No distance was too demanding for three local indoor track and field athletes last weekend.

Sarah Crispin of Auburn and Louise Duffus of Raymond earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division III women’s championship in Terre Haute, Ind. Sarah Peak of Farmington picked up the same award at the NAIA championship meet in Johnson City, Tenn.

Edward Little High School graduate Crispin ran the lead leg of the distance medley relay for Tufts University, staking the Jumbos to a second-place finish behind Wisconsin-Platteville. In the distance medley relay, four competitors from each school run individual segments of 400, 800, 1,200 or 1,600 meters.

Tufts’ school-record aggregate time of 11 minutes, 35.54 was just over a second slower than the championship squad, but third-place New England Small College Athletic Conference rival Amherst was another nine seconds back.

Duffus delivered the third All-American performance of her stellar, four-year career at Bowdoin College. The Gray-New Gloucester High School alum achieved a new school record in the weight throw, covering 17.84 meters or more than 57 feet. She finished second.

Peak, a product of Mt. Blue High School, finished fifth in the 3,000-meter racewalk for Cedarville (Ohio) University. The freshman nursing major crossed the wire in a personal record 17:21.75, carrying Cedarville to a sixth-place overall finish out of 77 NAIA schools.

American dream

Bates College enjoyed a prolific weekend of its own in Division III national competition, landing All-America laurels in men’s track, women’s track and women’s diving.

Kelsey Lamdin of Brunswick splashed to her third and fourth All-America diving distinctions in only two years at the University of Houston pool. The sophomore placed fifth in the 1-meter event Thursday and took 13th in Saturday’s 3-meter encore.

Noah Gauthier of Amherst, N.H., etched a unique note in the Bates history book when he finished eighth in the 35-pound weight throw. Gauthier became part of the first brother tandem both to become All-Americans for Bates, matching older sibling Dustin’s performance in the same event two years ago. Gauthier’s best throw of 57 feet, 3 inches came in the preliminary round.

Kathryn Moore capped her indoor career with her third All-America standard. Moore, a senior from Pelham, N.H., covered the one-mile anchor leg of the distance medley relay. Together with Jen Caban, Katie Bash and Izzy Alexander, Moore brought home the Bobcats eighth in a school-record 12:03.29, beating Bowdoin for the final rung on the All-America ladder by more than eight seconds.

Moore is the first Bates woman to be named All-American in each trimester of the running season – cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Bates punctuated a stellar week by notching NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors in women’s lacrosse. Rachel Greenwood merited that award with six goals and an assist in two games, most notably three tallies in the final 10 minutes of a come-from-behind, 11-9 victory Sunday over nationally ranked Union College.

Around the horn

Saint Joseph’s College is featuring a lot of local leather on its spring softball trip in Florida this week. In several games, the Monks have started area high school graduates at first, second and third base.

Senior Jamie Morrison of Auburn (Edward Little) anchors the group at first. Sophomore Kim Bechard of Lewiston is a second-year starter at the opposite corner.

Freshman Jillian Kimball of Albany Township (Telstar) has seen quality time at second and third while earning some swings at the leadoff spot. Kimball connected for a hit and an RBI and scored a run Monday against Keene State, then belted a double and a single in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to Ohio Wesleyan.

Hosts with the most

Southern Maine Community College recently finished fourth in the USCAA men’s small college national tournament, which the Seawolves hosted for the first time in South Portland.

Scott Slack of Oxford produced 15 points and eight assists in the tournament. Wilton’s Josh Blodgett also saw time as a 6-foot-8 center. SMCC (21-11) routed Penn State-Beaver in the opening round before close losses to Cincinnati-Clermont and Hesser.

X marks the spot

Evan Xanthos of Farmington (Mt. Blue) scored a goal to provide a bright spot for the University of New England in a 22-3 men’s lacrosse loss to Hamilton College this week in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Sophomore Robert Labbe of Lewiston also is a starter for the Nor’Easters, whose women’s squad includes first-year players Kristin Schrepper of Turner (Leavitt) and Mallory Long of Lewiston.


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