Presque Isle, ME - We would like to recognize three track and field athletes for their contributions to our fledgling program that was initiated in the spring of 2018, only four seasons ago. Although interrupted by the canceled 2020 season and a much-abbreviated 2021 season, these athletes have persevered in working toward personal and team goals.
Words from head Track & Field Coach, Chris Smith.
Kendra Silvers, not pictured, has been a stellar cross country runner for three seasons and was able to realize her track goals this year. She has been a leader of both her cross country teammates as well as the middle distance runners this spring track season. A pre-med biology major, Kendra currently holds a grade point average of 3.977. She has been a past member of the Student Athlete advisory Committee. Additionally, Kendra has been a leader and mentor for resident hall students as she has served as and is currently a resident hall assistant. Thank you Kendra!
As a participant in the track and field program for the last three seasons, Margaret Dickinson has demonstrated profound dedication to her team, other athletes, and to herself. She always looked to improve her throwing abilities, the result being her currently holding school records in the shot put, javelin, and discus. Additionally, over her three years as a track athlete Marge has consistently been the high point scorer for her team. Through all this, and certainly more importantly, Marge was always able to balance her academics, work responsibilities, and training schedules, which included a year of softball and four years of volleyball. Her 3.882 grade point average as an education major specializing in special education attests to her dedication in the classroom as well. Additionally, Marge has previously served as a resident hall assistant and has been a past member of our Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Thank you Marge!
Our third track and field athlete we are recognizing today is Paul Kaplan, the first of our program to graduate as a four-year participant. As I recruited Paul as a high school senior, he struck me as being a true student-athlete who would be able to balance school, soccer, track and field, and any other endeavor he undertook. Also, one to "step up" when asked to help with anything ranging from a true leadership role to helping with the most mundane task, Paul's boundless enthusiasm always shone through. Paul currently holds school records in both the triple jump as well as in the discus throw. Paul has been a past president of the Physical Education Major's Club, a past president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and was previously chosen as the Outstanding Future Professional by the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Paul has received other University awards for his soccer prowess and received the UMPI Al Arman "Make a difference Award" in 2019. His 3.726 grade point average as a Physical Education major shows his devotion to the classroom. Paul is now a short time from completing his physical education student teaching here in MSAD1 in Presque Isle before he goes out to teach and coach where I am sure he will have a profound impact on his students, athletes, and peers. Thank you Paul!
Thank you to all three of these Owls, they are true representatives of what an UMPI athlete is.