May 8, 2017

2017 NAC Women's Track & Field All-Conference: Desjardins, Downing, Ellison, & Hoople Claim Top Honors

Husson senior Brooke Hoople (Bedford, N.H.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Track & Field Track Athlete of the Year, while Eagle classmate Erin Ellison (Exeter, N.H.) was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and freshman teammate Leah Desjardins (Poland, Maine) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Husson's Kerianne Downing (Dedham, Mass.) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Husson's Kate Goupee and Colby-Sawyer's Lyndsay Ostler were both chosen as Coach of the Year and seven women's track and field student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.

NAC All-Conference "Athlete of the Year" selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Hoople has claimed NAC Track Athlete of the Year after closing out a remarkable career for Husson at the 2017 NAC Championship. The senior was called upon to compete in multiple events at the conference championship, including the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4x400 relay. The senior earned three first-place and one second-place finish in those events, being named a NAC Champion in the 200m (26.95), 400m (59.96), and 4x400 relay (4:18.61), while earning second in the 100m (13.50). Impressively, she alone accounted for 38 of Husson's total points at the championship, helping her team earn runner-up honors just half of a point behind the champions. The four-year standout currently holds conference records in the 200m, 400m, 4x400 relay, and 4x100 relay and has won five individual NAC titles and three NAC relay titles. She also holds the fastest times for Husson this year in the 200m (26.74) and the 400m (58.57). Hoople earned NAC Track Athlete of the Week four times this season.


Ellison has had another impressive year, earning her NAC Field Athlete of the Year honors. Over the last three seasons, she has dominated in the hammer throw, being named a NAC Champion in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Her throw of 46.05m in the conference championship won her first by more than three meters and qualified her for the ECAC Championship. She also claimed second in the shot put with a career-best toss of 12.15m to earn all-conference honors. Notably, her toss at the NAC Championship earned her the No. 10 ranking in New England, while also ranking 11th in the hammer (46.73m) a feat she accomplished at the Regis Spring Classic. Between both the shot put and hammer throw, she achieved four first-place honors this season. She is a multi-time All-New England and All-ECAC athlete and was selected as the NAC Field Athlete of the Week once this season. 

Desjardins has made an immediate impact on both the Husson squad and the conference, earning her NAC Rookie of the Year. She claimed NAC Champion honors with a first-place finish in the 100m (12.90), beating out NAC Track Athlete of the Year and senior teammate Brooke Hoople by 0.60 seconds. She also served as Husson's anchor on the 4x100 relay at the championship, a team that claimed first-place and matched the conference meet record. She also claimed second in the 200m in 27.29. Notably, Desjardins was one of only three freshmen to win an event at the NAC Championship. She finished this year with Husson's fastest time in the 100m (12.81) during her very first collegiate meet of the season at the Occidental College Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. The rookie showed versatility as she also competed in field events, clearing her personal-best distance in the long jump with a mark of 4.61m meters at the 2017 NAC Championship for sixth-place. The freshman earned NAC Rookie of the Week four times this past season, while also claiming ECAC Rookie of the Week honors.

Downing is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience, while serving as a role model in both the classroom and while competing. The four-year Physical Therapy major is currently enrolled in the master's portion of the Husson physical therapy program. Downing has been part of the Organization of Physical Therapy Students and has volunteered her time working with members of the Dedham High School Track and Field team. She is a role model of success and dedication to the Husson program, as she mentors many younger athletes in multiple events and provides care and concern to all teammates along with an infectious positive attitude. Downing is a three-sport athlete, as she competed in indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and field hockey. In the last three NAC Championship appearances, she claimed first in the high jump (2017), first in the 100m hurdles (2016 & 2015), second in the 100m hurdles (2017), third in the high jump (2016 and 2015), fourth in the javelin throw (2017 and 2015), fourth in the long jump (2017 and 2015), fifth in the javelin (2016), fifth in the shot put (2017), sixth in the shot put (2016).


Goupee's squad claimed runner-up honors at the 2017 NAC Championship after scoring 205.5 points, just a half of a point behind the champions. Her team recorded nine first-place and seven second-place finishes, while scoring points in 18 out of the 19 total events. The four-year mentor saw four of her student-athletes claim top-honors in the NAC as senior Brooke Hoople was selected as the Track Athlete of the Year, senior Erin Ellison was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year, freshman Leah Desjardins earned Rookie of the Year and senior Kerianne Downing was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. This is her second NAC Coach of the Year honor, as she was voted coach of the year by her peers in 2015.



Ostler's squad was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2017 title after claiming first a season ago and her team did not disappoint. The Chargers earned their second-consecutive team championship after scoring 206 points. The fourth-year mentor saw her team claim eight first-place and three second-place finishes, while scoring points in 17 out of the 19 total events. This is Ostler's second NAC Coach of the Year honor, as she also received the honor a season ago.

The NAC Women's Track & Field Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the track and field culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the competition rules and etiquette. The following seven individuals have been selected to the NAC Women's Track & Field Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Brielle Debaise (Meriden, Conn.), Colby-Sawyer senior Kylee Parker (Winterport, Maine), UMaine-Farmington junior Hannah Emery (Detroit, Maine), Green Mountain freshman Julia Harcourt (Nottingham, N.H.), Husson junior Faith Burnett (Wethersfield, Conn.), Johnson State senior Alyssa August (Granby, Conn.), and Lyndon junior Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, N.H.). 

The first-place and second-place finishers in each event at the NAC Championship have earned NAC All-Conference Team honors.

2017 NAC Women's Track & Field All-Conference Team

100 Meter
Leah Desjardins, Freshman, Husson (12.90)  
Brooke Hoople, Senior, Husson (13.50) 

200 Meter
Brooke Hoople, Senior, Husson (26.95)
Leah Desjardins, Freshman, Husson (27.29) 

400 Meter
Brooke Hoople, Senior, Husson (59.96)  
Adreona Daniels, Sophomore, Husson (1:03.88) 

800 Meter
Emily Lopez, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (2:20.41)
Elizabeth Bassette, Junior, Castleton (2:23.91)  

1500 Meter
Kylee Parker, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (5:05.54)  
Kaylyn Crompton, Freshman, Castleton (5:09.17) 

5000 Meter
Kylee Parker, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (19:26.87)  
Olivia Ridley, Sophomore, UMaine‐Farmington (19:49.14) 

100 Meter Hurdles
Shari Rainville, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (17.29)  
Kerianne Downing, Senior, Husson (17.35)  

400 Meter Hurdles
Paige Rainford, Junior, Husson (1:10.64)  
Haley Kennedy, Sophomore, Castleton (1:10.70)  

3000 Meter Steeplechase
Brynn Cairns, Junior, Johnson State (12:41.12)  
Alison Fairbairn, Freshman, Colby‐Sawyer (12:46.54) 

4x100 Meter Relay
Husson (51.83) – Shea Curley, Sophomore; Leah Desjardins, Freshman; Brooke Hoople, Senior; Arianna McKinnon, Freshman          
Colby‐Sawyer (52.94) – Alexis Lapointe, Freshman; Kate Laporte, Junior; Shari Rainville, Sophomore; Nia Fraser, Freshman 

4x400 Meter Relay
Husson (4:18.61) – Brooke Hoople, Senior; Adreona Daniels, Sophomore; Paige Rainford, Junior; Arianna McKinnon, Freshman          
UMaine‐Farmington (4:31.55) – Morgan Crocker, Sophomore; Chloe Kenyon, Sophomore; Alexis Laliberte, Junior; Laura Pulito, Junior 

High Jump
Kerianne Downing, Senior, Husson (1.48m)
Bridget Humphrey, Junior, UMaine‐Farmington (J1.48m) 

Pole Vault
Jessica Dessert, Sophomore, Husson (2.80m)
Shari Rainville, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (2.65m)  

Long Jump
Nia Fraser, Freshman, Colby‐Sawyer (5.17m)
Casey Modery, Senior, Husson (5.12m)

Triple Jump
Amanda Martin, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (10.64m)
Casey Modery, Senior, Husson (10.49m) 

Shot Put
Emmani Robinson, Junior, Colby‐Sawyer (12.81m)
Erin Ellison, Senior, Husson (12.15m) 

Discus Throw
Brielle DeBaise, Senior, Castleton (34.03m)
Carley Patch, Freshman, Castleton (33.44m)  

Hammer Throw
Erin Ellison, Senior, Husson (46.05m)
Brielle DeBaise, Senior, Castleton (42.60m) 

Javelin Throw
Rachel Quaye, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (35.48m)
Abby Salvadore, Junior, Lyndon (33.97m) 

Track Athlete of the Year
Brooke Hoople, Senior, Husson 
Field Athlete of the Year
Erin Ellison, Senior, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Leah Desjardins, Freshman, Husson 
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kerianne Downing, Senior, Husson
Coach of the Year
Kate Goupee, Fourth Season, Husson
Lyndsay Ostler, Fourth Season, Colby-Sawyer 

Sportsmanship Team
Alyssa August, Senior, Johnson State 
Faith Burnett, Junior, Husson 
Brielle Debaise, Senior, Castleton 
Hannah Emery, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Julia Harcourt, Freshman, Green Mountain 
Kylee Parker, Senior, Colby-Sawyer 
Abby Salvadore, Junior, Lyndon