Courtesy: America East Communications

River Hawks, Wildcats Garner Week 2 #AETF Awards

Release: 12/17/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second week in a row, the River Hawks have swept the Indoor Track and Field awards on the women’s side, while performers from UNH and UMass Lowell split the men’s recognitions. Here’s a look at this week’s Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week:

Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week
Taelor Murphy, Jr., UMass Lowell
Salisbury, Mass.

  • Tallied two event victories for the second-straight week.
  • Broke the tape in a time of 7.62 seconds in the 60-meter dash, 18/100ths of a second better than the runner up.
  • Bettered the field by nearly half a second in the 200-meter dash, clocking in with a time of 24.97.
  • Tops all America East sprinters in both events.
  • Murphy’s times are ranked within the top-25 and top-35 in the 200 and 60 meter dashes, respectively.

Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Week
Kristie Mitcha, So., UMass Lowell
Neconset, N.Y.

  • Cleared the bar at 5’3” in the high jump event.
  • Finished second in the event at the Northeastern University Jay Carisella Invitational.
  • Teammate Alana Kelley also completed the jump at 5’3” to finish third, but Mitcha had fewer missed attempts to place ahead of Kelley.
  • UMass Lowell women won three events on the day.

Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week
John Prizzi, Jr., New Hampshire
Wycliff, N.J.

  • Claimed first in the 3000-meter race for UNH at the Jay Carisella Carnival.
  • Clocked in at 8:27.33 to capture first and provisionally qualify for the New England Regionals.
  • Sits at third among America East runners.
  • Currently ranks 14th nationally according to the latest TFRRS compilation.

Men’s Indoor Field Performer of the Week
Garrett King, Jr., UMass Lowell
Amesbury, Mass.

  • Cleared 14’5.25” to grab a second-place finish in the pole vault.
  • Ranks sixth among America East pole vaulting field performers.
  • Clearance height ranks within the top-100 nationally.

Around the League – Women’s

  • Megan Barry of Hartford won the women's 3000-meter in her first race of the season to post a school-record time of 9:54.07 and qualify her for the NEICAAA meet. Teammate Sara Buckley finished seventh in the 3000-meter at 10:59.58.
  • UNH’s Hannah Kimball registered a first place finish in the one-mile run and notched a NEICAAA qualifying time of 5:4.02 to capture her first collegiate victory.
  • UNH’s women’s track and field team placed 14 times, including one individual victory, at the Jay Carisella Carnival. Allison Brehm took fourth-place in the 60-meter dash and also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with NEICAA qualifying times of 7.88 and 26.03 seconds, respectively. Four Wildcats placed in the 500-meter dash, including Rachel DePalma with a fifth-place finish (1:21.70), Lauren Brown at sixth (1:21.71), Taylor Ordway crossed the line at seventh (1:22.01) and Katherine Hickey was eighth (1:23.24) in the event.


Around the League – Men’s

  • UMass Lowell’s Cameron Mitchell turned in a personal best of 8.36 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles for a second-place finish.
  • New Hampshire’s George Jumpp claimed third in the weight throw for the Wildcats with an NEICAAA provisional qualifying mark of 16.28 meters.
  • The University of New Hampshire men's track and field team competed at the Jay Carisella Carnival and earned seven top-three finishes. Jeffrey Moretti clocked-in at 8:28.38 in the 3000-meter take second. Tanner Kent led five Wildcats that placed in the top-eight of the 500-meter dash, earning second in 1:06.92, Steve Souza finished third (1:07.04), Tyler Mulcahy took fifth, Daniel Deschenes came in seventh (1:07.75) and Ross Hardy finished eighth (1:08.43).
  • Hartford’s Michael MacLean finished second in the 800 meter at the Jay Carisella Invitational with a time of 1:55.72 – a personal-best that qualified for the NEICAAA meet. Andrew Dwyer raced to an eighth-place finish with a time of 8:46.75 while sophomore Christopher Helminski finished 19th in a time of 9:11.41 in the 3000-meter. Senior John Busque finished sixth in the 5000 meter with a time of 15:06.78, a personal-best mark.
  • The River Hawks saw four turn in top-three performances. Connor Habib finished second in the 1000-meter, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:34.43. Senior Keith Lewis earned a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6’ 6”.


2013-14 America East Indoor Track and Field Weekly Award Winners

Dec.    10 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Taelor Murphy, UMass Lowell
                   Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Candace Greene, UMass Lowell
                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Kelton Cullenberg, Maine
                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Justin Gagne, Maine
          17 - Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Taelor Murphy, UMass Lowell
                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Kristie Mitcha, UMass Lowell
                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: John Prizzi, UNH
                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Garrett King, UMass Lowell