BOSTON – The University at Albany cross country program swept the inaugural 2018 America East cross country awards, the conference offices announced Wednesday. Victor Ortiz Rivera and Hannah Reinhardt were named conference men’s and women’s Performer of the Week, respectively.
The Great Danes opened the season at Vermont for the second straight year, taking home second place in both team competitions. The women’s race kicked off the day, with Reinhardt, a junior from Clarence, N.Y., claiming victory on the 5K course in 17:43.6, finishing 30 seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up Cara Sherman.
Not to be out-done, in the 8K men’s race, Ortiz Rivera, a junior from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, took the individual title in a time of 25:22.9, finishing 32 seconds ahead of the runner up.
The Great Danes compete again this weekend at UMass Lowell for the America East Pre-Conference meet.