Knoblock Earns LEC Track Athlete of the Year

Knoblock Earns LEC Track Athlete of the Year

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –Five Little East institutions were represented when the conference office handed out its 2010-11 women’s indoor track and field major award recipients this afternoon. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth paced the Little East circuit with two of the six major awards, while Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Southern Maine were each honored with one representative.

Owls senior Amy Knoblock (Plymouth, Mass.) was selected as the Track Athlete of the Year, while Rhode Island College sophomore Kim Mangum (Warwick, R.I.) was chosen as the Field Athlete of the Year. The Corsairs swept the Rookie Track Athlete of the Year and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year awards as freshman Ezra Banks (Boston, Mass.) and classmate Jessica Masse (Somerville, Mass.) were honored, respectively. The Huskies George Towle was tabbed the Coach of the Year, while the Warriors earned the Team Sportsmanship Award to close the major awards program for the 2010-11 campaign.

Knoblock is the second straight and third overall Keene State student-athlete to be honored as the top track athlete in the conference circuit since the Little East began sponsoring the women’s indoor track and field major awards program during the 2007-2008 academic year. The Plymouth, Mass. product made her debut at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships after qualifying in the mile and distance medley relay. Knoblock earned a pair of All-America honors at the national championship meet, placing third in the mile (4:58.79) and distance medley relay (11:50.99). The Owls established a new school record in the distance medley relay and posted the program’s fifth All-America citation. Knoblock registered a NCAA automatic mark at the New England Open Championships, when she turned in a personal-best time of four minutes, 54.14 seconds.

She paced Keene State at the New England Alliance and Little East Championships, leading the Owls to a second place finish in the team standings. Knoblock captured a pair of middle distance events in winning the 600-meter run (1:37.03) and the 1,000-meter run (3:01.93), while combining with her teammates to dominate the 4X800 relay (10:03.61). She also achieved success at the regional championship meets, earning All-New England Division III honors in the mile (2nd, 4:46.17) and 1,000-meter run (3rd, 3:01.13) and All-New England Open as part of the distance medley team (3rd, 11:52.10). Knoblock was consistently featured on the weekly awards program, earning top track athlete honors seven of the 11 times the certificate was presented.