HANOVER, N.H. - Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Cross High Performance Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
After leading their respective teams to perhaps the biggest weekend of their seasons to date, women's basketball's Faziah Steen and skier Eric Packer have earned Cross High Performance Athlete of the Week status.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Sophomore Faziah Steen (Kalamazoo, Mich.) earns her second Dartmouth Athlete of the week honor in the last three weeks after leading the women's basketball team to an Ivy weekend sweep with wins over Columbia and Cornell. The 5-8 sharpshooter did not disappoint this past weekend, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor. On Friday night, Steen tallied 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks as Dartmouth jumped out to an early 15-1 lead and used stifling defense throughout to best Columbia, 63-51.
It was a different story all around to beat Cornell, as Steen had to help the Big Green rally from a 15-point first-half deficit to ultimately take the eight-point win, 59-51. She scored 21 points along with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal to lead Dartmouth to the comeback victory.
Dartmouth Male Athlete of the Week:
Junior skier Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) had a great weekend in Maine, leading the Dartmouth ski team to its first EISA carnival win of the season at Bates. In cross country racing, Packer turned in solid performances both individually and in the team relay as the Big Green beat Vermont, who was previously undefeated, by just 12 points total. Individally, Packer won the men's 10K freestyle in a time of 24:37.4, just under three seconds ahead of teammate Nils Koons. The next day, Packer teamed up with Koons and Sam Tarling to win the three-by-three freestyle sprint relay in a time of 25:05.3, a full 47 seconds ahead of the second-place team.