BOSTON – In its first season as a varsity sport, Suffolk men's and women's track & field saw one Ram earned All-GNAC status with a pair of student-athletes garnering sports on the conference's all-sportsmanship team.
The league's major award winners were selected by the league's head coaches, while each event winner at the inaugural GNAC Championships were automatically named to the 2018 All-GNAC Team.
Suffolk sophomore Mariama Kamara made history at the conference championships. The Chelsea, Massachusetts's native put together a personal record of 12.77 to finish second overall, just 0.22 seconds behind Taymise Sanders of Newbury (12.55). As the top GNAC finisher, Kamara became the first-ever Ram to take home All-GNAC first-team honors.
Emily Manfra and Matt Sambuceti represented the Rams on the all-league sportsmanship team, which was established to honor one player from each team in the league for outstanding dedication to sportsmanship and for their portrayal of good sportsmanship, fair play and positive attitude.
Manfra has been a staple in Suffolk's long-distance events over her two years, making her name known on the cross circuit. Sambuceti, on the other hand, was a consistent as the Rams' field competitor throughout 2018.
2018 GNAC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD MAJOR AWARDS
Men's Track Athlete of the Year – Francisco Tavares, Emmanuel College (Mass.)
Women's Track Athlete of the Year – Fatima St. Hilaire, Regis (Mass.)
Men's Field Athlete of the Year – Daniel LaFlamme, Regis (Mass.)
Women's Field Athlete of the Year – Fatima St. Hilaire, Regis (Mass.)
Men's Track Rookie of the Year – John Cavanaugh, Emmanuel College (Mass.)
Women's Track Rookie of the Year – Abby Flaherty, Regis (Mass.)
Men's Field Rookie of the Year – Noah Hutchinson, Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Women's Field Rookie of the Year – Emma Belyea, Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Men's Coach of the Year – Kourtney Bonsey, Regis (Mass.)
Women's Coach of the Year – Kourtney Bonsey, Regis (Mass.)
Men's Institutional Sportsmanship Award – Regis (Mass.)
Women's Institutional Sportsmanship Award – Regis (Mass.)
Jordyn Gonsor, Emmanuel (Jr., Springfield, Mass.)
Patrick Carty, Emmanuel (So., Sweden, Maine)
Ben Lane, Lasell (Jr., Rutland, Vt.)
Shannon Hart, Lasell (Sr., Mashpee, Mass.)
Fred Mathieu, Regis (Mass.) (Sr., Miami, Fla.)
Fatima St. Hilaire Regis (Mass.) (Jr., Danvers, Mass.)
Lucas Fisher, Saint Joseph's (Maine) (Sr., Strafford, N.H.)
Bree Sautter, Saint Joseph's (Maine) (So., Lisbon, Maine)
Emily Manfra, Suffolk (So., Stoneham, Mass.)
Matt Sambuceti, Suffolk (So., Marlborough, Mass.)