March 28, 2012

Season Recap: Women’s Indoor Track & Field Makes Strides in Second Season

The Merrimack women's indoor track and field team set 14 new school records in the 2011-12 campaign. The Warriors claimed ninth for the second-straight year at the Northeast-10 Indoor Championships.

Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, NH) led the way as she became the first runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The sophomore provisionally qualified in the 800 meter run on day one of the New England Championships.

This season, Devereaux was a USTFCCCA All-Region selection after finishing second in the 1,000 meter run at the Northeast-10 Championship meet.

Merrimack garnered 28 qualifiers for the Northeast-10 Championships this winter. Desiree DeLeon (Salem, MA), Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, CT) and Devereaux all turned in a team-high three qualifying marks this season.

The Warriors' distance medley relay squad of Kayla Morong (Topsham, ME), Anne Bajor (Methuen, MA), DeLeon and Devereaux picked up a second-place finish at the Northeast-10 Championships.

Fiona Coleman (Windsor, CT) led a trio of Merrimack runners in the top-10 in the 5,000 meter run at the league championship meet. Coleman placed fourth in the event while Grimmer earned seventh and Rebecca Ainscow (Derry, NH) captured ninth.

"We were very pleased with the performances of both our newcomers and returning athletes this indoor season.  While a few individual marks were clearly outstanding, the women's team also showed depth by scoring in many more events than last year, even as the conference continues to improve," said head coach Matt Pimentel. "We look for our women's team to make its mark this spring in both the Northeast-10 and New England Championships."

This season, Merrimack's roster grew to 24 athletes from 20. The Warriors will look to add more depth next winter.