Barry Harwick, the men’s cross country coach at Dartmouth College, always expected good things from Ethan Shaw.

This year the senior from Falmouth lived up to those expectations.

Shaw qualified for the NCAA Division I men’s cross country championships, which will be held Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.

“I’ve always expected him to be one of our top runners,” said Harwick, who had pretty good success with another runner from Maine, Ben True. “He has a great work ethic, a desire to be good. He’s the type of kid who’s had great success in our program.”

Shaw, who was unavailable to be interviewed as he prepped for the big race, qualified for the NCAAs by finishing sixth in a field of 240 runners in the NCAA Northeast Regional. Shaw completed the 10-kilometer course in 31:31, earning one of the spots given to the top four finishers from the non-automatic qualifiers.

“Ethan has improved steadily since he arrived here,” said Harwick. “He was a good runner in high school. He’d be the first to say he wasn’t a high school superstar, at least on the national stage. But he’s shown steady improvement here.

“Last year he achieved (personal bests) in the 5,000 and 10,000 in track. Coming into this cross country season, he wanted to make it a season to remember. And he has.”

Harwick said the biggest change in Shaw is in his mental approach.

“He’s just a much more confident runner now than he ever has been,” said Harwick. “To be able to succeed at this level, you have to go with the lead pack and feel that you belong there. Ethan knows what he has to do and puts himself in the right place to do it when he needs to do it.”

Shaw has a very specific goal for the NCAAs: finish in the Top 40 to earn All-America status.

“He’s definitely capable of doing that,” said Harwick. “The thing is, there are probably 60-70 guys capable of doing it.”

You can watch the race Monday live on www.NCAA.com, beginning at noon.

BASKETBALL

Freshman forward Andrew Shaw of Saco (Thornton Academy) is off to a good start for 2-1 Bentley University. He is averaging 11 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Junior guard James Morse of Arundel (Thornton Academy) is the third-leading scorer for 1-2 Saint Anselm. He’s averaging 13 points per game, along with 2.7 rebounds. Sophomore forward Dominic Borelli of Westbrook is averaging 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds for the Hawks.

CREW

Sophomore Abbie McIvor of North Yarmouth (North Yarmouth Academy) was a member of the St. Lawrence University women’s varsity 8 crew. The team finished ninth of 17 teams in the recent Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, N.Y.

CROSS COUNTRY

Bentley junior Craig Robinson of Scarborough earned all-NCAA Division II East honors after finishing 16th in the recent regional meet at Franklin Park in Boston. Robinson ran a 10,000-meter course in 32:23.8.

Sophomore Rebecca Colley of Wells ran in two events for the women’s team at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. Her best time came in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast championships, when she ran a 28:24.5.

FIELD HOCKEY

Junior forward Melissa Enright of York Beach (York) and freshman forward Emily Sawchuck of Cumberland (Cheverus) played major roles in Endicott College’s first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Sawchuck was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and to the CCC first team. She scored 14 goals and one assist. Enright was named to the second team. She scored 14 goals and five assists, and was successful on 6 of 7 penalty strokes.

Plymouth (N.H.) State sophomore forward Jackie Morin of Scarborough was named to the Little East Conference first team. Morin ranked fourth in the LEC in both goals (17) and points (39).

SOCCER

Hobart College senior forward Tony Yeboah of Portland (Deering) was named to the All-Liberty League second team. He scored six goals and two assists for the Statesmen.

Bates junior forward John Murphy of Yarmouth was named to the all-New England Small College Athletic Conference second team. Murphy scored nine goals and four assists for the 4-10 Bobcats.

SWIMMING

Elms College sophomore Keegan Goan of Westbrook set two school men’s records in recent meets. In a meet against St. Joseph’s College in Chicopee, Mass., Goan set the school’s 50-meter butterfly record (27.79 seconds) while also winning the 50-meter backstroke (30.79). In an earlier meet against Gordon College, Goan set the record in the 50-yard butterfly (24.67 seconds). He also won the 50 backstroke (27.37) and 50 freestyle )23.35).

Freshmen Nathan Paluso of Windham and Matt Pearson of Kennebunk helped Saint Michael’s College defeat Colby-Sawyer in its first meet of the season. Paluso won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Pearson won the 50 breast stroke.

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