Derosa of UMass, Audrey Noonan of George Washington, and Richmond's Amanda Russell, along with Rhode Island's Katherine Guilfoyle and Courtney Klenk. Guilfoyle and Papin are repeat honorees from 2005, while Russell earned Academic All-Conference acclaim in 2004 and Klenk was honored in 2003.
Contreras, who repeats as the men's cross country Student-Athlete of the Year, placed second for Dayton and 21st overall at the 2006 A-10 Championship, finishing in a time of 26:18. The runner-up showing was a consistent finish for Contreras this year as he placed second among the Flyers in every meet in 2006. The Flyers' senior captain from Centerville, OH, who was recognized for his team leadership and academic achievement by being named the 2005 "High Flyer", sports a 3.94 grade point average while majoring in three different subjects - economics, marketing, and Spanish.
Contreras is joined on the men's cross country Academic All-Conference team by 2006 All-Conference performer Eric Robertson of Duquesne, Ryan Durkin of Massachusetts, Fordham's Thomas Finnerty, Ryan Jank of Charlotte, and Mat Stuber of Saint Louis. Contreras, Jank, and Stuber are repeat honorees from last year.
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