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By Matt Sinkewicz / Sports Information Staff
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Move over Robert Downey Jr... There's a new Ironman in town: Eastern Connecticut State University cross country and track and field coach Kathy Manizza is training to compete in next year's World Ironman 70.3 Championship at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
This past summer, 59 Ironman competitions were held around the world, and the winners from each age group qualified to compete at Mont-Tremblant, which is located about 80 miles north-west of Montreal in the Laurentian mountains. Manizza qualified by winning her age group (55-60 years old) in an Ironman competition in Gilford, NH on Aug. 18.
An Ironman 70.3 competition consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. Manizza's time for the qualifying event was five hours, 29 minutes, 54 seconds. To put that time in perspective, the average time for a woman in her age group is about 7 hours. Her incredible performance was over an hour and a half faster than the average competitor.
This type of performance obviously demands a strict training regime. Manizza trains about 15-20 hours per week. She bikes about 180 miles, and runs about 30 miles every week. When asked about her swimming, she admitted to hating it. However she still pushes herself to swim three or four days every week. She has a strict vegan diet, and she does not eat any processed foods. When asked how she stays motivated, she responded, "My husband Ken is a competitor too. I enjoy training with him because he is always pushing me to do my best."
Manizza is in her second stint on the Eastern coaching staff. Born in Hawaii, and a graduate of Cal State Fresno, Manizza coached cross-country and track at Eastern in the mid-1990s before spending 13 seasons at the University of Hartford.
Manizza has been active her entire life. She first became involve in triathlons about 30 years ago. Since that time, she has run in seven marathons, many more half-marathons, and countless 5K and 10K races. She was also a member of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team, which won the world championship three times.
Manizza is the kind of person that wants to be the best. She does marathons and triathlons because she loves being fit and active, and she truly believes that leading an active lifestyle leads to happiness. Also, she wants to be a role model for her cross country and track teams. She trains hard, and her hard work pays off. She is an inspiration to everyone.
Above: At last Saturday's home cross country meet, junior Kelly Labanara (at far right) led the Warriors at the finish for the second straight race, placing second overall. (Photo by Liam Murphy)
By Brent Pelella / Sports Information Staff
"Your season starts way before the first event."
Every coach in America preaches this statement to their athletes, but it takes a truly inspired individual to follow through. It's a tedious process, but it's hard to deny the improvement it brings.
Kelly Labanara, a junior cross-country runner at Eastern, is a first-hand example of what it takes to be the best. Last season, as a sophomore, she hovered around the 22-minute mark in the 5k and as a result was the 5th best runner on her own team.
Three long summer months and 500 miles of running later and last year's Kelly is a faint shadow lagging behind. In turn, the new Labanara is stealing the show this season. In her first two events, she has finished first on the team both times and a career best 2nd overall in her last race.
To put her astounding summer running totals into perspective, it could be estimated that her efforts would have brought her from Eastern to Philadelphia and back (in case she's looking for an adventure next summer). Nonetheless, listening to her talk about her passion is envious.
"I am so proud of Kelly and what she has accomplished," noted second-year Eastern head coach Kathy Manizza. "Her summer training program set her up for a fantastic season and I know she will continue to improve. She takes running very seriously, but she also enjoys it and that is so important to being a lifelong runner."
Labanara runs until her legs waver, and then shakes it out and continues to trek, "It helps me clear my head," he proclaimed. "I fell in love with running at a young age, and never looked back."
Labanara grew up in nearby Chaplin and graduated from Parish Hill High School, where she ran cross country and track for four years under Richard Gogan. In cross country at Parish Hill, she also showed drastic improvement, earning the program's Most Improved Runner Award as a freshman and sophomore before being named team MVP as a junior and senior. As a junior in track in high school, she received the Coaches' Award, then proceeded to earn team MVP honors in that program as a senior, as well.
In addition to cross country, Labanara is a two-year indoor and outdoor letterwinner with the Eastern track and field programs, running distances from 800 to 3,000 meters.
However, the soft-spoken accounting major is not content with her most recent goals. She plans to get her 5k time under 20 minutes and continue to improve the other aspects of being a leader on the team.
Kelly understands with success comes not only higher expectations, but also more responsibilities, "We have some great senior leaders, but I also know younger girls might start looking up to me with what I've done. I have to continue to lead by example, and also motivate them vocally."
Her development into a forerunner will give her experience in not only athletics, but also situations that will impact her life after college. This is one of the most essential aspects of being on a team. Most athletes experience togetherness and sacrifice, but Kelly is getting one better.
"Kelly is very quiet, but she is leading by example and setting a great standard for the younger girls as well as for potential incoming athletes," said Manizza.
Running will always fill a vast abyss in her life, and her discreet competitive nature will continue to propagate on roads, and trails countrywide. Her immediate plan after college, aside from crunching numbers, is pretty predictable, "I intend on running throughout my life. My first goal after I graduate is to run a marathon. That would be pretty cool."
The Eastern Connecticut State University Sports Center weight room underwent a facelift this past summer. The room, which is located on the bottom floor of the building and services the entire Eastern community, includes new rubberized flooring, new stereo system, signage, expanded mirror coverage, "Eastern Warrior" platform/power racks, new polyurethane dumbells, kettle bells, barbells, bands, free weights, assisted dip and pull-up machine, two fixed glute/hamstring machines, TRX suspension training packs, medicine balls, leather jump ropes, plyo boxes, bosu balls and jammer machines. Weight room hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
By Brent Pelella
Sports Information Staff
The irony of student-athletics is that in some cases - especially at the Division I level -- the 'athlete' has become much more recognizable than the 'student'. The classroom has turned into a distraction for some, so it's nice to see a needle in the haystack every once in a while.
At left: Lauren Hultzman
Lauren Hultzman is just that.
The senior track & field sensation has performed on and off the field throughout her entire career. Last year, as a junior, she was acknowledged for her achievements both academically and athletically.
The accolade, presented by the National Collegiate Track and Field Association, requires the finalists to be in the top 30 nationally in their event and have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Hultzman is appreciative of this prestigious opportunity, "It's always been a challenge to manage my time. I make a conscious effort to dedicate myself to both sports and academics."
At Eastern, the 5-foot-8 inch Hultzman holds indoor (5-3 1/4) and outdoor (5-5 3/4) program records in the high jump, as well as indoor pentathlon (2885 points) and outdoor (4028) heptathlon program marks.
As a junior in outdoor competition last spring, the Health and Physical Education major won her second straight Little East Conference and New England Alliance outdoor high jump championships and earned All-New England recognition by taking a share of third place in the New England Open (which includes Division I, II and III) and a second in the New England Division III Championships. In the heptathlon last spring, she was fifth in the Division III Championships.
For her achievements, Hultzman shared Eastern's award as the Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year last year. Academically, she earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award and qualified for a spot on the Little East Academic Honor Roll both indoor and outdoor.
As a young girl, Hultzman realized how important time management would be as an athlete. She aspired to become a veterinarian, so growing up it was imperative to balance schoolwork and sports. Going into ninth grade, she decided to join the agricultural program at her local high school, which would add to her packed schedule.
In the next four years at Killingly High School, the Putnam native made her mark as an extraordinary high jumper while qualifying for the National Honor Society. Four years later, she has continued to develop and mature. Her track & field coach at Eastern, Kathy Manizza, touched on that topic as well, "Lauren is so close to reaching her goal of qualifying for the nationals (in the high jump), and has been working really hard toward it. On the other hand, she's also been a very good leader for the underclassmen."
Her experience as a captain this season will be another added challenge, but one well worth it, "I'm excited for the next chapter in my life. Right after I graduate I want to start coaching and working with my major, said Hultzman,
As a PE major, it looks as though Lauren will be working within sports for a long time to come. She's exemplified qualities that every athletic institution looks to instill in all their athletes. Manizza expressed what coaching Lauren has meant to her, "She is a great athlete and an even better competitor. She always wants to get better, and it has shown throughout her time here."
The correlation of some athletes' performance on the playing field and in the classroom is disturbingly conflicting, but cases such as Lauren Hultzman show that stability can be obtained on both ends. It comes down to two things, both of which can be highlighted in Lauren's character from just ten minutes talking to her: determination and motivation.
EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
2012/13 MAJOR ATHLETIC AWARD-WINNERS
Bonnie J. Edmondson Sr. Female SportsPerson-of-Year
Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield)
Francis E. Geissler Sr. Male SportsPerson-of-Year
Nick Stoop (Crofton, MD)
Arielle Cooper (Mystic)
Chris Robitaille (Canton)
Individual Sport Athlete-of-the-Year
Lauren Hultzman (Putnam)
Michelle Schapp (Torrington)
Individual Sport Rookie-of-the-Year
Katie King (Barkhamsted)
Gia Karahalios (South Windsor)
Trachone Preston (Enfield)
BONNIE J. EDMONDSON
SENIOR FEMALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the Eastern alumnus and former track and field All-America and national champion and presented annually to a senior female athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.
MACKENZIE MacLEOD Northfield
MacLeod was a four-year member of the soccer program who served as the team's starting goalkeeper this season. Her resume of scholarship, volunteerism and awards was a lengthy one and includes the Holly Zimmerman Memorial Award, University Foundation Scholarship Award, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Outstanding Senior Award in the Physical Education Department, and President of the Health and Physical Education/Sport and Leisure Management Majors Club. She has received an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award the maximum two times and has earned a spot on the Little East Academic Honor Roll the maximum three times. MacLeod became the third member of the women's soccer program to win or share the award in the last three years. Said head women's soccer coach Chris D'Ambrosio: "Mackenzie embodies everything that a coach wants in a student-athlete here at Eastern. She has been a positive role model for our program due to her outstanding academics, excellent citizenship and positive work ethic both on and off the field, and has been a great friend to her teammates." Last fall, Eastern shared first place in the Little East Conference with a 6-1-0 regular-season record, finishing 9-6-3 overall. MacLeod started 15 of the 16 matches in which she appeared with four full shutouts, a 1.11 goals-against average and a .781 save percentage. She posted full shutouts in her first three starts, then played the first half of a fourth straight shutout in her fourth start, holding opponents off the board for the first 355 minutes, 48 seconds of the season over a span of five matches.
FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR
Named in honor of the late athletic director and coach and presented annually to a senior male athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.
NICK STOOP Crofton, MD
Stoop was a three-year member of the lacrosse program after transferring from the Division 1 level. He returned to active competition and was named a team captain this past spring after missing all of 2011 with a back injury. Off the field, he was an Eastern E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete and Little East All-Academic qualifier as a high honors student as an Individualized Major concentrating in Exercise Science, Sports Nutrition, and Biology. He also served as a tutor in the area of exercise science and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Stoop became the third member of the program to win or share the award in the last five years. A close defenseman, Stoop was the only player on the lacrosse team to start all 18 matches this past spring for the Warriors, who won their second straight Little East Conference playoff championship and competed in the NCAA tournament, compiling a 6-1 regular-season LEC record and finishing 10-8 overall. With Stoop in the lineup, Eastern allowed the least goals (43) in the conference in seven regular-season conference matches. Said head men's lacrosse coach Justin Axel: "Nick embodies the definition of a student-athlete, and goes beyond the call of duty for his team and teammates. He has impacted so many people around our program in a positive way, and spends endless hours giving back to the community. It has been a true honor to coach such a student-athlete who has the work ethic, integrity, and spirit of college athletics such as Nick Stoop.''
ARIELLE COOPER Sr. Mystic
This year marks the fourth straight season that a softball player has received the top vote for the award. This past spring, Cooper become the first third baseman in program history to earn first-team All-America honors when she repeated national honors at that position by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA). A second-team All-America selection at third base as a junior, Cooper becomes the program's first first-team All-America selection at third base in the program's 37-year history and is the first full-time position player to earn first-team honors since outfielder Leanne Shoop in 1990. A four-year starter at third base, Cooper set numerous season and career records this season en route to first-team NFCA All-New England Region honors for the second straight season and Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year plaudits. Batting primarily leadoff, Cooper put the finishing touches on a sterling career and brilliant final season. She led Eastern in virtually every offensive category, among them batting (.538), slugging (1.076), total bases (142), on-base percentage (.629), runs (61), hits (71), RBI (43), home runs (16), doubles (13), and walks (34). Her marks for batting, slugging, total bases, on-base percentage, runs, hits and home runs represented program season records, and her final season batting average was 99 points above her previous-season best, set in 2012. After setting the program's current consecutive game hitting streak of 33 as a junior, Cooper hit safely in 26 games this year. After failing to hit safely in one game that stopped her 33-game streak in 2012, Cooper had a hit in each of the team's final four games that year and in the first 26 this year, giving her at least one hit in 63 of 64 games in that stretch. Cooper finished as the program's all-time leader in career batting (.406) and slugging average (.739), on-base percentage (.474), hits (221), runs (176), doubles (40), home runs (40), and total bases (403), was second in games (177), at-bats (545), and assists (310), third in RBI (129), and fourth in walks (68). Her assist total was the highest among fulltime third baseman. Cooper ranked second nationally in Division III in on-base percentage, third in batting and slugging, fourth in home runs and home runs per game, sixth in runs per game and toughest to strike out, and seventh in walks. Cooper fanned twice in 170 plate appearances this season for the Warriors, who won their fourth straight Little East regular-season title (they were 51-5 in the LEC regular season in Cooper's career) and finish 28-14 overall. The four-year starter appeared in all 177 games in her career, starting all 89 in each of her two All-America seasons and all but two in her career. She helped the team average 36.5 wins per game and compile an overall record of 146-30-1 (83.0 percent), qualify for three NCAA tournaments, win two regional titles and compete in two national tournaments, capture four Little East Conference regular-season (51-5 record) and three LEC tournament championships.
CHRIS ROBITAILLE Sr. Canton
A 6-foot-5 inch post player, Robitaille became the first basketball player to win the award in the 14-year history of the award. This year, Robitaille became the first player from the program in 11 years to earn ECAC New England Division III All-New England honors when he was named as a second-team choice after leading the third-seeded Warriors to their first ECAC championship this past March. A team captain and a first-team All-Little East Conference selection, Robitaille led the conference in field goal percentage (.573) for the second straight year and was first in the LEC in minutes (33.0), tied for second in rebounding (8.4), tied for fourth in scoring (14.6), tied for fifth in blocks (1.1) and tied for ninth in assists (2.3), all of those marks except field goal percentage representing season-highs in his career. Robitaille concluded his career with 1,003 points, reaching 1000 points in his final game in a 74-60 road victory over top-seeded Westfield State University in the ECAC title game. A four-year letterwinner, Robitaille led Eastern (22-8) to its first ECAC championship by averaging a double-double (20.0 points/10.3 rebounds) with a .614 shooting in three tournament victories. During the year, Robitaille had 12 double-doubles (27th nationally and the most in the conference), with five of them coming in the final seven games. Robitaille concluded his109-game career with a 9.2 scoring average and 638 rebounds (5.9), 93 blocks and 136 assists and a .573 field goal percentage, ranking among the program's all-time Top 10 in rebounds and blocks and third in field goal percentage. Robitaille and fellow seniors Joe Ives and Tyler Hundley paced the Warriors to four consecutive 20-win seasons in their careers - the winningest four-year period in the program's 72-year history -- one LEC regular-season and tournament crown, a berth in the 2011/12 NCAA Sweet 16 and to the No. 1 seed in the ECAC tournament in consecutive seasons.
GIA KARAHALIOS Fr. South Windsor
Karahalios became the third member of the program in the last four years and fifth in the last eight to share or win this award outright. This past falls' Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and first-team All-LEC pick, the center back started every match and led all Eastern players in minutes per game with an average of 83.0, and was named Little East Rookie-of-the-Week in the fifth week of the season. She was the only freshman to gain first-team All-LEC recognition and was one of only two freshmen among 24 first and second all-conference players. She became the program's fourth LEC Rookie-of-the-Year and sixth first-team freshman all-conference pick in program history. During the season, opponents averaged only 1.1 goals per match. In seven regular-season conference matches, Eastern ranked second in goals-against average (0.81), giving up only six in seven matches. Last fall, Eastern shared first place in the Little East Conference with a 6-1-0 regular-season record, finishing 9-6-3 overall.
TRACHONE PRESTON Fr. Enfield
Preston became the third member of the program in the last six years to receive this rookie award. The 5-foot-9 inch left-handed combination guard was named Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and second-team All-Conference this past winter when he helped the Warriors to their first ECAC tournament championship and the No. 2 seed in the Little East Tournament, the club winning 20 games for the fourth straight year (22-8) and 12 of 14 regular-season conference contests. No Little East rookie was recognized on a weekly basis more often than Preston, who was named the conference's weekly outstanding rookie three times over the course of the season. Preston appeared in all but one game, starting (the final) 24 games and averaging 10.8 points with a .459 three-point percentage, team-leading 2.5 assist average and 29.0 minutes per game. Preston contributed at least one three-point field goal in all but four games in which he appeared (including the final ten) and in a 93-84 overtime LEC home victory over Keene State, posted season-highs of 20 points, six assists and 43 minutes. In the ECAC championship win over No. 1 seed Westfield State, Preston contributed 12 points. He was 6-for-6 from the stripe and 2-for-3 from three-point range in that 74-60 road victory. In all, he ranked second in the conference among freshmen in scoring average, was second overall in three-point field goal percentage , tied for seventh in assists, and seventh in free throw percentage . He led all Little East rookies in a total of three statistical categories.
INDIVIDUAL SPORT ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR
LAUREN HULTZMAN Jr. Putnam
Women's Track & Field
Set program records indoors and outdoors in the high jump and also set the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon program records... record-setting high jump mark of 5-5 ¾ outdoors was the third-best among New England Division III competitors during the season and shared 27th place overall in Division III... named All-New England outdoors in the high jump by repeating a
second-place finish in the New England Division III Championships (5-4 ¼) and finishing with a share of third place in the New England Open (5-5)...was fifth in the New England Division III outdoor heptathlon with her program-record 4,028 point total...in that heptathlon, she won the high jump and was second in the long jump... repeated as both Little East Conference and New England Alliance champion in the high jump outdoors with her record-breaking mark of 5-5 ¾... in the ECAC Championships indoors, set program records with 2,885 points in the pentathlon (which earned her an eighth-place finish and All-ECAC honors), and a high jump height of 5-3 ¼ in the high jump pentathlon which earned her a tie for first in that event... also All-LEC and All-NEA indoors with a high jump of 4-11 ¾ which netted her a share of third place and fourth place, respectively...
MICHELL SCHAPP Jr. Torrington
Schapp broke all three backstroke records during the season and swam a leg on three record-breaking relays at the NEISDA Division II-III Championships in February. She led the Warriors by collecting 75 points with a third-place finish and two sixth-place finishes at the NEISDA meet. In that meet, she set program backstroke records at 50 (28.56) and 200 (2:12.06) yards after setting the 100 record of 1:01.45 with a third-place finish among 27 competitors at the Little East Conference Championships in December. During the season, Schapp was named Little East Swimmer-of-the-Week once after winning two backstroke events and competing on two winning relays at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational. In the 100 backstroke, Schapp was undefeated in dual competition, winning that event at the Saint Joseph (CT) Pentathlon when she placed fifth overall among 34 pentathlon participants. A team captain, Michelle was voted team MVP.
INDIVIDUAL SPORT ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR
KATIE KING Fr. Barkamsted
The third member of the program to win this honor in the three-year history of the award, King swam to All-New England honors in each of her three individual events and with two relays at the NEISDA Division II-III Championships this past February, and shared third place on the team by collecting 73 points in that meet (only two points behind the Eastern leader). The younger sister of junior teammate Colleen, King broke the program's 50 (31.10) and 100 (1:08.95) yard breaststroke records in the NEISDA Championships - placing third and seventh, respectively -- and was part of the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:52.52) - along with her sister -- in that meet. At NEISDA, King also placed seventh in the 100 individual medley in a time of 1:04.13. At the Little East Championships in December, King became the first freshman in eight years to win an individual event when she won the 100 breaststroke, and she was also named All-LEC with the second-place 200 medley relay. King was undefeated during the regular season in the 50 breaststroke and won the 100 breaststroke three times - at the Saint Joseph (CT) Pentathlon in her collegiate debut, the Little East meet and at Roger Williams - and was second in that event at the Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational. At the Saint Joseph Pentathlon, King was second in a field of 34 only to teammate Erin McVeigh. She won the breaststroke and was second in the IM in that meet.
Seven earn the honor for the maximum third time in their spring sport
In the spring, France (far left) and Labanara earned LEC All-Academic honors for the third time this year.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- A total of 25 Eastern Connecticut State University student-athletes have been named to the Little East Conference All-Academic Team for the spring season.
Despite sponsoring only six of the LEC's seven championships in the spring, Eastern had the second-high total of All-Academic qualifiers among the eight member institutions. Coupled with 23 fall academic qualifiers in five sports (sharing second place), and 18 in five winter sports (placing third), Eastern amassed 66 All-Academic achievers during the 2012-13 academic. Eastern's season total was the third-highest in the conference.
Seven players from Eastern's 2013 LEC playoff champion women's lacrosse team gained the honor - the most by any Eastern program this season. The women's track, men's lacrosse and softball programs featured four selections each in the spring, with baseball and men's outdoor track recording three selections each.
This year's total gives Eastern 441 qualifiers in the six-year history of the All-Academic program, an average of nearly 75 each academic year.
Student-athletes having reached sophomore academic and athletic status and showing a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 are eligible for the award each season.
Franklin (at left) was a seven-time LEC All-Academic selection in his career.
This spring, seven senior Eastern student-athletes attained the maximum third All-Academic honor in their spring sport: Health & Physical Education major Drew Accomando (Monroe) in baseball, Sport & Leisure Management major Christine Charpentier (Monroe) in women's track, SLM major Arielle Cooper (Mystic) and HPE major Katie Sokoloski (Eastford) in softball, HPE major Drew Deane (Vernon) and Psychology major Jordan Munsell (Waterford) in men's lacrosse, and Elementary Education major Daniela Marchitto (Orange) in women's lacrosse.
Last month, six of this spring's LEC All-Academic qualifiers earned an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum cumulative 3.50 GPA through last fall) for the maximum second time: Accomando, Charpentier, Deane, Marchitto, Munsell, and Sokoloski.
Junior Elementary Education major Katie France (Portland) and sophomore Accounting major Kelly Labanara (Chaplin) earned a spot on the LEC All-Academic team for the third time this year as cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field participants.
In his career, senior Political Science major Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) reached LEC All-Academic status seven times in three sports (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), and Charpentier, France, Marchitto and Munsell six times each. Charpentier ran indoor and outdoor track, and Marchitto and Munsell played soccer in addition to lacrosse.
Marchitto (at right) was one of seven players from the 2013 LEC playoff championship women's lacrosse team to qualify for the LEC All-Academic team.
This past spring, Cooper was named first-team All-America at third base and LEC Player-of-the-Year, and Marchitto was selected first-team All-LEC in both sports and additionally honored as LEC Midfielder-of-the-Year in lacrosse.
Additional individuals gaining spots on the academic squad were women's lacrosse players Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury), a senior, Kelsea Burkhardt (Old Saybrook), a junior, and sister Amy Burkhardt (Old Saybrook), a sophomore, juniors Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) and Christine Lillis (Waterford), and sophomore Lauren Wells (Stratford); senior men's lacrosse players Merrick Smith (Stonington) and Nick Stoop (Crofton, MD), track and field athletes Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), a senior, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) and sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington), junior baseball players Michael Pendergast (Farmington) and Greg Porter (Mystic); and junior softball players Mattie Brett (Waterford) and Stephanie Johnson (Southington).
Andre Reynolds (above) broke the Eastern Connecticut State University men's outdoor track and field record in the qualifying round of the 110 meter hurdles on the first day of the 2013 ECAC Championships Thursday at Blake Track on the campus of Springfield College. Reynolds was timed in 15.00, breaking by .11 the three-year-old record set by Tyler Edwardsen at the New England Open. Others competing for Eastern Friday at the ECAC Championships were Lauren Hultzman (5-2 1/2), who missed All-ECAC honors by one place in a ninth-place finish in the long jump; Cora Gingras (5-0 1/2), who was 20th in the high jump; Luisantonio Rosado (56.48), who was 19th in the 400 hurdles; Fredrick Hewett (49.88), 20th in the 400, Akaya McElveen (1:00.36), 31st in the 400, and Nikki Chambers (2:26.58), 37th in the 800.
Above: Lauren Hultzman clears an opening height at Saturday's New England Open en route to All-New England honors for the fourth time in the event in her career.
On final day of NE Open, women's 4x400 smashes program record
EASTON, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) earned All-New England honors for the fourth time in her career in the high jump when she finished in a tie for third at the New England Open Championships which concluded Saturday at W.B. Mason Stadium on the campus of Stonehill College.
Hultzman, the program outdoor record-holder in the high jump and pentathlon, posted a mark of 5-5 (3/4 inches off her program record set two weeks ago when winning at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference championships). Laura Pomphrey of WPI (5-7) won the event and Shannon Meehan of University of Rhode Island (5-5) was second.
The meet features New England teams from all three divisions.
In three outdoor seasons, Hultzman has won two NEA/LEC championships and placed in a tie for third in the Open this year and was sixth in 2012 and has been second twice in the New England Division III Championships.
Additionally on Saturday, the Eastern women's 4x400 relay broke the school record by five seconds with a time of 4:03.71, which placed it 24th overall. Running the relay were juniors Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and Tacia Bryant (Guilford), senior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton).
Chambers just missed All-New England recognition when she placed ninth in the 800 in a time of 2:15.66 (.13 off her program record).
Senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was tenth in the high jump (5-3) - equaling her personal record - and 18th in the triple jump (33-9 ¼), and the 4x100 relay was 20th in a time of 51.12. Runners were Bryant, freshman Sherry Gilronan (Darien), McElveen, and Charpentier.
For the Eastern men Saturday, the 4x400 relay placed 15th in a time of 3:21.31. Competitors were junior Fredrick Hewett (New London), sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), freshman John Boisette (East Hartford), and sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington).
Eastern competes in the two-day ECAC Championships beginning Thursday at 11 a.m.
Hultzman and Chambers break records; Hewett All-NE in 200 and 400
Hultzman, Hewett (Photo by Frank Poulin)
WATERVILLE, Maine - Two Eastern Connecticut State University men and two women attained All-New England honors and broke records this past weekend at the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Colby College.
Junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) broke the program's heptathlon record with 4028 points en route to a fifth-place finish in a field of 13, and also achieved All-New England recognition in the high jump with a mark of 5-4 ¼ which netted her second place. Sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton), hindered by shin splints this year, clocked a record 2:15.53 in the 800 which gave her fifth place and a program record. The time was more than there seconds that a week ago at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships.
For the men, junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) posted a PR of 48.75 (.54 off the program record) in placing fourth in the 400, and was timed in 22.34 in a seventh-place finish in the 200.Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) squeezed into eighth place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.53 in the final.
The top eight individuals and relays are accorded All-New England honors.
The men's 4x100 missed All-New England recognition by .03 in a ninth-place finish of 43.18 (.31 seconds off the program record). Running the relay were Hewett, sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), junior Andrew Prince (Orange) and freshman John Boisette (East Hartford).
Eighth a year ago in the heptathlon in this meet with 3639 points, Hultzman won the high jump, was second in the long jump, fourth in the 100 hurdles and javelin, eighth in the shot, ninth in the 200 and 12th in the 800. She stood in second place after the first day of competiton, when four events were completed.
Senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), who had set the previous program heptathlon record at last year's New England meet with 3859 points, totaled 3741 this year. She was third in the 100 hurdles and high jump, sixth in the 800, eighth in the long jump, 11th in the 200 and javelin, and 13th in the shot.
Gingras was also tied for 15th in the high jump with freshman Erica Andrasi (Trumbull) and 22nd in the triple jump, and junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) ran to a 19th-place finish in the 400. The 4x400 relay of McElveen, junior Tacia Bryant (Guilford), senior Christine Charpentier (Monroe) and Chambers was 15th, and the 4x100 relay of Bryant, Charpentier, McElveen and Chambers placed 16th.
For the men, sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) placed 23rd in the 400, as did sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) in the 400 hurdles, and Boisette and Prince both competed in the preliminaries of the 100. The 4x400 relay of Hewett, Kruppa, senior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) and Boisette registered a 14th-place finish.
In 2012, Hultzman also gained All-New England honors in the high jump by taking second in the Division III Championships and sixth in the New England Open. Last year, Hewett was sixth in the 400 in the Open and fourth in the 200 at the Division III meet.
Eastern competes in the New England Open this weekend at Stonehill College.