Gauthier named New England Field Athlete of the Year
Noah Gauthier ’08 has scored big points for his team in the shot put and discus throw, and won All-America honors in the indoor weight throw, but at outdoor nationals this week he’ll compete in his best event, the hammer throw. (Joe Gromelski photo)
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College junior Noah Gauthier has been named the Division III New England Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the USTFCCCA announced Monday.
Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.) will be honored at the NCAA Championships Banquet on Wednesday in Oshkosh, Wis., where he will compete in the hammer throw this week.
Gauthier, a team co-captain, is undefeated in the hammer throw this season, including wins in the NESCAC Championships, the New England Division III Championships and the all-division Open New England Championships. He notched his top throw of 192 feet and 1 inch at Open New Englands, beating the runner-up from the University of Rhode Island by 8 1/2 feet, and is ranked third in the nation heading into nationals.
Gauthier scored a whopping 23 points for Bates at the New England Division III Championships, winning the hammer, placing second in the shot put (50-10.25) and fourth in the discus throw (144-10).
Gauthier hopes to add another All-America honor to his growing list of awards on Friday in the hammer throw. At indoor nationals in March, he became Bates’ 12th All-American in the 35-pound weight throw, joining his brother, Dustin Gauthier ’05.