University of Maine graduate Jesse Orach, the America East cross country champion last fall, has added another academic achievement to his resume.

The Gorham native has been selected to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 1 Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country first team.

The honor recognizes the country’s top student-athletes for their athletic and academic performance.

Orach earned his chemical engineering degree this spring with a 3.95 overall grade point average, including a 4.00 as a senior.

He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree.

Orach is a two-time winner of the “M” Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes at UMaine with outstanding academic and athletic achievement, along with community service. He recently earned his fourth America East Scholar-Athlete award.

Orach’s individual victory at the 2016 America East cross country meet helped UMaine earn a second-place team finish, and he was the first Black Bear to break the tape at the conference championship meet in five seasons.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, from which first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected next month.

USM baseball players honored

A pair of University of Southern Maine baseball standouts received postseason honors this week.

Sophomore infielder and pitcher Jake Dexter of Oakland was named to the ABCA Division III All-America Second Team at the utility player position, while freshman outfielder Dylan Hapworth of Winslow garnered All-America third-team honors.

Dexter is the 29th USM player to earn ABCA All-America honors since 1982. He batted .356 with six doubles, one homer and 25 runs batted in, while compiling a 4-2 record of the bullpen.

Dexter set a USM record with 12 saves and compiled a 2.66 earned run average in 40 2/3 innings, allowing just 34 hits and eight walks while striking out 34.

Hapworth led the Huskies with a .394 batting average while collecting 14 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 42 RBIs. The Little East Rookie of the Year also racked up 112 total bases and a .700 slugging percentage.

USM (34-13) advanced to the title game of the NCAA Division III New York Regional.

Bates rowing team seeks title

The Bates College women’s rowing team will attempt to earn its second national championship in three years Saturday after winning their heats on Friday morning in New Jersey.

Bates wound up finishing its heat in 6 minutes, 53.08 seconds, more than 11 seconds in front of second-place Ithaca College.

The first varsity eight’s heat featured Wellesley, Washington College and Pacific Lutheran. The Bobcats led by about eight seconds at the 1,500-meter mark before Wellesley gained some ground in the final 500 meters. The Bobcats prevailed and Wellesley finished second with a time of 6:37.70

The top two teams from each first varsity eight heat advance directly to the grand final. Bates will be joined on Saturday by Wellesley, Williams, Ithaca and the top two finishers in Friday afternoon’s first varsity eight “repechage.”

With the exception of Wesleyan and Pacific Lutheran (teams that qualified only one boat), the crews that qualify for Saturday’s grand finals will earn points toward the team national championship.

For example, winning the gold medal in the first varsity eight grand final earns a team 30 points while coming in second gets 27 points and so on. The winner of the second varsity eight grand final will receive 12 points, with second place receiving 10, etc. The team that has the most combined points between its two crews wins the national championship.

NEIBA honors UM catcher

University of Maine junior catcher Christopher Bec has been named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association’s Division I All-New England second team.

Bec was hitting .353 with 18 doubles, 24 RBIs and one home run entering Maine’s America East tourney game on Friday night.

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