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13 Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field New England Region Honors

13 Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field New England Region Honors

Men's All-Region Honorees | Women's All-Region Honorees 

13 student-athletes were recognized by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-New England teams as announced by the organization.

Jayci Andrews, Kara Gilbreath, Lamont Haynes, Joshua Higgins, Michael Kotleski and John Lara of Bridgewater State, Annie Woolley of Fitchburg State, Jessie Cardin, Ashley Craig and Alexa Popp of Westfield State and Jana Agustsdottir, Justin Lewis, John Ojukwu and Marcus Vieira of Worcester State all received honors. 

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned all-region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region's top three relay teams.

On the women's side, junior Jayci Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) earned All-New England accolades in the 60-meter hurdles, while junior Kira Gilbreath (West Haven, Utah) was recognized for her performance in the shot put.

For the men's team, the Bears' quartet of sophomores Lamont Haynes (Boston, Mass.) and Joshua Higgins (Fitchburg, Mass.), senior Michael Kotleski (Great Barrington, Mass.) and freshman John Lara (South Boston, Mass.) brought home All-New England honors in the 4x400-meter relay. Higgins also picked up the award for the 800-meter run, while senior Cameron Williamson (North Easton, Mass.) garnered the distinction for his performance in the triple jump.

For Fitchburg State, Woolley had the fastest 60 meter hurdle time in New England after earning top honors at the 2018 Tufts Last Chance National Qualifying Meet on Saturday, March 3rd with a personal best time of 8.68 seconds to break her own school record in the event.

Westfield State's Cardin (Sutton, Mass.) earned the All-Region distinction for her achievement in the 5000-meter run. Cardin's season best time on the 5,000 meter run is 17:14.34. Cardin will be competing at the NCAA indoor track and field championships.
 
Craig (Groton, Mass./ Westford Academy) was recognized for her outstanding accomplishment in the Pole Vault. Craig broke a school record in the New England Division III finals, vaulting 3.7 meters.
 
Popp (Westford, Mass.) earned recognition for the 400-meter run, which she set Westfield's record for at the New England Division III finals, clocking in at 58.30. Popp very nearly qualified for the NCAA indoor track and field championships, missing the mark by just 8/100ths of a second.

Worcester State's Lewis, the 2017 NCAA DIII high jump champion, earned All-Region honors in the high jump. This season, he was ranked not only first on the Division III New England list, but also on the national list with a personal best height of 2.14m (7' 0.25"), which he put forth on Feb. 2 at the NEICAAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Ojukwu earned the honors in the 60 meter dash with a personal best time of 6.94, which was good for second place in all of New England. He was behind Dominic Nda of UMass Boston who held a time of 6.89.  

Vieira was also second in New England in his event of the weight throw. This season, Vieira broke his own weight throw school record with a top throw of 19.15m (62' 10") on Feb. 25 at the Boston University Last Chance Qualifier. Vieira was behind UMass Dartmouth's Jared Louf-Woods who earned a top throw of 19.23m (63' 1.25") at the New England Alliance Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Agustsdottir earned All-Region honors in two events: the high jump and pentathlon. On February 16, Agustsdottir marked a Worcester State school record 3,425 in the pentathlon en route to a personal record in the high jump which put her in fourth place in all of New England with a height of 1.69m (5' 6.5"). She was ranked third in New England in the pentathlon, behind two Williams competitors (Summer-Solistce Thomas and Emma Egan).

 Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State, Westfield State and Worcester State Sports Information