WINTER PARK, Fla. – Saint Leo men's cross country runner, Carl Dunne, was recognized as the program's first ever Sunshine State Conference Freshman Runner of the Year, it was announced Tuesday by SSC Commissioner Jay Jones. Additionally, Dunne earned a spot on the All-SSC Team.
In his debut season at Saint Leo, Dunne kicked off his collegiate career in fine fashion, winning the first race of the season, the UT Early Bird Classic. Taking the event with a time of 20:20.66, Dunne became the first runner in the history of Saint Leo's program to log an individual victory. As a result of his efforts, he was awarded SSC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by VALIC. Dunne went on to register two more top-10 finishes. He placed fifth at the Saint Leo Invitational and was seventh at the USF Invitational.
In total, eight student-athletes were named to the 2012 All-SSC Men' Cross Country team. Aside from Dunne's Freshman of the Year honor, Florida Tech's Chris Cacciapaglia was named Runner of the Year and Nova Southeastern's Bryan Hagopian was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Joining Cacciapaglia and Dunne on the all-conference team were: David Boiywo (Florida Tech), Timo Kilp (Nova Southeastern), Moses Kirui (Florida Tech), Kevin Meagher (Nova Southeastern), David Tomchinsky (Florida Southern), and Chris Yanichko (Florida Southern).
Dunne, and six other men's runners, will now travel to Huntsville, Ala. to compete in the NCAA South Region run on Saturday, November 3.
Voting for the All-SSC Men's Cross Country Team was conducted among league cross country coaches and sports information directors.
2012 ALL-SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
David Boiywo, Florida Tech, Junior
Chris Cacciapaglia, Florida Tech, Grad
Carl Dunne, Saint Leo, Freshman
Timo Kilp, Nova Southeastern, Junior
Moses Kirui, Florida Tech, Senior
Kevin Meagher, Nova Southeastern, Senior
David Tomchinsky, Florida Southern, Junior
Chris Yanichko, Florida Southern, Junior
Runner of the Year - Chris Cacciapaglia, Florida Tech
Freshman of the Year - Carl Dunne, Saint Leo
Coach of the Year - Bryan Hagopian