Easton, Mass. (May 3) -- Assumption College freshman Gwendelyn Sawyer (North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely) captured the shot put at the Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday afternoon to lead the Hounds at W.B. Mason Stadium. The team placed 10th with a total of 26 points in the two-day event, scoring in eight events overall as two school records fell on Saturday alone.
In one of the first events of the day, Sawyer placed second in the discus to get the Hounds on the board on day two. With her second throw in the finals, she threw 117 feet, five inches to pick up the runner-up performance. Sawyer capped off the field events on day two as she won the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 0.75 inches to capture the event by a margin of just one and 0.75 inches.
Starting off the relays for the day, the Hounds got on the board with an eighth-place finish of 51.11 seconds in the 4x100 relay. The team consisted of freshman Joy Lima (Salem, Mass./Salem), senior Brittany Cowee (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme), sophomore Patty Malone (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield) and freshman Krystal Kearns (Natick, Mass./Natick). In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Rachel Avard (Manchester, N.H./Manchester West) picked up a school record with an eighth-place showing to earn a point. Avard broke her own record in the event, crossing in a time of 11:59.89. Sophomore Kellie Powers (Webster, Mass./Webster) also placed among the top 10 as she finished in ninth at 12:27.93.
In the final individual women's event of the day with the 5000 meters, junior Nicole Massoud (Fall River, Mass./B.M.C. Durfee) took 15 seconds off her school record as she finished sixth in a time of 18:29.48 to earn three points for the Hounds.
In the final overall event of the entire two-day championship, Assumption picked up a ninth-place finish in the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:22.07. The team consisted of Lima, Avard, sophomore Katie Corriveau (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) and freshman Ashley Pereira (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven).
In the seven-event heptathlon that took place over the two days, Corriveau finished ninth in the event as she ended up with an overall score of 3,305 to miss earning a point by just one place.
Assumption is back in action on May 8-10 at the 2014 New England Outdoor Championship, which will be held at Westfield State University.
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