PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its 2017-18 men's indoor track & field major award recipients Wednesday, following a vote of the conference's seven head coaches.
Plymouth State University junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) was named the LEC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second straight year after winning each of the LEC/New England Alliance (NEA) events he competed in. Brunnette won the mile run in 4:21.18 and won the 3,000-meter run in 8:42.50.
LEC Indoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year honors went to University of Southern Maine freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine), who won the 800 meter run at the LEC/NEA championships with his time of 1:58.66 and anchored the LEC champion 4x800 relay. He is the sixth Husky to receive the award.
The LEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year awards went to UMass Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) and freshman Moisse Irizarry (Peabody, Mass.), respectively. This was the second straight year Louf-Woods was named Field Athlete of the Year.
Louf-Woods is having a career year as a senior, ranking third in the nation in the weight throw (19.23m) and 14th in the shot put (16.23 meters) this season, winning the LEC and NEA title in both events. His weight throw mark at the LEC/NEA championships was the top throw in Division III at the time. He set new LEC and Alliance records in both events.
Irizarry won the LEC title and was the NEA runner-up in the high jump after clearing 1.98 meters, and placed fifth overall in the triple jump at 13.34 meters. He is the third Corsair to be named Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.
Southern Maine was named the Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Huskies to their fourth consecutive conference title, their 13th overall, and a second-place finish at the New Alliance Championships. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Southern Maine's staff received the award.