UML's Sanca Soars

01/27/2009
By From the Lowell Sun

BOSTON -- Senior Ruben Sanca posted the fastest Division 2 time in the country in the 5,000 meters -- qualifying for both the NCAA and U.S. Championship -- to highlight a spectacular afternoon by the UMass Lowell men's track and field team at the Boston University Terrier Invitational.

Sanca placed third overall in 14:05.46 -- behind UMass Lowell assistant coach Nate Jenkins (second, 14:04.68) -- beating the previous school record of 14:11.00 set by UML Hall of Famer Dennis Simonaitis in 1985.

Senior Andrew Grange was among three athletes who met the NCAA provision in the 400. Grange was second in 48.05, junior Doug Caves third in 48.18 and sophomore Donte Brown fifth in 48.51.

Senior Joey DeWitt and sophomore Angus MacDonald each met the NCAA provision in the mile, DeWitt in 4:10.90 and MacDonald in 4:12.47. Sophomore Matt Blazon of Lowell topped the Division 2-3 field in the 55 meter hurdles (13th overall) in 8.07.

Among the women, senior Christina DaLomba shattered a school record and junior Haley Catarius provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship in two events.

DaLomba finished first among Division 2-3 runners in the 1,000 in 2:57.43. Catarius placed seventh overall (first among Division 2-3 runners) in the 800 in 2:14.43, the second fastest in UML history. Catarius teamed with junior Heather McCarthy (Burlington), sophomore Patricia Brice (Chelmsford) and Amy Delgado to finish first among Division 2-3 entries in the 4x400, in 3:57.52.