TROY, NY (09/26/2017)-- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Jake Davis of Woodbine 08270 has been chosen as the Liberty League Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week, it has been announced. He helped the No. 14 Engineers to a second place finish in the 26-school Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College.
In the premier Division III cross country meet of the week, which included six nationally-ranked teams - Davis (Ocean City High School) finished third on the team and 21st overall with a time of 27:02.6. He ran the 8K course in a 5:27 pace to finish second among all freshmen, trailing only MIT's Slaney Kent, who was 17th overall (26:53.1). There were 324 total competitors in the race.
This is the first weekly honor for Davis, a physics major. He came to Rensselaer after running two years of varsity cross country in high school, including one as a captain. He helped the team to two league championships and a pair of South Jersey runner-up finishes. Davis was All-League First Team and the Atlantic City Press Runner of the Year in 2016. He also participated in track & field, earning All-League in the 1600 meters. He was a captain for one season.
Davis is the third different Rensselaer student-athlete to earn Liberty League Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week. John Reed (Gibsonia, PA / Aquinas Academy) was chosen on September 5 and Henry Jaques (Freeport, ME / Freeport) was tabbed a week later.
Rensselaer returns to racing on Saturday when it hosts the Saratoga Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park. The men begin at 11am with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the program also taking place that day.
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