Indoor Track Heads to New England Championships

Feb. 21, 2013


The Providence College men's and women's track teams will compete at the 2013 New England Indoor Track Championships at Boston University in Boston, Mass. on Feb. 22-23.  The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, and resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The Friars will be running in eight events on Fri., Feb. 22, including the men’s and women’s 500-meters, 1,000-meters, 5,000-meters and distance medley relay.

For the women’s side, sophomore Caitlin Abelseth (Voorheesville, N.Y.) will be competing in the women’s 500-meters.

Junior Jackie McCarthy (New Rochelle, N.Y.) will compete in the 1,000-meters, alongside classmates Elizabeth DeVivo (Riverside, Conn.) and Molly McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) on Friday.  McCarthy’s qualifying time of 2:55.02 from the BU Terrier Invitational on Jan. 25 is the third fastest qualifying time heading into race day.  Last year at the Championship, McCarthy placed fifth with a time of 2:56.16.

Junior Erin Murphy (Easton, Mass.) and senior Sam Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.) will both be competing in the 5,000-meters on Friday.  Murphy qualified with the sixth fastest time of 17:30.31 at the BIG EAST Championship last weekend and Roecker qualified with the third fastest time of 16:54.90.  Murphy finished sixth last year with a time of 17:44.97.

The women’s distance medley relay team will also compete on Friday.  Their time of 11:21.02 from the BIG EAST Championship is the second fastest qualifying time behind BIG EAST foe Connecticut, with a time of 11:06.69.  The relay team is currently ranked 18th in the nation heading into the event.



On the men’s side, junior Chris Booker (Philadelphia, Penn.) will be representing the Friars in the men’s 500-meters.

Senior Alex Wallace (Waipukarau, New Zealand), freshman Julian Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) and freshman Joseph Vercollone (Pembroke, Mass.) will compete in the 1,000-meters.  Former Friar Mark Carroll currently holds the all-time New England Championship record in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:20.63 from the 1994 Championship.

Sophomore Liam Hillery (Smithfield, R.I.), senior Ali Ahmed (Boston, Mass.) and graduate student Anthony Gonsalves (Pawtucket, R.I.) will compete in the 5,000-meters.  Hillery has the third best qualifying time with a time of 14:34.41 from the BU Terrier Invitational.  Ali competed in the same event in last year’s championship and finished fourth with a time of 14:39.44.  Former Friar Martin Fagan holds the all-time New England Championship record in the 5,000-meters with a time of 13:55.02 from the 2007 Championship.

The men’s distance medley relay team will be the last team to compete on Friday.  The relay team currently has the best qualifying time at the championship with a time of 9:49.26 from the BIG EAST Championship last week.  Their time currently ranks them 19th in the nation.  The Friars also hold the all-time New England Championship record in this event with a time of 9:36.64 from 2007.

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Providence Friars Competing at the New England Championships on Saturday:

Sr. Christina Lavigne: Women’s Triple Jump

So. Caile Kohlbrenner: Women’s Mile

Fr. Katie Sischo: Women’s Mile

Jr. Emily Sisson: Women’s Mile

Fr. Harvey Dixon: Men’s Mile

Sr. Dominic Channon: Men’s Mile

Fr. Kathleen Powell: Women’s 3,000-meters

Sr. Shelby Greany: Women’s 3,000-meters

So. Shane Quinn: Men’s 3,000-meters

Men’s 4x800-meters

Women’s 4x400-meters

Men’s 4x400-meters


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