PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its 2017 women's cross country major award winners Thursday following a vote of the league's head coaches. Rhode Island College freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, R.I.) was named the 2017 LEC Runner of the Year and Rookie Runner of the Year, while the 2017 LEC Coach of the Year award went Eastern Connecticut State University head coach Kathy Manizza.
Cousineau took home both awards following an outstanding rookie season in which she was the Anchorwomen's top finisher in each race, which included a pair of top-five overall finishes during the regular season. She then won the LEC individual title with a time of 19:20, which was 18 seconds better than the meet's second-place finisher.
Cousineau is Rhode Island College's first-ever recipient of either award, and it the first individual to be named LEC Runner of the Year and Rookie Runner of the Year in the same season. She was also the program's first-ever LEC individual champion at the conference meet.
Manizza was named LEC Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Warriors to their first-ever LEC title in 2017, which snapped run of 17 consecutive championships for Keene State College. She is in her sixth season leading the Eastern Connecticut program.