Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Star of Special Night at Prefontaine Classic

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 will be recognized for her historic running accomplishments and pioneering spirit with a night in her honor during the 43rd Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, May 26, 2017.

“Joan Benoit Samuelson Night is a tribute to a special athlete who broke barriers and remains an inspiration for women runners, especially in the U.S.,” the event’s organizers said.

The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running outdoor invitational track and field meet in the country and part of the elite International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League of meets held worldwide annually.

Polar Bear Scoreboard, Including Men’s Tennis NESCAC Championship

Men’s Tennis: In an epic battle over more than five hours, the fourth-seeded Bowdoin men’s tennis team claimed the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a 5-4 win over second-seeded Middlebury Sunday at the Lansing Chapman Rink on the campus of Williams College.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team battled top-seeded Middlebury but fell in a 5-2 decision in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday afternoon at Williams.

Baseball: The Middlebury College baseball team scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally from an early deficit and defeat Bowdoin, 11-4, in a rain-shortened doubleheader Saturday at Pickard Field.

Softball: The Williams College softball team claimed its second consecutive NESCAC Championship, and fifth overall, with a convincing 9-1 victory over Amherst in the final game of the conference championship tournament Sunday at Pickard Field. The Ephs (31-10) earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Amherst (28-10) and Bowdoin (28-10) will hope to receive at-large bids when selections are announced Monday.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field:  A pair of Bowdoin athletes came away as regional champions as the Polar Bear outdoor track & field teams enjoyed a phenomenal day at the New England Division III Championship Saturday hosted by Williams College.

Rowing: Weather was a big factor at the New England Rowing Championships Saturday.  Crews faced wind-driven rain, and then gusts over 25 knots until the Regatta was put on hold, and several events were cancelled. In seven events, the Bowdoin Navy earned five medals. The Men’s Novice 8 just missed advancing to the final, and the Women’s 2nd Four finished 4th in the Petite Final. The Women’s Novice Four started the medal haul with an impressive :28  second victory into a blustery headwind ahead of Wellesley and UMass Lowell. The Men’s Second Varsity Four beat rival Wentworth by :02 to claim Bowdoin’s second gold. The Men’s Novice Four won the silver behind WPI. The Grand Finals in both the men’s and women’s varsity fours were cancelled due to wind, but the men took a silver,  less than a second behind Boston College, and the women took bronze, based on time trial results from the morning qualifiers. Five Bowdoin crews travel to Philadelphia next weekend for the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, the largest intercollegiate regatta in the country.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.

 

New England Dominates List of Greenest States (WalletHub)

A new list out today ranks all fifty states for their environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate-change contributions, and the six New England states make up six of the top ten spots.

Maine, ranked 6th overall, is tops in the nation in two categories: percentage of recycled municipal waste and percentage of energy consumption from renewable resources.

A World Without Federal Arts Funding (Bloomberg)

Amid the prospect of major cuts in funding for the arts, specifically the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, writes of a world without investment in culture, civic pride, and a sense of national identity. Read “In the Absence of Federal Arts Funding.”