TROY, NY (10/08/2019)-- For the second consecutive week, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Jake Davis of Woodbine 08270 and Ocean City High School has been named Liberty League Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week.
This week's award came after Davis (Woodbine, NJ / Ocean City) finished first on the team and 12th overall in the men's Silver Division at the NCAA Division III Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky. A junior, he crossed crossed the finish line in 24:47.3, a pace of 4:59.3, and was less than a second from 11th place (24:46.9) and three from 10th (24:44.7). There were 276 runners from 40 teams with No. 16 RPI placing fifth as a squad.
Saturday's race came a week after Davis was the runner-up in the 20-team Purple Valley Classic, which featured seven nationally-ranked schools and 228 finishers. He ran the 8K course at Mount Greylock High School in a time of 26:31.2 - a 5:21 pace - to outdistance the third place finisher by more than four seconds.
Last season, Davis competed in seven meets and he had four top 15 finishes, including a career-best 25:38.0 at the Liberty League Championship, where he finished 10th overall. He was then ninth at the NCAA Atlantic Regional with a time of 26:37.9, An All-League and All-Region honoree, Davis ran a 26:04.9 at the NCAA Championship Meet.
Rensselaer returns to competition on Saturday when it runs in a meet hosted by St. Lawrence University.
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