By From the Lowell Sun
Sophomore Lauren Raimondi captured three events as UMass Lowell won the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Track and Field Championship Saturday at the Cushing Field Complex.
The title was also UMass Lowell's fourth in seven appearances in the NE-10 Championship and first since 2006. The River Hawks compiled 196 points while Southern Connecticut placed second with 143.
UML coach Gary Gardner was named the NE-10 Women's Coach of the Year, marking the eighth time since 2003 he received the honor between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Led by Raimondi's three, along with two by sophomore Patricia Brice (Chelmsford), UMass Lowell won eight events.
Raimondi won both the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 7.0 inches, and the 100 meter hurdles in a personal-best 14.72 seconds. She and Brice also ran splits on UMass Lowell's 4x400 meter relay team which placed first in 4:04.52. Joining them were freshman Amy Delgado and junior Heather McCarthy (Burlington).
Brice won the 400 in 58.29 seconds, while Delgado took third in 60.16.
Junior Jacqui Barrett captured the shot put (47-4.25).
Senior Christina DaLomba won the 1,500 in 4:41.40.
DaLomba placed second in the 800 in 2:14.48. Winning their first-ever NE-10 outdoor titles were seniors Sarah Brassard and Emily Thomas. Brassard won the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:08.14 while Thomas won the 5,000 in 18:40.85, edging sophomore teammate Lyra Clark (Nashua, N.H.), who took second in 18:49.9.
Sophomore Sarah Bonomo (Tewksbury) placed second in the 10,000 in 42:07.45.
Junior Doug Caves was named the Men's Athlete of the Year as UML placed second at the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Championship.
UML compiled 150 points and placed second to Southern Connecticut (208 points).
Caves won the 400 in 46.91 seconds. Senior Andrew Grange (Methuen) placed second in 47.00. Sophomore Cory Murray won the shot put (49-5.75).
Junior Justin Oliver (Lowell) captured the 400 hurdles in 54.76, while sophomore Matt Blazon (Lowell) placed third in 55.39. Oliver led the 4x400 relay team to second in 3:17.99. Joining him were freshmen Mark Paquette (Dracut) and Jeff Wundt and Robert Liekweg.
Tim Keene and Matt Jacobs each had three hits, but Franklin Pierce defeated UML, 10-3, in Northeast-10 baseball action at LeLacheur Park.
The Ravens have won four straight and swept the weekend series with the River Hawks. FPU improves to 33-15, 24-6 in conference play. The River Hawks have lost four straight. They fall to 24-19, 15-15.
The River Hawks next play Wednesday in the first round of the Northeast-10 playoffs.
The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team will be making its first trip ever to the NCAA Championships by winning the the Little East championship.
Ken Sims of Chelmsford is the No. 5 singles player.
Senior Stacey Lajoie (Gardner) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Softball First Team.
With the honor, Lajoie becomes a rare four-time NE-10 all-star, joining the likes of Laurie Tanguay (2005-08).