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Salvadore and Prince capture individual honors at the NAC Track & Field Championships

Salvadore and Prince capture individual honors at the NAC Track & Field Championships

Weston, MA - Senior javelin thrower Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) and freshman distance runner Zosia Prince (Sutton, VT) won individual titles at the North Atlantic Conference and Inter-Conference Championship Meet held this weekend at Regis College.  Salvadore took first place overall in the javelin while Prince took first place in the conference and second place overall in the 5,000 meter run.  The Hornets finished fourth in the NAC and ninth overall.  SUNY Delhi captured both the NAC and overall meet championships.

Salvadore easily outdistanced the field with a mark of 36.24 meters.  Her mark was over five meters better than the next closest competitor and over seven meters better than the next closest NAC entrant.  She has qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, which will be held next weekend at Williams College.

Prince clocked a time of 20:29.90 in the 5,000.  She crossed the finish line 43 seconds ahead of her nearest NAC competitor and 19 seconds behind Hannah Fitzpatrick of Emannuel College, the overall meet winner.  Prince also competed in the 1,500 meter run.  She clocked a time of 5:23.33, good for second in the NAC and fifth overall.

Jessica Hillman (Gardiner, ME) also scored in the NAC in two events, the 100 meter high hurdles and the long jump.  In high hurdles she finished third in the conference (11th overall) with a time of 17.73. In long jump, she finished fifth in the NAC (11th overall) with a mark of 4.43 meters.  She also competed in the 100 meter dash, clocking a time of 13.90 (20th overall, 9th NAC).

Hornet head coach Hayden Bunnell was very happy with the performances.  "I was very pleased with where the women finished today.  Each of them scored points for us, and I liked seeing Abby take first overall in the Javelin, and Zosia running a smart and later an aggressive 5k to take first place in the NAC.  And Jessica had a solid day, even though she did not have a personal best, she still came through to score.  We hope to grow this program with more talent like we have had this season."

The complete meet standings are as follows (NAC finish and points in parentheses):

1.  SUNY Delhi - 127 (1st, 253)
2.  Emmanuel College - 110.5
3.  Regis College - 96
4.  Colby-Sawyer College - 78
5.  Husson University - 74.25 (2nd, 226)
6.  Suffolk University - 48
7.  St. Joseph's College of Maine - 40
8.  Newbury College - 39.25
9.  Northern Vermont University-Lyndon - 20 (4th, 30)
10.  Thomas College - 16 (3rd, 65)
11.  University of Maine at Farmington - 2 (6th, 13)
---.  Northern Vermont University-Johnson - 0 (5th, 18)
---.  University of Maine at Presque Isle - 0 (7th, 3)