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UML Men, Women Grab Second Place at AE League Meet

February 25, 2019
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BOSTON -- The UMass Lowell men and women both finished second at the America East Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

On the men’s side, seniors Hamza Naveed, Sean Munnelly and Dennis Peary won their specialties, and grad student Paul Hogan (Burlington) picked up his second first-place finish of the weekend.

The performances were terrific but in the end they were not enough to prevent Albany from reclaiming the men’s indoor title taken from them a year ago by the River Hawks.

“We performed really well,” said UMass Lowell head coach Gary Gardner. “On a day like this you can’t afford any mistakes and we had a few hiccups. We were very good, but to beat Albany you need to be great.”

Albany had 178.5 points, followed by UML (148) and New Hampshire (113).

On the women’s side, junior Kaley Richards (Lowell) grabbed gold in the mile run to lead the River Hawks to second place, their best-ever finish in America East.

“They did a great job; they overachieved,” said Gardner.

Albany won with 213 points, followed by UML (135.5) and Binghamton (108).

Men

Hogan was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer and also earned the Coaches’ Award after completing the double of winning the two longest races at the championships. Hogan won the 5,000 meters on Friday and followed that with a victory in the 3,000 on Saturday.

In the 3,000, he clocked in with a winning time of eight minutes, 16.84 seconds.

Hogan has won the last five America East Championship races that he has entered.

Naveed defended his title in the 400. He posted a time of 48.32 seconds, a half second ahead of the rest of the field.

Naveed was not the only River Hawk to defend a title. Munnelly did as he did a year ago and won the 800. Munnelly hit the finish line in a time of 1:50.73.

Peary won the heptathlon, finishing the seven event two-day competition with 4,936 points. Peary won the pole vault and the shot put.

Sophomore Noah Bellomo (Hudson, N.H.) finished third in the 1,000.

Women

Richards won the mile, clocking in with a time of 5:00.71. She finished a second and a half ahead of her nearest challenger. Richards, who is earning a strong reputation as an excellent closer, did just that. She took the lead with some 200 meters to go and put it away.

Senior Nicole Murphy, who has battled health issues after strong freshman and sophomore season, finished third in 5:02.42.

Graduate student Jessica Amedee (Tewksbury) ran the strongest 60-meter hurdles of her career. She hit the finish line in a personal-best time of 8.65 seconds, which was good for second.

Senior Leyshla Gonzalez (Lowell) finished sixth in the 60 dash and came in seventh in the 200.

Sophomore Emily Sessa (Tewksbury) ran to a fourth-place finish in the 1,000.

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -- Sophomore catcher Sara Siteman (Hudson, N.H.) accounted for the lone RBI and run scored for the UMass Lowell softball team in a 5-1 setback against the College of Charleston to wrap up the Holy City Showdown on Sunday.

UML fell to 4-6.

In addition to Siteman, three other River Hawks chipped in with one hit each. Sophomore Lovina Capria and senior Kaysee Talcik split time in the circle, with Capria allowing four runs to record the decision and move to 3-3.