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Pietras and Ferraro Highlight Men's Cross Country NEWMAC Honors

Pietras and Ferraro Highlight Men's Cross Country Conference Honors Springfield, Mass. - November 4, 2009 - The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its 2009 men’s cross country award winners on Wednesday.

Springfield coach Peter Ferraro was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year as he helped lead the Pride to a second-place showing at Saturday’s NEWMAC Championship. Clark University was selected as the league’s Sportsmanship Award winner. The individual awards, along with the NEWMAC All-Conference team, were doled out following the Championship meet. Hemagiri Arumugam of MIT was named the Runner of the Year while Zach Pietras of Springfield earned Rookie of the Year honors as the top freshman finisher.

A total of four runners for Springfield earned all-conference honors as Brian Fuller, Pietras, David Birdsall, and Troy French all finished in the top 14 at the championship race.

NEWMAC Men's Cross Country Honors
Runner of the Year
Hemagiri Arumugam, MIT

Rookie of the Year
Zach Pietras, Springfield

Coach of the Year
Peter Ferraro, Springfield College

Sportsmanship Award
Clark University

All-Conference Team
1. Hemagiri Arumugam, MIT, 25:50
2. Brian Fuller, Springfield, 26:01
3. Bill Phipps, MIT, 26:22
4. Zach Pietras, Springfield, 26:31
5. Gihan Amarasiriwardena, MIT, 26:34
6. David Birdsall, Springfield, 26:40
7. Dawit Zewdit, MIT, 26:42
8. Dan Harper, MIT, 26:48
9. Paul Welle, MIT, 26:58
10. Stephen Serene, MIT, 26:59
11. Kevin O'Brien, Coast Guard, 26:59
12. Daniel Duffty, WPI, 27:10
13. Ben Mattocks, MIT, 27:10
14. Troy French, Springfield, 27:12

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Head Coach Bryan Brown Bryan Brown will enter his third season as the head men's cross country coach in the fall of 2013. Brown, who was a former All-American at Springfield College in track, is the reigning NEWMAC Coach of the Year after leading Springfield to its second-straight second-place finish at the conference championships a year ago . Read more.

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