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Trio of Maroons pick up opening week UAA honors

Cassidy McPherson, Timofey Karginov and Hill Bonin
Cassidy McPherson, Timofey Karginov and Hill Bonin

CHICAGO – In the wake of the fall season's first weekend of action, three University of Chicago student-athletes were picked as Athletes of the Week by the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Tuesday.

Two UChicago cross country runners were recognized for their performances at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Invitational on Friday. Junior Cassidy McPherson picked up her first career win in the women's 5K race by a 1.3-second margin over the runner-up. Out of 97 participants, McPherson recorded the top time of 18:24.2. Her effort helped the Maroons to a first-place finish out of 11 teams.

In the men's 5K race, senior Timofey Karginov posted his highest-ever finish in a collegiate cross country race. He placed second in a time of 15:14.3, which was clear of third place by nearly 20 seconds. The Maroon men also placed first as a team in a field of 10 schools and 115 total runners.

The men's soccer Athlete of the Week on defense was goalkeeper Hill Bonin. The junior net minder picked up two shutouts in season-opening victories against Dominican University and University of Texas-Dallas over the weekend. Bonin made a combined three saves and now has 14 shutouts in 35 career starts to lower his career goals against average to 0.77. UChicago outshot its opposition 29-12 in the two matches.