Paced by sophomore Chandler Vincent, the University of Southern Maine men’s cross country team posted its first top-10 finish since 2009 at the season-ending NCAA Division III New England Regional Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships this past Saturday.

A recent Freeport High School graduate, Vincent toured the 8,000-meter GCC men’s course in a time of 25:52.3 to finish in 17th place overall. He is the first USM male runner to receive All- Region honors since 2011.

Freshman Cameron Meier, formerly of Mt. Ararat High School, was USM’s second finisher crossing the line in 58th place. Meier had a time of 26:28.4, and was the fourth finisher among the freshmen competing.

Also earning a spot among the top 100 was sophomore Lisbon’s Nick Harriman who finished 93rd in a time of 27:05.

Bowdoin volleyball players earn honors

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin junior Lisa Sheldon has been named Northeast Player of the Year and a Division III All-American in awards announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association this week.

Sheldon, a libero, was named Second Team All- American and was joined by sophomore Caroline Flaharty and first-year Kate Kiser as First Team All-Region selections. Kiser was named the region’s Rookie of the Year. Junior Sydney Salle was tabbed as Honorable Mention All-Region.

Sheldon becomes Bowdoin’s fourth AVCA All- American, joining Kristin Hanczor (2011), Christy Jewett (2015) and Katie Doherty (2016). As the Polar Bears’ primary libero this fall, she played virtually every set this season, totaling 6.26 digs/set and 582 total digs, both tops in the NESCAC and ranking eighth in Division III. She surpassed the 1,000-dig mark for her career in the NESCAC semifinal against Wesleyan and her 582 digs this fall were third in program history.

Kiser burst onto the scene with a phenomenal rookie campaign this autumn, becoming Bowdoin’s first AVCA Regional Player of the Year. Kiser sparked the Bowdoin offense and led the NESCAC in assists per set (10.55), totaling 960 on the season.

Flaharty earned her second consecutive All-Region honor following another outstanding campaign that saw her rank second in the NESCAC at 3.44 kills/set, while recording a phenomenal 3.79 kills/set against conference opponents and averaging 2.95 digs/set as well. Her 639 kills are tied for the most-ever by a Bowdoin player in their first two seasons.

Salle captured her first postseason award following a fantastic junior campaign, leading Bowdoin in blocks (0.84/set, 73 total) and ranking second on the team with 2.68 kills/set. She has increased her offensive output every season and owns 626 career kills while also totaling 191 career blocks.

Bowdoin ended its season with a record of 15-10, advancing to the NESCAC Semifinals.

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