February 7, 2013

Watch New England Alliance Indoor Track & Field On Littleeast.tv

WATCH NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP ON LITTLEEAST.TV

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Due to the impending weather forecast of a blizzard, the Little East Conference (LEC) and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) offices in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine athletics department has postposted the 16th annual New England Alliance Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship to Sunday, February 10. The alliance championship is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Costello Sports Complex on the campus of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine. 

The New England Alliance championship meet features schools representing the Little East Conference and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The participating institutions from the Little East are Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, and host University of Southern Maine. The MASCAC will be represented by Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University. The Little East Conference will also conduct its individual and team championship under the umbrella of the New England Alliance.

In 2012, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth became the fifth institution to raise the New England Alliance Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship trophy. A Little East men's program has won the regional championship nine consecutive campaigns and 11 times overall. The Corsairs captured six individual events en route to winning the team championship with 145 points, outdistancing themselves from the Westfield State University (94 pts.). UMass Dartmouth junior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) will look to defend his 600-meter run Alliance title.

The 2013 men's field will feature some of the top performers in the nation. Keene State College's junior Ryan Widzgowaki (Camden, Maine) is ranked ninth in Division III in the mile (4:15.75), while Rhode Island College's freshman Joel Ikuejamofo (Providence, R.I.) is seeded 15th in the nation in the 400-meter dash (50.07). Southern Maine sophomore Jamie Ruginski (Buxton, Maine) is ranked among the leaders in the long jump (19th, 6.98m) and the triple jump (eighth, 14.41m). Anchorman junior Craig Amado (Providence, R.I.) is also nationally seeded in the triple jump, ranked No. 12 (14.25m). University of Massachusetts Boston Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) is ninth in the high jump after clearing 2.03 meters.

The University of Southern Maine earned its 12th straight New England Alliance Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship this past winter. Junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) was the lone double winner (mile and 3K) for the Huskies as Southern Maine accumulated 168 points to keep MASCAC frontrunner, Worcester State University, at an arm's length.

Rhode Island College will showcase two of the top runners in the nation in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Jaimee Dorsey (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Daria Brayboy (Providence, R.I.) are ranked fifth and ninth nationally in the 400-meter event. Keene State College senior Maggie Fitter (Branford, Conn.) is also ranked among the Division III leaders in the 800-meter run, posting the 14th fastest time this season (2:16.14). Owl classmate Janel Haggerty (Guilford, Conn.) is seeded 19th in the country in the high jump (1.64m), while Southern Maine sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) is 18th in the long jump (5.41m)

Fans unable to make the trip to Gorham, Maine will be able to view the complete individual and team results as well as a comprehensive recap on the Little East Conference Web site at the conclusion of the championship meet.