Local college roundup: Three locals win New England track titles
Springfield, Mass. - Coast Guard Academy seniors Adam Scalesse and Ben Wolhaupter were individual winners and helped the Bears to a solid fourth-place finish at the New England Division III outdoor track and field championships on Saturday at Springfield College.
Scalesse won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.36 seconds while Wolhaupter cleared 15 feet, 9 inches to capture the pole vault. Coast Guard finished with 62 points, trailing only MIT (159.83), Bates (79.33) and Bridgewater State (67) in the team standings.
Connecticut College's Michael LeDuc also won a New England title in the 1,500, breaking the school record in 3:51.53, as the Camels finished 18th with 15 points.
Also for Coast Guard, Scalesse was fourth in the 400 hurdles (53.99) as was junior James Dawkins in the 400 (49.30). Coast Guard's 4x400 relay team of Ben Hannon, Kelcey Smith, Ryan Haub and Dawkins placed third (3:20.90) while Stephen Horvath was seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:38.81), Zachary Velasquez was seventh in the 5,000 (15:23.80) and the 4x800 relay team was Andrew Scheffey, Ben Chapman, James Martin and Jordan Lee was seventh in 7:53.46.
Also for Conn, Nick Fischette was seventh in the decathlon, setting a school record with 5,329 points, while the 4x800 relay team of Niall Williams, Ben Bosworth, Brad DeMarco and LeDuc placed sixth in 7:54.30
Women's outdoor track
• Coast Guard senior Abigail Bishop broke the school record in the pentathlon (4,538 points) and placed second at the New England Division III meet. Junior Beth Gollin also set a school record for the Bears in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:50.57), placing third, as did Monet Masters in the pole vault (11-2), while Kyle Sutschek was fifth in the discus (120-6).
For Conn College, Ashley Curran was third in the 5,000 (17:42.48), Bella Franz was fifth in the 1,500 (4:40.28), Ariana Beers was sixth in the 10,000 (38:38.00), Anna Laurence was eighth in the 10,000 (39:53.52) and Lauren Kennedy was eighth in the javelin (115-6).
• Top-seeded Mitchell College split a pair of games and will face to sweep No. 2 Becker today to win the New England Collegiate Conference tournament. The Mariners were beaten by Becker 7-1 in the winners' bracket final, but bounced back to beat Elms 8-4. Becker can win the tournament by winning once today, starting at 10 a.m. Kenneth Olszewski hit a solo homer in the loss for Mitchell before the Mariners (21-2-1) snapped a 2-2 tie in the second game by scoring six runs in the top of the ninth. Waterford's Gavin LaLima went 4-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth.
• Top-seeded Lesley won its sixth straight NECC title with a 4-2 win over No. 3 Mitchll in the championship game. The Mariners had advanced to the final round by defeating No. 7 Regis 4-0 earlier in the day. In the loss to Lesley, freshman Samantha Ryan of Quaker Hill went 2-for-3 with a double while Lindsey Romagnino added an RBI double. In the first game, Brittany Fiederlein went the distance to earn the shutout while Alexandra Blanchette of Norwich drive in a run with a base hit. Ryan, Fiederlein and Shannon O'Neil were named to the all-tournament team.
• Connecticut College finished third in the varsity four race at the New England Rowing Championship on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Saturday. Bowdoin won in 7:45, Amherst was second in 7:58 and Conn finished in 8:09. Val Goldstein, a Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, guided the Camels as the coxswain. Annie Speranza was in the stroke seat and Lindsay Cook, Caroline Cranna and Natalie Calhoun were also on the team. Conn finished fifth in the novice four race and sixth in the second varsity four race.
• Connecticut College won the petit varsity four race at the New England Rowing Championship on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Saturday with a time of 7:20. Conn was second in the second varsity four race at 8:12.
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