Nighthawks Men and Women Claim NECC Track & Field Titles

WESTON, Mass. - The Nighthawks Men's and Women's Track & Field programs made it back-to-back New England Collegiate Conference Championships on Sunday afternoon at the NECC Championship Meet, hosted at Regis College as a part of the Interconference Championship Alliance Meet.

Members of the NECC, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, and the North Atlantic Conference all competed in the Alliance Meet on Sunday.

Starting with the women, Nighthawks sophomore Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.) earned first place in the Alliance Meet in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.56 and 26.02, respectively. Her times and wins in the Alliance Meet gave her top spot among NECC competitors.

Sophomore Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) took first place in the 100-meter hurdles in the Alliance Meet with a time of 15.37. As with Sanders in her events, Snead was the top competitor among all NECC runners in the event. Snead also added first place among NECC runners in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:19.54.

Snead's afternoon moved to the field where she grabbed third place in the Alliance Meet in the high jump and first place among NECC competitors in the event, clearing a height of 1.45 meters.

In the NECC portion of the meet, Nighthawks sophomore Mary Jok (Lynn, Mass.) took first place in the 400-meters and second in the high jump, long jump, and javelin. Freshman Shakira Henriquez (Haverhill, Mass.) earned first place in the 800-meters and 1,500-meters. Junior Hamido Hassan (Lewiston, Maine) took first in the 5K and 10K events among NECC runners. The last student-athlete to claim first place in the NECC portion of the meet was sophomore Nhuelle Le (Worcester, Mass.) in the javelin.

For the Nighthawks men's program, senior Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.) finished third in the Alliance Championships and first in the NECC meet in the 400-meter hurdles with a program record time of 1:00.85. Smith also grabbed first in the NECC Meet in the triple jump with a jump of 11.96 meters. 

In the NECC Championship Meet, Nighthawks junior Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.) took first place in the 400-meters with a program record 52.60. Sophomore Geralson Withrow (Mystic, Conn.) took a trio of NECC wins over the weekend with first-place finishes in the 800-meter run, the 5K, and the 10K. Freshman Anthony Crocco (Trumbull, Conn.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the NECC Meet. 

In the men's field, sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) earned first place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.75 meters. Dobbins also claimed first in the discus with a program-record throw of 27.26 meters. The last win of the NECC Meet went to junior Rene Lahens (Boston, Mass.) who earned the top spot in the javelin with a throw of 34.74 meters.

The Nighthawks will turn their attention to the New England Division III Regional Meet starting May 2 at Williams College. Sanders and Snead have qualified to compete as individuals while select athletes from the men's and women's programs will compete in 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.

NECC Women's Championship Team Results

1) Newbury - 222

2) Elms - 62

3) Lesley - 39

4) Eastern Nazarene - 34


NECC Men's Championship Team Results

1) Newbury - 244

2) Eastern Nazarene - 135

3) Elms - 54

4) Lesley - 12

5) Southern Vermont - 3