In the 20th Annual New England Alliance/Little East Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Jerry Gravel Track on the campus of Westfield State University, the Eastern Connecticut State University women finished fifth among seven scoring teams in LEC scoring for the third time in four years. Alliance team results were unavailable. The University of Southern Maine women matched their male counterparts and maintained their dominance by taking their 19th team title (18th straight). In the Alliance, the Warriors scored points in nine of 21 events: 400, 800, 1,500, 5,000, 10,000, javelin, and all three relays.
Freshman Savannah Johnson (Ledyard) became the fourth Eastern female and sixth Eastern individual in all to win the Little East Conference javelin throw. Johnson was fourth in the Alliance with a mark of 118-11 – the longest throw among Eastern's four female winners. She became the first female to capture the title since Jen Person (108-2) in 2001. Johnson was the only Eastern male or female to win an individual LEC or Alliance title at the meet.
Eastern's distance runners continued to shine. Junior tri-captain Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield) and junior Ariel Smith (Stratford) finished 3-6 among 22 runners in the 5,000, senior tri-captain Mariah McPhee (Bristol) was fifth among 24 in the 1,500, and junior Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI) placed fifth among 11 in the 10,000.
Banks was timed in 19:15.66 and Smith in 20:02.08 in the 5,000, McPhee at 5:02.15 in the 1,500, and Terenzi at 42:54.66 in the 10,000.
All three relays finished in the points, with the 4x800 third, 4x100 sixth and 4x400 seventh.
Qualifiers will compete this weekend at the New England Division III Championships at Williams College.