UML Women Claim Conference Title

Members of the UMass Lowell women's track and field team pose with their hardware after the River Hawks captured another Northeast-10 Championship.

Members of the UMass Lowell women's track and field team pose with their hardware after the River Hawks captured another Northeast-10 Championship.

Lowell Sun
05/07/2012


NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior Ashley Zielinski and sophomore Antoinette Toussaint helped compile 80 points to lead the UMass Lowell women's track and field team to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Saturday at Southern Connecticut State. 

The title was UML's sixth outdoor championship since the conference recognized track and field in 2002, and third crown in four years. The River Hawks also captured the NE-10 indoor title in February. 

UML Lowell compiled 189 points and edged the host Owls, the runner-up with 180 points. Stonehill took fourth with 126 points. 

UML captured five events and crowned 20 Northeast-10 All-Conference athletes. The top two places in each event earned all-conference status. 

"We really overachieved overall as team," said head coach Gary Gardner, who was named the NE-10 Coach of the Year. "Whenever the meet comes down to the 4x400 for a championship everyone's stress level goes way up. I couldn't be prouder of this group. No one ever game up and fought all the way to the end." 

On the men's side, the River Hawks placed third. 

Senior Angus MacDonald won the 1,500 meters and set a conference record while sophomore Keith Lewis won the 400 hurdles. 

UML compiled 115 points and placed behind the host Owls, who won their 11th consecutive title with 219 points, and Stonehill (150 points). 

UML was without junior Evan White (Tewksbury), the 2012 NE-10 Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, seniors Craig Bennett and Jeff Wundt, and sophomore sprinter Casey O'Brien. 
MacDonald, Lewis and UMass Lowell's 4x800 meter relay team, which finished runner-up, received NE-10 All-Conference honors. 

MacDonald won the 1,500 in 3:47.29, topping the previous NE-10 record of 3:49.53 set by former teammate and UML standout Ruben Sanca in 2010. 

MacDonald also ran a 1:55 leadoff leg on UML's 4x800 meter relay team, which placed second in 7:45.47. Joining him were sophomore Scott Boiko (Chelmsford), senior Eric McDonald and sophomore David Brown (Chelmsford).