The accolades keep piling up for Bates college senior indoor track standout Jillian Richardson.

The latest achievement for the Auburn native came Wednesday, when she was named the East Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Richardson learned Monday that she had qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships in the 3,000-meter run. On Tuesday, she received USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the East region for her performances in the 3,000 and 5,000.

She has been dominant in both events this season. She was the Division III New England champion in the 3,000 and has only lost once to Division III competition in either event this year. Her season-best mark of 9:44.68 in the 3,000 leads the region and has Richardson seeded 12th at the national championships.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches following a nomination period.

ST. DOM’S GRAD CORNELIO UP FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: United States Naval Academy club team member Kristina Cornelio was named to the Women’s Division 2 All-Athletic First Team by the American Collegiate Hockey Association on Tuesday.


The Auburn native and former St. Dominic Academy standout was one of three forwards named to the first team, and she is in the running for ACHA Division 2 Player of the Year, which will be announced Sunday, March 12.

Cornelio has compiled 47 points (32 goals, 15 assists) in 21 games this season.

Her Navy team begins ACHA Division 2 national tournament pool play Thursday, March 16 against North Dakota State at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

BATES 16, WORCESTER ST. 8: The Bobcats (2-2) used a 7-1 second quarter to pull away from the Lancers (0-2) in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Trisha Balser led all scorers with four goals for Bates, Hanna Matthews tallied a hat trick and Caroline Taggart added two goals. Cammie Lavoie and Avery Lehman each made three saves in goal for the Bobcats.

ENDICOTT 6, BATES 1: Jack Brennan went 3 for 3, with a home run in the first inning, but the Bobcats (3-1) lost to the Gulls (3-0) in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Brandon Biggane added a double for Bates, and Max Dio struck out five while allowing two hits and a run over four innings in relief of starter Luke Linnehan.

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