The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today that SUNY Cobleskill freshman runner Emma Bayuk, Sandy Hook, Conn., Newtown High School, has been named the Corvias ECAC Division III Women’s North Region Cross Country Rookie-of-the-Week for the week ending Sunday October 30th. This marks the second time this season the talented freshman has received Rookie-of-the-Week honors.
The Newtown High School alumnus claimed the individual title during the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship held at Lancaster Bible College . She was the first runner to cross the finish line of the six-kilometer course with a time of to defeat the rest of the 92-runner field. The performance earned Bayuk both the NEAC Runner-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year honors, making her the first Fighting Tiger runner to ever be honored with both awards in a single season and the fourth consecutive Cobleskill runner to be named the conference's Rookie-of-the-Year. The freshman’s performance also helped the Fighting Tigers win their eighth straight NEAC Championship with a team score of 25 points to best the rest of the 12-team field.
Once again, SUNY Cobleskill Head Cross Country Coach Mitchell Tomaszkiewicz was able to tout his talented freshman runner on a major honor.
“To say that Emma Bayuk has had a major impact on our program this season would be somewhat of an understatement. She was really the catalyst in our team’s drive for the NEAC Championship this year. Yet with all of her individual success and the awards she’s received; she remains a very down-to-earth and well-grounded individual, who is happier with our team’s success than her individual accomplishments. My heartfelt thanks go out to the Bayuk family and the Newtown High School Cross Country/Track & Field program for sending me such a great person to work with on a daily basis.”
The Fighting Tiger Tigers will next close their season on Saturday November 5th at the ECAC Division III Championships hosted by the conference at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, N.Y. beginning at