Senior George Foster (Lewiston, Maine) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s indoor track and field team has been named the 2010-2011 Little East Conference Track Athlete of the Year. Foster is the second straight Huskies’ runner to earn the honor of being selected the LEC Track Athlete of the Year, joining former USM standout Justin Richardson (Turner, Maine).
Foster completed a tremendous senior campaign helping the Huskies capture the 2011 Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships. During the season, Foster established a new program standard in the 5,000-meter run at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships, covering the course in a time of one minute, 5.69 seconds. His sixth place finish at the regional championship meet was .55 seconds faster than the previous mark set by Doug Mercer in 2008.
Foster also provisionally qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships as part of the distance medley relay team, when Southern Maine set the school record (7:53.51) at the New England Open Championships on Feb. 26.
In the LEC and Alliance championship meet, Foster helped the Huskies secure their third consecutive and eighth overall Little East Conference and Alliance Championship by racing to a pair of top-five finishes, placing second in the 600-meter run (1:23.46) and fourth in the 800-meter run (1:59.65). Foster combined with three other teammates to capture the 4x400 (3:27.16) and 4x800 (8:09.53) relay championships.
Foster earned the conference’s weekly track athlete citation twice during the season.