STANDISH, Maine — Saint Joseph’s College celebrated the construction of its $4.7 million athletics complex with a ceremonial turf-setting event on Thursday morning.

Members of the Board of Trustees, President James Dlugos, coaches, athletes and donors gathered on the field to ceremonially roll out turf onto the field surface.

Construction on the complex, which will feature an artificial turf field, an eight-lane track and on-site parking, began last fall. The lights have been installed.

The complex, which will be the home for Saint Joseph’s soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field programs, will be the the first lighted turf/track college venue in southern Maine.

“This facility falls perfectly in line with our College’s core values of Excellence and Community,” said Saint Joseph’s Athletics Director Brian Curtin. “It also fulfills our athletic department’s principle of striving to provide the highest quality student-athlete experience possible.”

UMPI announces awards

Connor Hrynuk and Carla Halvorson were honored as the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s male and female athletes of the year during Wednesday’s annual Athletic Awards Banquet.

The Male and Female Athletes of the year were awarded to Connor Hrynuk of the Nordic ski team and Carla Halvorson, a member of the women’s soccer team.

Hrynuk, a sophomore Nordic skier from Boonville, New York, placed third at the Eastern Collegiate Championships, the first ever podium finish in program history.

Halvorson, a senior women’s soccer player from Easton, led the Owls in goals (13) and points (29) and was tied for second in assists (3). She scored two game-winning goals and was selected to the Association of Division III Independents First Team and was a United States Collegiate Athletic Association honorable mention.

Baseball player and cross country runner Saul Nunez of Mapleton, along with sophomore women’s soccer player Abigail Deveau of North Anson and junior softball player Sara Packard of St. Albans received the Al Arman “Make Difference” Award. The honor goes to student-athletes who have impacted athletics or the campus community.

Nicholas Lenhard of Falcon, Colorado, earned the Stanley H. Small Coaches Award. The basketball player was recognized for exemplary dedication to UMPI athletics during his career. Freshman basketball player Emi Churchill of Washburn claimed the Ruel Parks Award given to a passionate player who is dedicated to the game and facilitates team chemistry.

Senior Sully Jackson of Wilton, a member of the cross country team, claimed the Donald. N. Zillman Character Award for demonstrating the ideals of character development through sportsmanship.

The women’s Nordic ski team won the Royal Goheen Award given to the UMPI team with the highest grade point average, while the volleyball team earned the Sharon Roix Award for the most improved grade point average.