Boston College Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field celebrated terrific seasons this past year by formally recognizing the most outstanding individuals at two separate awards banquets.
The Cross Country banquet took place in January at the Boston College club with awards given to the following standout individuals:
Rookie Of The Year
Richard Lucas took top freshman honors in the 2011 cross country season by performing consistently in the top 7 and helping the team score in many key events. Most notably Lucas moved up to score as BC’s 4th man at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, helping the Eagles to a 14th place team finish, up from 19th the previous year. Lucas continued his clutch performances at the season ending IC4A Championship where he scored as BC’s 3rd man, running a season best 26:09 to place 64th individually.
Sophomore Anthony Bellitti took home the most improved honors in the 2011 cross country campaign after seeing steady improvements throughout the season, as well as a huge leap forward from the 2011 season. Bellitti scored in every competition in 2011, alternating between 3rd and 4th man throughout most of the fall. Bellitti was a major player at the ACC and NCAA Regional, and his 65th place IC4A individual performance at season end was a personal best at 26:09.
Junior Jordan Hamm took home the top overall cross country honors for 2011 with strong, team-leading performances throughout the entire season. Hamm led the Eagles in 4 of the 6 competitions in which he competed, including a lifetime best 15th place finish at the New England Championship, 31st place finish at the ACC Championship and an outstanding 29th place performance at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.
The Track & Field banquet took place in May on the campus of Boston College with awards given to the following standout individuals:
Rookie Of The Year
Collin Fedor took home the rookie of the year title with some terrific performances both indoor and out. After sitting out the cross country season, Fedor got to work quickly indoors by qualifying for the IC4A’s in his first try while competing in the mile at the Dartmouth Relays. His PR of 4:16.11 would eventually be lowered to an outstanding 4:11.68 while competing at the IC4A Championships in March. Fedor also posted an IC4A qualifying time in the 1000m at 2:29.92 and a personal best 8:44.49 in the 3000m during the indoor season. Outdoors led to additional PR’s for Fedor in the 1500m and 800m, at 3:54.40 and 1:55.19 respectively. Fedor would go on to place 5th at the New England Championship in May, and helped the 4x800m to a silver medal later the same day. Through his strong performances in 2012, Fedor has qualified for the USA Junior Track & Field Championships to be held June 14th through the 17th in Bloomington, Indiana.
Brian Smith took home the most improved honors with outstanding progress made within the 2011-12 track season, as well as significant improvements made from previous seasons. After improving steadily throughout the indoor season, Smith ran a blistering 48.5 second split while running the 400m leg of the DMR at the IC4A Championship. That performance earned Smith the lead off position on the 4x400m squad, a position that he would hold throughout the remainder of the 2012 season. After helping the team to a 9th place finish at the outdoor ACC Championship, Smith would play a key role in the bronze medal performance at the New England Championship, with the Eagles running one of the fastest times in school history at 3:14.71.
Jack Hennessy helped the sprint crew take home the lion’s share of the outdoor awards with gritty performances throughout the entire 2011-12 season. After returning from an injury that sidelined him during the 2011 outdoor season, Hennessy spent the first half of the 2011-12 indoor season building fitness. The hard work Hennessy put in culminated in a 48.2 second split to help the Eagles score for the first time at the ACC Championships in the 4x400m, smashing a 20+ year school record. With that momentum behind him, Hennessy took off outdoors with personal best performances in the 200m (22.75) and 400m (48.58). The season ended on a high note with Hennessy placing 5th in the open 400m at the New England Championships and returning just a couple of hours later to run a 47.5 second split on the Eagle’s bronze medal 4x400m team.