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Track: Four Achieve All-NE Honors

Hewett, Hultzman are three-timers; Lochard, Gingras record-breakers

hewettOpen72dpi_2965.jpgAt left: Fredrick Hewett (Photo by Frank Poulin)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University outdoor track and field sophomores Fredrick Hewett (New London) and Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) each earned All-New England honors three times this month during New England championship competition.

Hewett, a first-year competitor, placed sixth at 400 meters at the New England Open Championships and was third at 400 meters and fourth at 200 meters at the New England Division III Championships. Hultzman was sixth in the high jump at the New England Open and at the New England Division III Championships was second in the high jump and eighth in the heptathlon.

Both New England meets were hosted by MIT at the Steinbrenner Track on the Cambridge, MA campus.

Hewett and Hultzman were among four Eastern athletes who gained All-New England honors at the Division III meet. Senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) ran to an eighth-place finish at 10,000 meters and junior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) totaled a program-record 3,859 points in a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon.

hultzmanHFatSC04211272dpi_8192.jpgIn addition to those who achieved All-New England status,  freshman Kevin Lochard (Stamford) broke the 30-year-old program record with a time 1:54.96 at 800 meters en route to an 18th-place finish at the Division III Championships.

At left: Lauren Hultzman (Photo by Frank Poulin)

At the Division III meet, Hewett ran the fourth-fastest 200 (22.25) in program history and at the Open, his time of 48.94 was just 65 hundreths of a second off the program record. In last month's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships. Hewett was second in the LEC and third in the NEA at both 200 and 400 meters.  Indoors, Hewett competed at 200 and 400 meters in the New England Division III, Open and ECAC Division III Championships, earning a tenth-place finish at 400 meters in the Division III meet.

At 400 meters in the Open, Hewett was the only Division III athlete to reach the finals. He was second in his heat (fifth overall) behind Dennis Stephenson of Division II American International College with a time of 49. 24. Hewett's third-place finish at 400 meters in the Division III meet was the highest by an Eastern male or female since program record-holder and indoor All-America David Nicholson captured the event in 2006.

Hewett is in his first collegiate season after playing football as a post-graduate at Southern Tech Academy in Charlotte, NC in the fall of 2009.

gingras_72_4534.jpgThis year's LEC and NEA indoor and outdoor high jump champion, Hultzman  was one of seven individuals to record a jump of 5-3 in the Open behind the top three finishers. Hultzman, who shared ninth place in the Open as a freshman with a then-record mark of 5-3, was the second Division III finisher in the Open. She was fourth in the Division III meet and eighth in the Open this past winter indoors, (with an indoor record jump of 5-3 in the latter meet).

At left: Cora Gingras 

Hultzman's finish in the Division III and Open meets in the high jump were the highest ever by an Eastern female. The only previous female to gain All-New England recognition in the Division III meet was Kim Jemmott, when she took third place 16 years ago.

In the Division III heptathlon, Gingras broke Hultzman's program record of 3,709 points, which she had accumulated  in mid-April at Holy Cross. Gingras bettered her own previous total by 211 points, which she had recorded at Holy Cross.  In a field of 15 in the Division III meet, she was third in the high jump and at 800 meters, fifth in the long jump, sixth in the 100 hurdles, ninth in the javelin and at 200 meters and 13th in the shot put. Gingras was 13th at last year's Division III meet in the heptathlon, with 3,477 points.

quinones_72_4319.jpgHultzman totaled 3,639 points in the heptathlon on the way to All-New England honors in that event. She won the javelin and high jump, shared sixth place in the long jump, was seventh in the shot, 13th in the hurdles and 14th at 200 and 800 meters.

Quinones gained All-New England honors at 10,000 meters for the first time in her career, clocking a personal best time of 38:47.93 at the Division III meet. The 2010 LEC/NEA 10,000 meter champion as a sophomore, Quinones was 12th in the Open and 14th in the Division III meet as a junior, setting her previous PR of 39:08.56 last year at the Division III meet.

At right: Amanda Quinones

Also competing in the Division III meet for the men were freshmen D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), Andrew Reynolds (Hartford), Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) and Dylan Kruppa (Torrington). Chambers was 26th at 200 meters and competed in the preliminaries of the 100 meters; Reynolds and Rosado also competed in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles; and the 4x100 relay of Hewett, Chambers, Kruppa and Rosado combined to claim 12th place.

Hewett accumulated all 11 of the team's points with his performances at 200 and 400 meters.

For the men in the Open, Hewett competed in the preliminaries of the 200 in addition to capturing sixth in the 400. The 4x100 relay was 11th and the 4x400 relay of Lochard, Rosado, Kruppa and Hewett were 18th.

In the ECAC Championships at Troy, NY, Hewett was 15th at 200 meters and 21st at 400 meters and the 4x100 relay of Hewett, Chambers, Rosado and Reynolds placed 23rd.

Also competing for the women at the Division III Championships were junior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and  sophomores  Akaya McElveen (New Haven), Tacia Bryant (Guilford) and Amy Huhn (Hebron).  Gingras missed All-New England recognition by one place by finishing ninth in both the high jump and triple jump.  In the high jump, Gingras was one of 14 athletes to share sixth place with a jump of 5-0 1/4, but was officially given a ninth-place finish, based on jumps. Huhn shared 16th place in the pole vault while the 4x100 relay of Bryant, Charpentier, McElveen and Huhn ran to a 17th-place finish.

At the Open, Gingras was ninth again in the high jump. Huhn did not clear a height in the pole vault, the 4x400 relay of McElveen, Bryant, Charpentier and Gingras was last in a 17-team field and the 4x100 relay was disqualified.

At the ECAC Championships, Hultzman shared 12th place in the high jump and Huhn tied for 17th in the pole vault.

Joining Lochard as a record-breaker for the men during the outdoor season was junior Nick Miller (Norwich), who was clocked in 9:23.44 at 3000 meters April 7 at Wesleyan. For the women, in addition to the heptathlon, Gingras also broke the triple jump record (35-4) at the Eastern Invitational April 13, Hultzman set a new standard in the high jump (5-5) at the Eastern Invite, Huhn equaled Erika Barber's pole vault record of 10-8 at Westfield State March 24, and Quinones broke the mark with a time of 4:57.91 at 1500 meters at Wesleyan April 7.





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