University of Maine indoor track athlete Jaclyn Masters was named America East Field performer of the week for the period ending Jan. 24.

The Auburn native and Edward Little High School graduate earned the honor after a record-breaking performance at the Donahue Invitational on Jan. 22.

Masters set the meet and school record in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 1.5 inches. It was a school record she had broken less than a week earlier, when she vaulted to a height of 12 feet, 9.5 inches against Dartmouth and Vermont.

Harris honored by LEC

University of Southern Maine track athlete Connor Harris captured the field athlete of the week award by the Little East Conference for the week ending Jan. 24.

Harris, an Auburn native and EL alum, won the high jump and was runner-up in the triple jump at the Bowdoin Invitational. His season-best effort of 45 feet, 10.5 inches in the triple jump moved him up to third on the New England region Division III performance list, and 13th overall on the D-III national list.

Hoops honors all around

University of Maine at Farmington senior Meghan Smith was named the North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the fourth time this season.

Smith had averages of 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across two games for the Beavers. Smith’s efforts also put her on the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s weekly honor roll.

Bates’ Bernadette Connors also was named to the MWBCA weekly honor roll. She averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Bobcats.

Another Bates hoopster had a notable week. Men’s basketball senior Mike Boornazian moved into 10th place on the program’s all-time scoring list in a loss to Connecticut College on Jan. 22.

Boornazian passed 2015 Bates graduate Graham Safford, who finished his career with 1,252 points. Boornazian closed out the weekend with 1,277 points after a loss at Wesleyan.

Mendall snags ski award

UMF nordic skier Calen Mendall was named the Reynolds Division athlete of the week by the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association this past Monday.

Mendall won both the 7-kilometer and 1-kilometer races at Titcomb Mountain the previous weekend.

Student-athletes make the grade

Many athletic conferences released their fall season all-academic lists this past week. Those lists were loaded with local athletes from multiple schools and sports.

The NAC’s all-academic team included UMF’s Rebecca Young, who was also the conference’s Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year for field hockey. UMF’s Patty Smith, the field hockey defensive player of the year, was also named.

The Beavers placed 22 other student-athletes on the team. Included were fellow field hockey players Sarita Crandall of Farmington, and Susan Newkirk of Bethel.

The NAC required athletes to hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 while competing in varsity competition for a minimum of two years.

Other locals honored by the NAC were Husson athletes Andrew Balsamo, a Lewiston native who ran cross country, Lisbon Falls’ Hannah Jordan and Elizabeth Terry and Greene’s Kayla Royer (field hockey), Lewiston’s Robert St. Hilaire (men’s soccer) and Lewiston’s Alaina Dyer (women’s tennis).

Nicole Jones, a Lisbon Falls native who plays women’s tennis at Lyndon State College, and Jesse Murch, and Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School alum and Waterford native who plays field hockey at Colby-Sawyer, were honored as well. 

Turner native Mitchel Davis was named to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference’s all-academic team. Davis was a freshman on the Plymouth State University football team this year, and earned his spot on the All-Academic team by maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA.

Mexico’s Nicole Burgess was another PSU athlete on the MASCAC All-Academic team. The Mountain Valley High School alum played on the Panthers’ field hockey team this fall.

The LEC’s All-Academic Team for the fall season included a pair of local athletes competing at USM. Women’s cross country runner Katie Hersom of Gra, and field hockey player Tayla Smedberg of Oxford were both honored.

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