The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announces student-athlete of the week selections ending Sunday, October 11th, 2009 in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's volleyball.
Brian Kelly (Queensbury, NY) was selected as the NEAC Men's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week for his 16th place finish out of 170 runners in the Hamilton College Invitational in Clinton, NY. Kelly, a junior, finished the 8K race in 27:43 (5:34 per mile pace) to lead his SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers to a 7th place finish out of 14 teams. Kelly improved his time this week by 1:24 and receives this award for the second consecutive week and the third time this season.
Chelsea Socha (Himrod, NY) was selected as the NEAC Women's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week for her 1st place finish out of 73 runners in the Nazareth College Golden Flyer Invitational in Rochester, NY. Socha, a junior, finished the 4K race in 15:53 (6:23 per mile pace) to lead her Keuka College Storm to a 6th place finish out of 9 teams. Socha receives this award for the second consecutive week.
Reis Cunningham (Red Creek, NY) was selected as the NEAC Men's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week for his offensive and defensive performance leading the Keuka College Storm to a 2-0 week. Cunningham, a freshman defender, helped shut-out conference opponent SUNY Morrisville State College in the first game of the week. Then in the second game of the week, after playing 75 minutes on defense, he was moved to midfield where he scored 1 goal on 1 shots on goal for the game-winning goal at 82:42 in the game.
Traci Bickelhaupt (Hammond, NY) was selected as the NEAC Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week for her offensive performance leading the SUNY Institute of Technology Wildcats to a 2-0-1 week (2-0-0 in conference play). Bickelhaupt, a senior forward, scored 3 goals in 17 shots on goal, including the lone goal in a 1-1 tie to Alfred University and 2 goals in the 3-0 win against conference opponent the College of St. Elizabeth. She now has 13 goals on the season and receives this award for the second time this season.
John Dixon (Lemoyne, PA) was selected as the NEAC Men's Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance this week for the Penn State University - Harrisburg Nittany Lions . Dixon, a junior, won both his singles and doubles match this week with scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 8-1 respectively. Dixon is the #1 singles and doubles player for the Nittany Lions and finishes the fall with a 3-0 record in singles.
Juleah Vedder (Dolgeville, NY) was selected as the NEAC Women's Volleyball Student-Athlete of the week for her tremendous week for the SUNY Institute of Technology Wildcats. Vedder, a sophomore outside hitter, finished the week playing 14 games with 58 kills (4.14/game) on 125 attempts, 49 digs (3.5/game), 8 aces, 5 assists, 3 total blocks, and 4.86 points per game. Vedder lead her team to a 3-1 week and receives this award for the third time this season.