Both UML Teams 2nd at America East Event
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Kaley Richards (Lowell), Kerstin Darsney and Paul Hogan (Burlington) won gold medals during a rain-filled Sunday, as the UMass Lowell track and field teams each earned a second-place finish at the America East Outdoor Championships at the University at Albany.
UMass Lowell women posted their best ever finish, taking second with 136.5 points. The Albany women topped the leaderboard with a meet-record 254 points. It was their 11th straight team title.
The River Hawks men also finished second, equaling their best championship showing. They accumulated 132 points. Albany made it 15 consecutive championships with 214.5 points.
Richards posted what may have been the most dramatic victory of the day, winning the 1,500 meters after trailing by some 40 meters with less than 300 meters to go.
“She battled, she fought back and she really closed it out,” said UML head coach Gary Gardner. “It was an outstanding performance by her.”
Richards clocked in at four minutes, 23.53 seconds, less than a second ahead of Albany’s Hannah Reinhardt.
Hogan, after winning the exhaustingly long 10,000 just 24 hours earlier, ran away from the field to win the 5,000.
Hogan ran in the lead pack for much of the race, but with 600 meters to go he left the field behind. Hogan posted a winning time of 14:24.67.
It is the seventh consecutive championship race win for Hogan, who has chalked up wins at the cross country, indoor and outdoor championships.
Kerstin Darsney (Rowley) was named the Outstanding Female Field Performer and the recipient of the Coaches’ Award after winning the triple jump and finishing second in the high jump. Darsney had finished third Saturday in the long jump.
Darsney won the triple jump with a hop, step and jump of 39 feet, 11.5 inches. It came on her third of five attempts. It was nearly six inches farther than any challenger. Darsney cleared the bar at 5-7 to earn her second in the high jump.
WESTBORO -- Groton-Dunstable fell to Westboro during a Mid-Wach boys track meet Friday.
Winning events for the Crusaders were Kyle Luchford in the javelin (124-2), Eli Kritzer in the two mile (10:43.3), Jacob Scharn in the 400 meters (52.00), Thomas Orcutt in the 800 (2:00.3). and Scharn in the 200 (23.7).
Scharn became a state qualifier in the 400.