WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—The UMass Lowell observe and area program kicked off its weekend of competitors Friday afternoon, taking over the primary day of the 2021 Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary.
“Total, it was an excellent first day. It was a little bit chilly for the sprinters this morning, however good climate for the center distance and distance runners,” stated Head Coach Gary Gardner. “I am most happy with the trouble top-to-bottom with the staff. Everybody emptied the tank of their races. That is at all times encouraging to see as a coach.”
On the ladies’s facet, seniors Emily Sessa (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Jenna Solimine (Haverhill, Mass.) had high performances, setting personal-best marks within the 1,500-meter and 5000-meter occasions, respectively.
Sessa represented the middle-distance squad with a first-place end within the 1,500m, clocking in at a career-best 4:32.21 time. In the meantime, distance runner Solimine shaved practically 5 seconds off her quickest time, coming in at 17:35.51 for a greatest mark.
Senior Lauren Eddy (Grafton, Mass.) and graduate pupil Cristina Galvagno (Newton, Mass.) claimed a pair of top-10 finishes within the 400m sprint for the River Hawks. Eddy’s 56.40 time earned her fourth total, whereas Galvagno fought to the end to clinch seventh within the occasion with a 58.32 mark.
A trio of River Hawks took on the primary day of hurdles, with freshman Alexandria Grasso (North Studying, Mass.) taking over the 100m hurdles, senior Kristin Hohenstein (Chelmsford, Mass.) tackling the 400m hurdles, and junior Kayley Moran (Hackettstown, N.J.) competing in each units of races.
Within the 100m hurdles, Grasso and Moran completed in fast succession, clocking in at 15.64 and 15.90 for sixth and seventh place, respectively. Returning for the 400m, Moran earned fifth total with a 1:07.10 ending time, whereas Hohenstein positioned third with a closing mark of 1:05.22.
Senior Kyle Cloutier (Lancaster, Mass.) and junior Drew Everett (Amesbury, Mass.) continued the space dominance for the boys’s staff, selecting up a pair of top-three finishes within the 5000-meter. Edging out Stony Brook for the highest spot by fractions of a second, Cloutier took first in spectacular style with a personal-best time of 14:14.70 within the occasion. In the meantime, Everett saved a gradual stride to beat out Buffalo for third with a time of 14:20.13.
Within the 1,500-meter males’s race, graduate pupil Liam Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) and sophomore William Cole-French (Hanoi, Vietnam) fought off laborious competitors for top-five finishes. In a good race for the highest spot, Kimball beat out Richmond to take second total with a time of three:55.31. Cole-French simply missed the top-three by a razor-thin margin, crossing the end line at 3:55.97 for fourth place.
Rounding out the space competitors for UMass Lowell, graduate pupil Justin Carbone (Exeter, N.H.) posted a personal-best 30:32.33 time within the 10,000-meter, incomes him a Twelfth-place end. Carbone’s new time marks an nearly three-minute enchancment off his quickest efficiency.
River Hawk sprinters junior Joseph Younger (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Michael Blake (Hudson, Mass.) had sturdy outings within the 100m sprint, working to seventh and ninth place finishes in 11.18 and 11.34, respectively.
Within the 400m sprint, junior Kashief Bogannam (Kingston, Mass.) completed second-overall in a time of 49:54, simply lacking the highest spot by mere milliseconds. Sophomore Hunter Marino (Weymouth, Mass.) rounded out the race, claiming sixth total within the 400m area with a 50.00 mark.
UMass Lowell closes out the weekend Saturday, April 3, splitting competitors between the ultimate day of the Colonial Relays and a gathering with Massachusetts.