Feb. 1, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's indoor track performer Jake Kerin (Quincy, MA) has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of January 25-31, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the second time this season that Kerin has earned honor, having also been named the top rookie for the week of January 11-17.

The freshman has made the 800 meters his event this season, improving his time for the fourth consecutive race with a 2:02.23 mark to place 15th overall and second among Division III runners at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games hosted by Northeastern University at the Reggie Lewis Center on January 29. The event was open to schools from NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as community colleges.

A graduate of Boston College High School, Kerin has competed in the one-mile run and the 800 meters for UMass Boston this season. His time of 4:51.68 in the one-mile run is the best of any Beacons' runner this season and was good for a 10th-place showing among Division III runners in the Harvard University Open on December 14. His mark in the 800 meters at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games meet is also the top time this season for any UMass Boston competitor in the event.

The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, February 6 when they compete at the Tartan Invitational hosted by Smith College in Northampton, MA at 10:00 a.m.