The men’s cross country team was awarded the 2017 Fall Team Sportsmanship Award from the Northeast Conference (NEC) on January 16 for the third consecutive year.
The Pioneers placed second at the 2017 Northeast Conference Championships, accumulating 53 points, the program’s best-ever score in NEC Championship competition. The Pioneers have finished as the runner-up for three consecutive seasons.
Sophomore Gilmar Barrios placed third after missing All-Conference by a spot during his rookie season. Senior Trevor Guerrera placed fourth in the individual race. In the process, he became the first Pioneer men’s cross country runner, and just the second in school history (Katie Wrinkle ’04), to earn NEC All-Conference accolades in each of his four seasons with the program. Senior Andrew Handfield finished in tenth place for the Pioneers to earn All-Conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career.
The NEC Sportsmanship Awards, instituted by the school presidents in 2008, are designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct. Voting is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank the teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.