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The Westfield State University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship on Sunday, April 27.

There were many outstanding performances for the Owls of veteran coach Sean O’Brien, who won the MASCAC outdoor championship for the first time since 2011 and for 34th time in 41 years. Westfield finished with 219 points followed by rivals Bridgewater State and Worcester State totaled 175 and 150 points, respectively. Completing the scoring were Fitchburg State (82) and Mass. Maritime (20).

Westfield captured eight first places and nine second places in the 21-event championship and displayed its overall depth by earning points in all but two events. The Owls’ depth was extremely evident in the six distance events where they amassed 116 points, more than half their 219 team total.

“The meet went just about like we (Westfield coaches) predicted it would,” said Westfield veteran coach Sean O’Brien. “But a number of things can go wrong in a championship meet and our guys still had to go out and perform and they did the job.”

Sophomore Travon Godetteperformed extremely well for the Owls. The versatile sophomore won the javelin with a sensational throw of 203-2 that more than likely punches his ticket to the NCAA Division III national championships. Godette also finished first in the high jump (6-4), fourth in the pole vault, and fifth in the 110 hurdles.

Westfield’s other MASCAC champions were freshman Tevin Cintronin the 800 meter run (1:57.89), sophomore Mike Skellyin the 1500 meter run (4:03.99), sophomore Tim Sheain the 10,000 meter run (32:48.82), senior Mike Kelleherin the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:47.20), freshman Steve Samin the discus (148-6), and the 4 x 800 relay squad of Parece, Moussamih, Sean Comerfordand Cintron.

Earning key second place finishes for the Owls were: Stephen Parece(800), Matt Moussamih(1500), Skelly (5000), Chris Williams(10,000), Steve Connolly(steeplechase), John Tomlin(high jump and triple jump), Brian Garcia(shot put), and Zack Delisle(pole vault).

The New England Alliance championship was held in conjunction with the MASCAC meet and Westfield finished a close third with 121 points behind Bridgewater (134.33) and UMass Dartmouth (125). Southern Maine (112.33) was fourth followed by Worcester State (84), Rhode Island College (63), Keene State (59), Fitchburg (47), Eastern Connecticut (43), UMass Boston (17.33), and Mass. Maritime (12).

Westfield State’s New England Alliance champions were Godette in the javelin and Sam in the discus.

Westfield’s women track team had numerous outstanding performances in capturing the MASCAC crown with 224 points. Worcester State placed second with 192 points followed by Bridgewater State (167), Fitchburg State (48), and Mass. Maritime (1).

It was the 14th MASCAC outdoor crown in the past 17 years for the Westfield women’s track and field squad. The Owls last won the title in 2011 and were runners-up in 2012 and 2013.

“The women were really focused and performed extremely well,” said veteran head coach Sean O’Brien. “I am very proud of them, and I am especially happy for the 11 seniors who were determined to bring back the championship trophy to Westfield.”

The Owls had three double winners – senior sprinter Targie Gervais, sophomore thrower Naloti Palma, and freshman distance runner Ashley Monahan.

Gervais – a three-time national qualifier and two-time All-American – sprinted to victories in the 100 (12.32) and 200 (25.78) meter dashes. Monahan finished first in the 400 meters (60.78) and 800 meter run (2:22.77). Palma shattered her own meet record by nearly five feet in the shot put with a heave of 45-3 ½ and also won the discus throw (125-0).

Two seniors also turned in stellar efforts in claiming MASCAC individual titles. Amy Auclairre-set her own conference record by nearly six inches with a winning height of 11-1 3/4 in the pole vault, and Alex Livingstonhad a personal best in the hammer throw (145-5).

Also finishing first for the Owls were junior Olivia Marshallin the 3,000 meter steeplechase (12:05.63), and the 4 x 100 (Meg McNamara, Amy Campbell, Megan Faunce, Kat Palso) and the 4 x 800 relay (Cassidy Noonan, Jaime Lyons, Adrianne Stelmack, Ashley Monahan) squads.

Sophomore Meg McNamaraalso had a stellar day. She finished a close second in the 100 hurdles, running an excellent time of 15.39 in the preliminaries and a 15.49 in the finals. McNamara also earned valuable point in the 400 hurdles (5th), high jump (6th), and long jump (4th).

Also placing second were: Marie Gulino(400), Cassidy Noonan(800), Jenn Asci(1500), Andrea Hicks(5000), Megan Erickson(steeplechase) and Kat Palso(triple jump).

The New England Alliance championship was held in conjunction with the MASCAC meet and Westfield State placed second with 114 points trailing Souhern Maine (138.5 points). Also participating were: Worcester State (108), UMass Boston (88), Bridgewater State (79), Keene State (78), UMass Dartmouth (76), Rhode Island College (63.5), Eastern Connecticut (56), and Fitchburg (17).

Westfield’s New England Alliance champions were Auclair in the pole vault and Palma in the shot put.

 

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