FITCHBURG, Mass. 4/3/11 – The Keene State College men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up their 2011 outdoor season with strong performances at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational at Fitchburg State on Sunday. The women’s team finished in second place with 122 points, while the men finished in fourth tallying 89 points.
Taking home the lone first place finish for the women, junior Keeley Moffitt (Guilford, Conn.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 38.15 meters (125’-02’’). Also in the field events freshman Kristen Huckins (Westmoreland, N.H.) took second place in the javelin throw with a toss of 36.76 meters (120’-7’’).
Sophomore Janel Haggerty (Guilford, Conn.) took second place in the high jump and long jump. In the high jump, Haggerty leapt over the bar at 1.58 meters (5’-2.25’’) while jumping out to 4.86 meters (15’-11.5’’) in the long jump.
Joining Haggerty with a pair of second place finishes, senior Amy Knoblock (Plymouth, Mass.) took second in the 800 and 1500 meter races. Knoblock raced to a time of 2:23.55 in the 800 and then crossed the finish line in 4:46.17 in the 1500.
UMass Lowell edged the women for the team championship scoring 124 points to beat the Owls by two.
Earning first place in the javelin throw sophomore Glenn Guilmette (Kensington, N.H.) won the event with a toss of 56.35 meters (184’-10’’). Also in the field events sophomore shot-putter Dante Hill (Longmeadow, Mass.) finished second place with a throw of 14.23 meters (46’-8.25’’).
On the track, junior Kevin Hoyt (Newtown, Conn.) won the 5,000 meter race in a time of 16:20.13. The Owls also won the 4 x 800 meter relay with the team of Corey Loonan (Sandwich, Mass.), Ryan Widzgowski (Camden, Maine), Eric Macknight (Newtown, Conn.) and Andrew Sears (Derry, N.H.) with a time of 8:24.29.
UMass Lowell won the men’s title with 166 points.
The Owls return to action Saturday at the UMass Lowell Invitation.