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« on: July 21, 2014, 12:27:03 PM »

VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association chose a 72-year-old marathon specialist, a junior softball pitcher from BFA-Fairfax High School, and a junior track and field athlete from Mount Mansfield Union as its athletes of the month for May.

Elected in statewide balloting of VSMA membership were Newton Baker of Montpelier as the Open Division Athlete of the Month, Kayla Mathieu of BFA-Fairfax as the High School Female Athlete of the Month, and Alec Eschholz of Mount Mansfield Union as the High School Male Athlete of the Month.
Each was first nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts during May.

In that month, Baker — who has undergone knee, ankle and prostate cancer surgeries — completed seven marathons in a span of 14 days, including the New England Challenge of five marathons in five days in five states. Baker then finished the Shires of Vermont Marathon a day later and later added his 26th consecutive Key Bank Vermont City Marathon. Baker has run in all of the Key Bank marathons since the event was founded.   

Also nominated for the Open Division award was Castleton State College freshman women’s lacrosse player Kim Gosselin.

In two of May’s biggest meets, Eschholz owned the hurdling events. In the Burlington Invitational he won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles, setting meet records of 14.66 and 39.12, respectively. At that meet, Eschholz also won the long jump with a 21'6" leap, and his 5'10" high jump was good for third.

At the Essex Invitational, Eschholz won the 110m high hurdles in a meet-record 14.64, and then broke a state record set in 1987 in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 38.34. He also took second in the long jump at 21'1.5".
Eschholz outpolled Poultney senior baseball player Sean Shepardson and Middlebury Union senior lacrosse player Sam Usilton.

In May, Mathieu, Vermont’s Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, dominated every lineup she faced, going 9-0 to improve her career record to 34-0 through the end of the month. For the month, her earned run average was 0.25, and she walked fewer than one batter per game while averaging 2.1 strikeouts per inning. At the plate, she batted .600 with a .696 on-base percentage and a 1.230 slugging percentage.

Mathieu earned the VSMA nod among a field of five nominees that included U-32 senior lacrosse player Nicole Lavigne, Otter Valley Union senior softball player Cortney Poljacik, and two senior track and field athletes, Katherine Furland of Essex and Hannah Merriam of Peoples Academy.

The three May winners will receive plaques from the VSMA’s sponsor of the organization’s Athlete of the Month program, Initial Ideas of Rutland.

More information about the VSMA is available from organization president Josh Kaufmann of the St. Albans Messenger at josh@samessenger.com.
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