The Worcester State men's team and Westfield State women's team look to repeat as champions Saturday, February 10th when the two teams join Bridgewater State and Fitchburg State at the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The MASCAC institutions will compete in conjunction with the New England Alliance meet, which features participating schools from the Little East conference. The championships hosted by Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth, will be held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy Fieldhouse in Providence, R.I. The meet will begin at noon with the field events.
At last year's meet, the Lancers grabbed their first conference team title with 198 points over runner-up Westfield State with 164 points. Worcester State finished the day with six individual league titles and a relay crown. Marc George took home the 600 meter title while teammate Jalil Gibson crossed the line first in the 55 meter dash and Jarrod Barros nabbed the 200 meter dash title.
In the field events, Scott Page cleared the best height in the pole vault to earn MASCAC honors a. Marcus Vieira earned his first MASCAC medal with a top showing in the weight throw while Sam Weeks retained his shot put title with a top throw of 15.83 meters. The Lancers topped the conference field in the 4x400 meter relay made up of Edward Boamah, Christian Cedullo, Momodou Kabareh and George.
Fitchburg State tallied six individual titles on the day. Brian Amaral set a new MASCAC and New England Alliance record in the 5,000 meters and took home another league title in the 3,000. Jake Hastings grabbed the MASCAC crown in the mile run while Cameron Stalters raced his way to a league title in the 55 meter hurdles. Chauncey Beatty added a MASCAC title to his name with a first place finish in the 800 meters. In the field events, Ben Sattiewhite claimed the MASCAC crown in the high jump.
Westfield State took home two individual titles and a relay. Connor Gottzmann was first in the 1,000 meter run. On the field side, Dereck Stone claimed the long jump league honor. In the 4x800 meter relay, Tevin Cintron, Pat Brett, Gottzmann and Sam Harding finished first.
Bridgewater State earned two individual titles and the final relay. Lamont Haynes finished first in the 400 meter dash. On the field side, Cameron Williamson leaped the further in the triple jump to earn the MASCAC title. In the 4x200 meter relay, Alex Goss, Kyle Cordeiro, Haynes and Michael Kotleski grabbed the MASCAC title.
On the women's side, Westfield State earned 227 points over a close runner-up in Bridgewater State with 222 points. The Owls grabbed six individual titles and a relay crown. Jessie Cardin shattered the 5,000 meter MASCAC and New England Alliance record then later in the day took home the MASCAC title in the 3,000 and mile. Ashley Monahan won the 600 meter run with a new MASCAC record time. Autumn Brown was the first place finisher for the MASCAC in the 800 meter run. On the field side, Ashley Craig claimed the pole vault title.The Owls took home the crown in the 4x800 meter relay with a MASCAC record breaking time led by Mary Elizabeth Dignan, Monahan, Cardin and Brown.
Bridgewater State led the way with 10 individual MASCAC titles and the final two relays. Jayci Andrews was a three-time winner on the track and in the field. She took home the MASCAC title in the long jump, 55 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash. Amanda Lane was the fastest league finisher in the 400 meter dash while Traci Perry finished first in the conference in the 55 meter dash. Kristan Grattan rounded out the Bears top finishers on the track with a win in the 1,000 meters.
On the field side, Sheila O'Sullivan had the furthest distance in the weight throw. For the fourth straight year, Samantha Richner won the high jump. Sydney Bennett earned a MASCAC crown in the shot put. Molly McNamara rounded out the track individual winners for Bridgewater State with a top leap in the triple jump. The Bears took home the top spot in two of the three relays. In the 4x400, Andrews, Lane, Perry and Tess Miller crossed the line first. The quartet would win MASCAC glory again in the 4x200.
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