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Women's Track & Field: Lots of PRs at our Fourth Annual Invitational

We were excited to see tons of friends,  family and alumni show up at our meet this past Friday. It was a great day for a track meet, the sun was shining and the weather was pretty perfect (until the wind picked up late in the day). Big thanks to all the student workers, Windham Tech students and everyone else who helped the meet go off without a hitch!

On the women's side we saw many top three performances, as well as many personal records.

In the throws, Megan Wallace placed third in the discus and PRed in the hammer by about six feet and freshman Sarah Krulicki PR'ed in the javelin by about three feet. Also, freshman Lauren Hultzman debuted in the shot and javelin on Friday in order to prepare for the heptathlon.

In the jumping events, Eastern took the top two positions in the high jump in Lauren Hultzman and Cora Gingras, and the top three positions in triple jump in Cora Gingras, Lauren Hultzman and Ashlee James. Tacia Bryant took second in the long jump. Finally, Amy Huhn won the pole vault.

On the track, Amanda Quinones took first place in the 1,500 running a program record time of 4:58. Freshman Katie France took a second place finish in the 5k, breaking the 20 minute barrier for the first time! Cora Gingras placed second  in the 400 hurdles, followed by Ashlee James who ran to a third place finish in both the 400 hurdles and 100 hurdles, both personal best times. Christine Charpentier took a 3rd place finish in the 200, with a personal best time of 28.55.

Overall, there were lots of great times, distances and heights. We all had a great time and are already looking forward to next year's meet! Catch us at Springfield on Saturday, our last chance to tune up before the Little East Conference championships

Women's Lacrosse: Opening LEC with Overtime Win Against Keene

Hey Everyone!


Since we last talked to you guys we were getting ready to leave for spring break. Florida was awesome and we could not ask for better weather. We had a great time practicing in the warm weather, at the parks and hanging by the pool. While we were down there we played two games. Our first game was against Shorter University of Georgia, and we won 15-2. Next up was against 7th ranked Colby. After a tough first half we picked up our play in the second half and ended up only allowing them to score six goals. We ended up losing that game 18-3. Unfortunately our time in Florida went by too fast and we were headed back to cold Connecticut.


After a few days off our next game was at Mount Holyoke College.  After a quick five goal lead in the start of the game we never looked back and kept the lead throughout the game. We ended up winning 17-11.  Our next opponent would be Wellesley College. The first half we went goal for goal with Wellesley, but in the end they ended up beating us 16-10. This was a tough loss for us because we knew that we were better than we had played that day.


Next on our schedule was Keene State, and it would be our first conference game of the season. This was a very exciting and high intensity game. At the end of regulation time it was 13-13 which forced us into overtime. After two overtime periods the game was still tied at 14-14. Both teams wanted the win, but in the end it would come down to who wanted it more. The final overtime period would come down to sudden death. With the momentum going our way and our cheering fans, we were the first to score and beat Keene 15-14.  This was a great way to start off our conference play.



Women's Track & Field: PRs Set Under Variable Conditions

By Ashlee James

Sorry for not catching everyone up the past two weeks, once again I'll have to do 2 in 1...

Last weekend (April 2) we were at Coast Guard for the typical windy weather their right-on-the-water track always presents us with. Despite the wind there were some outstanding performances! Amanda Quinones qualified for DIII New England's and ECAC's in the 5k, beating her personal best by over a minute. Her performance also earned her LEC Athlete of the Week. Cora Gingras qualified in the triple jump and finally Amy Huhn in the pole vault whose performance earned her LEC Rookie of the Week honors.

Many of us broke our personal bests in our events, the most exciting in my opinion was Haley Smith who broke her PR in the 5k by almost a minute. Haley had the most intense look on her face throughout the whole race, and we were all VERY proud of her!
Maggie Gibeault set an outdoor PR in the pole vault besting last year's outdoor best by over a foot. Devaney Henderson and Sarah Krulicki both set a personal best in EVERY throwing event they participated in! Awesome day for both of them! It was also notable, that freshman Tacia Bryant made her first appearance of the year racing in the 400.

Not a bad day overall considering the wind and less than perfect temperatures.

This past weekend (April 9th) we competed at Wesleyan at a non-scoring and pretty small meet compared to most of the meets we attend. The weather was FABULOUS, sunny and warm, but not too warm!

First for our qualifiers: Maggie Gibeault qualified for DIII New England's in pole vault, vaulting just over 9 feet (a personal best) and tying teammate Amy Huhn for a first place finish. Amy also PRed in the 200.

In other news... Lauren Hultzman, who was already qualified for DIII New England's, beat her PR in high jump, jumping 5-1. Brittany Lane and Amanda Ericson debuted in the 3000m steeplechase, a grueling race with water pits and barriers to jump over. Both ran very respectable debut times. On a warm day you'd think the water would be refreshing, but if you saw how dirty the water was, you'd understand why they were not refreshed at all!
Devaney Henderson once again PR'ed in javelin, discus and shot; 3 out of 4 of her events.
Katherine Tomasco cut off another second from her 400 time. She has cut her time down almost four seconds in the past three weeks.

Many of the distance girls ran the 3k, a rare event to be run outdoors (it is usually only run indoor and is not a championship event at any level). PRs (based off indoor times) were seen by Melissa Healy, Katie France, Alexa Palasky and Haley Smith.\

The many PR's are thanks to the nice weather and some great workouts we've had lately!

We run at Eastern this Friday.  It is supposed to be sunny and around 60 degrees, a great day for a track meet. Field events start at 3:30, running at 4. Hope to see you there!!!


Men's Track and Field: Team Shines at Coast Guard Invitational

By Ryan Franklin

In the third week of the outdoor track and field season, Eastern Connecticut visited the New London to run, jump, and throw on Coast Guard's track overlooking the water.

Brody Secore of South Windsor once again came ready to compete and lowered his college best 800 from 1:59.39 to 1:57.98 to place fourth and in the process getting closer to his lifetime personal best of 1:55 ran at New England's in his senior year of high school. Also shining amongst the mid-distance athletes was Tim Callahan of Portland, who ran an incredible 50.38 at 400 meters, placing third in a strong field and qualifying for Division III New England's. Ryan Franklin of Glastonbury ran the Warriors' fastest 1500 of the season thus far by running a personal best of 4:20.87, dropping ten seconds from his time at the Bridgewater meet.

In sprints, sophomore Corey Simpson ran a speedy 23.17 to place second in the 200. In the jumps, Alex Verrill of Hiram, Maine placed third in the high jump and seventh in the long jump, while Ryan Wood of Southington once again placed sixth in the triple jump. Josh Fish of Bozrah placed seventh by vaulting 12-1 1/2 .

On the long distance side, Sam Buzcek of Milford bested his Bridgewater 5000 meters by fourteen seconds, running a 16:35.36 to finish twelve overall and first of seventh of Warriors. Ken Landry of East Hampton in his first 5K on the track ran a very respectable 17:10.60.


Men's Track and Field: Bright Spots at Bridgewater Invitational

By Ryan Franklin

The Warriors attended their second meet of the year at the inaugural Bridgewater State University Invitational. 

The best performance on this day was seen in the 800, when freshman Brody Secore ran his first sub-2:00  800 of the year and won the race in 1:59.39, with Colin Whiston placing eighth in 2:07.09.  Also winning an event for the Warriors was Josh Fish, who cleared twelve feet in the pole vault. Nick Miller posted the best 1500 meter time of the day for Eastern by running in 4:26.72, while Sam Buzcek did the same in the 5000 meters with a 16:49.49.

Brian Lowe placed sixth in his first 200 meter dash of the season with a 23.75. In the jumps, Alex Verrill placed seventh in the high jump (1.78 meters) and fifth in the long jump (6.03 meters), while freshman Ryan Wood got sixth place in the triple jump with a leap of 12.36 meters.


Softball: Looking Good Since Returning North

By Molly Rathbun and Rosie Manzo


Hey There Softball Fans, 

Sorry it's been so long since the last post, things have been pretty crazy in the world of Eastern Softball.

Last time you heard from us we were in beautiful sunny Florida. we finished up our spring trip 7-3, and overall we were pretty happy with our efforts.

Since returning north we have played Wesleyan, Springfield, UMass Boston, and Southern Maine, winning both games in each doubleheader.

Wesleyan and Springfield were good regional wins for us and UMass Boston and Southern Maine were our first conference opponents.

Everyone has been contributing and we are playing very well as a unit. We just need to keep the good mojo going! We had  tough games scheduled for Tuesday against  Coast Guard at UConn, but they were rained out. It would have been No. 1 in New England (Coast Guard) against No. 2 in New England If both of our teams continue to win, we may meet for the second straight year in the regional tournament next month..  

Thanks for following and your continuous support!



Molly & Rosie


"Working together works!"


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