Friday, December 13, 2013
A number of local athletes were honored by their respective conferences this week. They are:
Little East Runner of the Week — Briar Beede, USM
The Cony High School graduate won his first collegiate cross country race, leading the Huskies to victory at the Husson Harrier Classic. Beede covered the 8,000-meter course in 28 minutes, 8 seconds.
America East Field Hockey Player of the Week — Nicole Sevey, Maine
Madison Area Memorial High School graduate Matt McClintock won the 10,000-meter run at the Pan-American Junior Championships on Saturday in Medellin Columbia.
McClintock, of Athens, pulled away from the field late to win the race with a time of 31 minutes, 12.39 seconds. Jupiter Carera Casas of Mexico was seond, 8.38 seconds behind McClintock.
McClintock, a sophomore at Purdue University, earned his spot in the Pan-Am Jr. Championships by winning the U.S. Junior National Championships in June with a time of 31:14.31.
Purdue University sent four athletes to the Pan-Am games, three of whom won medals. Cody Blair won silver for the Team USA in the shot put, while Vanessa McLeod won bronze in the women's 800 for Canada.
WATERVILLE — The Thomas College men’s soccer team has been picked to win the North Atlantic Conference in the coaches poll. The defending conference champs received eight out of a possible 10 first-place votes and a total of 95 points.
Thomas returns all but one starter from last year’s team, including five all-conference honorees. Defensive Player of the Year and NAC Tournament Most Valuable Player Mikkail Crockwell returns after finishing 8-0-1 last season. He allowed just three goals in conference play while recording a league-best five shutouts.
Also returning for UMF is 2011 Player of the Year Michael Hand and 2012 first-team selection Paul Rechichi.
Husson received two first-place votes and was picked to finish second. Castleton is third with 70 points, while Maine Maritime and New England College tied for fourth with 67 points.
GORHAM — Cony High School graduate Morgan Beede has been named one of three captains for the University of Southern Maine women's cross country team.
Beede, a senior, is joined by fellow senior Caitlin Miller and junior Emily Panciera as captains for coach George Towle.
Beede earned all-Little East Conference honors in 2011 and all-New England Alliance honors in her previous three seasons. She led USM to the team title at the University of New England Invitational last season when she finished second.
Monmouth Academy graduate Kevin Desmond is one of three University of Southern Maine athletes who will compete in the NCAA Division III track and field championships this weekend.
Desmond qualified for the national championships based on his school-record time of 1:51.70 in the 800 at the NEIcAAA Championships trails Feb. 22.
Desmond has been part of two other school records this season. At the ECAC championships he ran on the 4x400 team that set a school record of 3:18.78 and the 4x200 team which finished in a school-record time of 1:31.55.
Other USM athletes headed to nationals are: Sheldon Allen (60 hurdles) and Jamie Ruginski (triple jump).