Samantha Roderigues is LEC Women's Rookie Runner

Samantha Roderigues is LEC Women's Rookie Runner

Sept. 12, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-On the basis of her performance at her first collegiate cross country meet, freshman Samantha Roderigues (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) has been honored by the Little East Conference.

Roderigues has been named Little East Conference Women's Rookie Runner of the Week.

Roderigues finished sixth in 19:38 over the three-mile course at Saturday's Travis Fuller Invitational, hosted by Massachusetts Maritime at the Cape Cod Canal. She helped lead the Corsairs to a first place finish in the meet.

"Coaches love it when they have a freshman who does not race like a freshman," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Sam just went after people. She competed really aggressively the way we'd like everyone to compete. Sometimes, it takes a little while to become more comfortable, but Sam looked comfortable right away. She finished 45 seconds behind our top runner, Meagan Bohigian (Barre, MA/Quabbin Regional HS), who is a senior and an accomplished cross country runner, so that spells a pretty good future for Sam."

The Corsairs will return to action when they host the annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational this Saturday.