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Simpson, Lowe, Edwardsen, Pates run to regional honors at Open


simpson_closeup_4477.jpgDEDHAM, Mass. --  Four members of the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team ran to All-New England honors at the  New England Open Friday and Saturday at Solomon Track, hosted by Northeastern University.

At left: Corey Simpson

In a field of Division I, II and III competitors Friday, freshman Tyler Edwardsen (Ledyard) broke his own record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.11 in the preliminaries before taking sixth place in a field of 28 in the final. In the 100, first-semester freshman Corey Simpson (Norwich) was fourth and first-year junior Brian Lowe (Kingston, Jamaica) seventh in a field of 22. In the final, Simpson was timed at 11.01, Lowe 11.10 .

The 4x100 relay also achieved All-New England recognition when they raced to a fifth-place finish among 14 in a time of 42.97 - just a half-second off the program record. Lowe, Simpson, Edwardsen and sophomore Nick Pates (East Haven) comprised the relay.

All four had earned All-New England recognition at least weekend's Division III Championship at Tufts University.

On the women's side, senior program record-holder Erika Barber (Portland) was 17th with a mark of 10-0, freshman Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was 17th in the triple jump (33-8 ½) and tied for 17th in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 5-1 which was just one inch off the program record. The 4x100 relay also competed, taking 13th place in a time of 52.57. Relay members included seniors Monica Mills (East Hartford) and Sandra Brautigam (Scotland), freshman Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and junior Roxanne Atterbury (Manchester).

Barber, Edwardsen, Lowe and Simpson have qualified to compete in in the ECAC Division III Track & Field Championship Thursday and Friday at Blake Track on the Springfield College campus.