The University of Maine at Farmington Athletics Department recently hosted its fourteenth annual Beaver Social banquet to celebrate the year and recognize select student-athletes who achieved the highest honors in academics, and those who were chosen by their peers for their enthusiasm and school spirit.
UMF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President (SAAC), Paige Carter, emceed the program and UMF President Kathryn Foster launched the program with welcoming remarks that affirmed her love of UMF athletics and efforts to excel.
Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, Julie Davis, engaged the crowd with a game of "Did you know?" to emphasize athletic and academic accomplishments of teams, individuals, and staff. She also highlighted the impact athletics makes on campus and in the community through numerous service activities they perform. Award presentations followed.
The President's Cup is awarded to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average. The women's soccer team won its first President's Cup with a GPA of 3.407.
The Beaver Pride Award recognizes a male and female student-athlete who embody sportsmanship, school spirit, the drive for excellence, and most importantly, Beaver pride. These athletes are role models for the UMF community and are known for consistently making good choices. Student-athletes vote on this award. The male winner was Brett Elliott of baseball team, and the female awardee was Kaiti Kinney of the women's soccer team.
The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is given annually to the male and female senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average after the fall semester of the academic calendar. Field hockey player Makayla Frost claimed the women's award with a 3.98 GPA, and baseball's Tyler Flayhan topped the charts on the men's side with a 3.89 GPA.
The Senior Athlete of the Year Award recognizes the top male and female senior athlete based on performance over their entire career at UMaine-Farmington. This award uses criteria such as, but not limited to, career statistical data, team awards, national and conference weekly honors, national and conference post-season achievements (both individual and as a contributor to a team's success), plus any national, regional and conference post-season honors (All-America, All-Region, All-Conference, etc.). The recipients must be in good standing with their teams and the department throughout their careers as well. This year's honorees were Shane Hathaway of the track & field team, and Carly Raymond of the field hockey & lacrosse team.
In 2016 and 2017 Hathaway was the 400M hurdle champion at the NAC Championships. In 2017 he was First Team All-Conference in 400M Hurdles, Second Team All-Conference in Triple Jump, and Second Team All-Conference in High Jump, Second Team All-Conference in the 4*100M relay. In 2018 he was the triple jump champion and Second Team All-Conference for 400M Hurdles and tallied a total of 35 points out of the Beavers 127 points for the Championships.
Carly Raymond has played in 57 career games as a field hockey player with 21 goals, six assists, and 48 points. As a lacrosse player, she has played in 56 games, tallied 103 goals with 79 assists for a total of 182 points which is now the all-time record at UMF. She has also notched 172 ground balls, 146 draw controls and forced 69 turnovers.
Notably, UMaine-Farmington had three All-Americans in snow sports and 37 North Atlantic Conference awards.
As has been the tradition since the first event, all teams participated in a food drive to benefit the community via a local food pantry. Donations were tremendous and very much appreciated by the food pantry attendants, according to Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor, Cyndi Pratt.
UMF Athletics gave a special thanks to the significant sponsors of this year's event: University Credit Union and Sodexo Dining services, as well as the most significant alumni-driven supporter of UMF Athletics to date, Beaver Alums Supporting Student-Athletes (B.A.S.S.A).