Gomez-Hixson, Tompkins Run to GNAC Awards

Gomez-Hixson, Tompkins Run to GNAC Awards

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – University of Saint Joseph junior Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (Wethersfield, Conn.) was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Runner of the Week and freshman Mia Tompkins (Meriden, Conn.) was named GNAC Rookie of the Week for the period ending Oct. 4, it was announced Monday.

Gomez-Hixson was second overall and first among Division-III runners Saturday at the 8th annual USJ Blue Jay Invitational. She shaved over a minute, 35 seconds off her time from the same course as last year and passed two runners in the final stretch to finish in 19:59.29.

Tompkins was the fifth overall finisher in 20:41.67 and the second Division-III finisher. Tompkins won the award for the second time this season, having been chosen Rookie of the Week, Sept. 14. Gomez-Hixson earned her second Runner of the Week honor, having also won on Sept. 21. Both have also been named to the GNAC Honor Roll three times this season.

USJ next runs at Westfield State, Sat. Oct. 10 in a noon meet.