Senior Patrick Hubbell and freshman Colin Sauter of the Central Connecticut men's cross country team were recognized by the Northeast Conference after their performance at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday. Hubbell was named NEC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week while Sauter was named NEC Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Hubbell finished third overall with a time of 26:06.67 at a 5:16 pace and led the Blue Devils to victory at the Ted Owen Invitational. The North Haven product was the first participant to cross the finish line to represent not only the Blue Devils, but the entire Northeast Conference in the 8k race.
Hubbell finished just 16 seconds behind the leader and his time marked the second fastest 8K time recorded in the NEC so far this season.
Freshman Colin Sauter finished in eighth place and crossed the finish line fourth for the Blue Devils in a race that saw all five CCSU scoring runners finish in the top 10. The rookie was the first freshman not only from the NEC, but the entire race to complete the course. He finished the 8k race with a time of 26:39.00 on a 5:22 pace.
The race was held at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, CT and featured eight NEC teams in what may have served as a preview for the NEC Championships, which will take place at the same venue on November 1.
The award for Hubbell is the second NEC weekly award in the veteran's career. He previously earned athlete of the week honors last season for the week ending 9/4/13 after he finished first out of 39 runners at the Father O'Neil Invitational. Sauter's award is the first of his career.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Oct. 11 when they travel to Boston, MA to participate in the 2014 New England Championships at Franklin Park.