April 2, 2009

Women's Track Picked 10th In Outdoor Coache's Poll

The Central Connecticut women's track & field team was selected tenth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for the outdoor season, released today. The Blue Devils finished in a tie for 10th out of 11 teams at last year's NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Monmouth was selected to finish first by the coaches after placing second at last year's championships. The Hawks received five of the eleven first place votes, the same amount that Sacred Heart totaled. The Pioneers claim the second spot, while Long Island, this year's indoor runners-up, were picked third and received the final first place vote.

St. Francis (PA) and Mount St. Mary's round out the top five in the poll, while Robert Morris, Wagner and Quinnipiac represent the six through nine spots. The Blue Devils are next, beating out St. Francis (NY), who tied CCSU last year, and are picked 11th.

Central Connecticut is coming off of a 10th place finish out of 12 teams at this winter's NEC Indoor Championships. Freshman phenom Amanda Kelley led the Blue Devils in that meet with a third place finish in the weight throw and an eighth place in the shot put. Kate McGuire, Kathleen Lima and Katherine Bossardet also put forth top 10 finishes at the indoor championships. McGuire finished fifth in the 500 meters, Lima was sixth in the 800 meter run and Bossardet placed ninth in the 5,000.

CCSU just finished up winning the Emory Classic in their first outdoor meet of the season and will next be competing at the UMass Six Way Meet on Saturday April 11.