Waterville, Maine - The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) released its seasonal awards just days after the conference meet. The list was headlined by three Mules who made an impressive impact.
Junior Sophia Gorman repeated as the NESCAC champion, winning her second consecuting title. The last time a female won back-to-back championships was all the way back in 2005, and Gorman still has one more year to compete. She was named the conference Most Outstanding Female Performer, also for the second year in a row. To add to the list, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Gorman the National Athlete of the Week for her performance. Furthermore, Gorman was the ONLY female performer who returned to the All-NESCAC Team after earning the honors last year.
First-year Tyler Morris (photo inset) was the top finisher for the Men's Cross Country team, and earned All-NESCAC for his performance. As the top first-year in the race, he was also named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
Like Gorman, junior Ei Decker made it two years in a row on the All-NESCAC team with his 12th place finish. The men's field had five individuals named to both the 2019 and 2020 teams, with two from Williams, one from Middlebury, one from Conn. College, and Decker from Colby.
Up next, the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams head down the road to Brunswick for the NCAA Div III Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday, November 16th. From this event, the Mules can qualify for the NCAA Div III Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky hosted by Spalding University held the following weekend.
For the All-NESCAC release, please click here.
(photos courtesy of Ben Lawlor '22)