Byndas Nabs Runner of the Year as All-HVIAC Women's Cross Country Team Announced

Byndas Nabs Runner of the Year as All-HVIAC Women's Cross Country Team Announced

NEW YORK — Culinary Institute of America sophomore Alyssa Byndas (Milford, Mich.) was picked as the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Runner of the Year as the 2017 All-HVIAC Women's Cross Country Team was announced today.

Byndas, a one-time Runner of the Week this season, had two second-place finishes during the course of the regular season. Her 6-kilometer time of 24:16 was second best at the SUNY Purchase Invite and she capped off the regular season covering the 5-kilometer loop at the St. Joseph's Invitational in 20:00 to finish second again in the field of 167.

Peg Smith of Pratt Institute and Erin Cocca of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry were named Co-Rookies of the Year. Smith was a two-time Runner of the Week selection and highlighted her season with a third-place finish at the York Invitational with a 6K time of 26:09. Cocca was a three-time Rookie of the Week honoree who placed fourth at the Morrisville State Invitational with a 6K time of 26:11.

First-year Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences head coach Jeffery Barnes was selected as the 2017 Coach of the Year.

The HVIAC Runner of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year are selected by the women's cross country coaches in the conference prior to the HVIAC Championships based on performance during the regular season.

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Emily Betance Vaughn Fr.  
Emily Booth SUNY ESF Fr. Buffalo, N.Y.
Alyssa Byndas Culinary So. Milford, Mich.
Erin Cocca SUNY ESF Fr. East Aurora, N.Y. 
Karissa Colombo Davis So. Union Springs, N.Y.
Erin Cuddihy ** SUNY ESF Jr. Hamburg, N.Y.
Gianna D'Angelo * Albany Pharmacy So. Portland, Conn.
Alexi Deiseroth SUNY ESF Fr. Horseheads, N.Y. 
NyssaMae Garcie New Rochelle Jr. Glendale Heights, Ill.
Andrea Gil Berkeley Fr. Paterson, N.J.
Nicole Kulakowski Albany Pharmacy Sr. Orchard Park, N.Y.
Marissa Lathrop ** SUNY ESF Jr. Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Julia Lindsay *** Albany Pharmacy Sr. Scotia, N.Y.
Catherine Phelps * Albany Pharmacy Jr. Ballston Lake, N.Y.
Peg Smith Pratt Fr. Littleton, Colo.
Laura Wengert SUNY ESF Sr. Jamesville, N.Y.
Eden Zickler * SUNY ESF So. Stone Ridge, N.Y.

* Denotes 2016 All-Conference Team selection 
** Denotes 2015 and 2016 All-Conference Team selection
*** Denotes 2014, 2015 and 2016 All-Conference Team selection

Runner of the Year - Alyssa Byndas (Culinary)
Co-Rookies of the Year - Peg Smith (Pratt) & Erin Cocca (SUNY ESF)
Coach of the Year - Jeffery Barnes (Albany Pharmacy)