Damron Named LEC Outdoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year
Peers Select Towle as Coach of the Year
GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine sophomore Hannah Damron (Windham, Maine) was among the individual award recipients when the Little East Conference announced its 2014 Women's Outdoor Track and Field awards Tuesday afternoon following a vote by the head coaches.
Damron became the second USM female athlete to receive the Rookie Track Athlete of the Year following in the footsteps of Molly Carl who won the honor in 2011. In addition to Damron's award, the coaches picked veteran USM head coach George Towle as the Coach of the Year for the fourth time since the awards program began in 2008.
During her first outdoor campaign, Damron swept the Little East Conference and New England Alliance titles in the 800 and 1500 meters. Damron won the 800 with a time of two minutes, 18.76 seconds, and took the 1500 with a career best time of 4:52.48.
At the New England Division III Championships, Damron set the school record in the 800 with her time of 2:15.66, eclipsing Carl's previous standard of 2:16.75 set in 2011, en route to a fourth-place finish. A week later, Damron earned All-New England honors and lowered the 800-meter record with her time of 2:13.24 at the NEICAAA "Open" New England Championships.
On three occasions during the 2014 outdoor season, Damron was named the LEC Rookie Track of the Week.
The only head coach in the history of the USM women's track and field program, Towle led the Huskies to their 15th consecutive Little East Conference outdoor championship (2000-2014) in April, and their 13th New England Alliance Championship in the last 15 seasons. He guided junior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) to the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. Towle was also selected as the LEC Indoor Coach of the Year in March.