Off-season training and practice paid off quickly for Penn State Abington student athletes. Three earned North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Player of the Week honors for their performances, and a group of cross-country runners set new school and personal records.
The NEAC women's soccer defensive player of the week, Margaret Sheridan, kicked off her college career with 21 saves and a shutout in back-to-back games. The goalkeeper tied the program record for saves in a game with 17.
The NEAC also named sophomore Rachel Bohn the women's volleyball player of the week.
Alexander Kane ran off with the NEAC men's cross-country runner of the week honor after setting a new Abington record in the 6-kilometer race in the Albright College Lights Out Invitational. The junior business major wound up in eighth place, and the men’s team finished third.
Seven other cross-country runners left Abington school records in the dust including senior Nicholas Volpe and first-year students Nelson Costa Jr., Billy Donovan and Jeremy Castro in the 6 kilometer.
The four women’s runners posted the fastest 4-kilometer times in Abington history while at the the invitational: sophomore Valerie Santangelo, first-year students Kelly Hammond and Haley Burns, and junior Gina Montgomery.