NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass— Keene State College junior Ryan Widzgowski of Camden was named the Little East Conference men’s indoor track athlete of the year on Friday.
Widzgowski is the second Keene State athlete to earn the top track runner award since 2008, joining former standout Craig MacPherson (2009). The junior from Camden became the 66th student-athlete in Keene State indoor track and field history to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
“It was certainly well deserved,” said KSC coach Peter Thomas. “Ryan might not have been the pick going into the season, but he improved throughout the year and is starting to reach his potential.”
In his debut in the national field, Widzgowski placed second in the mile with a personal best time of four minutes, 7.86 seconds. He also recorded the second fastest time in program history, finishing one minute, 1.84 seconds behind the standard set by Mark Miller.
Widzgowski warmed up for the national championship field by placing second in the mile at the New England Division III Championships. He helped Keene State finish sixth at the New England Alliance Championship by capturing the 1,000-meter run (2:34.20) and placing fourth in the 600-meter run (1:23.49).
Widzgowski was selected as the Track Athlete of the Week once on the campaign.
Husson swimmer volunteers for Special Olympics
Husson University swimmer Amelia Jackson volunteered at the Special Olympics Penobscot Valley Area Swim Meet at the Bangor YMCA during the school’s recent spring break. Jackson served as the lead timer of the meet.
“I had a really good time, and I was able to meet a lot of great people and great athletes. I have never done anything like this before, but now I definitely plan to do this again in the future,” Jackson said. “I really think its something that all college student athletes should look into doing because helping out really brought a lot of happiness to all the people involved and especially the athletes. The experience itself really brought a lot of joy to me personally as well. ”
Jackson is a junior from China, Maine, who is studying physical therapy at Husson and is a freestyle swimmer.
“Amelia was organized and focused as the lead timer for the meet, she went at it for five to six hours and was great with the athletes,” said Susan James, the area swim coordinator for the Penobscot Valley Region Special Olympics, “She did a fantastic job heading up all the timing related activities.”
Husson swim coach Butch Babin added, “Amelia has been a leader in and out of the pool since she arrived here at Husson University. Her caring personality made her perfect for this job.”