KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2019) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy freshmen runners Will Bucher (Carlisle, Pa.) and Sayra Raya (Wasco, Calif.) were named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Cross Country DIII Metro Rookies of the Month for October, the league announced on Wednesday. The accolades come after the duo's performances in the Mariners' four meets last month, including helping both teams recapture the Skyline Conference Championships.
Bucher continues to be the Mariner men's best freshman runner. He came in ninth place at the Skyline Championship Meet last week with a time of 29:25.38 in the 8K and earned Second Team All-Skyline. Bucher also had an 18th-place finish out of 178 at the Mount Saint Mary College Knight Invitational.
Raya was a three-time Skyline Rookie of the Week during the month of October after leading the Mariners to a couple of impressive finishes throughout the month – a win at Mount St. Mary's Knight Invitational and an eighth-place showing at the Hoffman Invitational at St. Lawrence. Raya was also named the Skyline Runner and Rookie of the Year after she won the conference championship 6K race in 25:24.63, also earning First Team All-Skyline.
The Mariners are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 16, competing in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Meet up at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. The men's 8K race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while the women's 6K is slated for a 12-noon start. Live links to follow along will be available on the respective schedule pages - Men and Women.
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