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Track: Hultzman Repeats as All-NE

Reynolds breaks men's 60 hurdles record for third time this season

hultzman_72_8373.jpgJunior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) achieved All-New England honors for the second straight year in the high jump and sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) broke the men's 60 meter hurdles record for the third time this year Saturday at the New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.

At left: Lauren Hultzman

Competing at the Costello Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Southern Maine for the second straight week, Hultzman gained the only point for the women or men in the competition with an eighth-place finish in the high jump  with a mark of 5-2 ¼. The height was ¾ of an inch off the program record which she shares and which she attained at the New England Open Championships as a sophomore.

Hultzman was one of six competitors to clear the bar at 5-2 ¼. Julie Eagle of WPI won the New England title with a jump of 5-6, followed by three participants reaching 5-4 ¼, and six at 5-2 ¼.

Hultzman competed in the event in this meet for the third straight year. As a freshman, she was 12th (5-0 ¼) and last year gained All-New England honors for the first time with an identical mark of 5-2 ¼ which netted her a fourth-place finish.

reynolds 72NE_2885.jpgAt left: Andre Reynolds

At the New England Division III men's championships at Bates College's Walter Slovenski Track, Reynolds broke the program's 60 meter hurdles record for the third time this season with a time of  8.66 in the preliminaries. Reynolds, who broke the record twice earlier this year in times of 8.87 (season-opener at the Reggie Lewis Center) and 8.78 (Jan. 26 at Springfield College), was third in his heat Saturday, missing out on a spot in the final by .04.

As a freshman, Reynolds also competed in the preliminaries  of the 60 hurdles at the New England Division III Championships, clocking a time of 9.25.

Participating in the meet for the second time in his two-year career,  junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) was timed in 7.27 in the preliminaries of  the 60 meters and finished 14th in a field of 24 with a time of 51.43 in the 400. Hewett was timed in 7.19 in the 60 preliminaries last year and placed tenth in the 400 in a time of  51.45.

Additional Eastern Results:

Sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) was 13th in the 600 (1:26.60) and 15th in the long jump (19-8).

Sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, P.R.) clocked a 9.21 in a 22nd-place finish in the 60 hurdles.

The 4x400 relay of Reynolds, sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), Kruppa and Hewett was 14th in a time of 3:34.28.

Senior Cora Gingras (Portland) and Hultzman finished ninth and tenth, respectively, in Friday's pentathlon. In a field of 14, Gingras totaled 2,790 points, Hultzman 2,780. Gingras was on pace to break Hulzman's program record of 2,859 points which she set at last year's championships, but twisted her ankle at the start of the 800 - the final event - and placed 12th.

Gingras shared first place in the high jump, was seventh in the 55 hurdles, tenth in the long jump and 12th in the shot put to go along with her 12th-place finish in the 800. Hultzman also shared first place in the high jump, was seventh in the shot put and long jump, eighth in the 55 hurdles and 13th in the 800.

Gingras was 14th in the triple jump (33-11 ½) and freshman Shanique Bunsie (Bridgeport) 14th in the shot put (35-4 ½).

Sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton), the program recordholder in the 600, was 24th in the 800 (2:28.82).

The 4x200 relay was 16th (1:54.29) and the 4x400 17th (4:18.28). Running the 4x200 were juniors Tacia Bryant (Guilford) and Amy Huhn (Hebron), freshman Sherry Gilronan (Darien) and Chambers. The 4x400 was made up of junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven), Bryant, Gilronan and Chambers.

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