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Freshman Mike LeDuc is the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year. LeDuc, who hails from Canton, Conn., earned the honors for being the first freshman to cross the finish line at the 2010 NESCAC Cross Country Championship, hosted by Hamilton College Oct. 30. With a time of 26:23 on the 8k course, LeDuc finished in fifth place and was just 17 seconds behind the race winner. "Mike's Rookie of the Year finish was just fantastic to watch," Jim Butler, Connecticut College's head cross country coach and assistant head coach of track and field, said. "He ran with some of the best guys in the country." LeDuc also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Men's Cross Country First Team.
Junior co-captain Doug Wright, who finished 13th in Saturday's race with a time of 26:43, earned Second Team honors. Senior co-captain Shawn Mulcahy posted a time of 27:08 to finish 30th in the field of 127 runners. As a team, the Camels scored 179 points to place seventh in the championship. "All three guys ran a heck of a race Saturday," Butler said. "Mike and Doug ran a long way together, and Shawn was able to come on late in the race for us. We're very pleased to have two All-NESCAC finishers in such a tough conference, and we look forward to these three guys leading us at the New England Division III Championship." The New England Division III Championship is Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. in Williamstown, Mass.