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Track athletes soar

By From the Lowell Sun

BOSTON -- Senior Clint Cooper, sophomore Andrew Grange and freshman Robert Liekweg each earned All-New England honors in two events as UMass Lowell placed eighth at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at Boston University.

UML compiled 38 points and placed second among Division II and III schools behind Southern Connecticut (60), which placed third. The University of Connecticut won with 149 points.

The top eight athletes and relay teams in each event received All-New England honors.

Cooper placed second in the 400 meter dash in 48.37 seconds, while Grange was third in 48.52.

The two also led UML's 4x400 meter relay team to third in 3:15.25. Joining them were senior Erick Colon and freshman Donte Brown.

Colon placed ninth overall and tops among Division II and III entries in the 500 meters in 1:06.87.

Liekweg placed fourth in the heptathlon and shattered the school record with 4,438 points.

Aside from the heptathlon, Liekweg also earned All-New England honors in the 55 meter hurdles by placing seventh in 7.79.

Senior Lawrence Aidoo placed sixth in the 200 meter dash in 21.94 and ninth in the 55 meter dash in 6.51.

Senior Mike Davis (Burlington) led UML's field athletes as he placed eighth in the shot put (50-0.5). Junior Rocky LeFort (Nashua, N.H.) placed 10th with a throw of 49- 5.5. Sophomore Rex Radloff placed ninth in the 3,000 in 8:35.24.

BOSTON -- UML's 4x400 meter relay team took fifth and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship as the River Hawks placed 16th overall at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships.

UML placed sixth among NCAA Division II and III schools with nine points.

The 4x400 team met the NCAA provisional standard in 3:54.11 and placed second among non-Division I teams. The foursome was led by seniors Toni-Marie Henry and Jessie Colby, junior Gillian Mundry and freshman Haley Catarius.

Catarius also ran a leg on the 4x800 meter relay team which placed 12th in 9:35.77. Joining her were senior Diana Dancewicz-Singleton, and sophomores Sarah Brassard and Sarah Merullo.

UML fell just short of All-New England honors in the shot put as freshman Jacqui Barrett placed ninth with a throw of 39-11.50 inches while senior Nicole Staitiplaced 10th (39-11.25). Freshman Olivia Thibou placed 11th in the triple jump (34-11.75).