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February 16, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
Photo source: Eastern CT State University

Photo source: Eastern CT State University

By Bob Molta | Dir. Sports Info Eastern CT State University

Fredrick Hewett (of New London) became the seventh athlete from Eastern Connecticut State University in the last 10 years to win the 55-meter dash at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The competition was held on Feb. 10, 2013 at the Costello Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

Hewett, a junior, did not compete in the 55 in last year’s championships in his first season at Eastern, but outran a field of nine Little East Conference performers to become the only Eastern athlete (male or female) to win an event at the 16th annual championships, which were delayed one day due to snow.

In a field of 28 LEC and NEA competitors, Hewett won his heat and was third in the preliminaries with a time of 6.66 in the 55.

Hewett was the only LEC runner to advance to the final, and his time of 6.84 in the final placed him eighth overall in NEA scoring.

Nine Eastern Connecticut athletes combined to earn All-LEC or All-NEA honors a total of 19 times.

Hewett was a four-time honoree in the 55 and 400, repeating his third-place finish at 400 meters in the NEA and second-place finish in the LEC from a year ago.

Senior Cora Gingras (of Portland) also earned all-conference honors four times: twice in the high jump (4-11 ¾) and twice in the triple jump (35-1/1 ½ inches shy of the Eastern record).

Gingras was second in the triple jump in both scoring, and in the high jump was tied for third in the LEC and tied for fourth in the NEA. Indoors, Gingras has earned All-LEC or All-NEA honors a total of eight times.

Earning All-LEC and All-NEA recognition in one event each were juniors Laura Hultzman (of Putnam) and Amy Huhn (of Hebron), and sophomores Nikki Chambers (of East Hampton) and Andre Reynolds (of Hartford).

Now a four-time All-LEC and All-NEA achiever in her career in the high jump, Hultzman was tied for third in the LEC and tied for fourth in the NEA Sunday in that event with a mark of 4-11 ¾.

Last year, Hultzman became the first female to win the conference high jump championship.

After finishing fifth as a freshman and sophomore in the pole vault in the NEA scoring, Huhn was fourth this year with a mark of 9-6 1/4 and equaled LEC champion Alexandra O’Brien’s winning mark, but placed second on jumps in the LEC scoring.

In a field of 14 NEA competitors in the 800, Chambers was nosed out for first place by less than half a second by Keene State’s Lauren Markoe, clocking a time of 2:20.33 which gave her second place in both scoring computations.

Seventh in the NEA as a freshman in the 55 hurdles, Reynolds repeated those honors with a fourth-place finish in a time of 8.10, which was good enough for third place in the LEC.

Earning conference recognition for the first time Sunday were juniors Katie France (Portland) and Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington).

In NEA competition, France was seventh in the mile (5:31.05) and McElveen eighth in the 400 (1:01.57) while Kruppa was eighth in the 600 (1:25.26).

The NEA is made up of 10 institutions – 6 from the LEC and 4 from the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

The top eight individuals and first three relays in NEA scoring are accorded All-NEA honors, while the top three individuals and first two relays gain All-LEC recognition.

The Eastern men finished last in both the LEC and NEA computations and while the Eastern women were fourth in the LEC and eighth in the NEA.

The University of Southern Maine women edged Keene State College by four points to claim their13th straight LEC title and 14th in 15 years and managed a three-point victory over the Owls to win their 13th straight NEA championship in 16 years.

The University of Southern Maine men won their ninth LEC crown (fourth in five years) with an 80-point margin over runner-up Rhode Island College, and Bridgewater State University won its first NEA men’s championship ever – becoming the first MASCAC institution to take the title since 2003 – with a 13.5 point victory over Southern Maine.

Posted February 16, 2013

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