February 16, 2011

Women’s Track Set to Turn Heads at Northeast-10 Championships

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack women's Indoor track team is looking to make an immediate impact at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships February 17 at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The Warriors posted 30 qualifying times during the 2010-11 indoor season. Anne Bajor (Methuen, Mass.) qualified in five different events this year. The sophomore earned a spot at the meet in the 400, 800, mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

The 3,000 meter run is Merrimack's strongest event as 10 runners turned in Northeast-10 worthy times. Ashley Sarris (Shelton, Conn.), Caitlin Kasala-Hallinan (Worcester, Mass.), Kayla Morong (Topsham, Maine), Julie Binney (South Easton, Mass.), Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.), Rebecca Ainscow (Derry, N.H.), Brianna Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.), Ashley Bock (Sutton, Mass.), Kacey Pickett (Plymouth, Mass.) and Bajor all qualified for the race.

Kasala-Hallinan, Binney and Coleman qualified for three distance events this year as each claimed Northeast-10 qualifying times in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.

Sarris was one of two Merrimack runners to earn a spot in the 800 meter run field at the meet.

Alex Maas (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) qualified for the 5,000 meter run to push the Warriors' total to eight qualifiers in the event.

On the relay side, Merrimack owns the seventh-best time in the 4x800 meter relay this season, clocking in at 10:49.74 at the Tufts Invitational January 15.

The distance medley relay squad turned in the fifth-best mark in the Northeast-10 during the indoor campaign. The quartet finished with a time of 12:56.87 just five days prior to the Northeast-10 meet.

"I am really proud of the way that our team performed this season. We had some really good times and the women keep improving every week," said head coach Matt Pimentel. "I think that we set the bar high in the first year but we will keep on exceeding expectations as the season goes on and we move outdoors. The Northeast-10 meet will have great competitors and I have confidence that our runners will be among those top competitors."