Athens native Matt McClintock will begin his quest for a third straight All-American season when he and the Purdue University cross country team begin the season on Friday at the Crusader Open in Valparaiso, Indiana.

McClintock, a senior who graduated from Madison Area Memorial High School, placed 19th at the NCAA cross country championships last November to earn first-team All-American honors.

Messalonskee High School graduate Harlow Ladd also is a member of the Purdue cross country team.

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Waterville’s Bethanie Brown missed the indoor and outdoor track seasons last year with an injury to the peroneal tendon, which runs from the outside of the ankle under the foot. Now, the Iowa State junior is ready to go for the cross country season.

“I’m planning on competing this fall,” Brown said via a Twitter message.

Brown’s injury stemmed from overuse, and rest helped her get ready for the cross country season. The Cyclones open the season Friday at the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Early Bird Invitational. Last season, Brown placed 53rd at the NCAA championship to help Iowa State finish as national runner-up to Michigan State.

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Last year, Messalonskee grad Kristy Bernatchez helped the University of North Carolina field hockey team reach the national semifinals, where the Tar Heels lost to ACC rival Syracuse, 3-2, in a penalty shootout.

This season, expectations are high again for Bernatchez and the Tar Heels, who opened the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in the preseason National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

North Carolina started the season with a 2-1 win at No. 14 Michigan on Saturday.

Katie Bernatchez, Kristy’s older sister, is a senior on the Boston University field hockey team. Katie and the No. 20 Terriers opened the season with a 4-3 win over New Hampshire on Friday.

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Central Maine is well represented on the University of Maine field hockey team. Perennial juggernaut Skowhegan has three alumni on the Black Bears roster: seniors Jessica Skillings and Nicole Sevey, and sophomore Adriana Martineau.

Marissa Shaw (Nokomis), Lynnae Luettich (Messalonskee) and Hayley Marshall (Oak Hill) also are on the Maine roster.

The Black Bears opened the season with a pair of wins this weekend. Maine beat La Salle University, 5-1, on Friday, with Shaw scoring a pair of goals and Skillings an assist. On Saturday, Maine took a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross. Sevey earned an assist.

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The University of Maine cross country team opens the season on Sept. 5 with a home meet. Lawrence grad Sarah Heald is a member of the women’s team. Logan Moses of Messalonskee runs for the men’s team, along with a pair of Mt. Blue graduates, Justin Tracy and Joshua Horne.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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