ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine announced today that it has selected six former student-athletes for induction into the 2014 University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Former softball standout Jessica Brady (’05), cross country and track and field runner Gerry Clapper (’83), field hockey star Annie Elkanich (’97), football and baseball player M. Milton MacBride (’35), track and field star Joe Moody (’99) and baseball standout Curt Smith (’08).
Brady, captain of the 2004 softball team, was a four-time America East First Team selection. She was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2002 and was selected to the America East All-Tournament team in 2004, after leading the team to the America East Title and the NCAA Regionals. She hit .385 as a junior to lead the team in batting average. Upon graduation, Brady held school records for games played in a season (57), at-bats in a career (608), hits in a season (62), hits in a career (205), stolen bases in a season (23) and stolen bases in a career (73).
Clapper was a 12-time letterwinner in cross country and track and field. He was a two-year cross country captain, and won the Maine State Championships in 1981 and the EIAA Eastern title in 1982. In indoor track and field, Clapper won the EIAA Eastern championship in 1983 in the two mile with a time of 8:51.71. Upon graduation, he held five University of Maine records including the mile run at 4:10.34 set in 1983, the two mile run at 8:51.71 set in 1983, the 3,000-meters at 8:23.91 set in 1984, the 5,000-meters at 14:34.37 and the four mile relay at 17:41.3. Currently, he ranks second all-time in the 5,000-meters, fourth in the 3,000-meters and fifth in the mile. In outdoor track and field, he won the Maine State Championship and the EIAA Eastern championship in the 5,000-meters in 1983. He holds the 10,000-meter record with a time of 29:59.64 and is currently fifth all-time in the 5,000-meters with a mark of 14:45.08. He also hold the distance medley (440-880-1320-mile) relay record at 11:18.7, set in 1980.
Elkanich was captain of the 1996 field hockey squad. She was named a NFHCA Third Team All-American in 1996 after leading the Black Bears in scoring with 16 goals and 13 assists for 45 points. She was named a First Team NFHCA All-Regional selection in 1996 and also earned a spot on the North Atlantic Conference First Team. Elkanich was also named to the NAC First Team in 1995 and was named a NFHCA All-Regional Second Team selection that season. Upon graduation, she held Maine school records for assists in a game (3), assists in a season (14), points in a season (45) and assists in a career (39).
MacBride served as captain of the 1934 football team. An All-Maine Conference selection in 1933 and 1934, he led the team in rushing in 1933. MacBride was also a four-year letterwinner in baseball. He hit .330 as a junior and .375 as a senior. MacBride was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Moody, captain of the 1998-99 indoor and outdoor track and field teams, earned nine varsity letters. As part of the indoor track and field team, Moody won the 500-meter dash at the America East Championships in 1996 and 1997. He was also the New England Champion in the 500-meter dash in 1997, setting a meet record with a time of 1:02.75. Moody set the 500-meters indoor school record five different times, including a best of 1:02.72 which stands today. He also holds the school record as part of the 4X400-meter relay team. He currently ranks second on Maine’s 800-meter list with a mark of 1:50.67. In outdoor track and field, Moody capped his career by participating in the 1999 NCAA Championship, finishing 14th in the 800-meters. He won the 800-meters at the 1998 and 1999 New England Championships and was the 1999 America East champion as well. He currently holds the school record in the 800-meters with a time of 1:48.28. Moody ranks third on the 400-meter dash list. He also ran cross country in 1998. Moody also excelled in the classroom, earning the M Club Dean Smith Award as the top male student-athlete at Maine in 1999.
Smith served as captain of the 2008 baseball team. He led the Black Bears to a pair of America East Championships and NCAA Regional appearances in 2005 and 2006, being named to the NCAA All-Regional Team in each of those years. He was named the America East Player of the Year and earned a spot on the America East First Team in 2008 after hitting .403 with 60 runs scored, 17 doubles and 11 home runs. He finished his career with 300 hits, second on Maine’s all-time list. He set the school record for triples with 19 and currently ranks second on that list. He is tied for third on Maine’s all-time RBI list with 178, fourth on Maine’s doubles list with 60 and tied for fourth on Maine’s single season hits list with 87 in 2006. He led the team in batting or finished second each of his four years with the Black Bears. Following his senior season, he was selected in the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
The six will be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 18, 2014, surrounding homecoming festivities. The football team will play Albany that day, while the men’s ice hockey team will face defending national champion Union that evening.