The Central Connecticut women's indoor track & field team was selected 10th out of 12 teams in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, released today. 10th is exactly where the Blue Devils finished at last season's NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Monmouth, last year's NEC Champion, was selected to finish first by the coaches for the sixth year in a row and received nine out of 12 first place votes. Long Island, runners-up a season ago, picked up two first place votes and was second in the poll. Sacred Heart received the final first place vote and finished just behind the Blackbirds in the vote, placing third.
Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (PA) rounded out the top five in the poll, while Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Fairleigh Dickinson and Wagner represented the six through nine spots. The Blue Devils were next, beating out Bryant and St. Francis (NY), who finished 11th and 12th, respectively.
The Blue Devils' return three top 10 performers from last season's NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships, including sophomore Amanda Kelley who placed in both throwing events. Kelley took third in last year's weight throw with a mark of 15.6 meters, and placed eighth in the shot put, recording a distance of 12.27 meters.
Sophomore Kate McGuire and junior Katherine Bossardet were tops on the track at last year's championship meet. McGuire placed fifth int he 500 meters, crossing the line in 1:20.57, while Bossardet was ninth in the 5,000 meter run in a time of 18:51.09.
CCSU just finished up competition at the Jay Carisella Invitational and will next be in action after the break. The Blue Devils will compete in the Sorlein Invitational at Rhode Island on Friday January 15.