Four Nighthawks Grab Weekly Awards With Showing at Carisella Invite

From Left to Right: Shakira Henriquez (Rookie), Taymise Sanders (Track), Nhuelle Le (Women's Field), & Jarrod Smith (Men's Field)
From Left to Right: Shakira Henriquez (Rookie), Taymise Sanders (Track), Nhuelle Le (Women's Field), & Jarrod Smith (Men's Field)

BOSTON - It was a clean sweep of the New England Collegiate Conference Weekly Awards for a trio of women's competitors while one men's track & field athlete earned an NECC Weekly Award, as announced by the NECC Office on Monday.

The Nighthawks competed at the Jay Carisella Coaches Invitational, hosted by Northeastern on Saturday, getting them four of the NECC Weekly Awards for their performances.

Nighthawks sophomore Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.), who was named NECC Track Athlete of the Week, took first place in the 200-meter and followed that up with a second place in the 100-meter dash. Sanders set a program record in the 200-meters, finishing with a time of 25.57. Her time of 12.52 seconds in the 100-meters was good for runner-up.

Sanders, who already qualified for the New England Division III Championship in both the 100- and 200-meters, improved her personal-best times and now holds the seventh-fastest 200-meter dash in New England this season and the ninth-fastest 100-meter time.

In the field, Nighthawks sophomore Nhuelle Le (Worcester, Mass.) claimed her first NECC Field Athlete of the Week. Le took home a pair of top-10 finishes in the javelin and shot put at the Carisella Invitational. Le placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 27.96 meters while claiming ninth in the shot put with a distance of 7.58 meters. Both distances made for personal bests.

The women's Rookie of the Week goes to freshman Shakira Henriquez (Haverhill, Mass.) for the second time this season. Adding another personal best to the pile, Henriquez's best 800-meter of the season came on Saturday, finishing in 13th place with a time of 2:44.83.

The final award of the week goes to Nighthawks senior Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.), who grabs his second-consecutive NECC Field Athlete of the Week honors. Smith took home 12th place in the triple jump for the Nighthawks with a jump of 11.66 meters.

Meanwhile, other Nighthawks shined at the Carisella Invitational on Saturday. Sophomore Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) improved on her season-best 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.52 seconds. Snead's time is 17th-fastest in New England this season and qualifies her for the New England Division III Championships.