Westwood, MA --- WPI head coach Brian Chabot has been selected by his peers as the NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. Additionally, junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and sophomore Ariana Rozen (Carver, MA) have been tabbed as the team's representatives on the NEWMAC Cross Country All-Sportsmanship team.
The 2010 and 2016 NEWMAC Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year garners his first cross country award following an impressive showing by the team at this past weekend's conference championship. The women achieved program-bests of 62 points, four NEWMAC All-Conference honorees and a second place finish.
WPI's top 7 began the season third at the Bates Super Cross Country Shootout. The women then placed 10th at the Purple Valley Classic while besting then-No.7 Ithaca and No. 35 Rochester along with a handful of regionally-ranked teams. They closed out the regular season by defeating five regionally-ranked teams, including South No. 4 Lynchburg, en route to a fifth-place showing at the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan.
The trip to Rowan helped propel the team into the national rankings at No. 31, the first by either team. At No. 6 in the region in the past two polls, the women also have the distinction of being the best regionally-ranked team by either program.
Chabot adds the award to his collection that also features 2009, 2013 and 2016 NEWMAC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year. He would go on to earn USTFCCCA NCAA Division III New England Men's Track & Field Coach of the year in 2009 and USTFCCCA NCAA Division III New England Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2010, as well as another women's nod in 2015.
Look for more on the sportsmanship honors later this month.
The program heads to Southern Maine on November 11 for the NCAA Division III New England Regional.
2017 NEWMAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference
2017 NEWMAC Men's Cross Country All-Conference