Gagne Wins Four, Women Third at NE-10 Championship

Charger Athletics

BOSTON, Mass. – University of New Haven women’s track and field athlete Shannon Gagne won four events with record-setting marks at the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship as she paced the Chargers for a third place finish. The senior repeated at the NE-10 Women’s Championship Most Valuable Athlete and was named the NE-10 Women’s Athlete of the Year.

As a team, New Haven finished with 112 points, narrowly missing a second place finish to UMass Lowell who finished with 113 points.

Gagne won the 55m dash with a NE-10 record time of 7.05 seconds. She also won the championship with record times in the 200m dash, 24.26 seconds, and the 400m dash, 55.63 seconds. Her fourth victory came in the long jump with a meet-record of 6.02m.

Freshman sprinter Ada Udaya also posted impressive times in two events at her first NE-10 Championship. The West Haven native finished second to just Gagne in the 55m dash with a time of 7.11 seconds as well as the 200m dash with a time of 24.82 seconds. For her two performances, Udaya was named the NE-10 Women’s Rookie of the Year.

Also top finishes for UNH were in the shot put as Shraya Manick finished second with a throw of 12.63m. The sophomore also finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 15.71m. Calista Hutchinson added another second place finish in the high jump with a height of 1.67m.

The Chargers return to action on Friday, February 25 when they travel to the New England Championships.