Sports Briefs

Football signs 12 for 2006

Twelve new student-athletes have been signed by the football team for next season. Coach Rocky Hager said he sees the new players as steppingstones for the improving program.

“The holes we’re filing are based upon the fall 2006 seniors,” Hager said. “We’re trying to enhance the offensive and defensive lines, and obviously tailback is an important spot.”

This class features four area athletes: cornerback Rashad Jordan, offensive tackle Gregory Niland, quarterback Alex Dulski and defensive back Nathan Thellan. Other new acquisitions include linebackers Kerry Pollard and David Akinniyi, as well as defensive tackles John Pfun and Mochael Lukenda. Six offensive players were signed: tight end Conor Gilmarting-Donahue and tailback Kurtis Hart, in addition to Brent Barkwill and Scott Kaplan on the offensive line. Kaplan is a transfer from the Division 1-A University of Akron.

– Matt Foster, Staff Writer

Eight compete in NYC

Several members of the women’s track team traveled to New York City over the weekend to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

The New Balance Invitational featured top athletes from over 80 schools around the country.

Throwers Zara Northover and Patricia Harrison placed 4th and 20th, respectively, in the shot put. Northover threw for a distance of 51.64 feet and Harrison threw for 42.39 feet. Junior Erin Ballard took 15th in the 800-meter relay with a time of 2:17.19. Senior Amy Hicks came in 10th in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:59.39.

Northeastern’s 4×400 relay team, made up of sophomores Alison Warren, Tramaine Shaw and Charity Briggs and senior Jordine Kimbrel, placed fifth with a time of 3:50.21, but did not qualify for the 4×400 championships.

Northeastern will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., next week for the Tyson Invitational meet.

– Nate Owen, News Correspondent

NU dominant in shot put

Husky throwers were on display at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City on Saturday, as senior Derek Anderson continued his impressive five-meet win streak. Anderson outthrew athletes from top national track teams like Louisiana State, Texas and Texas A’M, while top freshmen Nate Hunter finished 25th in the meet.

Anderson, who qualified for the NCAA meet, faced off against the sort of throwers he will see at the NCAA championship level while in New York. In all of Northeastern track history, the only national champion was thrower Boris Djerassi, who took home first in the hammer throw in 1975. Not one Northeastern thrower has scored in Anderson’s specialty event, the shot put, since 1965.

Most Husky runners were scratched in this meet, choosing to rest up and focus on the ECAC/IC4A championships in March.

– Adam Riglian, News Correspondent

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