University of Maine at Farmington senior Katie LeBlanc earned two major North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Cross Country post season awards, and is the 2019 Senior Scholar Athlete as well as the Runner of the Year. Sophie Stewart of SUNY Delhi earned Rookie of the Year honors, and her coach Robb Munro was voted as the Coach of the Year.
In addition to the major conference awards, 15 women earned All-Conference honors with their performances at the 2019 NAC Women's Cross Country Championship, and nine women were selected to the Sportsmanship Team. The NAC Women's Cross Country Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who distinguish themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The nine honorees positively affect the women's cross country environment, and clearly demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity beyond sport rules and etiquette.
Senior Scholar Athlete and Runner of the Year
Katie LeBlanc (Saco, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington
Katie LeBlanc (Saco, Maine) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, and the 2019 Senior Scholar Athlete. LeBlanc earned three Runner of the Week (8/26-9/1, 9/9-9/15, 9/30-10/6) honors leading up to the NAC Championship race. She started the season by winning the UMPI Invitational 5K (22:41) and leading the Beavers to a 1-2-3 finish. LeBlanc also won the Husson Harrier Invitational 5K in a time of 20:22.2, outpacing the field by 20 seconds. She was the top NAC runner, earning 27th place overall, in the Maine State Championship 5K where she clocked a 20:48.9. The senior ran away with the conference title last Saturday, winning the challenging 5K race at NVU-Lyndon in 22:06.4 and claiming Runner of the Year honors. LeBlanc was also selected by the conference head coaches and faculty athletic representatives as the Senior Scholar Athlete. She maintains a 3.806 grade point average as a Business Economics major, has been consistently on the Dean's List throughout her four years, and used her business economic skills as the treasurer of the Indoor Track & Field club. In addition to being a two-year captain of the Cross Country team, LeBlanc is a member of the campus volunteer group Alpha Phi Omega. She is currently interning with the Healthy Community Coalition for Greater Franklin County, further developing a program called Senior Buddies which supports volunteers who participate in one-on-one or group activities within senior facilities in the greater Farmington area. LeBlanc also spent time volunteering at the Good Shepherd Food Bank (Auburn, Maine) at the beginning of the 2019 Cross Country season. As a junior year, she worked on a significant semester-long project that studied the effectiveness of communication on the UMaine-Farmington campus, and also studied abroad in Cyprus during the spring semester. LeBlanc used sophomore spring break to go on a volunteer trip, and was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta during her first year at UMF. LeBlanc was named the NAC Rookie of the Year in 2017.
Rookie of the Year
Sophie Stewart (Newark Valley, New York) - SUNY Delhi
First-year SUNY Delhi runner Sophie Stewart (Newark Valley, New York) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year. Stewart finished third overall, and was the fastest rookie in the 2019 NAC Championship race held last weekend in Lyndonville, Vermont. Leading up to the championship, Stewart earned four NAC Rookie of the Week honors (8/26-9/1, 9/9-9/15, 9/23-9/29, 10/7-10/20). She won her first race as a Bronco and lead her team to a dual meet victory against Hartwick, conquering the 4K race with time of 17:13.4 -- forty-three seconds ahead of the next runner. Stewart led the Broncos with a third-place finish at the SUNY Oneonta Airfield Invitational 5K with a time of 19:50.3. She also excelled in her first career 6K, finishing in a time of 25:28.2 and in 80th place in a massive 20-team field at the SUNY Geneseo Mike Woods Invitational. Stewart placed 48th at the Division I UAlbany Invitational in mid-October, completing the 5K in a time of 20:29.6. During the previous week, Stewart finished the Bronco Weekday Classic 5K in second place with a time of 21:17.51 to help SUNY Delhi win their home event.
Coach of the Year
Robb Munro - SUNY Delhi
SUNY Delhi head coach Robb Munro earned the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year award. His team won the 2019 NAC Championship last weekend in Lynondville, Vermont by a 19 point margin. Four of the top-six finishers were Broncos, and five runners were named to the All-Conference team. Munro also guided first-year student athlete Sophie Stewart, who collected four NAC weekly awards throughout the season, to a third-place finish overall and Rookie of the Year honors. This is the first year that the Broncos competed in the NAC Women's Cross Country Championship, though Munro also earned NAC Coach of the Year honors for Men's and Women's Track and Field in the spring of 2019.
NAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference Teams
|Katie LeBlanc||Saco, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington||22:06.4|
|Zosia Prince||Sutton, Vermont||Sophomore||Northern Vermont-Lyndon||22:59.4|
|Sophie Stewart||Newark Valley, New York||First-year||SUNY Delhi||23:38.3|
|Arielle Moheimani||Homer, New York||Junior||SUNY Delhi||23:50.3|
|Katerina Salcedo||Binghamton, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi||24:08.6|
|Shyanne Lawton||Chenango Forks, New York||First-year||SUNY Delhi||24:14.1|
|Lyndsey Joliat||Brewer, Maine||Senior||Husson||24:25.9|
|Payton Goodwin||Benton, Maine||First-year||Husson||24:34.0|
|Isabelle Jackson||Presque Isle, Maine||Sophomore||Husson||24:41.0|
|Norah Garvey||Sutton, Massachusetts||First-year||Husson||24:42.6|
|Mersadie Dibbell||New Berlin, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi||24:48.3|
|Abigail Hunt||Monmouth, Maine||Sophomore||UMaine-Farmington||25:07.5|
|Chloe Kenyon||Gloucester, Massachusetts||Senior||UMaine-Farmington||25:31.2|
|Destiny Anair||Richmond, Maine||First-year||Husson||25:34.6|
|Jaden Gray||Clinton, Maine||Junior||Northern Vermont-Johnson||25:38.2|
|Katherine Quane||Queens, New York||Junior||SUNY Canton|
|Mersadie Dibbell||New Berlin, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi|
|Tabitha Lingar||Danville, New Hampshire||Junior||UMaine-Farmington|
|Julia Glisson||Merrimack, New Hampshire||Senior||Husson|
|Emily Cass||Braintree, Vermont||Senior||Northern Vermont-Johnson|
|Isabelle Tuggle||Norwich, Vermont||Senior||Northern Vermont-Lyndon|
|Abby L'Abbé||Topsham, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime|
|Kendra Silvers||North Berwick, Maine||Junior||UMaine-Presque Isle|
|Audrey Kimball||St. Albans, Maine||Sophomore||Thomas|
|Runner of the Year||Katie LeBlanc||Saco, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington|
|Rookie of the Year||Sophie Stewart||Newark Valley, New York||First-year||SUNY Delhi|
|Senior Scholar Athlete||Katie LeBlanc||Saco, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington|
|Coach of the Year||Robb Munro||SUNY Delhi|