Zoe Barnes was the class of the field for the second straight Little East Conference women’s outdoor track and field season.

Barnes, a Gray-New Gloucester graduate now in her junior year at University of Southern Maine, was named the LEC Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row Thursday. Her Huskies teammate, former Lisbon standout Kiana Goldberg, was selected the LEC Track Rookie of the Year.

The USM coaching staff, led by head coach Rob Whitten, was tabbed the LEC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Barnes was a dual conference champion, winning both the shot put and discus. She also placed fourth in the hammer throw at the conference championship meet.

Goldberg was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles.

Those podium finishes earned Barnes and Goldberg all-LEC honors, with the top three finishers in each event at the conference meet clinching an all-conference award.


Edward Little grad Olivia Jalbert garnered three all-LEC honors, with first-team honors in the high jump, second-team in long jump and third-team in the triple jump. Goldberg was also part of the USM 4×100-meter relay that received second-team honors.

On the men’s side, four area high school graduates earned all-conference honors.

A pair of Poland grads garnered second-team honors, with freshman Nick Garey finishing runner-up in the 400-meter dash at the conference championship and junior Nolan Winslow matching that feat with the Huskies’ 4×100 relay team.

Mt. Blue grad Cyrus Evans captured third-team honors individually in the 800-meter run and as part of USM’s 4×800 relay team. Edward Little graduate Jacob Jackson earned third-team all-LEC recognition in the high jump.


HUSSON SWEEPS BATES: The Bobcats’ (8-21) pitchers shut out Husson’s (28-4) hitters for eight straight innings, but the Eagles did their damage early in the first game and late in the second game to secure a sweep in a non-conference doubleheader played at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.


Husson won the first game 9-5, scoring two runs in the first, four in the third and three in the fourth before Bates’ late rally fell short. The Eagles then waited out a stalemate in the second game, scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh of a 3-0 win.

Sienna Pietrasiewicz tripled and Emma Yen doubled as part of her three-hit effort in the first game for Bates, which scored three in the third and two in the seventh. Leadoff hitter Zariya Anderson had two hits.

Kenzie Dore had three hits and four RBIs for Husson in the opener.

The Bobcats outhit the Eagles 8-5 in the second game, with Yen and Delaney Rankin delivering a double and a single each. Rankin gave up two runs, but only one earned, in six innings, with five strikeouts. Husson added another unearned run against Elizabeth Pellini in the seventh.

Ana Lang struck out a dozen batters in a complete-game shutout.

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