Chambers in women's track and Preston in men's basketball honored
At left: Nikki Chambers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) and freshman Trachone Preston (Enfield) have been recognized by the Little East Conference in its weekly awards program.
For the week ending Sunday, Chambers was named the LEC Female Track Athlete-of-the-Week while Preston was recognized as LEC men's basketball Rookie-of-the-Week for the second time in the last three weeks.
Saturday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Invitational in her first attempt at 600 meters , Chambers broke the program's three-year-old record by two seconds with a winning time of 1:41.96 in a ten-person field. She outran the field by nearly four seconds. Chambers also anchored the 4x400 relay which won the event in a time of 4:21.13.
Individually, Chambers has also run the 500 and 800 meters this year, placing second in a field of 20 in the 800 in a time of 2:24.82 at the season-opening Massachusetts Boston Invitational Dec. 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center. On Dec. 8 at the Yale University Invitational, she ran the lead on the 4x800 relay which set a program record of 10:14.47 .
Chambers becomes the second member of the women's track team to be recognized this year in the LEC awards program, following junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), who was named Field Athlete-of-the-Week Dec. 10.
The Warriors compete at the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m.
At right: Trachone Preston (Photo courtesy of Cris Yarborough).
In two Little East Conference wins last week, Preston averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in an average of 34.0 minutes. He shot .455 from the floor and .714 from the stripe and also had two three-pointers in five tries.
After being held scoreless in the first half of a 69-56 LEC road win over Western Connecticut last Tuesday, the 5-foot-9 inch guard scored 16 of the team's 40 second-half points (6-of-9 from the floor). In an 87-71 LEC home win over the University of Southern Maine, he had 11 points and only one turnover in 34 minutes.
This season, Preston is fourth on the team in scoring (10.5) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.509) and steals (1.2). He has appeared in all 17 games for the Warriors and has started the last seven. He leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage and is ninth in free throw percentage (.784) (first among freshmen) and tied for ninth in three-point field goals per game (1.7) (second among freshmen).
Last year's LEC regular-season and tournament champion, Eastern is 12-5 overall with five straight wins and shares the top spot in the LEC with a 6-1 record. The Warriors visit pre-season LEC favorite Keene State College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.