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Three Juniata honorees chosen as Landmark Players of the Week

(Posted September 13, 2010)

HUNTINGDON Pa. -- Three Juniata College student-athletes earned Landmark Conference Player of the Week honors for their performances last week. Ceth Parker (Sabillasville, Md./Catoctin) was named Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, while Katie Young (Huntingdon Pa./Huntingdon Area) was named Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, and Libby Morrison (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) was named Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.

Parker was the top finisher for Juniata at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational this past weekend. The junior set a new personal best over an 8,000-meter course, running a time of 26:13.70 to place 16th at the race. The time was more than 37 seconds faster than his previous best 8K time, and would have ranked as one of the 10 fastest in the conference in all of last season.

Young was named Defensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week. She anchored the Juniata defense to help the team collect a pair of non-conference wins this week. The Eagles posted their second-straight shutout with a 1-0 win over St. Vincent in midweek, limiting the opponent to just a pair of shots in 90 minutes. Young then played a key role as Juniata rallied for a 2-1 victory over rival Elizabethtown, the fourth ranked team in NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, as the team surrendered five shots on goal.

This year turns a new leaf for Katie. She is a captain for the team, and has also switched from a forward to a defender for her senior year. Young had been a striker throughout her last three years at Juniata.

Morrison was named the Most Valuable Player at the eight-team Nazareth College Invitational as Juniata remained unbeaten with five wins last week. The junior libero led the Juniata defense with 71 digs over the week, averaging 5.92 digs per set, while also contributing eight aces and committing just a pair of receive errors. She had a high of 23 digs in a win over Heidelburg and added 17 digs as the Eagles topped 19th-ranked NYU. Five of her aces came in a victory over St. Vincent.

This is the second week in a row Morrison had honors at a tournament; she was also on the all-tournament team for the Asics Invitational last week.

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