College notebook: 3 locals earn All-America honors in track

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The Berkshire Eagle

NEW ORLEANS — Three Berkshire County residents and a number of members of the Williams College indoor track and field teams have been named All-Americans by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Trinity's Ace McAlister and Westfield State's Lauren Gilderdale, both from Great Barrington, and Bridgewater State's Matt Lighten of Dalton earned indoor All-America honors in the 5,000 meters, weight throw and 200, respectively.

Since there was no NCAA Division III indoor track and field championship, every student-athlete and relay team that qualified for the championship earned All-America honors.

McAlister, who graduated with a degree in environmental science, qualified for the NCAA meet by winning the 5,000 at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet in 14 minutes, 39.91 seconds. Other highlights of the former Monument Mountain runner were when he won the mile at the Smith College Invitational, finished second in the mile at the Mary Grinaker Invitational, also at Smith, and scored in the New England Division III meet in the 3,000 meters.

Gilderdale, who attended Housatonic Valley (Conn.) High School, had a couple of very big throws at the New England Championships, held at Williams.

She placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 37.63 meters and was eighth in the hammer throw with a top throw of 49.29 meters.

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Lighten, a sophomore at Bridgewater State, was seeded second in the 200 meters for the NCAA Division III Indoor Meet. He earned that second seed by running a qualifying time of 21.94 seconds at the MASCAC Indoor Championships.

Williams had 30 All-American designations, with Megan Powell and Aidan Ryan the top athletes honored.

Powell, a senior, was named All-American in the women's 4-by-400 relay, the distance medley relay and the 400 meters. Ryan, a junior, was an All-American in the men's 3,000 meters and the distance medley relay.

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In all, 75 athletes from 161 schools were named to the USTFCCCA All-American squad. Ten schools had 20 or more winners. Williams and Washington University-St. Louis each had 30, just behind Wisconsin-Lacrosse with 36.

Filson named team MVP

OBERLIN, Ohio — Former Mount Greylock lacrosse player Cal Filson was named Oberlin College's men's lacrosse most valuable player for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Filson started all four games for the 2-2 Yeomen. He had a 12.83 goals-against average and made 48 saves.

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Filson was a four-year starter in goal. He is second in career saves with 483 and third in goals-against average at 12.63 for his career.

Oberlin junior midfielder Thomas Berle Carman scored five goals in four games for the Yeomen. Carman, a Stockbridge native who played at Northfield Mount Hermon, was fourth on the team in goals scored.

Murphy earns honors

PROVIDENCE — Pittsfield's Julia Murphy, a junior softball pitcher at Providence College, was elected president of the Providence Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

She was also one of 35 student-athletes who were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma, NCAA Student-Athlete Honor Society.

To qualify, athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4. Murphy has a 3.9 cumulative average and recorded a 4.0 in the spring. She was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. That is her major.


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