PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced the 2018 men's track & field major award winners Wednesday following a vote of the league's head coaches.
Plymouth State junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) was named the LEC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning the LEC and New England Alliance (NEA) titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:17.26) and running the second leg of the winning 4x800 meter relay (7:55.40). He established a new meet record in the steeplechase, besting the previous mark by of 9:29.10 by just under 12 seconds, while the relay time was nearly five seconds better than the previous standard of 8:00.37.
LEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors went to UMass Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) after he won the shot put (16.81m) and the hammer throw (57.99m) at the LEC and NEA Outdoor Championships. His mark in the shot put set new LEC and NEA records, and ranks him fifth in Division III, while his hammer throw of 62.45 meters at Bryant University's Black & Gold Invitational ranks him No. 1 in the nation.
Plymouth State freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) was named the LEC Outdoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 110-meter hurdles in 15.11 seconds. He went on to place second at the New England Division III Championships with his time of 14.87 seconds in that event. UMass Boston freshman Virgil Harrell IV (Hamden, Conn.) picked up LEC Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year honors after recording a pair of top-three finishes at the LEC Championships, taking second in the long jump (6.96m) and the triple jump (13.77m).
LEC Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year was presented to UMass Dartmouth. Head coach Steve Gardiner, and assistant coaches Ed Arcaro, Shay Austin-Leary and Hal Miller led the Corsairs to a top-10 national ranking this spring, and a second-place finish at the 2018 LEC and NEA Outdoor Championships.