FITCHBURG, Mass.--Three school records fell and eight total victories were claimed as the Keene State College women's track and field team finished second at the Little East Conference championships at Fitchburg State University on Saturday. The Owl men were fifth.
Shannon Parks was the LEC champion in the shot put, setting a new school mark in 12.05 meters, which broke an 11 year old record held by Bryanna Brown at 11.88 meters. Nicole De Almeida set a new record en route to the LEC title in the 400 hurdles, in 1:05.93. That broke a 16 year old record, previously held by Shannon O'Brien in 1:07.1 in 2003.
Lauren Perkowski cruised to a win in the 10,000 meters, in 39:50.68, and became a two-time winner on the day by also taking the 5,000 meters, in 18:29.23. Taylor Bisaillon won the javelin with a throw of 35.18 meters.
Brittany Gravallese was third in the 800 meters, in 2:28.55, with Lynne Hebert in sixth in 2:30.93. Hebert also notched a second place finish in the 1,500 meters in 5:00.20. Skyler Gauthier was third in the 100 hurdles in 16.95 seconds, and Alana Olendorf was second in the steeplechase in 12:25.97. The 4x800 meter relay team of Laura Dawson, Brittany Gravallese, Hebert, and Chloe Page won the 4x800 meter relay in 10:13.61.
Erin McNemar was third in the high jump at 1.50 meters, while Parks was also second in the discus at 33.16 meters.
The Owls finished second with 142 points, behind champions Rhode Island College, who had 183.
Jared Hannon set a new school record in the long jump, with a winning leap of 7.14 meters to break Frank Radlof's record of 7.12 meters set in 2008. Angel Ramirez was the LEC champion in the 200 meter dash, running in 22.82.
Joey Fodor was second in the javelin throw with a toss of 59.74 meters; while full national results were not available on Saturday evening, that throw would be 13th in the nation based on available results.
Brandon Castor was third in the 400 meter dash, in 51.61, as was Iid Sheikh-Yusuf in the 10,000 meters in 35:00.57. Alex Medina was fourth in the 400 hurdles in 58.52, while Rob St. Laurent was fourth in the steeplechase in 10:10.01.
Keene State totalled 62 points, finishing fifth. Southern Maine won the team title with 169 points.