NJIT's Brancato Second Career #ASUNXC Award After Second-Place Showing

LakePoint, Ga. - NJIT's Blake Brancato became the first Highlander to earn two career ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honors, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Competing at the Highlander XC Challenge, Brancato finished first among Division I runners - second overall - with a time of 25:50.57 in the 8K race. Brancato's time sits in the top-five fastest times in course history. The senior from Rutherford, N.J. finished 24 seconds ahead of Wagner's Joseph Abbatiello. As a team Brancato guided the Highlanders to a meet win against Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner and St. Peter's.

ASUN Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Oct. 11th
Blake Brancato, NJIT
Senior | Rutherford, N.J. | Business
- Second Career ASUN Conference Runner of the Week Award; second of the year
- Finished second overall at the Highlander XC Challenge; first among D-I runners
- Registered a time of 25:50.57 in the 8K race; which ranks fifth-fastest all-time on the course
- Helped Highlanders finish first as a team; beating three other D-I squads
- Crossed the line 24 seconds faster than Wagner's Joseph Abbatiello

Other Nominees: Hillary Melly, Stetson.

Date Women's Runner of the Week Men's Runner of the Week
Sep. 6th Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb Blake Brancato, NJIT
Sept. 13th Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb Noah Perkins, North Florida
Sept. 20th Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb Jacob Poyner, Lipscomb
Sept. 27th Eden Meyer, North Florida Nick Morken, North Florida
Oct. 4th Kacey Kemper, Lipscomb Jacob Poyner, Lipscomb
Oct. 11th Jana Reinert, Jacksonville Blake Brancato, NJIT

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