Four River Falcons were named to the America East Academic Team

Lowell, Mass. – Graduate students Izzy Gissing (Bradford, Vt.) and Caroline O’Shea (Nashua, NH), junior Mary Yount (Northampton, MA) and sophomore Sarah Ross (Agawham, MA) were from the UMass Lowell women’s cross country team. He was named to the 2022 America East All-Academic Team, the conference announced Tuesday. The River Hawks led America East with four of their 11 honors. Albany and Vermont both earned several academic nods as well, with Albany finishing with three and Vermont collecting two.

Now named to her third All-Academic America East team of her collegiate career, Giesing was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. She has a GPA of 3.72 and is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management.

Bradford, Vermont had a successful cross country season for Hawkes River, finishing in the Top 15 from every race in which she appeared. Her debut came on September 23, when she finished 10th in the Coast-to-Coast Battle of the Beantown 5K with a time of 17:34.3. She went on to compete at the IC4A/ECAC XC Championships on October 14, finishing in the 6K with a time of 21:21.3 and a sixth-place finish. She found more success at the America East Championships, earning America East All-Conference First Team honors with a fourth-place finish in the 5K and a mark of 16:59.6. She capped off her season with a 15th-place performance at the NCAA Northeast Regional, setting a new career best in the 6K with a time of 21:01.

Classmate O’Shea, now a graduate student, was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the first time in her career. O’Shea was a Spring 2022 America East Commission Honor Roll recipient and maintained a 3.86 GPA in nursing.

After breaking several best careers during this cross country season, the Nashua native has been an integral component of the team’s accomplishments. She began her season at the 2022 NEICAAA Cross Country Championships with a 10th-place finish in the 5K with a time of 18:34.8. She then ran a personal best in the 3K at the CCSU Mini Meet, taking fourth place and edging out to the 10:08.1 mark. She followed this performance up with another personal best at the America East Championships, placing eleventh in the 5 km in a time of 17:44.2. She finished her season at the NCAA Northeast Regional, where she earned her third consecutive personal best, crossing the finish line in the 6K with a time of 22:25.1 and finishing 99th.

Majoring in World Languages, Yount earned her first America East All-Academic nod, where she proudly boasted a 3.97 GPA while competing in multiple events for the River Hawk team. Young is also a two-time East America Commission Honor Laureate.

She started this cross country season at the Vermont Invitational on September 3, and finished fourth in the 3.1M with a time of 18:36.1. She went on to break a personal best time in the 6K at the IC4A/ECAC Cross Country Championships, finishing with a mark of 22:49.5. She then competed at the America East 5K Championships, compiling another personal best time of 18:16.5 and a 21st-place finish.

Ross, who was born in Agawam, also finds her way to the academic team for the first time in her college career, adding to the all-rounder roster this season. On top of being an America East Commissioner’s List honoree, the sophomore was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team en route to winning the 2022 America East Cross Country Elite 18 Award, which honors the event medalist with the highest GPA. She boasts of a 4.00 GPA while studying towards her degree in Plastics Engineering.

She opened the season in great style, taking first place at the UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational 5K with a time of 17:47.1. Two weeks later, at the Lehigh Paul Short Run, she finished with a career best time of 21:34.5 in the 5K before sprinting to eighth in the 5K at the America East Championships with a personal best time of 17:37.4. Her sophomore campaign culminated in a 73rd-place finish in the 6K race at the NCAA Northeast Regional with a mark of 21:59.3.

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