SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) achieved Division III All-New England honors with a record-setting time in the mile and by anchoring the 4x800 relay and was joined by four teammates as All-New England achievers at the New England Division III Championships Saturday at the Springfield College Field House.
McKosky was eighth in the mile – first in her heat --when she broke her own program record by four seconds with a time of 5:12.40, and ran anchor on the 4x800 relay which won its heat and placed seventh in a time of 10:02.38.
Joining McKosky on the relay – coming off last week's Little East championship -- and earning All-New England recognition were freshman Lauren Bresson (Roxbury) and juniors Haley Knox (Bristol) and Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook).
Freshman Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden), who joined the track & field program a month ago, also gained All-New England recognition with a third-place finish of 18-3 ¾ in the long jump. Dalberg set the current program record of 18-4 ¼ at last Saturday's Little East Conference Championships. On Saturday, she was ranked in a tie for 14th nationally in the long jump with freshman Ashley Agrimson of UW-Eau Claire, with the Top 17 in the final ranking qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track & Field Championships March 9-10 at the Birmingham (AL) CrossPlex. Ranked sixth in New England and tied for fourth nationally among freshmen, Dalberg would become the first female long jumper in program history to compete in the national championships.
Twenty teams scored points in the competition, with Eastern sharing 20th place with nine points.
In other action at the championships:
In a testament to the talent level at the meet, Knox broke her own record by just under a second in the 1,000 despite placing 18th in a 21-person field in a time of 3:09.19. She was one of only three runners in the race from a public institution.
Competing simultaneously in the 60 hurdles, Dalberg was timed at 9.58 in the preliminaries. She holds the program record of 9.43, set last Saturday.
At left: With head coach Kathy Manizza is the All-New England 4x800 relay of (from left) Christina Gosselin, Samantha McKosky, Lauren Bresson and Haley Knox. McKosky was also All-New England in the mile, and freshman Madeleine Dalberg (not pictured) All-New England in the long jump.
The 4x200 relay missed All-New England recognition by .26 with a tenth-place finish of 1:49.16, just .37 off the program record set at last year's Little East Championships. The same team which set the record last year ran Saturday: sophomores Savannah Johnson (Ledyard) and Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook), junior Fanta Faro (New Haven), and sophomore Ahriyan Brown (New Britain).
The distance medley relay was 12th in a time of 13:25.60, 39 seconds faster than its seed time. Runners included senior Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield), Brodeur, senior Ariel Smith (Stratford) and senior Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI).
Sophomore Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) and freshman Jasmin Conduah (Fairfield) competed in the high jump. Kriley shared 18th place (4-11), an inch shy of her fourth-place finish at last Saturday's LEC Championships. Conduah did not clear a height.