HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University head cross country and track and field coach Carolyn Martin and assistant coach Christopher Dickerson were named the Northeast Conference Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. This marks the second time in three seasons that Coach Martin has won the NEC award.
“I think we had a great year and I was really impressed with the women’s team,” said head coach Carolyn Martin. “They all stepped up at the end of the year and truly exceeded my expectations this season. As far as coaching staff of the year, I thought it was great. Chris and I both worked very hard together and it was nice to get recognized for it.”
Coach Martin, who is in her third year as head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams, led the Quinnipiac women’s cross country program to an unprecedented seventh consecutive NEC Championship. The Bobcats’ coaching staff also guided four All-Conference runners at the Championship meet including senior Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.), who placed fifth at the league championship in 19:02.70. Junior Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) also earned All-NEC honors with a sixth-place finish in 19:10.80, followed by sophomores Brianna Faust, (Macungie, Pa.) who finished in seventh place in 19:16.50, and Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.), who placed 11th with a time of 19:23.90.
Martin also received the NEC Coach of the Year honor during the 2009 cross country season after leading the Quinnipiac women’s cross country team to another NEC title, the first under her direction.
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