Sanders, Snead, Henriquez Earn NECC's First-Ever Postseason Awards

Sanders, Snead, Henriquez Earn NECC's First-Ever Postseason Awards

MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The Nighthawks women's track & field program claimed the four major accolades of the New England Collegiate Conference Awards, as announced by the NECC Office on Monday.

Sophomores Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.) and Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) and freshman Shakira Henriquez (Haverhill, Mass.) were named the Track Athlete, Field Athlete, and Rookie Athletes of the Year, respectively. Nighthawks Head Coach Henry Morales also grabbed the Coach of the Year honor.

This is the first year the NECC has granted postseason awards for track & field athletes after becoming an officially sponsored sport for the 2019 season.

Sanders, the NECC Track Athlete of the Year, finished the season as the conference's Track Athlete of the Week on four out of five occasions.

In her main events, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, Sanders finished in the top three on nine instances, including two wins in the 100-meters and three wins in the 200-meters. Her third-place finish at the New England Division III Regionals in the 200-meters this weekend broke the program record and is a top-25 time in the nation coming into Monday.

Snead, who was the other individual to qualify for the New England Division III Regionals, was named the NECC Field Athlete of the Year.

Although she qualified for the New England Regionals in the 100-meter hurdles, the dual-threat track & field athlete for the Nighthawks finished in the top-10 in the high jump or long jump on four occasions, including winning the high jump in the NECC Championships, clearing the bar at 1.45 meters.

The NECC's Rookie of the Year, Henriquez, was a two-time NECC Rookie of the Week and ran six different events over the course of the season.

At the Conference Championships, Henriquez was the NECC's top performer in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races.

Newbury freshman Averie Greeley (Ledyard, Conn.) was voted to the NECC Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team.

Morales gets the nod as the Coach of the Year on the women's side after leading the Nighthawks to 222 points in the Conference Championship, resulting in a 160 point victory over the next closest competitor, Elms.

 

2019 Women's Track & Field All-NECC Team

100-meter: Taymise Sanders, Newbury College

200-meter: Taymise Sanders, Newbury College

400-meter: Mary Jok, Newbury College

800-meter: Shakira Henriquez, Newbury College

1500-meter: Shakira Henriquez, Newbury College

5000-meter: Hamido Hasson, Newbury College

10000-meter: Hamido Hasson, Newbury College

100-meter Hurdles: Desiree Snead, Newbury College

400-meter Hurdles: Desiree Snead, Newbury College

4x100-meter Relay: Newbury College; Desiree Snead, Meechie Manuel, Mary Jok, Taymise Sanders

4x400-meter Relay: Newbury College; Desiree Snead, Mary Jok, Twalesha Montague, Taymise Sanders

4x800-meter Relay: Newbury College; Desiree Snead, Mary Jok, Shakira Henriquez, Hamido Hassan

High Jump: Desiree Snead, Newbury College

Long Jump: Desiree Snead, Newbury College

Triple Jump: Sam Weigiel, Elms College

Shot Put: Amanda Hall, Elms College

Discus: Sandrid Louis, Eastern Nazarene College

Javelin: Nheulle Le, Newbury College