Colby-Sawyer senior Rasheed Foster (Sandy Bay, Hanover, Jamaica) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Track & Field Track Athlete of the Year, while sophomore teammate Karl Nyholm (Concord, Mass.) was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Castleton freshman Tayler Larmie (Wilder, Vt.) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Johnson State senior Steven Lamonde (Hingham, Mass.) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Colby-Sawyer head coach Lyndsay Bisaccio was chosen as the Coach of the Year and seven men's track and field student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2016 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference "Athlete of the Year" selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Nyholm has had an impressive sophomore campaign especially in the shot put. At the NAC Championship, he posted a notable 16.21m throw which was good enough for first and several rankings in the nation and region. His throw currently ranks him 16th in the nation, second in New England, and fifth for ECAC's. Nyholm also claimed a first-place mark with a 39.75m throw in the discus and a second place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 34.84m at the NAC Championship. The sophomore also earned five other first-place finishes throughout his outdoor season and claimed four NAC Field Athlete of the Week selections. Most recently at the New England Championship, he continued to prove that he is among the best in New England in the shot put, as he finished second out of 20 competitors and earned All-New England honors with a distance of 15.62m.
Larmie has made an immediate impact during his first season of competition. The rookie set two Castleton records this season, with one of them coming at the NAC Championships. In the shot put, he broke a 52-year-old school record with a distance of 12.99m good enough for second place at the conference championship, while earlier this season at Fitchburg State, he set the school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 37.96m. Beyond the shot put, Larmie also competed and placed in the top-six in three other events at the NAC Championships, including a first-place finish in hammer, a third-place finish in discus, and a sixth-place finish in javelin. Overall, the freshman finished in the top-five in shot put at five meets, top-five in hammer at four meets, and top-ten in discus at five meets. Larmie was tabbed NAC Field Athlete of the Week earlier this season.
Lamonde has been selected as the NAC's first Men's Track & Field Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year after previously earning the NAC's Cross Country Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year honor this past fall. The Environmental Science major is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience. Notably, the 2016 Johnson State valedictorian has received many awards including the Lulu Potter Cup for earning the highest grade point average of a graduating senior and the Richard E. Anderson award which is the highest Johnson State athletic award given out. He was inducted into Sigma XI, helped establish Johnson's "Serious about Science" Club, while serving as its first president, he was a member of the National Science and Research Society for college students, and completed a summer internship under a student research grant working for the state of Vermont researching wildlife corridors. He has also served as a peer tutor and academic coach for science and math and is a member of the Johnson State Student Athlete Advisory Committee, including a one-year term as President. The senior was the driving student force behind the addition of track and field as a varsity athletic program at Johnson State. Lamonde is a versatile student-athlete who has competed in the javelin throw, discus throw, 4x100m relay, 800m, 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase race.
Bisaccio's squad was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2016 title and her team did not disappoint. The three-year mentor guided the Chargers to the NAC's Inaugural Men's Championship Title after scoring 227 points, while impressively having 12 student-athletes claim first-place finishes out of 19 total events. Bisaccio saw student-athlete Karl Nyholm throw the shot put a season-best 16.21m at the NAC Championship, which currently ranks him 16th in the nation. Notably, Charger teammates Rasheed Foster and Nyholm were honored with the NAC's Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year honors this season.
The NAC Men'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 Men's Track & Field Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Matt Donlon (Meriden, Conn.), Colby-Sawyer junior Brian Gallagher (Billerica, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington senior Josh Wynne (Saco, Maine), Green Mountain freshman Sawyer Levy (Bethel, Vt.), Husson junior Nick Young (Dixfield, Maine), Johnson State senior John Dabrowski (Williston, Vt.), and New England College sophomore Justin Enright (Hubbardston, Mass.).
The first-place and second-place finishers in each event at the NAC Championship have earned NAC All-Conference Team honors.
2016 NAC Men's Track & Field All-Conference Team
Rasheed Foster, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (11.09)
Victor Montanez, Sophomore, New England College (11.45)
Rasheed Foster, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (22.81)
Steven Sayce, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (23.03)
Kyle Diezel, Freshman, Colby‐Sawyer (52.21)
Josh Wynne, Senior, UMaine‐Farmington (53.02)
Brandon Legendre, Junior, Colby‐Sawyer (1:59.91)
Grandon Smith, Sophomore, Castleton (2:02.55)
Brandon Legendre, Junior, Colby‐Sawyer (4:10.98)
Kody Frye, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (4:13.40)
Benjamin Bunnell, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (15:58.06)
David Ayotte, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (16:06.55)
110 Meter Hurdles
Austin Beauregard, Freshman, Castleton (16.15)
Jake Roberts, Junior, UMaine‐Farmington (16.25)
400 Meter Hurdles
Shane Hathaway, Sophomore, UMaine‐Farmington (1:00.57)
Austin Beauregard, Freshman, Castleton (1:01.59)
3000 Meter Steeplechase
Scott Shaw, Junior, New England College (10:02.03)
Benjamin Bunnell, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (10:07.45)
4x100 Meter Relay
Colby‐Sawyer (43.67) - Kyle Diezel, Freshman; Matthew Carl, Sophomore; Steven Sayce, Senior; Rasheed Foster, Senior
Husson (44.78) - Miguel Caballero, Junior; Jake Dobos Freshman; Dustin Wood, Freshman; Nick Young, Freshman
4x400 Meter Relay
Colby‐Sawyer (3:37.36) - Kyle Diezel, Freshman; Brandon Legendre, Junior; Eric Morin, Freshman; Christopher Martin, Freshman
Husson (3:42.12) - Miguel Caballero, Junior; Josh Wheeler, Freshman; William Richard, Freshman; Nick Young, Freshman
Israel Dudley, Freshman, Castleton (1.83m)
Alan Young, Freshman, UMaine‐Farmington (1.78m)
Curtis Warren, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (3.80m)
Justin Wilkinson, Junior, Castleton (3.65m)
Miguel Caballero, Junior, Husson (6.25m)
Steven Sayce, Colby-Sawyer (J6.25m)
Cullen Robinson, Senior, Colby‐Sawyer (12.89m)
Kristopher Clarke, Sophomore, New England College (12.86m)
Kyle Nyholm, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (16.21m)
Tayler Larmie, Freshman, Castleton (12.99m)
Karl Nyholm, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (39.75m)
Jackson Dwyer, Sophomore, Castleton (37.77m)
Tayler Larmie, Freshman, Castleton (35.88m)
Karl Nyholm, Sophomore, Colby‐Sawyer (34.84m)
Bowen Lord, Junior, Castleton (49.93m)
Jesse Thompson, Junior, Green Mountain (47.66m)
Track Athlete of the Year
Rasheed Foster, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Field Athlete of the Year
Karl Nyholm, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Rookie of the Year
Tayler Larmie, Freshman, Castleton
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Steven Lamonde, Senior, Johnson State
Coach of the Year
Lyndsay Bisaccio, Third Season, Colby-Sawyer
John Dabrowski, Senior, Johnson State