April 28, 2012

Worcester State Claims Second MASCAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship In Three Years

2012 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hosted By Westfield State University

Jerry Gravel Track, Westfield, Massachusetts

FINAL TEAM SCORES

Worcester State                                   226

Westfield State                                    177

Bridgewater State                               112

Fitchburg State                                    94

Massachusetts Maritime                      0

WESTFIELD, Mass. --  Worcester State University captured its second Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field championship in three years on Saturday afternoon, as the Lancers posted a 49-point victory over runner-up and host Westfield State University at the 2012 league championships that took place at the Jerry Gravel Track.

Worcester State notched a team score of 226 points to outdistance Westfield State’s total of 177 points, while Bridgewater State University (112 points) and Fitchburg State University (94 points) posted respective third and fourth place finishes in the event.  The Massachusetts Maritime Academy rounded out the standings with a fifth place finish and no team score.

Junior Briana Wise (Worcester, Mass.) led the way for Worcester State with a pair of individual event championships, as she took top honors and set new MASCAC records in both the 100 meters (12.16) and 200 meters (25.17).  Freshman Alyssa Jasper (Rockland, Mass.) was also a double winner for the Lancers in the discus (35.59 meters) and shot put (11.41 meters), while sophomores Christy Deininger (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Megan Taylor (Danvers, Mass.) set new conference standards in winning the 100 meter hurdles (14.87) and 400 meter hurdles (1:05.05), respectively.

Freshman Katie Cataldo (Attleboro, Mass.) also set a new MASCAC mark in taking top honors in the javelin (40.31 meters) for Worcester State, which also claimed both the 4 X 100 (48.17) and 4 X 400 (4:03.48) meter relays with new conference records.  Junior Brittany Grueter (Foxboro, Mass.) rounded out the Lancer individual champions list by claiming the crown in the 10,000 meters (42:06.46).

Westfield State saw four individuals earn respective MASCAC individual titles, led by senior Amanda Gricus (Marion, Mass.), who set a new standard in the hammer throw with the second longest mark in NCAA Division III to date this spring at 54.92 meters.  Freshman Amy Trainque (Fitchburg, Mass.) set a new record in the 1,500 meters (4:48.87) for the Owls, while sophomore Amy Auclair (Marlboro, Mass.) tied her conference record in the pole vault (3.05 meters).  Senior Laura Poore (Warwick, R.I.) rounded out the winners for Westfield State by taking top honors in the triple jump (11.00 meters).

Bridgewater State junior Molly Rouillard (Dartmouth, Mass.) set the 10th MASCAC record of the day in the 5,000 meters (17:50.79), while seniors Sarah Lagasse (Rehoboth, Mass.), Carrie Robitaille (Ludlow, Mass.), Colleen Davis (Mansfield, Mass.) and Melissa Harris (Uxbridge, Mass.) also claimed respective individual titles on the day for the Bears in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:01.07), long jump (5.20 meters), 400 meters (58.82) and 800 meters (2:20.57).  Fitchburg State junior Emily Lane (Clinton, Conn.) rounded out the individual champions’ list by taking top honors in the high jump (1.58 meters) for the Falcons.

Southern Maine captured its third straight New England Alliance championship in competition between member institutions from the MASCAC and Little East Conference, as the Huskies posted a team score of 170 points to top runner-up Worcester State (150.50) and third place Westfield State (106).