Shayna Cousineau
Shayna Cousineau

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI) was named the 2017 Little East Conference Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year for her performance during the women’s cross country season.

Cousineau is Rhode Island College’s first-ever recipient of either award, and she is the first individual in the conference’s history to be named LEC Runner of the Year and Rookie Runner of the Year in the same season.

Cousineau captured the Little East Conference Individual Championship with a first place finish (19:19.7) among a field of 72 runners at the LEC Championship on Oct. 28. The Anchorwomen finished third (seven teams) with a team score of 87.0. She is the first Anchorwoman to win the individual LEC title.

The talented rookie finished in third place at the Western New England Invitational (25:47) on Oct. 14 and placed 20th at the James Earley Invitational (19:30.87) on Oct. 7. She notched a fifth place finish at the Pop Crowell Invitational (19:26.70) on Sept. 23 and opened her collegiate career with a 26th place finish at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational (19:17.99) on Sept. 16.

Cousineau was named the Little East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 and earned Runner of the Week honors on Oct. 9.

Head Coach Timothy Rudd said, "Shayna’s honor is well-deserved. Her conference championship race was extremely historic in that she is the first-ever in our program's history to win the individual title. This season, she has displayed relentless work ethic from the first day of practice. Shayna is extremely coachable and always displays a willingness to want to get better. I look forward to the many other accomplishments that await her."

In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will compete at the New England Div. III Championship, hosted by Southern Maine on Saturday, Nov. 11.