Jan. 26, 2010
Sacred Heart junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Hills) was named the 2009 Northeast Conference Women's Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year announced on Tuesday. DeLorteo was also one of 121 Pioneers named to the NEC Academic honor roll for the fall season.
DeLoreto was tabbed the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2009 NEC Cross Country Championships after pulling away from the field by more than 16 seconds to win the race in 17:58.1 and lead the Pioneers to a second place finish at the event. Over the course of the fall season, she was a three-time Road Runner Sports NEC Athlete of the Week and turned in six top-five finishes in eight races, including her first career individual title at the Victor F. Leeber Invitational on September 26. She would go on to finish third at the ECAC Championships (17:39.6) and become the first Sacred Heart runner to earn All-New England, All-NEC and All-East honors twice in her career. The native of Hillsdale, NJ was also the 2007 NEC Freshman of the Year. A Psychology major, DeLoreto sports a 3.90 grade point average.
In addition to the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its fall Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 791 student-athletes, a five percent increase from the fall of 2008. All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.