Women’s Track ‘ Field: Freshman breaks 10,000-meter record

By Nate Owen

The Northeastern women’s track team struggled with injuries in their two most recent meets.

The Huskies placed 10th of 46 teams at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship meet, held May 12-14 in Princeton, N.J.

Top performers for the Huskies included junior thrower Zara Northover, who was runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 7.5 inches. Senior sprinter Jordine Kimbrel took third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.84 seconds, and fourth in the 200-meter dash with at time of 23.98 seconds. Sophomore Tremaine Shaw came in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.99 seconds. In the pole vault, freshman Olivia Kalinowska tied for fifth with a height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches, while senior Laura Chmielewski was given eighth by the judges with the same height.

Coach Sherman Hart said he was pleased with the Huskies’ 10th-place finish at the meet, especially in light of injuries the team had struggled with prior to the meet. Among those injured were top performers Kimbrel and Northover.

The Huskies also competed at the New England Championship meet, held May 12 and May 13 in Cambridge.

While Northeastern placed 26th out of 36 teams, the meet saw freshman distance runner Kristie Gagnon break her own record in the 10,000-meter run with at time of 37:17.61. Senior Erica Riecke also competed in the 10,000, her final collegiate race. She placed 13th with a time of 40:36.25. Sophomore thrower Patricia Harrison placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 2.5 inches.

The Huskies will compete this weekend at the National College Athletic Association Eastern Regional Championship, held in Greensboro, N.C. Should they move on, they will compete in the NCAA Championship, June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.

Despite the injuries, Hart was confident his team would make it to the finals.

“We are still a little banged up, but we’re just going to go for it,” Hart said.

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