Amy Huhn in the pole vault and the men's 4x100 relay also win titles
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) won her second consecutive high jump title - breaking her own program record in the process -- at the 2013 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the Edward C. Swenson Complex on the Bridgewater State University campus.
At right: Lauren Hultzman
Hultzman, who captured last year's outdoor alliance and conferences titles and the 2012 alliance and conference indoor high jump championships, broke her own program record by ¾ of an inch with a winning jump of 5-5 ¾. Hultzman qualified for the New England Open Championships with that height and also placed her among the national leaders for a spot in next month's NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconson-La Crosse.
After placing second in the conference and third in the alliance with a ten-foot jump last year, junior Amy Huhn (Hebron) won the conference pole vault championship Saturday with a mark of 9-6 ¼. She was third in the alliance scoring.
At left: Fredrick Hewett
The fourth title of the day was turned in by the men's 4x100 relay, which won the Little East championship with a time of 43.02. The relay, which was .15 off the program record, was made up of freshman John Boisette (East Hartford), sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), junior Andrew Prince (Orange) and junior Fredrick Hewett (New London).
The top eight individuals and top three relays are accorded All-New England Alliance honors, while the first three individuals and first two relays are awarded All-Little East Conference honors.
Additional honorees among the women included senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) and freshman Erica Andrasi (Trumbull). Gingras competed in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. In the triple jump, she was second in the LEC and fourth in the alliance and was seventh in the high jump in the alliance. Chambers was second in the LEC and third in the alliance in the 800, where her time of 2:19.16 was .33 seconds off the program's outdoor record. Andrasi placed sixth in the high jump.
For the men, Hewett was second in the conference and third in the alliance in the 200 and placed third in the conference and alliance in the 400. He time in the latter event was .33 shy of the meet record, which was set in 2006 by Eastern's David Nicholson.
Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) also earned individual honors by taking second in the conference and sixth in the alliance in the 110 hurdles. Senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME) was third in the conference and sixth in the alliance in the long jump, and sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) was seventh in the 400 hurdles in alliance scoring.
In addition to conference honors, Hultzman qualified for the New England Open in the high jump, Chambers for the ECAC Championships in the 800, and Andrasi met the qualifying standard in the high jump for the New England Division III meet. The 4x100 relay of juniors Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and Tacia Bryant (Guilford), freshman Sherry Gilronan (Darien) and senior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) also qualified for the ECAC meet.
For the men, Hewett met the New England Open and ECAC standards in the 400. Sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) in the 400 and Rosado in the 400 hurdles also qualified for the New England Division III meet.
The New England Alliance is comprised of institutions from the Little East Conference and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).