Athlete of the Week: Will Bordash

Lauren Whelan, Sports Co-Editor

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Will Bordash ’18 became the first Bison runner since 2012 to earn All-Region honors after taking 20th place in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Nov. 11. Bordash also earned a spot on the Second Team All-Patriot League and established himself as one of the top contenders among competition that included Olympians and All-Americans.

“Finishing 20th in the region was a great way to end the cross country season on a personal level. It has been a few years since the men have had an All-Region finish, so it satisfying to stop the clock on that. However, the six other guys in the race with me all ran very well and were the main reason on getting us to the sixth place finish which we haven’t achieved in over 10 years,” Bordash said.

Bordash’s success this season is even more impressive after learning about the ways in which he was able to overcome personal health struggles before returning to campus.

“It was very satisfying to finish the last two races (Leagues and Regionals) the way that I was able to. I struggled in the early season after developing a case of pneumonia over the summer that affected my running right before the season started. As the season progressed, I kept getting stronger and regained some of the confidence in my fitness every week to the point that I am at now,” Bordash said.

Over his time representing the Orange and Blue, Bordash has had multiple standout performances leading up to his success this season. Right off the bat, Bordash was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year in his first season for the Bison in 2014.

“There have been a few highlights during my time here but the one event that really stands out is the 2014 Cross Country Championships during my freshman year. The team finished second led by three All-league Seniors at the time. I was our fourth man to finish and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award as the top freshman in the race. The way our team raced that day is something that I believe we can accomplish again very soon,” Bordash said.

After a number of notable finishes such as this, his most recent achievements serve as a testament to his continued success.

Bordash still has time left in his career to make even more of an impact on the program for the Orange and Blue. As a junior, Bordash looks forward to the future for both himself and the team,

“We have the talent and the returning men to compete for a Patriot League Championship in the next five seasons before I graduate and beyond. Being in contention for a title is what everyone looks forward to and I believe that we are going to get one before I graduate,” Bordash said.

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