Kelly Bennett Rodrigue did her part to bring USM Women’s cross country program to the national level. A four year runner for the Huskies, she won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III meet as a senior and moved on to represent USM at the NCAA National Championships. “The recognition she earned helped turn the program around,” says USM Women’s Cross Country Coach George Towle. “One of her more amazing races was the ECAC championship,” Towle says. “It was pouring rain with pools of water on one of the hilliest courses. It was one of the toughest days for running I’d seen but she was impressive.” Bennett Rodrigue won a slew of honors while wearing a USM singlet, including All-State, All-ECAC and All-New England. In 1986, her final season, she won the State of Maine Championship with a course record finish. She was one of four children of Lewiston’s Bennett family to compete for USM. Bennett Rodrigue’s brother Thomas and sister Heidi also ran the cross country trails for the Huskies, while brother Kevin was a standout on the soccer field.