National Award-Winner Among Trio Honored with ACC Cross Country Weekly Honors

Syracuse’s Bennie, Pitt’s Vlasic, BC’s Hottenrott honored

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Syracuse’s Colin Bennie has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week, while Pitt’s Melanie Vlasic and Boston College’s Laura Hottenrott were named ACC Women’s Co-Performers of the Week.

The Orange’s Bennie cruised to a dominant victory by a full 10 seconds at the Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. The Princeton, Massachusetts, sophomore finished the 5.2-mile course in 25:20 as Syracuse place five runners among the top 16. The field featured No. 12 Michigan and vote-receiving Penn State, and Bennie capitalized on his first race of 2015 for his first individual victory as a collegiate runner. Previously, his best place finish was third at this same event last season.

Bennie was also honored as the Division I National Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).

Vlasic paced four Panther women who finished in the top-5 at the Buffalo Stampede Invitational by winning the 5k race in time of 17:44.9. She finished six seconds clear of host University of Buffalo’s Chardae Henry, who finished second. It was Vlasic’s first race of the season and she was just four seconds off her career best. Vlasic led a field of 86 runners at the Buffalo Stampede.

Boston College’s Hottenrott placed first in the UMass Invitational with a 5k time of 17:34. Her gold medal showing led the Eagles to a second-place finish in the six-team women’s field. The senior from Kassel, Germany, crossed crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of the race’s second-place runner.